The Chattanooga Mocs will be fighting for a winning season when they welcome The Citadel to Finley Stadium this weekend. With a 5-4 record (3-4 SoCon) and two games to play, the Mocs are gunning for a six-win season for the first time since 2005. Kickoff is set for Saturday, Nov. 14, at 2:00 p.m. (E.S.T.) in Chattanooga, Tenn.
The Citadel, posting a 4-5 mark and 2-4 in the SoCon, also has its eyes on a winning season. The Bulldogs are looking to extend a three-game winning streak over UTC and even their season record.
The Mocs have faced off against The Citadel a total of 42 times, more than any other team, in a series that dates back to 1926. Chattanooga leads the rivalry with a 24-16-2 advantage. UTC is 15-5-1 in games played in Chattanooga, but just 3-3 since moving to Finley Stadium in 1997. The Citadel took home a 41-19 win in its last trip to the Scenic City on Sept. 29, 2007.
Saturday's game is Military Appreciation Day at Finley Stadium. All military personnel with a valid ID or in uniform will receive FREE general admission to the game. Fans can still get the $5 general admission tickets when they order online at GoMocs.com and use the promo code "restore".
The game will broadcast on ESPN Radio 105.1 FM in Chattanooga with Jim Reynolds handling the play-by-play duties. Reynolds is joined on the broadcast by Todd Agne (color commentator) and Will Poindexter (sideline). Pregame begins one our prior to kick-off at 1:00 p.m. (E.S.T.). There will also be a live video stream of the game and live stats available on GoMocs.com.
NOTES TO KNOW BEFORE THE GAME
- First-year head coach Russ Huesman has the Mocs shooting for a winning record with a 5-4 mark and 3-3 in the Southern Conference. A win would give Huesman the most by a UTC first-year head coach since Bill Oliver went 8-3 in 1980. Coincidentally, Huesman was a junior DB on that 1980 squad. Harold Wilkes (9-1 in 1968) and Scrappy Moore (9-2 in 1931) each had nine wins in their first seasons at UTC.
- Sophomore QB B.J. Coleman created quite a stir in the Scenic City when he announced his decision to transfer from Tennessee to Chattanooga. The former high school standout at McCallie in Chattanooga won the Mocs' starting job over senior Jare Gault. He is currently third in the SoCon in total offense (214.1/game) and passing yards (217.3/game).
- Coleman has 1,956 passing yards on the season and is the first Moc to top the 1000-yard mark since 2007...another 200-yard passing game would move him into sixth place on the Mocs' single-season passing yard list. It would also make him the seventh Moc to throw for over 2,000 yards in a season.
- Coleman needs one more 200-yard passing game for eight this season...that would put him at No. 6 on the Mocs' career.
- Coleman has 14 TD passes and is 10th on the Mocs' single-season list. He needs one more to tie Gary Bloodshaw (1981) for No. 9 on the single-season list.
- Coleman was picked off three times at Appalachian State last weekend, but it was just the first game this season with multiple interceptions. He went four games and 186 pass attempts between his first two INTs this year.
- Senior DE Josh Beard is tied for second in the nation with 10.5 sacks on the year. His sack total is already more than any Moc has had in a single year since 2001. He has recorded seven sacks in the last five games.
- The Mocs' offensive line has only allowed nine sacks on the season, the third fewest in the SoCon and tied for 10th fewest in the nation.
- Senior WR Blue Cooper is currently second in the SoCon and 6th in the nation with 7.6 receptions-per-game and is second in the league with 75.3 receiving yards-per-game.
- Senior linebacker Joseph Thornton has started in 36 consecutive games heading into The Citadel contest. He leads the team and is No. 6 in the SoCon with 82 tackles on the year.
- The Mocs' defense has held five of its nine opponents to 20 points or less. This is the first time since 2000 UTC has held five opponents to 20 points or less in a season. The Mocs have not held six teams to 20 or less in one year since accomplishing the feat nine times in 1987.
- With a win Chattanooga would improve to 6-4 for the first time since the 2005 season.
- The Mocs are currently third in the SoCon with a +4 turnover margin. UTC has picked off 11 passes and recovered eight fumbles while only turning the ball over 14 times in 2009. Chattanooga is No. 35 in the nation in the turnover margin category.
- UTC is second in the SoCon and 15th in the NCAA FCS in pass defense, allowing just 158.3 yards per game in the air. UTC is also tied for the SoCon lead with 11 interceptions.
