Defense Holds Strong in Mocs Spring Game
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football team all but wrapped up spring practice with the annual Spring Game at Finley Stadium today.  A lively crowd enjoyed the afternoon that included a soccer alumni match, a 6-0 soccer win over Bryan College, free kids football clinic and live music along with free food and Coke products. 

The White squad, made up of the first team defense and the second team offense, defeated the Blue 13-10.  The Blue team had first-and-goal from the one-yard-line with a minute left in the game, but the Southern Conference's No. 1 defense made an impressive stand to preserve the win. 

Marlon Anthony (Acworth, Ga.) was named the Offensive MVP with six catches for 100 yards and a touchdown.  The Defensive MVP was All-American linebacker Wes Dothard (Carrollton, Ga.) who returned an interception 37-yards. 

The Blue team got on the board first when Nick Pollard (Nashville, Tenn.) connected on a 29-yard field goal with four minutes left in the first quarter.  That drive was started by a 42-yard run from Marquis Green (Palmetto, Fla.). 

White answered with a nine-play, 65-yard drive that ended with a 22-yard touchdown pass from Jacob Huesman (Chattanooga, Tenn.) to Michael Trundle (Chattanooga, Tenn.).  Huesman scrambled left and drew the defense in.  Trundle set in the secondary along the sideline and Huesman put up a nice pass on the run for the score. 

Huesman and Terrell Robinson (South Pittsburg, Tenn.) were both leading the No. 1 offense while Graham Nichols (Franklin, Tenn.) was guiding the second unit.  Even though the quarterbacks were in the no-contact, red jerseys, Nichols was knocked out of the game with a nasty broken nose.  That forced Huesman to switch to the White team.  By the end of the first half, Huesman and Robinson were switching back between both teams. 

Pollard put the White back up 10-3 with a 37-yard FG with just over four minutes left in the half. Pollard finished the game 3-4 on FGs, missing from 42-yards just before the half.  Huesman had a 52-yard completion to Malcom Jones (South Pittsburg, Tenn.) and Dothard's interception were the other two highlight plays of the opening half. 


The defense forced three-straight three-and-outs to open the second half, but Pollard twice flipped the field with consecutive 54-yard punts.  He is working on the rugby-style kicking that Joel Bradford made so effective last season.  He finished with seven punts for a 41.3 yard average, twice pinning the opposition inside its own 20-yard line.

Blue finally tied the score when Huesman and Anthony hooked up for two big plays.  First, Anthony used his 6-5 frame to go over the top of a defender for a 53-yard completion.  That set up first-and-goal from the five.  Huesman then lofted a perfect pass to the corner that Anthony easily hauled in for the score. 

The White team went back up 13-10 just after the start of the fourth quarter when Pollard hit a 40-yard FG.  Neither team could mount much offense until Robinson found Tommy Hudson (Moultrie, Ga.) for back to back completions to inside the five-yard line.

Blue would eventually get first-and-goal from the one, but White came up with four big stops.  Zach McCarter (Hixson, Tenn.) stopped Ron Moore (Sanford, Fla.) for no gain on first down, followed by Davis Tull (Knoxville, Tenn.) stopping Robinson for no yards on second down. Robinson would have likely scored on the play if it was a full-contact situation.  J.J. Jackson (Marietta, Ga.) was snuffed by Muhasibi Wakeel (Decatur, Ga.) on third down and Robinson overthrew Anthony on the final play. 

Huesman finished with 10/16 passing for 188 yards and two touchdowns while Robinson was 14/26 for 100 yards and one interception.  Green led the rushers with 78 yards on 13 carries.  Max Zinchini (Hendersonville, Tenn.) was second among the receivers with four catches for 30 yards. 

C.J. Murrell (Hendersonville, Tenn.) led the defense with seven tackles, while Wakeel added six stops.  Will Mix (Nashville, Tenn.) added a pair of sacks. 


Following the game, head coach Russ Huesman announced award winners and team captains.  The Bob Davis Winter Warrior Award went to Tull.  Jackson, D.J. Key (Centerville, Tenn.), Shane Heatherly (Waynesville, N.C.) and Adam Miller (Cohutta, Ga.) were all named team captains for the 2012 season. 


"Marlon Anthony stepped up today and looked really good," stated Huesman.  "Those are the things we expect from him.  I thought for the most part, up front on both sides of the ball we did a nice job.  Our White team did an excellent job holding them on the goal line.  A lot of good things.  I thought it was pretty crisp and not a ton of penalties."


The Mocs will have one more practice on Wednesday, April 4 to officially end the spring sessions.  UTC opens the 2012 season on Sept. 1 at South Florida.  The home opener is set for Thursday, Sept. 13, against Glenville State at 7:00 p.m. (E.D.T.).  Season tickets are on sale now on or by calling the UTC Ticket Office at (423) 266-MOCS (6627). 

Final Score
White 13 - 1st Team Defense/2nd Team Offense
Blue 10 - 2nd Team Defense/1st Team Offense

Offensive MVP
Marlon Anthony - 6 catches, 100 yards, 1 TD

Defensive MVP
Wes Dothard - 37-yard INT return (no TD)

Bob Davis Winter Warrior Award
Davis Tull

2012 Team Captains
D.J. Key
Shane Heatherly
J.J. Jackson
Adam Miller

Marquis Green - 13-78
Kendrix Huitt - 7-29
J.J. Jackson - 7-19
Keon Williams - 5-8
Ron Moore - 2-4
Tommy Hudson - 1-0
Terrell Robinson - 9-(-1)
Jacob Huesman - 4-(-4)

Jacob Huesman - 10-16, 188 yards, 2 TDs
Terrell Robinson - 14-26, 100 yards, 1 INT
Grahmam Nichols - 1-2, 1 yard

Marlon Anthony - 6-100, 1 TD
Max Zinchini - 4-30
Sean Stackhouse - 3-25
Marquis Green - 3-18
Malcom Jones - 2-60
Tommy Hudson - 2-19
Ron Moore - 2-9
Michael Trundle - 1-22, 1 TD
Faysal Shafaat - 1-5
Kendrix Huitt - 1-1

Top Defense
C.J. Murrell - 7 tackles
Muhasibi Wakeel - 6 tackles
Sacks - Will Mix (2), Shane Heatherly, Devin Scates, Josh Williams, Chris Mayes.

Special Teams
Nick Pollard - 3-4 field goals (Made 29, 37, 40 - Missed 42)
7 Punts, 41.3 average, 2 50+ yards, 2 i20.   
Brandon Henry - 2 Punts, 32.0 yard average. 

Scoring Drives
Blue - Nick Pollard 29-yard FG.
7 plays, 75 yards.
3-0 Blue - 4:24 in the 1st Quarter.

White - Jacob Huesman to Michael Trundle for a 22-yard TD.
9 plays, 65 yards.                        
7-3 White - 11:52 in the 2nd Quarter.

White - Nick Pollard 37-yard FG.
10 plays, 60 yards.
10-3 White - 4:29 in the 2nd Quarter.

Blue - Jacob Huesman to Marlon Anthony for a 5-yard TD.
3 plays, 52-yards.
Tied 10-10 - 3:56 in the 3rd Quarter.

White - Nick Pollard 40-yard FG.
10 plays, 65 yards.
13-10 White - 11:19 in the 4th Quarter.

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