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Simpson continues to uplift UTM football

By Justin Walters
By jwalters@wbbjtv.com

MARTIN, Tenn. - Before head coach Jason Simpson stepped on the University of Tennessee at Martin sidelines, the Skyhawk football program struggled. The school had only managed to win 20 Ohio Valley Conference games in its first 14 seasons in the league.

In only seven seasons at UTM, Simpson has already collected 35 conference victories.

"We try to sell a standard and certain edge about out program," said head coach Simpson. "Every year is about rising above and continuing to move forward."

Progression certainly has been the motto UTM has echoed since Simpson's emergence. The team finished 8-3 overall, while tying a school record of six OVC victories.

The Skyhawks return 12 starters from last year, and Simpson believes they have another golden opportunity to do something special this season.

"Sometimes the ball has to bounce your way," said Simpson. "But talent level wise and team chemistry wise, we are where we need to be at this point."

The Skyhawks kick off the season against UT Chattanooga on August 29.