- Freshman Josh Williams has set a new UTC freshman record with six sacks on the season. He is third in the SoCon and T-29th in the FCS in sacks on the year.
- Sophomore Jordan Tippit leads the SoCon with five interceptions on the year. He is tied for 15th in the nation in that category. It is also the fifth most interceptions in a season in school history.
SCOUTING THE CITADEL
The Citadel is currently tied for sixth, right where it was picked by the coaches in the preseason, in the SoCon race with a 2-4 mark in league play and 4-5 overall. The Bulldogs lost their final home game of the season last weekend to Wofford 43-17 and need two road wins to close the season to earn a winning record.
Despite last weekend's loss, senior All-American wide receiver Andre Roberts moved to No. 2 all-time in the SoCon for career receiving with 50 yards against Wofford. He now has 3,555 for his career and only trails current Elon Phoenix senior Terrell Hudgins in the league record book. Roberts also handles the punt return duties, averaging a SoCon leading 14.5 yards per return. He is currently No. 7 in the nation in that category.
Junior QB Bart Blanchard set Bulldogs' school record with his 38th career TD pass last weekend. He is 106-172 for 978 yards, 12 touchdowns and seven interceptions this season.
The Mocs will honor 15 seniors prior to The Citadel game on Saturday. Craig Camay, Blue Cooper, Steven Smigelsky, Tony Swafford and Clint Woods have all been in the program for five years while Joseph Thornton is in his fourth year in the program. The remaining seniors to be honored include Josh Beard, Justin Buckhalter, Doug Faatiliga, Bryan Fitzgerald, Bryce Garcia, Jare Gault, Shaun Kermah, Tony Pastore and B.J. Taylor.
JOSH & JOSH
The Mocs have a strong duo of defensive ends in freshman Joshua Williams and senior Josh Beard. Together they have 16.5 sacks on the year. Beard is tied for second in the NCAA with 10.5 and needs two more to break Tyler Unzicker's UTC season record of 12 set in 2001. Williams' six on the season is a new UTC freshman mark. Chattanooga is currently third in the SoCon and 16th in the nation with 24 sacks as a team.
CAMAY CLIMBS THE SCORING CHARTS
Senior kicker Craig Camay is climbing the Mocs' scoring charts, thanks in large part to a school-record tying four field goals against Western Carolina on Oct. 31. The fifth-year player from Marietta, Ga., has 125 points in his career and is eighth all-time at UTC. He needs eight more points to pass Jerry Ellison (1990-93) for seventh place.
INJURY BUG STARTING TO BITE
The Mocs will be without two starters for the rest of the year. Senior RB Bryan Fitzgerald and sophomore DB J.D. Dothard both had season-ending surgeries. Fitzgerald suffered a sprained foot in the first quarter at Samford, an injury that has effectively ended his career. Fitzgerald was leading the SoCon with 109.3 rushing yards/game after Week 5. Dothard suffered a knee injury at Georgia Southern and will not return this season.
MOCS ARE STILL RECEIVING VOTES IN THE TOP-25
Despite a 35-20 loss at No. 8 Appalachian State, the Mocs are still receiving votes in the FCS Coaches Poll. UTC got two votes in the coaches poll this week (pg. 9 of the Game Notes .pdf). That would make UTC No. 37 if the rankings were expanded. The last time the Mocs were ranked was Monday, Oct. 27, 1997, following a 6-1 start to the season. Chattanooga moved to No. 23 in the Sports Network's Top-25 on the heels of a 24-21 win against Western Carolina in the second game ever played in Finley Stadium. Chattanooga was ranked as high as No. 22 in the nation that year, after starting the season 2-0. Chattanooga's highest ever national ranking came in 1992 when they broke into the top-10 following a 2-0 start. The Mocs were No. 9 in the Street & Smith Top-25 after posting wins at Boise State and at home against UT-Martin.
SIX MOCS EARN SOCON PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONORS IN 2009
UTC had three different student-athletes earn Southern Conference Player of the Week honors for the first time in school history following Week 3. Senior Bryan Fitzgerald won the offensive award, sophomore Ryan Consiglio earned the defensive honor while sophomore Mike Hammons took home special teams recognition. The last time the Mocs won three Player of the Week honors was Sept. 23, 1989, when James Roberts was the Offensive and Freshman of the Week and Junior Jackson won the defensive honor. After not winning a single weekly honor in 2008, Chattanooga has won five awards handed out by the SoCon this season. The other winners were Craig Camay (ST - W2), Chris Awuah (Fr-W2) and Josh Beard (Def-W6).
