Chattanooga Mocs (0-1, 0-0 SoCon) at Georgia State Panthers (0-1, 0-0 Sun Belt)
Saturday – Sept. 7, 2013 – 2:04 p.m. (E.D.T.)
Georgia Dome (71,228/28,155 Lower Bowl) – Atlanta, Ga.
TV: ESPN3 – Dave Popkin (pxp), Stan Lewter (color)
Radio: Mocs Radio Network (ESPN Radio 105.1 The Zone) – Jim Reynolds (pxp), Todd Agne (color), Will Poindexter (sideline)
Online: MocsVision Audio on GoMocs.com – Full broadcast on ESPN3.com
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football team hits the road for the first time this weekend with a visit to Georgia State. The Mocs take on the Panthers in the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Saturday, Sept. 7. Kickoff is set for 2:00 p.m. (E.D.T.).
UTC is 0-1 after opening the season with a 31-21 loss to UT Martin on Thursday, Aug. 29. Georgia State is also looking for its first win after falling to Samford 31-21 on Friday, Aug. 30.
MOCS SPORTS NETWORK
The Mocs Sports Network broadcasts the game on ESPN Radio 105.1 The Zone in Chattanooga. Jim Reynolds is in his 34th year as the play-by-play Voice of the Mocs. Todd Agne has provided the color commentary for the past 17 years, while Will Poindexter is back as the sideline reporter. A free audio stream of the game is available through MocsVision on GoMocs.com.
AVAILABLE ON ESPN3
The game will also broadcast on ESPN3.com. Dave Popkin is the play by-play announcer and Stan Lewter is the color commentator. This is the first of four Mocs football games on ESPN3 this fall.
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.”
NOTES TO KNOW ABOUT THE MOCS
• UTC is coming off a 6-5 record, its third winning season in the last four years. The last time the Mocs had three winning seasons in four years was 1984-87.
• UTC has five on various preseason All-American teams, including senior linebacker Wes Dothard, senior defensive back D.J. Key, senior defensive back Kadeem Wise, junior defensive end Davis Tull and junior tight end Faysal Shafaat.
• UTC is picked to finish third in the SoCon by the league’s coaches, the highest preseason prediction for the Mocs since 1991.
• Chattanooga had nine players named to the preseason All-SoCon teams, including five on the first team defense (Dothard, Key, Wise, Tull and senior defensive lineman Derrick Lott).
• Sophomore QB Jacob Huesman is first the in the SoCon and No. 10 in the FCS with 316 yards of total offense (90 rush, 226 pass) in last week’s UT Martin game.
• Huesman is also No. 1 in the SoCon in passing yards and No. 4 in rushing.
• Junior TE Faysal Shafaat is one of four in the SoCon to score two TDs in Week 1.
• Senior Chaz Moore is No. 2 in the SoCon and No. 7 in the FCS with his 30.5 KOR average.
SCOUTING GEORGIA STATE
Georgia State football began on Sept. 2, 2010 with a 41-7 win over Shorter. The Panthers are in their first season in the Sun Belt Conference and are members of the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS).
The Panthers lost to Southern Conference foe Samford on Friday, Aug. 30. Georgia State had a 14-7 halftime lead, but Samford outscored GSU 24-7 in the final 30 minutes for the win.
Sophomore QB Ronnie Bell’s 391 passing yards in the game is No. 1 in the Sun Belt Conference. He also leads the Sun Belt with three passing TDs. Senior Albert Wilson (8-167,TD) and freshman Robert Davis (7-66) are No. 1 and No. 2 in the Sun Belt in receptions. Wilson leads the league in receiving yards and is 90 clear of No. 2.
NOTES TO KNOW ABOUT THE GEORGIA STATE GAME
• This is the first meeting between these two teams.
• The Mocs have 29 on their roster from the state of Georgia and 23 of those are from the Atlanta area.
• The Mocs are just 2-6 in non-conference road games under head coach Russ Huesman.
COACH HUESMAN AT A GLANCE
Russ Huesman is 23-22 in his five years at Chattanooga after being hired as the 22nd head coach at UTC on Dec. 22, 2008. 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 21-17 against FCS teams with 12 of those losses coming against ranked opponents, including eight in the top-10.
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.
GAME NOTES VS. UT MARTIN - AUG. 29
• The Mocs fall to UT Martin 31-21 in the season opener for both teams. It is the fourth year in a row UTC has lost the first game of the season.
• The Mocs are 72-31-3 (.693) in home openers all-time. UTC is 10-6 in home openers at Finley Stadium.
• Chattanooga is now 4-4 when playing on Thursday nights in Finley Stadium.
• 11,163 is the 11th largest crowd in Finley Stadium history and the eighth highest in the Russ Huesman era.
• The Mocs is 12-9 at home in the Russ Huesman era…this is the first non-conference home loss under Huesman.
• UTC’s defense forced three turnovers...two fumbles and an interception.
• Marquis Green – Jr.-RB - 5 catches for 73 yards and a TD - Tied a career-high for receiving and set a mark for receiving yards.
• Jacob Huesman – So.-QB - 17-30 for 226 yards and three TDs against one INT - Eight passing yards shy of a career-high - Ran for 90 yards on 22 carries.
• Gunner Miller - Sr.-LB - Tied a career-high with nine tackles.
