Junior Marquis Green talks to the media about Saturday's Homecoming game vs. Furman.
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Quotes, Photos & Video from Tuesday's Mocs Media Luncheon

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football team is home for a second week in a row to host the Furman Paladins Saturday evening at Finley Stadium at 6 p.m. for Homecoming 2013.

The Mocs are 3-2 on the season and are coming off a 42-21 win over Western Carolina. The win has the Mocs at 1-1 in the Southern Conference in a tie with Furman. The Paladins are 2-3 overall and are in search of a win after falling 28-25 to Elon in Greenville, S.C., last weekend.

UTC Head Coach Russ Huesman visited with the media at the Mocs Media Luncheon in McKenzie Arena today.  He was joined by junior running back Marquis Green and junior defensive back Zach McCarter.

Below are excerpts from today’s interviews.  The full interviews can be seen on MocsVision and are attached to this story.

Head Coach Russ Huesman
Thoughts on the win over Western Carolina
“I thought it was a nice win for us. We needed one after the Georgia Southern loss. Even though we won by 21, I don’t think we played particularly great. Western Carolina had a lot to do with that. I thought they played really hard and played good defense. Fortunately we got some turnovers there in the first half that allowed us to score. I think we’re going to have to play a lot better as the season goes on if we want to win in this league. I don’t think our players understand that we have to play better than that, but we made some key plays. We made a lot of big third downs in that game and had some kids make Western miss tackles and break tackles. We had the screen pass to Marquis Green that was huge and we did enough to win the game. The defense had a great first half but not the second half. We’re going to have to play better than that.”

Thoughts on Furman this weekend

“Furman has a good football team. They’ve lost to two ranked teams and they beat The Citadel, who I think is a really good football team. They are doing a really nice job. This is two years in a row they’ve had to play a freshman quarterback, and he didn’t look like a freshman against Elon last week. They are going to be ready to play and they are well coached. We have to play better than we did against Western Carolina to beat them.”

On running unfamiliar defenses against a freshman quarterback

“We’ve never done anything like that. We usually just call one front, one coverage and one blitz. We’ve done that for about 20 years now, but a lot of people will do that. We just plan on lining up and playing.”

On having multiple back in the game and converting third downs

“It’s hard to defend. The defense has to decide what they want to do and we threw for a little more than we normally do. We converted a lot of third downs against Western Carolina and I think a lot of that was because of our maturity. You convert more with maturity and we’ve gone for a few fourth-and-ones because we have confidence in our guys. We are confident that we can pick those up.”

On the unpredictability of the Southern Conference in 2013

“It’s strange how the league sets up this year. It’s nuts. You don’t have a ‘gimme game’ and there’s not an unbeatable team in the conference. There’s no easy conference games and it’s week-to-week. You don’t even know what an upset is. If Western had beaten us, would it have been an upset? I don’t know.”

Marquis Green, Junior, Running Back
Thoughts on establishing a running game and time of possession

“It was something we wanted to work on because we wanted to establish a running game. It comes along with a running game because you hold on to the ball longer. We are trying to keep their defense off the field and eat the clock. We’re just looking to get plays and run the ball.”

On converting third downs

“We work a lot on that in practice. We run those situations and Coach Huesman always has us running the third down drill. We know it is crucial to convert on third down.”

Thoughts on the offensive line

“The offensive line is doing great. They have been playing together for a long time and they have great chemistry. Revis and Pat have been doing great for us and they have been blocking very well for us. They are one of the biggest keys to our running game.”

Zach McCarter, Junior, Defensive Back
On Coach Huesman finding interesting stats for the team
“Coach Huesman always find some sort of stats that gets us to thinking and amped up for playing an opponent. We haven’t beaten Furman in 15 year or ever at Finley Stadium so that’s what we’re trying to break going into the weekend.”

Thoughts on the offense’s time of possession

“I notice the offense staying on the field. I enjoy being on the sidelines more because it gives the defense a lot of rest and us a lot of chances to score. It’s a big deal for the defense to be able to catch its breath when you have some guys out.”

On Chattanooga’s running game

Keon Williams has come a long way this year and having Marquis going in helps keep the running backs’ legs fresh. Kenny going in also keeps defenses on their toes.”

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