LOSING STREAKS ENDING IN 2009
The Mocs snapped a 10-game losing streak with their win over Glenville State on Sept. 3. They also ended a 17-game losing streak against Division I opponents with their 29-13 win against Presbyterian. Chattanooga had lost nine straight road games overall before defeating Presbyterian. UTC also won its first non-conference game against a Division I opponent since a 31-7 victory at Tennessee Tech, on Aug. 31, 2006, with the PC win. The Wofford win snapped a 13-game SoCon losing streak. The Samford win stopped a six-game SoCon road losing streak. Chattanooga is looking to snap a three-game slide against The Citadel this weekend.
COOPER'S CATCHES ADDING UP - CLOSING IN ON TO'S CAREER NUMBERS
Senior receiver Blue Cooper currently leads the Mocs with 678 yards on 68 catches. He has 1,644 career receiving yards and needs 20 yards to pass Emmanuel Hassell (2004-06) to get into the top-10 in the UTC record book. His 136 career receptions rank No. 7 at UTC. He needs 9 more to pass Terrell Owens (1992-95) and Jeremy Grier (2001-03) for fifth place all-time.
Senior wideout Clint Woods led the Mocs with 512 yards on 49 catches in 2008. He also caught three touchdown passes averaging 10.4 yards per catch. With 124 career receptions, Woods No. 8 on the Mocs' all-time list.
MOCS IN THE TOP-40 IN THE FCS FOR 2009 HOME ATTENDANCE
Mocs fans have been spinning the turnstiles at Finley Stadium at a near-record pace in 2009. The Mocs had the third largest crowd at Finley Stadium against Glenville State (14,002) and the fifth highest attendance against Furman (11,201). UTC is now No. 33 in total attendance (42,975) and No. 32 in average attendance (10,744) in the FCS. Chattanooga is trying to average 10,000+ for a season for the first time in school history.
MOCS SET RECORD FOR SEASON TICKET SALES
The Chattanooga Mocs broke the all-time season ticket mark at Finley Stadium with 2,527 sold in 2009. The previous school record of 2,300 season tickets sold was set in the 1997 season, the first year of Finley Stadium. This is the third year UTC has topped the 2000-sold mark, including 2,003 sold in 1998. Chattanooga nearly doubled its sales from 2008 when 1,271 were sold. .
TWO TOP-5 CROWDS AT FINLEY STADIUM IN 2009
Ticket sales are booming for the Mocs in 2009. All three of the Mocs' home crowds have ranked in the top-15 all-time at Finley Stadium. UTC had 14,002 at the Glenville State game on Sept. 3, the third largest crowd in school history. UTC's record crowd is 22,642 set against Tennessee State in the first game at Finley Stadium on Oct. 18, 1997. The largest crowd to watch a football game at Finley is 23,010 when Appalachian State defeated Delaware 49-21 in the FCS National Championship game on Dec. 14, 2007.
Below are the Mocs' top-10 crowds at Finley Stadium:
1. 22,642 - Tennessee State - W - 28-7 - Oct. 18, 1997
2. 15,072 - Georgia Southern - L - 10-31 - Sept. 23, 2000
3. 14,002 - Glenville State - W - 30-13 - Sept. 3, 2009
4. 13,186 - Samford - W - 23-6 - Aug. 31, 2000
5. 11,201 - Furman - L - 20-38 - Sept. 12, 2009
6. 10,329 - VMI - W - 45-7 - Oct. 17, 1998
7. 10,102 - Furman - L - 21-43 - Nov. 22, 1997
8. 9,778 - Samford - W - 23-13 - Sept. 3, 1998
9. 9,499 - Savannah State - W - 49-0 - Sept. 18, 1999
10. 9,320 - Western Carolina - W - 24-20 - Oct. 31, 2009
SEASON NO. 102
The Chattanooga Mocs are in their 102nd season of collegiate football. The University of Chattanooga was founded in 1886 and football began play in 1904. No teams were fielded in 1917 and 1918 due to World War I. There was also a two-year hiatus from football action during World War II in 1943 and 1944. The Mocs have an all-time record of 454-468-32 (.492) and have won 10 conference titles.
