Mocs Football Adds Three More Transfers Before Starting Practice This Week

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(gomocs.com) University of Tennessee at Chattanooga head coach Rusty Wright announced the addition of three new transfers today.  The Mocs welcome running back Elijah Ibitokun-Hanks (Albany), offensive lineman Colin Truett (Cincinnati) and receiver Reginald Henderson (MTSU).

Ibitokun-Hanks is a graduate transfer with one year of eligibility remaining in the fall of 2019.  He was a three-year starter at Albany, earning STATS FCS Third Team All-American honors in 2016.  That season he was fourth in the FCS and led the CAA with 1,401 rushing yards.  He only played one game due to an injury in 2017, but the Newark, N.J., native posted 767 yards and four TDs last season.

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Henderson is a junior from Belle Glade, Fla., who appeared in six games last season for the Blue Raiders.  He played in 11 games over the last two seasons, mostly on special teams.  He is eligible immediately and has two years to play at UTC.  Henderson and Cincinnati transfer Tyrin Summers both attended Clewiston High School in Clewiston, Fla.

Truett comes to UTC from Lebanon, Ohio, after spending last season at Cincinnati.  He was a second-team 2017 Journal-News All-Area Football Team as a senior at Lebanon High School.

“All three of these guys have a chance to help us this year,” stated Wright.  “They will definitely provide us some depth at needed positions and have the opportunity to push our returning guys for some time on the field.”

The Mocs open practice on Wednesday, July 31, in preparation for the 2019 season.  The opener is set for Thursday, Aug. 29, against Eastern Illinois at 7:00 p.m. (E.D.T.) at Finley Stadium.  Season tickets are also on sale now.  Click the “Tickets” tab at the top of the page for complete information or to order now.

 

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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.