Senior Keon Williams.
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Mocs Open Spring Practice Monday

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football team begins spring practice next week.  The Mocs open the first of 15 sessions on Monday, March 17, at 4:15 p.m. (E.D.T.) on Scrappy Moore Field.  The 2014 Blue & Gold Spring Game is set for Friday, April 11, and a complete spring practice schedule is listed below. 

SCRIMMAGES OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
The Mocs take part in two scrimmages at Finley Stadium during spring action.  These scrimmages are scheduled for March 28 and April 12 and are open to all UTC football fans.  Be sure to check GoMocs.com throughout the spring for any changes in the schedule.

SPRING GAME APRIL 11
Practice concludes with the annual Blue & Gold Spring Game on Friday, April 11.  Gates at Finley Stadium open at 5:00 p.m.  UTC coaches and staff again host its yearly FREE Kids’ Clinic, beginning at 5:15 p.m. All youth, middle school and younger, are encouraged to attend the free event.  The Blue & Gold Spring Game kicks off at 7:00 p.m. followed by postgame Offensive and Defensive MVP Awards and the Bob Davis Winter Warrior Award.

2014 SPRING PRACTICE SCHEDULE - MARCH 17 - APRIL 11

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
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Practice 1
4:15 p.m.
Scrappy
Moore Field

 

Practice 2
4:15 p.m.
Scrappy
Moore Field

 

Practice 3
4:15 p.m.
Scrappy
Moore Field

Practice 4
2:00 p.m.
Scrappy
Moore Field

23 24 25 26 27 29 29
 

Practice 5
4:15 p.m.
Scrappy
Moore Field

 

Practice 6
4:15 p.m.
Scrappy
Moore Field

 

Scrimmage 1
4:00 p.m.
Finley
Stadium

Practice 8
2:00 p.m.
Scrappy
Moore Field

30 31 1 2 3 4 5
  Practice 9
4:15 p.m.
Scrappy
Moore Field
  Practice 10
4:15 p.m.
Scrappy
Moore Field
  Scrimmage 2
4:00 p.m.
Finley
Stadium
Practice 12
2:00 p.m.
Scrappy
Moore Field
6 7 8 9 10 11 12
  Practice 13
4:15 p.m.
Scrappy
Moore Field
  Practice 14
4:15 p.m.
Scrappy
Moore Field
  Spring Game
7:00 p.m.
Finley Stadium
 

2013 QUICK RECAP
The Mocs enjoyed one of their most successful seasons in school history in 2013.  UTC went 8-4 overall, securing a share of the Southern Conference title for the first time since 1984 with a 6-2 mark in league play.  It is the most league wins for Chattanooga since joining the SoCon in 1977 and the most overall victories since 1980.  The Mocs finished the year No. 25 in the FCS Coaches Poll and No. 23 in The Sports Network Top-25.  It was the first year-end national ranking for UTC since the 1984 season. 

LETTERMEN/STARTERS RETURNING/LOST
UTC returns a total of 40 lettermen from the 2013 campaign. There are 18 on the offensive side of the ball, while 13 return on defense. Three specialists also returned for the 2014 season. There are 15 starters back, including eight on offense, five on defense and two on special teams.  A complete list of starters returning and lost is available on page 9 of the Spring Guide .pdf.   

NOTES TO KNOW ABOUT THE MOCS
General
• UTC posted its fourth winning season in the last five years.  The last time the Mocs had four winning seasons in five years was 1983-87.  

• Head coach Russ Huesman joined Joe Morrison as the only Moc to win two SoCon Coach of the Year honors.  Coach Huesman and Buddy Nix are the only Mocs to win the honor from their peers. 

• Junior DE Davis Tull became the program’s first Academic All-American.

• Mocs tied a school record with nine on the All-SoCon teams.

• UTC was No. 4 in the nation with just 32.8 penalty yards per game. 

• UTC averaged 9,222 fans per game at Finley Stadium, ranking fourth in the SoCon and No. 25 in the FCS.     

Defense
• The Mocs led the SoCon in total defense (328.9) and scoring defense (20.4).  They were 17th and 11th, nationally, in those respective categories.

• Chattanooga led the league and was fifth in the FCS in passing defense (151.6).

• UTC led the SoCon and was No. 36 in the nation in pass efficiency defense (120.60).

• The Mocs allowed just 17.0 first downs per game.  That was second in the SoCon and 23rd nationally. 

• Junior DE Davis Tull was named the SoCon Defensive Player of the Year, finishing second in the SoCon with 9.0 sacks ... he set the Mocs all-time sack record (26.5) at Elon on Oct. 19.

• UTC was second in the SoCon with 11 interceptions.

• UTC held five opponents to less than 300 yards of total offense, five in 2012 and six in 2011...UTC has held at least four opponents to less than 300 yards in each of Russ Huesman’s five seasons...Prior to his arrival in 2009, the last time Chattanooga held four opponents to under 300 yards in a season was 2000.

• Senior DBs Kadeem Wise and D.J. Key and senior LB Wes Dothard joined Tull as First Team All-SoCon selections.  Sophomore DL Josh Freeman made the second team and DE Keionta Davis made the SoCon All-Freshman squad. 

Offense
• The Mocs were No. 22 in the FCS and No. 4 in the SoCon in rushing at 212.4 yards per game. 