ROSTER, DEPTH CHART AND BREAKDOWNS
A complete roster is located on pages 14-15 while a depth chart is found on pages 16-17 of the notes. A full roster breakdown is on page 18.
19 MOCS SEE FIRST COLLEGIATE ACTION IN FIRST FOUR GAMES
The Mocs had 16 players see their first collegiate action against Glenville State in the season opener. There were four first-timers in the starting line-up, including RT Dustin Tate, LG Will Hewitt, RB Bo Dyer and LB Ryan Consiglio. Two more, sophomore Thomas Green and freshman Arsenio Clemmons, got their feet wet against Furman for the first time against Furman. Adam Miller saw his first playing time at Presbyterian.
TEAMS NOTES AGAINST APPALACHIAN STATE
- Chattanooga falls 35-20 at No. 8 Appalachian State...the Mocs are now 5-4 on the year and 3-4 in the SoCon...ASU improves to 7-2 overall and 6-0 in the SoCon.
- The Mocs allowed 21 points in the first quarter for the second time this season (vs. Furman on 9/12/09)...ties for the most points allowed in any quarter this season.
- After giving up 21 points in the first quarter, the Mocs defense held ASU scoreless for the next 39:01...it was the first time this season ASU did not score in the second quarter.
- The Mocs converted two straight on-side kicks to start the second half...only got three points on the two extra possessions.
- ASU came into the game leading the nation with 513.0 yards of total offense per game. UTC held the Mountaineers to just 322 yards on offense...It was ASU's lowest output against an FCS opponent this season.
- The Mocs held ASU to just 140 yards in the air, their lowest total of the season... ASU came into the game averaging 289.0 yards through the air ranking 8th in the nation.
- Chattanooga won the time-of-possession 36:17 to 23:43.
- ASU has now won straight SoCon games...the longest streak in the league since 1959 and the fourth longest in SoCon history.
INDIVIDUAL NOTES AGAINST APPALACHIAN STATE
Freshman RB Chris Awuah
- Had season-highs with 28 carries and 97 yards
- Most carries by a Moc this season
Senior DL Josh Beard
- Tied a career-high with eight tackles
- Did not record a sack for the first time in six games
- Came into the game leading the nation with 10.5 on the season
Sophomore DB Joel Bradford
- Recorded his second INT of the season
Senior PK Craig Camay
- Hit a pair of FGs in the game - 30, 36
- Now has 59 points on the year and 125 in his career...moved into 8th place on UTC's all-time scoring list
- 24-34 on FGs in his career...5th all-time at UTC
- 13-16 FGs in 2009...tied with Dennis Waters (1986) for fourth most in a season in UTC history
Sophomore QB B. J. Coleman
- 25-46 for 246 yards, three INTs and one TD
- Season highs for completions and attempts
- First game with multiple INTs this season
- Both of his picks hit his intended receivers in the hands and the rebound was grabbed by an ASU defender
- Had his second rushing TD of the season on a QB sneak in the second quarter
- Now has 1956 passing yards on the year...moves into 9th place on UTC's single-season list
- Seventh 200-yard passing game of the year...ties with Tim Couch (1984-86) for the sixth most all-time at UTC
- 14 passing TDs on the year is 10th most in a season at UTC
Sophomore P Mike Hammons
- Career-long 67-yard punt in the first quarter
- Ties Greg Cater (vs. Marshall on 9/29/79) for the 12th longest punt in school history
- Also hit a 52-yarder in the second quarter
- Finished with six kicks for a 44.3 yard average
Senior WR Blue Cooper
- Eight catches for 90 yards and one TD
- 136 career receptions is seventh all-time at UTC
Junior WR Chris Pitchford
- 106 yards receiving on nine catches
- Career-high in receptions
- Second 100-yard game of the season
Junior DB Buster Skrine
- Career-high 10 tackles
Senior LB Joseph Thornton
- Eight tackles gives him 255 for his career
- Breaks into the top-10 all-time at UTC
Sophomore Jordan Tippit
- Picked off his league-leading fifth pass of the season
- Most INTs by a Moc in a season since Ron Faugue had six in 1996...ties for seventh most in a season in school history
- Came into the game leading the SoCon and No. 12 in the nation in INTs
BEARD NAMED SOCON DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK AT SAMFORD (WEEK 6 - OCT. 12)
Chattanooga senior Josh Beard was named the Southern Conference Defensive Player of the Week following UTC's 14-7 win at Samford. Beard recorded a career-high two sacks in the game, the Mocs first SoCon road victory in over two years. He led UTC's defensive linemen with seven tackles, including six solos, while adding a pair of quarterback hurries.
