Record Crowd Watches Gold Post 27-14 Win at 2011 Spring Game
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football team capped off spring practice today with the 2011 Blue & Gold Spring Game, presented by the Downtown Hampton Inn & Suites.  The Mocs had a record Spring Game crowd of 2,791 visit Finley Stadium to see the Gold team come away with a 27-14 win. 

Nearly 100 youth started the afternoon with a FREE Kid's Clinic on Davenport Field.  The Mocs coaching staff and student-athletes put the participants through an hour-long session of drills in front of many parents and fans.  Be sure to check the Kid's Clinic Photo Gallery at the top of the page for shots of all the action. 

Following the clinic, the UTC Mocs Club and the Chattanooga Coca Cola Bottling Company treated the fans with free hotdogs and Coke products.  The kids descended on the bounce house and inflatable slide on the east concourse, while the Mocs began warming up for the featured contest.  Photos from the festivities today and Friday's Mocs Football Alumni Golf Tournament are located in the photo gallery at the top of the page.   

UTC hit the field promptly at 3:00 p.m. for the first of a 110-play scrimmage.  The Blue team, made up of the No. 1 offense and the No. 2 defense, took the ball on its own 30-yard line to begin the game.  Senior Nick Davison (Calhoun, Ga.) recorded a sack on senior quarterback B.J. Coleman (Chattanooga, Tenn.) on second-and-seven from the Gold 45.  That would lead to a punt two plays later. 

The Gold squad, led by sophomore quarterback Graham Nichols (Franklin, Tenn.), drove 88 yards to the Blue two-yard line on its first possession.  Freshman Nick Pollard (Nashville, Tenn.) connected on a 20-yard field goal for the first score of the game.

After a three-and-out by the Blues, the Golds took over on their own 39.  The drive seemed to stall on third-and-six from the 43, but Nichols found freshman tight end Faysal Shafaat (Orlando, Fla.) for 16 yards.  Four plays later, Pollard hit a 44-yard field goal to give the Gold team a 6-0 lead. 

The Gold defense continued to be strong in the opening quarter, forcing a three-and-out and a turnover on the next two possessions by the Mocs' top offensive group.  On third-and-10 from his own 20, Coleman connected with tight end Sean Stackhouse (Jacksonville, Fla.) for a big gain.  Gold linebacker Shane Heatherly (Waynesville, N.C.) forced and recovered a fumble, giving his side the ball on the Blue 32. 

Nichols and junior receiver Jeff Veres (Thompson Station, Tenn.) hooked up on two-straight plays of 20 and 12 yards to give the Gold a 13-0 lead.  Veres led all receivers today with seven catches for 83 yards and the one score. 

Coleman came right back with an eight-play scoring drive to put the Blue team on the board just before the half.  Highlighted by a 36-yard completion to senior receiver Sloan Allison (Ooltewah, Tenn.), the Mocs cut the deficit to 13-7 just before the break.  The scoring strike was a six-yard pass play between Coleman and senior Joel Bradford

The first play of the second half was the longest of the day.  Nichols found freshman receiver Bryant Belew (Columbia, Tenn.) down the far side for a 46-yard connection.   Five plays later, sophomore Keon Williams (Chattanooga, Tenn.) punched it in from three yards out to give the Gold a 20-7 lead. 

Coleman orchestrated a 12-play scoring drive on the next possession.  On third-and-10 from the Gold 38, he found junior running back J.J. Jackson (Marietta, Ga.) over the middle for 26 yards.  Senior fullback Thomas Green (Hixson, Tenn.) finished off the drive from two yards out to close the gap to 20-14. 

That was the last score for the No. 1s.  Freshmen Reese Browning (Knoxville, Tenn.) took over for the Golds for the rest of the game.  He added the final score of the day with a 30-yard scoring pass to freshman Michael Gray (Nashville, Tenn.). 

Nichols was named the Offensive MVP for the second year in a row, finishing with 161 passing yards on 12-19 attempts and one touchdown.  Davison was the Defensive MVP, recording five tackles, two for a loss, one sack and one quarterback hurry.

Coleman ended with 108 passing yards on 14-20 attempts and one touchdown.  Freshman Desmond Walker (Atlanta, Ga.) had 13 carries for 53 yards for the Gold.  Belew ended with four catches for 68 yards while Bradford hauled in four passes for 24 yards and one score.      

Bob Davis Winter Warrior Award
Following the game, the Mocs handed out the Bob Davis Winter Warrior Award.  Named for long-time Chattanooga Mocs athletics supporter, Bob Davis, this honor is selected by the coaching staff and goes to the individual who showed the strongest work ethic in the offseason conditioning drills, the weight room and spring practice. The 2011 Bob Davis Winter Warrior Award went to sophomore linebacker Gunner Miller.  

2011 Team Captains
Also announced following the game were the four team captains for the 2011 season.  Selected by the players and coaches, the position of team captain for the Chattanooga Mocs is one of honor and responsibility.  These student-athletes are charged with the task of leading Mocs Football in the classroom, on the field and in the community for the next year. 

The first captain is senior quarterback B.J. Coleman.  The Chattanooga native will hold the honor for the second year in a row and after leading the team both on and off the field over the last two seasons.  Coleman was a 2nd team All-Southern Conference pick in 2010.  He threw for nearly three thousand yards and his 26 touchdown passes last season ranked No. 5 in the nation.  An Academic All-Southern Conference selection, Coleman is majoring in Communications.

The next captain is senior defensive back Chris Lewis-Harris.  Lewis-Harris has started every game in the Mocs' secondary over the last two years.  The Smyrna, Ga. native was third on the team with 55 tackles in 2010 and has four career interceptions.  Off the field, Lewis-Harris has been a solid performer in the classroom, earning recognition on the Athletics Directors Honor Roll as a Business & Entrepreneurship major. 

The third team captain is senior linebacker Ryan Consiglio.  Hailing from Franklin, Tenn., Consiglio was a second-team All-Southern Conference pick in 2010, leading the team and fifth in the league with 110 tackles on the year.  He has started every game over the last two seasons and has twice been named the SoCon Defensive Player of the Week.  He is a two-time Academic All-SoCon pick and has been on the Dean's List and the Athletics Directors Honor Roll as an Exercise Science major. 

Finally, the fourth team captain is senior defensive back Jordan Tippit.  A native of Huntsville, Ala., Tippit was a first team All-Southern Conference honoree in 2009 and is expected to be one of the top safeties in the league again this season.  He has eight career interceptions, tying for No. 8 all-time at UTC.  He has been listed on the Athletics Directors Honor Roll throughout his career and is majoring in Health & Human Performance.

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