Arnold Named Finalist for Doris Robinson Award

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga senior quarterback Drayton Arnold is one of 13 finalists for the STATS FCS Doris Robinson Scholar-Athlete Award. Thirteen FCS players – one from each conference in college football’s Division I subdivision – were announced Wednesday as finalists for the national honor.

Named after the late school teacher and wife of legendary Grambling State coach Eddie Robinson, the sixth annual award is presented to an FCS student-athlete who excels not only in the classroom, but in the community and beyond.

“This is a well-deserved honor,” stated UTC head coach Rusty Wright. “Drayton is an outstanding young man who continues to do great things in every aspect of his life. He excels on the football field and in the classroom, while representing our program the right way in the community.”

STATS will announce the winner on May 5 as part of its postseason FCS awards. This is the second time a Moc has been named a finalist for the Robinson Award. Alex Trotter (2015-18) was on the list following his senior year in 2018.

Arnold spent the last two seasons at UTC after graduating from Old Dominion in three years with a degree in Finance and a minor in accounting. He has already earned a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Chattanooga and is currently working on his second Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice. He carries a 3.85 grade-point-average and earned the Southern Conference Commissioner’s Medal in 2020.

Athletically, Arnold led the Mocs to a 3-2 record in the 2020-21 fall/spring seasons as a first time starter at quarterback. UTC was 3-1 in Southern Conference play before shutting down due to COVID-19 issues within the program.

Over the last year, Arnold has volunteered each week as a mentor at Orchard Knob Elementary School. Every Thursday, he spends his lunch time visiting with students talking about importance of education and serving as a role model.