MOCS DEFENSIVE STAFF EARNS WEEKLY HONOR (WEEK 6 - OCT. 12)
The defensive coaching staff for UTC was named this week's Game Changing Coaches by FootballScoop.com. The Mocs posted a 14-7 win at Samford last weekend, improving on their best start since the 1997 season. Chattanooga's defense recorded a pair of take-aways inside their own five-yard line to preserve the win. The Mocs also slowed Samford's preseason All-SoCon running back Chris Evans to 64 yards on the ground, his lowest output of the season. For a full rundown on the honor, visit FootballScoop.com.
FITZGERALD POUNDS HIS WAY TO OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONORS (WEEK 3 - SEPT. 21)
In his first career start, senior RB Bryan Fitzgerald ran for a career-high 181 yards on 22 carries as Chattanooga defeated Presbyterian, 29-13 on Sept. 19. The senior scored multiple touchdowns for the first time in his career while leading the Mocs to their first road win in two years. The Memphis native recorded the first 100-yard rushing game by a Moc since he and Erroll Wynn accomplished the feat in the last game of 2007. It was the most yards on the ground by a Moc since Eldra Buckley had 187 against Elon on Oct. 28, 2006.
CONSIGLIO GRABS SOCON DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK AWARD (WEEK 3 - SEPT. 21)
Ryan Consiglio, a sophomore linebacker, recorded a career-high 12 tackles, which also tied for the game high, in the win at Presbyterian on Sept. 19. He also grabbed his first career interception on the Blue Hose's first offensive play of the game. In addition, Consiglio, who hails from Franklin, Tenn., added his first career sack and pass break-up.
SPECIAL TEAMS EARNS SECOND PLAYER OF THE WEEK RECOGNITION (WEEK 3 - SEPT. 21)
Senior kicker Craig Camay earned special teams player of the week following week two and sophomore Mike Hammons followed that up by taking home the honor following week 3. Hammons did not allow a return in four punts at Presbyterian, averaging 41.8 yards per kick. The sophomore from Benton, Tenn., tied a career long with a 51-yard boot, and he pinned PC inside the 20 on one of his kicks.
CAMAY, AWUAH NAMED SOCON PLAYERS OF THE WEEK (WEEK 2 - SEPT. 14)
Senior PK Craig Camay and freshman RB Chris Awuah were both honored by the Southern Conference for their performances against Furman last week. Camay connected on both of his FG attempts (35, 42) and was 2-2 on PATs against the Paladins. It is the second career honor for Camay who also won the weekly award on Sept. 24, 2007, during his sophomore season. Awuah racked up 93 total yards and a TD for the Mocs. He had eight carries for 34 yards and three catches for 59 yards. He hauled in a 52-yard TD pass from sophomore QB B.J. Coleman in the first quarter for his third TD of the season. Awuah currently leads the Mocs in scoring with 18 points. These are the first players of the week honors for a Moc since Chris Camacho was named defensive player of the week on Oct. 15, 2007.
HUESMAN, EHRENFELD ARE FORMER TEAMMATES OF THREE MOCS DADS
Head coach Russ Huesman and assistant coach Russ Ehrenfeld are both former Mocs football players. Huesman played from 1978-81 while Ehrenfeld was a Moc from 1977-80. One or both of the Mocs coaches were teammates of Bryon Coleman (1977-80), who is the father of sophomore QB B.J. Coleman, Tim Dockery (1981-83), who is the father of freshman OL Hunter Dockery, and Mike Nease (1980-83), who is the father of freshman OL Steven Nease.
LEWIS-HARRIS - HUESMAN AMONG TOP FRESHMEN DBS IN THE UTC RECORD BOOKS
Sophomore Chris Lewis-Harris recorded three interceptions last year, tying for the second most in school history by a freshman. The most interceptions by a freshman is four made by head coach Russ Huesman in 1978.
CAPTAINS CHOSEN FOR 2009
Following the Spring Game, Coach Huesman announced the captains for the 2009 season as voted on by the players. Seniors Clint Woods, B.J. Taylor, Jare Gault and Steven Smigelsky were all selected by their teammates. Woods and Smigelsky are both 5th-year seniors while Taylor is one of the top returners on the defensive side of the ball.
