The rich always seem to get richer. At least that’s been the case for Chattanooga’s defense in recent seasons.

The Mocs have experienced a steady influx of transfers along the defensive line in recent years, and that trend continued this week as UTC added yet another talented interior lineman to the squad’s ferocious front four.

“We are excited to get Daniel in our program,” Chattanooga head coach Jacob Huesman said. “He is a talented player who has experience playing at a high level. He should be able to step in and help our program immediately.”


Daniel Ring, who elected to transfer from Navy in June, has signed a letter of intent to play football for the Mocs, adding to Chattanooga’s already impressive depth along the defensive front.

The Mocs were 10thin the nation in total defense in 2012, allowing just 307.9 yards per game. They were also ranked 18thin the country in scoring defense (20.4 ppg) and 12thin passing defense (166.0).

The versatile nose guard, who entered spring practice as Navy’s starter, appeared in all 13 games for the Midshipmen in 2012, including three starts against Indiana, Army and Arizona State. The 6-foot-2, 260-pounder recorded 17 tackles – two for loss– and a sack last season. Ring did not see the field at Navy as a freshman in 2011 and has three years of eligibility remaining.

Ring is the third defensive lineman to transfer to Chattanooga from a Football Bowl Subdivision school since 2011, joining tackles Chris Mayes (Navy) and Derrick Lott (Georgia).

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