January 30, 2017

MARTIN, Tenn. – Skyhawk fans are invited to attend the University of Tennessee at Martin’s 2017 football signing day press conference, which will be held in the Champions Club on the third floor of the newly constructed press box at Hardy M. Graham Stadium on Wednesday, Feb. 1 at 4 p.m.

Skyhawk head coach Jason Simpson will provide analysis on all of the new UT Martin signees, who will be featured on short video clips throughout the press conference.

UT Martin is coming off its third straight Sgt. York Trophy while posting a perfect 5-0 mark in recently renovated Graham Stadium. The Skyhawks finished second with a conference mark of 6-2 while posting an overall record of 7-5 despite facing three FBS opponents in Cincinnati, Hawai’i and Georgia State. The 2016 season marked the fifth straight year – and seventh time in Simpson’s 11-year tenure – that the Skyhawks finished in the OVC’s top three teams in the final standings.

Faced with one of the toughest schedules in the country due to three FBS opponents, Simpson led his team to be one of the most complete programs in the region while receiving votes in both polls for six consecutive weeks to close out the season. The Skyhawks ranked second in the OVC in scoring offense (32.2 ppg), scoring defense (24.0 ppg), total defense (322.4 ypg), rushing defense (128.3 ypg), pass defense (194.1 ypg) and pass defense efficiency (112.7), interceptions (17), first downs (20.2 per game) and third-down conversions (43.8 percent).