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After dropping the football program in 2003, East Tennessee State University will see football return in 2015.

Carl Torbush was named head coach on June 21, 2013. He first signing class includes some local faces:

Jack DeFur- wide receiver, Hardin Valley Academy

Matt Brewer- tight end, Hardin Valley Academy

Caleb Bartlett- offensive line, Bearden High School

Patrick McFall- Knoxville Catholic High School

Michael Scates- Fulton High School

Hagen Owenby- Powell (football/baseball)

Cole West- Oneida High School

Shawn Prevo- running back, Maryville High School

Leon Humphrey- West

Nick Sexton- Seymour

Hank Black- Carter

Jack DeFur- Hardin Valley

Matthew Brewer- Hardin Valley

ETSU will start play in the Southern Conference in 2015.

Former Tennessee coach Philip Fulmer helped ETSU as a consultant:

Phil Fulmer on ESTU football

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