The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football team wraps up the 2012 season with a visit from Elon on Saturday, Nov. 17. Kickoff is set for 2:00 p.m. (E.S.T.) from Finley Stadium in Chattanooga, Tenn.
The Mocs are 5-5 overall, 4-3 in SoCon action, and working towards their third winning season in the last four years. UTC has not had a run of three out of four winning campaigns since 1984-87.
Elon has been a tough opponent for the Mocs at home. In fact, UTC has never defeated the Phoenix in Finley Stadium. Elon has scored at least 35 points in three of their four trips to the Scenic City, all wins for the visiting team.
The Phoenix are 3-7 overall and 1-6 in SoCon action. They bring the top passing offense in the league and one of the best playmakers in the country. Averaging 297 passing yards per game, Elon ranks No. 10 in the nation in that category. Senior receiver Aaron Mellette is No. 4 in the nation with 8.8 receptions per game and No. 3 nationally with 121 receiving yards per game.
Chattanooga counters with the No. 1 defense in the SoCon. The Mocs are allowing just 302 yards of total offense, 11th fewest in the nation. UTC is No. 6 nationally, giving up 153 yards per game through the air. Sophomore Davis Tull is tied for fifth in the nation with 10.0 sacks and is eighth in the country with 15.5 tackles-for-loss.
MILITARY APPRECIATION DAY
Saturday is Military Appreciation Day at Finley Stadium, which includes FREE admission to anyone in uniform or with a valid military ID. The Mocs will have numerous festivities throughout the day to commemorate the men and women who serve our country.
FREE admission is also extended to police, fire and emergency workers in uniform or with a valid ID.
SILVER WINGS DROP IN FOR PREGAME
The Fort Benning Jump Team, known as the Silver Wings, will deliver the game ball, American flag and UTC flag prior to Saturday's game. Members of the 199th Airborne, the Silver Wings perform live aerial demonstrations all over the country in support of the U.S. Army.
UTC will honor seven seniors prior to the game, including Chris Awuah, Jarrett Burns, Shane Heatherly, J.J. Jackson, Adam Miller, Dustin Tate and Josh Williams. There are also six fouth-year juniors who are graduating and will not return. That group will also be honored before the game and includes Don Cope, Irvin Hernandez, Steven Nease, Graham Nichols, Ethan Poe and Michael Slowey.
A win on Saturday would give this class 23 since 2009. That is the most wins in a four year period at UTC since 1986. It is also the seventh most wins by one class since the Mocs moved to the FCS in 1977.
Tickets for the game are available now at the UTC Ticket Office by calling (423) 266-MOCS (6627) or online on GoMocs.com. Remember to use the promo code #gomocs12 to get print-at-home $8 general admission tickets. This $8 offer is available online only.
RADIO & ONLINE BROADCAST
Fans can catch the game on the radio on the Mocs Sports Network. The flagship station is ESPN Radio 105.1 FM in Chattanooga. Jim Reynolds is in his 33rd year as the play-by-play man for the Mocs. Todd Agne has the color commentary with Will Poindexter as the sideline reporter.
There is also a MocsVision broadcast available on GoMocs.com. There is a $5.95 charge for single game access or fans can order monthly or yearly subscriptions. Live scoring is also available on GoMocs.com.
SEASON NO. 105
The Chattanooga Mocs are in their 105th season of football in 2012. 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 493-503-35 (.495) and have won 10 conference titles.
COACHES AT A GLANCE
Russ Huesman is 22-21 in his fourth year at Chattanooga after being hired as the 22nd head coach at UTC on Dec. 22, 2008. A 1983 graduate of UTC and a former defensive back, Huesman guided Chattanooga to a 6-5 mark in 2009, equaling the number of wins UTC had seen in the previous three years combined. The Mocs are 1-2 against Elon under Huesman.
Prior to his return to Chattanooga, Huesman spent the 25 seasons building a reputation as one of the top defensive-minded assistant coaches in the country. He spent five seasons as the defensive coordinator at the University of Richmond before joining UTC and also coached at Memphis (1998-2003) and William & Mary (14 yrs), serving as the Defensive Coordinator for the 1996-97 seasons. A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, Huesman played prep football at perennial power Moeller High School, where he lettered for four years under head coach Gerry Faust.
Jason Swepson (Boston College '92) is 8-13 and is in his second year as a head coach, both with the Phoenix. Prior to becoming Elon's head coach, Swepson spent 12 years as an assistant with Tom O'Brien at both Boston College and NC State.
