The University of Tennessee at Martin football program received three more preseason accolades as senior offensive lineman Matthan Hatchie was named to the 2022 Stats Perform FCS Preseason All-America first team while graduate linebacker John H. Ford II and graduate safety Deven Sims were tabbed to the third team.
A native of Haleiwa, Hawai’i, Hatchie has been named a consensus Preseason All-American by several publications as the two-time All-OVC selection returns for his final season in the middle of the Skyhawk offensive line. Hailed as the fourth-best returning FCS offensive lineman in 2022 according to HERO Sports, Hatchie graded out at 89% or better in each game last season. Along with tallying 101 knockdowns he anchored an offensive line which ranked first in the OVC in sacks allowed (0.83/game) while only being responsible for one sack in 362 attempts. He showed his durability by playing every snap except mop-up time against Murray State while leading a team which paced the OVC with 239.3 rushing yards per game.