Mocs Hope to Kick Start Their Offense

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Chattanooga-(WDEF) No shame for the Mocs in losing to division one Central Michigan and 9th ranked Jacksonville State by a combined seven points. But it’s the lack of offense that has troubled UTC, especially their performance last weekend against the Gamecocks.
  On Saturday, the Mocs offense did not get a first down until the third quarter, and they finished with only 111 yards of total offense.
Reporter-"How would you describe the offensive performance last Saturday?"
Said offensive lineman Hunter Townson,"I would say not good at all. It’s on our shoulders. We should play better than that."
Added head coach Russ Huesman,"We don’t have any confidence."
   Coach Huesman couldn’t sleep after the loss, so he says he went to work Sunday at 4:30 in the morning.
"I got home at 9:30 that night, and my wife looked at me and said, what are you doing home already. Kind of like that. Like you better be working because we’ve got to get it fixed."
  Okay, how do you fix it?
Said Huesman,"For one, getting our best eleven on the field offensively. However that occurs."
   And clearly, one of the best eleven is receiver Tommy Hudson.
Said Huesman,"Tommy Hudson does a lot of great things. If he doesn’t get any touches in the course of the game that’s on us as a coaching staff. We’ve got to find ways to get him the ball."
   Quarterback Jacob Huesman has been the team’s leading rusher the last two years.
But he has just 51 yards rushing in two games this year.
Said Russ Huesman,"They’re taking the quarterback out. They’re taking Jacob out of the game. They’re not letting him keep the football. So they’re doing that to us, which is pretty smart. Now we’ve got to take advantage in other ways, and we haven’t been doing that."
Said Townson,"We just have to come in and focus every day and look towards the next week because we can’t do anything about the last two weeks."
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Rick Nyman grew up in Anniston, Alabama and attended the University of Alabama. His television career started at WJSU-TV in Anniston where he had the opportunity to cover SEC football with Alabama and Auburn. Anniston is just 20 minutes from the Talladega Speedway, so NASCAR was a big part of his sports coverage. Due to this he was able to interview Davey Allison, Dale Earnhardt, Jeff Gordon, and several other top-name NASCAR drivers. Rick's next television job was in Savannah, Georgia, where he covered basketball player Kwame Brown (now with the Washington Wizards), who later became the first ever high school player selected as the top pick in the NBA draft. He covered the PGA Tour's annual swing thru Hilton Head and also had the opportunity of covering the Atlanta Falcons Super Bowl appearance in 1999 in Miami. Rick especially enjoys all the atmosphere, tradition and drama of college football. He also likes profiling sports personalities and learning what drives them both on and off the field. If he's not covering sports, he's either watching Seinfield or David Letterman, playing golf, reading, or working out. What he enjoys about Chattanooga is the passion people have for sports. The mountainous region of Chattanooga reminds him of his hometown of Anniston, which also has big, beautiful trees and plenty of hills. You can contact Rick at rnyman@wdef.com.