Mocs Football Starts with 7-on-7

Nine Weeks from Season Opener

Thursday, June 27, 2013 - by B.B. Branton

On a hot, humid late June Thursday afternoon, and with quarterbacks Jacob Huesman and Terrell Robinson leading the offense, more than 40 UTC returning lettermen went through fitness drills followed by a 7-on-7 scrimmage at Scrappy Moore Field.

The Mocs will continue the 7-on-7 practices (shorts and shirts) Tuesdays and Thursdays until the official opening of fall team practice on July 29.

“I thought the backs and receivers ran crisp routes and made some good catches,” said Huesman, a redshirt sophomore.

“An overall good practice for the first day of 7-on-7.”

Huesman feels the spread offense implemented by new offensive coordinator Jeff Durden fits the talents on the Mocs roster.

“Coach Durden has been coaching the spread offense for 10 years and is a great teacher,” Huesman said. “We had a great, efficient spring practice with our completion percentage up.”

The former TSSAA D-II Mr. Football winner is excited about the up-tempo offense for the 2013 Mocs.

“The guys on the offensive line can run well which really helps in our new system and with good team speed on both sides of the ball we can do a lot of damage.”

The talented O-Line has five returning starters; center Patrick Sutton (Jr.), guard Kevin Revis (Sr.), tackles Hunter Dockery (Sr.) and Synjen Herren (So.) and All-American tight end Faysal Shafaar (Jr.)

Strong Defense: “It’s great to have such a strong, veteran defense (two All-Americans - end Davis Tull and linebacker Wes Dothard among the 10 returning starters), to go against each day in practice,” Huesman said. Everyone on offense has to bring his A-game every day in practice.”

21 Returning Starters – offense (10), defense (10) kicker (1)

“When the game is on the line late in the fourth quarter or in overtime it’s so important to have such a veteran team on the field with players who have been in tough situations before,” Huesman stated. “The best experience is game experience.”

The Mocs have 11 fourth-year juniors and fifth-year seniors among the 21 returning starters.

2013 Schedule

“We know that we have the usual tough Southern Conference schedule, have the great opportunity to play against the two-time defending national champions in Alabama (Nov. 23) and a solid non-conference schedule,” Huesman stated.

“It’s tough not to look ahead, but we are putting out efforts and attention into our season opener with UT-Martin and not looking past that game.”

First Game: The Mocs host UT Martin Thurs. Aug. 29 at Finley Stadium in the season opener for both teams.

The business major also acknowledged that it is good to have three non-conference games to start the season before the first SoCon game at Georgia Southern (Sept. 28)

After UT-Martin, the Mocs travel to Atlanta to play Ga. State (Sept. 7) and back home against Austin Peay (Sept. 14) before six straight SoCon foes followed by a date in Tuscaloosa in late November.

UTC Home Schedule

Aug. 29 – UT-Martin

Sept. 14 – Austin Peay

Oct. 5 – Western Carolina

Oct. 12 – Furman

Oct. 26 – The Citadel

Nov. 9 – Wofford

 

contact B.B. Branton at william.branton@comcast.net


Chattanoogan.com Prep Football Picks: Week Nine

Dalton State Women’s Golf Will Play NAIA Fall Preview

The Dalton State Lady Roadrunner Golf Team wraps-up the fall portion of the schedule on Monday and Tuesday by playing some of the best teams from around the country on the host course for next spring’s NAIA National Championships. Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) Savannah is hosting the NAIA Fall Preview on the course at Savannah Quarters Country Club in Pooler, Ga. ... (click for more)

Mayor Berke, Chattanooga Police Department, And Community Members Reach Out To Group Members To End Violence

The city of Chattanooga held a call-in on Thursday night, as part of the Violence Reduction Initiative. Dozens of law enforcement officials, community members, social service providers and clergy gathered to deliver a message to over 20 members of violent groups in Chattanooga. Family members of the probationers watched the call-in from another building. Although the call-in was ... (click for more)

Tribute Service For Luther Masingill Held At Historic Engel Stadium

It took a place as big as historic Engel Stadium for Chattanooga to say goodbye to their beloved Luther. Hundreds came Thursday afternoon to pay tribute to Luther Masingill who died early Monday morning after a radio career that spanned an amazing 74 years. It was clear from all who spoke that he was considered not only a radio personality, but also a role model. One after ... (click for more)

Chairs Cost How Much?

Many times while growing up, I would go to the store with my parents. More often than not, I would see something I wanted, and ask my parents to buy it for me. More often than not, they said no. “Why?” I asked. “Son, money doesn’t grow on trees.” That’s a phrase I’m sure many of us have heard more than once over the course of our lives. However, I have since learned that they were ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Pete Carroll’s Philosophy

Pete Carroll, the head football coach of the Seattle Seahawks, has a deep belief that he can change people by simply listening to them and then making suggestions on how they can get what they really want. If the people Carroll who can influence win, Carroll wins, and remember his team won last year’s Super Bowl with his methods.   When asked for example, here is what ... (click for more)