MAJORITY OF THE MOCS ARE FROM TENNESSEE AND GEORGIA
Of the 88 members currently on the Mocs' roster, 74 list Tennessee (41) or Georgia (32) as their home state. That means 84% of the roster is from Tennessee or Georgia, including 47% from Tennessee and 37% from Georgia. Four Mocs are from Alabama, three hail from California and two from Mississippi. There is one representative each from Florida, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina and Virginia.
HARR NAMED WINTER WARRIOR
Junior Chris Harr earned the Bob Davis Winter Warrior Award following the Spring Game. This honor goes to the hardest offseason worker and is chosen by the coaching staff. Harr is a 6-6, 260-pound offensive lineman from Chattanooga.
MOCS SIGN 15-MEMBER RECRUITING CLASS...NO. 9 IN THE FCS BY RIVALS.COM
Chattanooga head football coach Russ Huesman welcomes a signing class that includes 14 freshmen and one sophomore-transfer to the Scenic City next season. Despite getting a late start to recruiting after being named the Mocs' 22nd head coach on Dec. 22, 2008, Huesman grabbed a ton of regional talent to fill Chattanooga's needs for the future. Among the 15 are five student-athletes with at least a two-star rating by Rivals.com and Scout.com and eight others who earned all-state recognition during their prep careers. Huesman and his staff kept their recruiting focus close to home with the 2009 class. All 15 of the signees are from either Georgia or Tennessee.
Quick Notes on Chattanooga's 2009 Recruiting Class
- 15 members, all from either Georgia or Tennessee
- 12 are true freshmen
- 3 transfers, two have four years to play at UTC...the other has three years left
- 5 with at least a two-star rating by Rivals.com and Scout.com
- 8 earned all-state recognition during their prep careers
- 2 former Tennessee Mr. Football Award finalists and one winner
- 5 from Tennessee
- 10 from Georgia
- 2 from the Chattanooga area
- 9 expected to contribute on offense - 2 QBs, 2 WRs, 2OL, 2 FBs, 1 RB
- 7 expected to contribute on defense - 1 LB, 4 DBs, 2 Des
- 9 honor role/National Honor Society/Beta Club students
- 3 earned Scholar-Athlete of the Year/Student of the Year/Top Student honors
THORNTON EARNS COLEMAN LEW LEADERSHIP AWARD
The Southern Conference and Coleman Lew & Associates, Inc. selected Joseph Thornton as the 2009 recipient of the Coleman Lew Leadership Award. The award recognizes scholar-athletes from each of the Southern Conference's 11 member institutions that have been nominated by coaches, faculty athletic representatives and senior woman administrators based on leadership, academic excellence and athletic achievement in both the college environment and the community. Athletic directors and representatives from Coleman Lew & Associates conducted one-on-one interviews with the finalists before the award recipients were determined.
ASSISTANT COACHES WITH CHATTANOOGA TIES
Chattanooga head coach Russ Huesman has put together an impressive group of assistant coaches for the 2009 season. Not only are the assistants very experienced college football coaches, but many of them posses ties to UTC and Chattanooga. A UTC letterman himself, Huesman brought in former Moc teammate Russ Ehrenfeld (1977-80) to guide the offensive line. Tony Coode, the tight-ends coach, also played at UTC from 1998-00. Offensive coordinator Marcus Satterfield was a graduate assistant at UTC from 1999-00 and the receivers coach in 2001. Defensive backs coach and recruiting coordinator Carter Cardwell has had two previous stints at UTC. He was the tight-ends coach in 1989 and coached the offensive line, tight-ends and running backs from 1997-02. Offensive assistant Will Healy is a Chattanooga native and all-state quarterback at Boyd-Buchanan High School.
HUESMAN'S CONNECTION TO THE SUPER BOWL CHAMPION STEELERS
UTC head coach Russ Huesman has strong ties to the 2009 Super Bowl Champion Pittsburgh Steelers. During his time at William & Mary, he coached Pittsburgh's head coach Mike Tomlin. Tomlin was a three-year starter as a wide receiver/tight-end for the Tribe and was a second-team All-Yankee Conference selection in 1994. Tomlin is the youngest head coach in NFL history to win the Super Bowl.
