Austin Tennessee transferred to Stevenson from Division II Concord University in West Virginia after the 2012 season because he believed in the nascent program Ed Hottle was building and wanted to play college football closer to home.
Tennessee's father had died suddenly several years earlier and the former Atholton standout wasn't comfortable being so far away from his mother, Bettie, who lived in Columbia.
"She was able to come to all my games," said Tennessee, a four-year starting defensive back for the Mustangs. "Going to Stevenson was the best decision of my life. I went in as a boy and left as a grown man."
As he looks to take the next step in...