NOTES TO KNOW ABOUT THE MOCS
- All four of UTC's FCS losses have come against team who were ranked at the time ... three of Chattanooga's four losses have been by a total of 14 points ... the Mocs were tied in the fourth quarter in all four losses.
- The Mocs lead the Southern Conference in total defense at 302.1 yards per game ... that also ranks No. 11 in the nation.
- UTC is No. 6 in the nation and second in the SoCon in passing defense (153.1).
- Chattanooga is No. 13 in the nation and second in the SoCon in Time of Possession (32:35).
- The Mocs are one of the least penalized teams in the nation at 38.6 penalty yards per game. That ranks No. 9 overall and No. 2 in the SoCon.
- UTC is +7 in turnovers, third in the SoCon and No. 16 in the FCS.
- Sophomore DE Davis Tull leads the SoCon and is No. 5 in the nation with 10.0 sacks ... he also leads the SoCon with 16.5 TFLs...he has 6.0 sacks in his last five games.
- Freshman QB Jacob Huesman has a UTC freshman record 152 completions on the year ... his 11 TD passes are No. 2 on the Mocs' all-time freshman list. He needs three more to pass Kenyon Earl (1991) for the top spot on that list.
- Sophomore K/P Nick Pollard is No. 3 in the SoCon and No. 26 in the nation, averaging 41.3 yards per punt. He is using the same rugby-style punting as Joel Bradford did last year.
- Chattanooga is No. 21 in the nation and third in the SoCon with a 37.6 net punting average.
- Two-time All-SoCon defensive back Kadeem Wise has 10 career interceptions and is tied for No. 5 all-time at UTC. He is ninth among active NCAA FCS players for career INTs.
- UTC is coming off a 5-6 2011 record which included five losses by a total of 12 points. The Mocs lost three games by a 28-27 tally.
- UTC has three members of its defense on various preseason All-American teams, including junior linebacker Wes Dothard, senior defensive lineman Josh Williams and junior defensive back Kadeem Wise.
- UTC is picked to finish fourth in the SoCon by the league's coaches and media.
- Chattanooga had eight players named to the preseason All-SoCon teams, including three on the first team defense (Williams, Dothard, Key).
- Despite returning 17 starters, UTC is still a very young team in 2012 ... there are just seven seniors on the roster ... 13 starters on the current two-deep are sophomores and freshmen.
NOTES TO KNOW ABOUT ELON
- Elon leads the SoCon and is No. 10 in the nation in passing yards (296.9).
- The Phoenix ranks 112th in rushing (88.9) ... and 50th in total offense (385.8).
- Elon is No. 116 (239.7) in rush defense, No. 3 in pass defense (149.0) and No. 73 in total defense (388.7).
- Senior QB Thomas Wilson is No. 10 in the nation in passing yards per game (285.4), No. 12 in pass effieciency (150.04), and No. 13 in total offense (289.7).
- Wilson also leads the SoCon with 23 touchdowns against a SoCon-high 10 interceptions.
- Senior Aaron Mellette is No. 3 in the nation in receiving yards (121.0) and No. 4 in receptions (8.8). He has a SoCon-best 17 TD catches in 2012. His 43 career TD catches are No. 2 all-time in the SoCon.
- Senior PK Adam Shreiner leads the SoCon with 15 field goals on 20 attempts.
NOTES TO KNOW ABOUT THE ELON-UTC GAME
- The Mocs need a win to wrap up their third winning season in the last four years. That feat has not been accomplished in Chattanooga since a comparable run from 1984-87.
- A win will give the 2012 senior class 23 over the last four years. That would be the most wins by one group since 1986 and tied for seventh most by one class since UTC moved to the SoCon in 1977.
- UTC needs a win to finish with an even SoCon home record. UTC is currently 2-1 in league play in Finley Stadium with a win over Samford and losses to Appalachian State and Georgia Southern. UTC is 2-2 overall at home this season.
NOTES TO KNOW ABOUT THE ELON SERIES
- Chattanooga has never beaten Elon in Finley Stadium (0-4).
- Elon leads the series 6-3.
- The Mocs snapped a five-game losing streak to Elon with a 42-18 win on the road last season.
- Elon has scored at least 35 points in three of its four trips to Finley Stadium.
- This rivalry only dates back to 2003 when the Phoenix joined the Southern Conference.
- The Mocs have scored 77 points in the last two games combined, but are just 1-1 in those games.
