As expected, the defense dominated early, forcing three-and-outs on the first three possessions. The Mocs return eight starters to the No. 1 ranked defense in the Southern Conference.
The offense is moving from the pro-style attack used over the last three years to a spread approach that better suits the top two candidates for the starting quarterback job. Terrell Robinson and Jacob Huesman are battling for the No. 1 position and both shook off rough early starts to finish strong.
"I thought Terrell really made a couple of nice runs," stated head coach Russ Huesman. "He did a nice job and managed the offense really well. I thought Jacob had some nice runs and I thought he had some good balls out there too."
Robinson broke off the longest run of the day late in the scrimmage. He took a snap to the right side for a 40-yard score. He finished with a team-high 81 yards and the one score on 15 carries. He was also 9-15 passing for 46 yards.
Huesman scored a pair of rushing touchdowns on the day. The first came after Robinson orchestrated a 58-yard drive down to the two, but lost his helmet trying to score. Huesman came in and barreled through the left side for the score.
Huesman last scored on a nine-yard run. He finished the day with 37 rushing yards on nine carries. He was 8-21 for 77 yards through the air, including an 18-yard TD pass to Ron Moore over the middle. He was picked off once in the redzone by linebacker Shane Heatherly.
Taylor Stanford led all receivers with three catches for 23 yards. Marquis Green led the running backs with six carries for 27 yards. "We know we have a pretty good defense, so I was pleased with how the offense responded after a rough start," added Huesman. "We just have to block a little bit better, we have to run a little bit better and we have to throw and catch a little bit better."
The Mocs will take the next 11 days off for spring break. UTC will be back on the practice field on Monday, March 19, at 3:30 p.m. (E.S.T.). The annual Spring Game is set for March 31 at 2:00 p.m. at Finley Stadium.
"I think this break will give our coaching staff a chance to regroup, really look at things and figure out where we need to go now," said Huesman. "This break is going to help us offensively more than anything. We are banged up a little bit. Hopefully we can get some guys back with about a week and a half off. They probably need a little bit of a break."
March 7 Scrimmage Stats
Terrell Robinson - 15-81 - TD
Jacob Huesman - 9-37 - 2TD
Marquis Green - 6-27
Kendrix Huitt - 6-22
Keon Williams - 7-20
Chris Awuah - 5-13
J.J. Jackson - 3-9
Graham Nichols - 3-(-2)
Taylor Stanford - 3-23
Sean Stackhouse - 2-22
Ron Moore - 2-20 - TD
Max Zinchini - 1-19
Michael Trundle - 2-11
Troy Dye - 1-11 - TD
Malcolm Jones - 1-8
Tommy Hudson - 3-5
Marlon Anthony - 2-4
- Jacob Huesman scored on 4th-and-1 from the two-yard line. Came in for the last play of a 60-yard drive orchestrated by Robinson. Robinson came out after losing his helmet on the previous play.
- Jacob Huesman with a nine-yard run on 2nd-and-goal from the nine.
- Terrell Robinson ran for a 40-yard score on 1st-and-10 from the 40.