• Faysal Shafaat – Jr.-TE - Four catches for 45 yards and two TDs - First multi-TD game of his career.
• Davis Tull - Jr.-DE - Three tackles and a sack - 18.5 career sacks is second all-time at UTC.
• Dee Virgin – Fr.-DB - Made his first career interception and recovered a fumble - added two tackles and a PBU.
LAST FBS WIN
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 Mocs have two FBS wins since the divisions split in 1978. The other win was also over SW Louisiana, 38-14 on Sept. 17, 1983, in Lafayette, La.
FOUR TRUE FRESHMEN ON THE FIELD
Four true freshmen were on the field for the Mocs against UT Martin, including WR Xavier Borishade, RB Derrick Craine, LS Joe McMahon and DB Oscar Prado. Of the 38 who played against UT Martin, 12 were true or redshirt freshmen.
UTC returns a total of 39 lettermen from the 2012 campaign. There are 20 on the offensive side of the ball, while 17 return on defense. Two specialists also return for the 2013 season. There are 21 starters back, including 10 on offense, 10 on defense and one on special teams. A complete breakdown of starters returning and lost is available on page 13.
SEASON NO. 106
The Chattanooga Mocs are entering their 106th season of football in 2013. 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 494-504-35 (.494) and have won 10 conference titles.
Five Mocs were elected captains by their teammates for the 2013 season. Senior LB Gunner Miller, Senior DB Chaz Moore, Senior OL Kevin Revis, Senior DB Kadeem Wise and sophomore QB Jacob Huesman serve as captains for the upcoming season.
POLLARD CLIMBING SCORING LIST
Junior PK Nick Pollard has 120 career points and is tied for 10th all-time at UTC with Rodney Ledford (1975-77). He needs three more to pass Mike Smith (1977-80) for ninth.
TULL & DOTHARD ON BUCK BUCHANAN WATCH LIST
Senior linebacker Wes Dothard and junior defensive end Davis Tull are among the 20 student-athletes across the nation tabbed as candidates for the Buck Buchanan Award, the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) National Defensive Player of the Year Award. This is the second straight year Dothard has been on the Buchanan Watch List, and the first time two Mocs have been candidates in the same season. Dothard is a two-time All-American linebacker and finished 19th in the voting last year. He led the Mocs with 94 tackles in 2012, repeating as a first team All-Southern Conference selection. He was also a Buchanan Award finalist as a sophomore in 2011, finishing 25th in the national voting. Tull was the SoCon Defensive Player of the Year in 2012, leading the league with a school-record 12.5 sacks. He also led the SoCon, and was No. 5 in the nation, with a UTC-record 19.0 tackles-for-loss.
Five Mocs grabbed preseason All-American honors heading into the 2013 campagin. Junior defensive end Davis Tull is on everyone’s list as a consensus first team pick. Senior linebacker Wes Dothard is second team All-American according to The Sports Network and a member of Phil Steele’s third team. Senior defensive back Kadeem Wise is a third-team selection by both The Sports Network and Phil Steele. Senior defensive back D.J. Key and junior tight end Faysal Shafaat are both on Phil Steele’s third team.
SOCON COACHES PICK MOCS THIRD
The Southern Conference coaches picked the Mocs to finish third in the league race, accorinding to the preseason polls. It is the highest preseason pick for UTC since the media predicted a third-place showing in 1991. The SoCon media selected UTC fourth in its preseason poll. Georgia Southern was No. 1 in both polls, with Appalachian State No. 2 in the coaches and Wofford No. 2 in the media. The Mountaineers were third in the media poll.
NINE MAKE PRESEASON ALL-SOCON TEAM
The Mocs put nine on the preseason All-Southern Conference team, as selected by the league’s coaches. Five made the first team defense, including seniors Wes Dothard (LB), D.J. Key (DB), Derrick Lott (DL) and Kadeem Wise (DB) and junior Davis Tull (DE). Tull was named the preseason Defensive Player of the Year. Junior TE Faysal Shafaat made the first team offense. Senior OL Kevin Revis, junior WR Terrell Robinson and sophomore QB Jacob Huesman were second team offensive picks.
FOUR GAMES ON ESPN3...SEVEN ON TV OVERALL
The Mocs have four games broadcast on ESPN3 in 2013. The SoCon games against Furman, Wofford and at Samford, as well as the non-conference game at Georgia State, are all slated for ESPN3 distribution. ESPN3 is available in approximately 75 million homes to fans who receive their Internet connection from an affiliated service provider. The network is also available at no cost to 21 million U.S. college students and U.S.-based military personnel. ESPN3 programming is also available to subscribers through Xbox LIVE and through the free WatchESPN app available on smartphones and tablets. The WatchESPN app is now available through Apple TV. UTC’s home opener is on CSS. Western Carolina is producing the game on Oct. 5 which will air on WTVC-TV (9.2) in Chattanooga. The Alabama game is also schedule for broadcast on the SEC Network.
MAJORITY OF THE MOCS ARE FROM TENNESSEE AND GEORGIA
Of the 87 members currently on the Mocs’ roster, 74 list Tennessee (45) or Georgia (29) as their home state. That means 85% of the roster is from Tennessee or Georgia, including 52% from Tennessee and 33% from Georgia. Seven Mocs are from Alabama, four from Florida and one each from New York and West Virginia.