NO. 13 WOFFORD 16 - CHATTANOOGA 13 (OT) - NOV. 10, 2010
- UTC falls to No. 13 Wofford 16-13 in overtime. Chattanooga is 5-5 overall and 4-3 in SoCon. Wofford secures a share of the Southern Conference title at 8-2 overall and 6-2 in league play.
- The Mocs held Wofford to just 16 points, 10 in regulation and none in the second half. The Terriers came into the game No. 10 in the nation, averaging 35.8 ppg.
- The Mocs defense held Wofford to a season-low 215 rushing yards. The Terriers came into the game No. 2 in the nation with 372.9 rushing yards per game.
- UTC outgained Wofford 337-249 in the game.
- The Mocs did not force a turnover for the first time this season.
- Chattanooga did not commit a turnover for the fifth time this season.
- The Mocs were 11/18 on third down (61%). UTC came into the game third in the SoCon on third down at (40.6%).
- UTC is 5-12 against ranked opponents in the Russ Huesman era.
- The Mocs are just 1-7 in games decided by three points or less since 2009.
- Wes Dothard (Jr. - LB) - Team-high 10 tackles, including one for loss ... fourth game this season with 10+ tackles...ninth in his career.
- Tommy Hudson (So. - WR) - Six catches for a career-high 73 yards ... two punt returns of 23 and 20 yards...longest of the season for UTC ...
- Jacob Huesman (Fr. - QB) - Season-highs 22-31 passing for 229 yards ... ran 24 times for 68 yards ... first game without a TD since the season-opener at USF ... now has 1,478 passing yards, 165 shy of the UTC freshman record set by Kenyon Earl (1991) ... was impressive on third down - 9-10 passing for 90 yards and seven first downs - hit five different receivers - also ran seven times for 30 yards and four first downs.
- Kendrix Huitt (Fr. - RB) - 39 yards and one TD on 14 carries ... third TD of the year.
- Terrell Robinson (So. - QB) - Eight catches for 54 yards ... one pass for completed to Huesman for five yards.
- Davis Tull (So. - DE) - Seven tackles, including a season-high three TFLs ... now has 16.5 TFLs on the season...fourth highest single-season total in school history...school record is 18.0 last set by Joseph Thornton in 2007.
CHATTANOOGA 42 - ELON 18 - OCT. 22, 2011
- The Mocs evened their season record with a 42-18 win at Elon...UTC snaps a five-game series losing streak with their first win over the Phoenix since a 10-7 road win on Oct. 15, 2005...Mocs are 3-6 all-time against the Phoenix...all three wins have come on the road.
- UTC's 42 points are the most in the series against Elon.
- The Mocs opening scoring drive went 86 yards in six plays and took 2:28 off of the clock...it was the longest scoring drive for UTC in terms of yardage this season.
- Gunner Miller scored on a pick-6 in the first quarter...it is the Mocs third defensive score in the last two games...it is also the Mocs third pick-6 of the season...all three starting LBs (Wes Dothard - pick-6 vs. Jacksonville State & Ryan Consiglio - fumble return vs. Western Carolina) have scored this season.
- Chattanooga has not allowed a point in the first quarter in five straight games.
- Chattanooga's pass defense, rated No. 1 in the nation coming into the game, gave up a season-high 273 yards to the Phoenix...the Mocs held All-American receiver Aaron Mellette scoreless with eight catches for 107 yards...that is below his season marks of 10.6 receptions per game and 141 receiving yards per game...he was No. 2 in the nation in receptions per game and No. 3 in the country in receiving yards per game coming into today's contest...also first game without a TD this season.
- Chattanooga overcame a tough third quarter that included two possessions - both three-and-outs - and four yards of offense.
- Chattanooga allowed a season-high 23 first downs...UTC came into the game No. 2 in the country in first-down defense, allowing just 13.4 per game.
- Chattanooga forced four turnovers in the game (2 INTs, 2 FRs)...the Mocs are now +12 in turnover margin on the year...UTC came into the game No. 2 in the SoCon and No. 11 in the nation in turnover margin.
- UTC recovered two fumbles, upping its season total to 12...the Mocs were No. 8 in the nation in fumbles recovered coming into the game.
- WR - Marlon Anthony - SO - Tied for team-high with three catches, including a TD ... fourth TD catch of the year and the seventh of his career ... did not have a catch in the previous two games.
- LB - Wes Dothard - SO - Career-high and game-high 15 tackles, including two-and-a-half for loss ... forced his fourth fumble of the season.
- RB - Marquis Green - FR - Ran for 45 yards on six carries with one TD ... third rushing TD of the year ... posted a 7.5-yard average par carry.