• UTC is No. 25 in the nation and No. 4 in the SoCon in Pass Efficiency (142.30). 

• Chattanooga is second in the SoCon and is No. 23 in the country in 3rd-down conversion percentage (71/161 - 44.1%).

• Sophomore QB Jacob Huesman was the SoCon Offensive Player of the Year.  He was second in the league and is No. 4 in the country in completion % (68.3%).

• The Mocs rushed for over 2,000 yards for the first time since 2005 (2,549) and just the second time since 1992.  The school record for rushing yards in a season is 3,332 in 1977.   

Special Teams
• Senior Chaz Moore was No. 10 in the nation in KOR average (29.1).

• Junior Tommy Hudson was second in the SoCon and No. 26 in the nation with a 9.1 yard punt return average. 

• Junior Nick Pollard handled both the punting and place-kicking duties.  He was 5-10 on field goals and averaged 40.7 yards per punt.  Of his 51 punts, 23 were downed inside the 20, 13 of those inside the 10 and seven of those inside the five.

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.”

SEASON NO. 107
The Chattanooga Mocs enter their 107th season of football in the fall of 2014.  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 502-507-35 (.498) and have won 11 conference titles.

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 6-7 of the .pdf of the game notes.  The depth chart is found on pages 10-11.

NOTES ON THE RANKINGS
UTC finished the 2013 season ranked in the top-25 of both major polls that are recognized by the NCAA.  The Mocs were No. 23 in The Sports Network Top-25 and No. 25 in the final Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) Coaches poll.  This is the first time Chattanooga was ranked in a season-ending top-25 since earning a No. 17 spot in the final NCAA Division I-AA Top-20 in 1984.  UTC was also No. 17 in the final 1982 poll, the first year of an official I-AA poll.  UTC has been ranked for 12 weeks in the Russ Huesman era (since 2009).  UTC is 4-8 when ranked in the top-25 since 2010.

COACH HUESMAN AT A GLANCE
A two-time SoCon Coach of the Year (2009 & 2013), Russ Huesman is 31-25 (.553) in his five years at Chattanooga after being hired as the 22nd head coach at UTC on Dec. 22, 2008.  The Mocs won exactly 32 games in the 10 previous seasons to his arrival in 2009 (32-81).  

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.  Huesman is 30-20 against FCS teams with 13 of those losses coming against ranked opponents, including eight in the top-10.  He is 23-17 (.575) in SoCon action.  The program won 21 games the previous 10 campaigns to 2009 (21-55).  He is 18-8 (.692) at home, 14-16 (.467) on the road. There were just 15 road wins in the prior 11 years (1998-2008).

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.

TRENDING
Below are some statistical trends during the Russ Huesman era that began in 2009.  To see where UTC falls in each category, both in the SoCon and nationally in the FCS, see page 12 of the Spring Guide .pdf. 

• UTC has been among the top-25 in the FCS in Turnover Margin in each of the last three seasons, including tied for 20th at +9 in 2011, 14th at +8 in 2012 and T21st at +6 last season. 

• The Mocs have been in the top-15 in the nation in pass defense in four of the five years of the Huesman era.

• Chattanooga has finished in the top-20 in total defense and scoring defense in the FCS in each of the last three seasons. 

• The Mocs have been in the top-7 for fewest penalty yards in each of the last three seasons. 

• UTC has been in the top-25 in the FCS for net punting in each of the last two years.

CHATTANOOGA WINS VS. FBS TEAMS
UTC picked up its third win in program history over an FBS opponent on Sept. 7 with a 42-14 victory at Georgia State.  Prior to that, the last time the Mocs defeated an FBS team was a 9-7 win over Southwestern Louisiana (Louisiana-Lafayette) on Sept. 1, 1984, in Chattanooga.  The other win since the divisional split in 1998 was at SW Louisiana, 38-14 on Sept. 17, 1983, in Lafayette, La. 

WINNING RECORDS BECOMING COMMON AT CHATTANOOGA
UTC’s 35-28 win at Appalachian State on Nov. 2 secured the Mocs fourth winning record in the last five years, all during the Russ Huesman era.  UTC only had four winning seasons in the 23 years prior to Huesman’s arrival in 2009 (1986-2008).  

MAJORITY OF THE MOCS ARE FROM TENNESSEE AND GEORGIA
Of the 63 members currently on the Mocs’ spring roster, 50 list Tennessee (29) or Georgia (21) as their home state.  That means 79% of the roster is from Tennessee or Georgia, including 46% from Tennessee and 33% from Georgia.  Seven Mocs are from Alabama, four from Florida and one each from New York and West Virginia.  Check out page 8 of the Spring Guide .pdf for a roster breakdown.   

ATTENDANCE IN THE HUESMAN ERA
UTC has seen a dramatic growth in attendance at home football games since the hiring of Russ Huesman in December 2008.  Seven of the Mocs’ top-10 crowds in school history have come in the 26 home games of the Huesman era.  Chattanooga is averaging 10,603 fans per game since the start of 2009.  Prior to Huesman’s arrival, UTC averaged 5,767 fans per game in the 2008 season.  UTC averaged over 9,500 fans per game in each of his five years. Only once in the previous 12 seasons before Coach Huesman did Chattanooga football have that big of an average.

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