MOCS HONORED FOR THEIR WORK IN THE CLASSROOM
A total of 26 members of the UTC football program were honored for their work in the classroom for the 2009 spring semester. Joel Bradford, Michael Carter, Arsenio Clemmons, Ryan Consiglio, Nick Craig, Justin Galyon, Ryan Geist, Louis Gibson, Thomas Green, Mike Hammons, T.J. Hurless, Chris Lewis-Harris, Jeff Lloyd, Adam Miller, Brock Oliver, Charles Profit, Cody Romans, Ed Sawyer, Steven Smigelsky, Brian Sutherland, Dustin Tate, Joseph Thornton, Jeff Veres, Phillip Walliser, Austin Wilson and Clint Woods were all named to the Athletic Director's Honor Roll for posting a 3.0+ grade-point average for the semester. A group of 14, including Bradford, Carter, Consiglio, Craig, Geist, Hammons, Miller, Oliver, Smigelsky, Sutherland, Tate, Thornton, Veres, Walliser and Wilson all made the Dean's List for having a 3.0+ g.p.a.
RENE HAUGERUD & JOHN MURPHY DONATE $500,000 TO UTC FOOTBALL
Renee Haugerud and John Murphy recently contributed $500,000 to the Mocs' football program as part of a $2 million gift to UTC. Murphy is a former member of the Mocs' football team from 1977-1980. He was the long-snapper on three Southern Conference championship squads during his career at UTC. He was also a teammate of current head coach Russ Huesman and assistant coach Russ Ehrenfeld. Murphy and Ehrenfeld were roommates for three years during their time with the Mocs. Haugerud and Murphy's gift totals $2 million for the University. In addition to the $500,000 given to the Mocs' football program, the couple also donated $1.5 million to UTC's College of Business. The donation to the business school is for the development of the Renee Haugerud and John H. Murphy Global Finance Center. This center will serve the more than 1,900 students from all business majors at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
BRENDA LAWSON STUDENT-ATHLETE SUCCESS CENTER
The Brenda Lawson Student-Athlete Success Center opened in December 2008 and is a valuable asset for the UTC football program. The $3.2 million facility includes the Wolford Strength and Conditioning Center, which is considered one of the best strength and conditioning facilities in the Football Championship Subdivision. The Wolford Center includes nearly every type of weight training equipment necessary to help UTC student-athletes perform at the highest level. Unique to the facility is a 43-yard, 3-lane indoor track. The track allows for agility and speed training and serves as a proper warm-up area inside the weight room. The facility also contains a variety of cardio and rehab equipment for the exclusive use of UTC student-athletes. The entire facility overlooks Vine Street and is conveniently located in the middle of campus. The Wolford Family Strength & Conditioning Center was completed thanks to the help of former Moc football student-athlete Bucky Wolford (1966-69).
Three members of the Mocs have direct connections to the National Football League. Senior receiver Justin Buckhalter is the brother of Correll Buckhalter, who is a running back for the Denver Broncos. Senior linebacker Steven Smigelsky is the son of Dave Smigelsky who punted for the Atlanta Falcons and the Washington Redskins. Senior wideout Clint Woods is the son of Chris Woods who played for the Oakland Raiders.
MOCS IN THE NFL
There are three former Mocs who are currently on an NFL roster. Terrell Owens (1992-96) recently signed with the Buffalo Bills while Terdell Sands (1999) was recently picked up by the New England Patriots. Eldra Buckley (2005-06) has signed with the Philadelphia Eagles for the 2009 season.
UTC HOSTS DIVISION I CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
UTC and the City of Chattanooga will host the 2009 NCAA Division I Football Championship Game. The game will be played at Finley Stadium for the 13th straight year. The game is set for Dec. 18, 2009 with game time to be announced at a later date. For more information, visit www.div1fbchampionship.com.
THREE MOCS EARN ALL-SOCON HONORS ON THE TRACK
The men's 4x100 meter team, comprised of two-sport athletes Chris Lewis-Harris, Chris Marshall and Buster Skrine were named all-conference at the 2009 Southern Conference Track & Field Championships for a third place finish with a time of 42.55.
UTC ENROLLMENT PASSES 10,000 FOR THE FIRST TIME
UTC enrollment reached a major milestone this fall with 10,526 students-more than a 7 percent increase over last fall. This growth continues a five-year trend of record enrollment for the campus. Freshman enrollment-at 2,209-reached a record number, as did Graduate School enrollment. Once again, UTC was ranked in the top tier of the Top Public Master's Universities in the South in the U.S. News & World Report 2010 America's Best Colleges, placing it in the top tier of Southern universities.