- LB - Gunner Miller - LB - First career INT...ran it back 24 yards for a pick-6 ... added four tackles.
- DB - Chaz Moore - SO - Career-high six tackles ... added a half-tackle for loss and a PBU.
- QB - Terrell Robinson - FR - Ran for a game-high 115 yards on 14 carries ... averaged 8.2 yards per carry ... broke off a season-high 41-yard run in the fourth quarter...longest run of the year for Chattanooga ... 11-13 passing for 140 yards and three TDs ... 52-yard TD strike to Joel Bradford in the 1st quarter was his longest pass of the season ... tied with B.J. Coleman for the team lead in TD passes on the year with six ... first Moc with 100 rushing and passing since Tony Merendino (134 rush, 240 pass) against Appalachian State on Oct. 7, 1978.
- DE - Davis Tull - FR - Recorded a sack...his second of the year ... recovered his first career fumble.
- DB - Kadeem Wise - SO - Second INT of the year ... 8th career INT...tied for 9th all-time at UTC.
Of the 3,504 yards of total offense produced by the Mocs this season, all but 353 yards were put up by sophomores and freshmen. That means that underclassmen account for roughly 90% of the Mocs offense. Of the Mocs 32 touchdowns, 30 have been by freshmen and sophomores. With 17 total starters returning, the Mocs have a lot of experience back. However, UTC is still a young team in 2012. There are only seven seniors on the roster. Of the 62 Mocs that participated in a game last season, 22 were freshmen and another 17 were sophomores. There are 13 sophomores and freshmen who are listed as starters on the two-deep, including nine on offense, three on defense and two specialists.
IT'S ALL IN THE NAME
On first reference, it is acceptable to refer to us as the "University of Tennessee at Chattanooga". After that, we prefer to be called "Chattanooga" or "UTC." Our nickname is "Mocs."
ROSTER, DEPTH CHART AND BREAKDOWNS
An updated roster can be found on pages 10-11 of the .pdf of the game notes. There is a roster breakdown on page 12 and a list of the starters and letter winners returning and lost on page 13. An updated depth chart is on pages 14-15.
MILLER & TULL NAMED ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT
Senior Adam Miller and sophomore Davis Tull earned spots on the Capital One Academic All-District team, announced today by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). The Capital One Academic All-District Teams are made up of student-athletes from eight regions across the country. Nominees must be in their second year at an institution and have at least a 3.3 cumulative grade-point-average. Miller is the first Moc to be a two-time honoree after earning a spot on the Capital One Academic All-District team last season. A native of Cohutta, Ga., Miller has a 3.78 g.p.a. as a Construction Management major. Tull is one of four sophomores on the District 3 team. A native of Knoxville, Tenn., he carries a 3.43 g.p.a. in Health and Human Performance.
ROBINSON IS EVERYWHERE
Sophomore QB Terrell Robinson has shown off his versatility in the last five games, scoring five TDs and throwing for another. He had 97 rushing yards and a score on 22 carries to go with 4-5 passing for 73 yards and a TD at The Citadel. He got the start at QB against Furman and was 7-10 passing for 86 yards. He also had eight catches for 81 yards and two TDs while running four times for 29 yards and another score against the Paladins. Robinson is currently second on the team in scoring with five TDs (3 rec, 2 rush) and a 2-pt. conversion and has thrown for two more TDs.
HUESMAN CLIMBING THE MOCS FRESHMAN RECORD BOOKS
Freshman QB Jacob Huesman is putting up some impressive numbers this season. He has been named the SoCon Freshman of the Week three times and is racking up yards rushing and passing. He is on the Jerry Rice Award Watch List for the national freshman of the and is threatening most of the Mocs freshman offensive records.
- Leads the team and and all SoCon freshmen with 79.5 yards per game.
- 795 rushing yards are the most at UTC since Bryan Fitzgerald had 798 in 2007...fourth most by a freshman in school history.
- Six rushing TDs are the second most by a UTC freshman...needs two more for the record.
- Has three 100-yard rushing games, including two fo the last three outings.
- 170 yards and two TDs on 26 carries against No. 2 Georgia Southern ... most rushing yards by a Moc since Bryan Fitzgerald had 181 at Presbyterian on Sept. 19, 2009 ... second most rushing yards by a QB in school history (197 - Richard Manning at Ole Miss on Nov. 9, 1968) ... second most rushing yards by a freshman in school history (202 - James Roberts at ETSU - 10/14/89).
