It’s Homecoming Week for the Chattanooga Mocs. That brings a lot of excitement and energy to campus life. The week is off to an excellent start with news that Rashun Freeman and Aaron Sears earned Southern Conference Player of the Week presented by GEICO honors for their effort in a dominating 55-13 win at Samford.
Freeman’s Defensive Player of the Week nod is his first of the season and fourth by a Moc.
Devonnsha Maxwell won last week as well in Week 2 of the season, while Ty Boeck’s performance at Kentucky in Week 3 was best in the league.
The Ooltewah native spear-headed a phenomenal defensive performance. He collected five tackles including one for loss and his third career interception. Freeman expertly read the play for the pick 6.
The defense held the SoCon’s (and 1 of the nation’s) most potent offenses in check. The Bulldogs managed 200 yards total with 69 on the ground and just 131 by air for just 13 points. That was 26.7 below their scoring, 216.7 fewer passing yards and 291.5 beneath total offense averages entering the game.
Sears claims his second Special Teams Player of the Week. The first time came alongside Boeck at Kentucky in mid-September. He became just the third freshman in school history to make double-digits field goals in their first campaign. That joins Rodney Allen who nailed 11 in 1989 and Nick Pollard’s 10 in 2011.
He connected from 21 and 40 yards amassing 13 points on the day. It was a new season high for points for the Murfreesboro, Tenn., native. The 40-yarder made him 3-3 from that range and 10-12 overall in an impressive debut.
This is the third time the Mocs corralled two of the three honors this season. Boeck and Sears in Week three were mentioned already, while Maxwell was joined a week ago by Tyrell Price on the offensive side. That make seven of a possible 24 honors for the campaign thus far nesting in Chattanooga.
Homecoming Week’s theme is Viva Moc Vegas!
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The week is full of events. A full listing is available here courtesy of the office of enrollment management and student affairs. It’s also a CODE BLUE game with all fans encouraged to wear blue. There are 500 t-shirts for the student section courtesy of Douglas Heights Apartments. The game is sponsored by First Bank.
Friday is induction for this year’s Hall of Fame Class. It’s an impressive list you can find here. The inductees and award winners are honored at the annual Hall of Fame Banquet on Friday in the University Center's Tennessee Room. The banquet is open to the public. Seating is limited with reservations required. The cost is $50.00 per person, which includes dinner. Submit payments and RSVP's to the UTC Athletic Development Office at (423) 425-5273. For more information, email email@example.com.
Home tickets are available by calling (423) 266-MOCS (6627) or online here at GoMocs.com. Fans also can go through the GoMocs app available on Android and Apple IOS devices in their respective app stores.
TV – ESPN+: Chris Goforth (PxP), Scott McMahen (Analysis) & Dave Keylon (Sideline)
Radio - WFLI 97.7 FM/1070 AM: Jim Reynolds (PxP), Todd Agne (Analysis) & Will Poindexter (Sideline)
Listen Live - Radio broadcast is available for free online at GoMocs.com & on the Varsity Network App