The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football team took to the field for its second scrimmage of training camp. The Mocs used the afternoon workout to go through its pregame routine, as well as get in an 89-play game simulation.
“I think we looked a little sloppy, but I don’t think I am ever satisfied,” stated head coach Russ Huesman following today’s action. “We got a lot of game situation and game management stuff in, which we wanted and was probably the most important thing. Game management and running substitutions was big for us to run through. We got some good stuff out of it, but I’m not sure of how well we played.”
The scrimmage mostly featured the first team offense and defense going against the second team units. That meant senior defensive lineman Derrick Lott (Kennesaw, Ga.) went to work against the Mocs No. 2 offensive linemen. The preseason first team All-Southern Conference defensive selection finished the afternoon with five tackles-for-loss and broke up a pass.
“It was an organization thing,” explained Huesman. “You want to get things done, and normally when you go one’s vs. two’s the offense moves the ball and you get the kicks that you want. It helps you script out what you want to do in game situations. When the two’s offense is in, you hope that the one’s defense stops the ball and you can make substitutions. You can gauge what’s going to happen and that’s the only reason we did that.”
Junior receiver Terrell Robinson (South Pittsburg, Tenn.) started off with a big play on the the No. 1’s third possession. On the first snap of the drive, sophomore quarterback Jacob Huesman (Chattanooga, Tenn.) found Robinson over the middle for a 56-yard scoring strike. Robinson finished a very productive scrimmage with five catches for 124 and the score.
Robinson was also 3-6 passing for 60 yards and one TD under center. His TD strike was a 43-yard hookup with freshman Xavier Borishade (Kennesaw, Ga.).
On the offensive side of the ball, Huesman was 14-23 for 178 yards, two TDs and one interception. Freshman Scottie Fleming led the team in rushing with 37 yards on five carries. He gained all 37 yards in one drive with the third team.
The kicking game showed signs of improvement. Junior Nick Pollard (Smyrna, Tenn.) was 4-5 on field goals, hitting from 29, 37 twice and 44 yards. He also missed one from 44 yards.
Defensively, UTC was led by freshman Alex Kirby’s (Calhoun, Ga.) interception of Huesman, the only takeaway of the scrimmage. Freshman Ryan Bossung (Nashville, Tenn.) had two breakups and freshman D.J. Prather (Calhoun, Ga.) had two hurries. Senior defensive back Chaz Moore (Memphis, Tenn.) added two TFLs while freshman Keionta Davis (Chattanooga, Tenn.) and sophomore Josh Freeman (Atlanta, Ga.) each added a sack.
Be sure to be back at Finley Stadium on Saturday, Aug. 17 for Meet the Mocs. Many of UTC’s athletic teams will be on hand, signing autographs and taking photos in the First Tennessee Pavilion at 1:00 p.m. (E.D.T.). For more information on Meet the Mocs, click here.
The season opener against UT Martin is less than two weeks away. The Mocs kickoff the 2013 campaign at home against the Skyhawks on Thursday, Aug. 29, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale now on GoMocs.com or by calling the UTC Ticket Office at (423) 266-MOCS (6627).
Chattanooga Football Scrimmage No. 2 Stats
Jacob Huesman – 14-23, 178 yards, 2 TDs – (Robinson – 56 & Shafaat – 5) – INT (Kirby)
Terrell Robinson – 3-6, 60 yards, TD – (Borishade 43)
Tyler Roberson – 1-6, 18 yards
Alejandro Bennifield – 1-4, 6 yards
Scottie Fleming – 5-37
Jacob Huesman – 7-25
Derrick Craine – 5-17
Tolerance Shepherd – 5-10
Tyler Roberson – 2-8
Marquis Green – 7-6
Terrell Robinson – 3-(-5) - sacked once
Alejandro Bennifield – 3-(-5) - sacked once
Terrell Robinson – 5-124, TD (56 from Huesman)
Xavier Borishade – 1-43, TD (43 from Robinson)
C.J. Board – 5-31
Faysal Shafaat – 3-28, TD (5 from Huesman)
Marlon Anthony – 1-18
Troy Dye – 1-10
Tolerance Shepherd – 1-7
Tray James – 1-6
Derrick Craine – 1-(-5)
INT – Alex Kirby
PBU – Ryan Bossung (2), A.J. Hampton, Derrick Lott, Jerkerious Scott
QBH – D.J. Prather (2), Davis Tull, Trevor Jachimowicz
Sack – Keionta Davis, Josh Freeman
TFL – Derrick Lott (5), Chaz Moore (2), Toyvian Brand, Taylor Reynolds.