- Completing 66.7% of his passes (154-231).
- Set UTC freshman record for completions (154).
- Has 1,478 passing yards and needs 165 to pass Kenyon Earl (1991) for the UTC freshman record.
- 11 passing TDs is second most by a freshman in school history...needs three more for the record
- 11 passing TDs is third in the SoCon.
- Five INTs is the fewest among the top-5 passers in the SoCon.
- Currently No. 4 in the SoCon with a 131.8 pass efficiency rating.
- Season-high 229 yards on 22-31 passing at No. 13 Wofford. Most passing yards by a UTC freshman since Brian Hampton put up 281 in a 29-24 win over The Citadel on Nov. 4, 1995.
- Third in the league with 294.5 yards of total offense per game ... most among SoCon frosh.
- Thrown and ran for 100+ yards three times this season.
- Has 17 total TDs (11 pass and 6 rush).
- 347 yards of total offense (166 rush & 181 pass) at No. 24 Jacksonville State is the most ever by a UTC freshman and the most by any Moc since B.J. Coleman had 428 (432 pass/-4 rush) at Furman on Oct. 23, 2010.
- 2,273 yards of total offense is a UTC freshman record and seventh most all-time.
DOTHARD NAMED TO BUCK BUCHANAN AWARD WATCH LIST
Junior linebacker Wes Dothard was named to the 2012 Buck Buchanan Award Watch List. Dothard is one of 20 players up for the top defensive honor in the Football Championship Subdivision presented by The Sports Network. He is also a consensus Preseason All-American. Dothard is coming off an outstanding sophomore season that included 98 tackles, five forced fumbles, two defensive scores and First Team All-American honors from the Sports Network. He currently leads the team with 85 tackles, including six for a loss, two forced fumbles and an interception.
WILLIAMS A CONSENSUS PRESEASON ALL-AMERICAN
Senior defensive end Josh Williams has been named to various preseason FCS All-American teams heading into 2012. He is the Mocs' all-time leader in sacks with 23.5 in his career. He is second among all active players in the NCAA FCS for career sacks, trailing only Georgia Southern's Brent Russell (24.0). The Griffin, Ga., native led the SoCon in sacks last season (9.5) and earned first team honors from the league. He has started 39 of 41 games in his career. he has 2.0 sacks, 17 tackles, three QBHs and recovered a fumble.
WISE NAMED TO PHIL STEELE PRESEASON ALL-AMERICAN TEAM
Junior defensive back Kadeem Wise joined Dothard and Williams on the Phil Steele FCS Preseason All-American team. Wise made the fourth team while Dothard and Williams were third team selections. Wise is a two-time All-SoCon performer with nine career interceptions. He was the 2010 SoCon Freshman of the Year and a second team all-league pick in 2011. He has started every game of his career at cornerback and is the only Moc to be named All-SoCon in his first two seasons. He is currently sixth on the team with 48 tackles. He was named the SoCon Defensive Player of the Week after logging eight tackles and a pick at The Citadel on Sept. 29. He has two INTs this season and is fifth all-time at UTC with 10 in his career. He is currently ninth among active players in the NCAA FCS for career INTs.
POLLARD NAMED TO FRED MITCHELL AWARD WATCH LIST
Sophomore Nick Pollard is one of 44 student-athletes on the 2012 Fred Mitchell Place-Kicker Award Watch List the selection committee announced prior to the season. The annual Fred Mitchell Award is provided to the nation's top collegiate place-kicker among more than 750 FCS, Division II, III, NAIA and NJCAA football teams. Pollard (Smyrna, Tenn.) is coming off an outstanding 2011 season that saw him break the Mocs' freshman scoring record with 61 points. He connected on 31-of-33 PATs and was 10-of-14 on field goals, earning Southern Conference All-Freshman honors. This season he is 8-13 on FGs and 25-27 on PATs. He is also handling the punting duties and is No. 26 in the nation with 41.3-yard average per kick.
TULL LEADS THE SOCON IN SACKS AND TFLS
Sophomore DE Davis Tull has six sacks in his last five games and is leading the SoCon with 10.0 on the year. He is No. 5 in the nation in sacks and leads the SoCon with 16.5 TFLs. He is tied for 11th in the country with three forced fumbles and leads the team with six QBHs. He is now second in career sacks at UTC with 15.0. Teammate Josh Williams leads that category with 23.5 and counting. Tull is threatening UTC's single-season sack record of 12.0 set by Tyler Unzicker in 2001 and matched by Josh Beard in 2009.