Mocs meet with fans before season opener

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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) — Just 11 days left until college football comes back to Chattanooga. However, today was the *unofficial start of the season for the Mocs.

Mocs signed posters and posed for pictures with fans at the Chattanooga Market during their annual Meet the Mocs event.

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All smiles around the room, but it’s back to work Monday. Mocs head coach Rusty Wright says this team has a lot of work to do before the home opener against Eastern Illinois — mainly, working on the little things and having the right attitude.

“We can’t just show up,” Wright said. “It’s not going to be a group that’s good enough to show up and beat somebody. We’ve got to be mentally focused and have that emotion and energy to match someone else’s emotion and energy, and all that. That’s the biggest thing, to make sure they’re mentally and emotionally ready to go play and see what happens after that.”

Mocs kick off the season at Finley Stadium Thursday, August 29 at 7 p.m. against Eastern Illinois.

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Angela joined the News 12 team in November of 2017 as the weekend sports anchor and reporter. Angela is a proud member of an Army family, which means she has hometowns all over the Eastern Seaboard. Most recently, she calls Peachtree City, Georgia, home, where she graduated from Trinity Christian School and spent her free time driving her purple golf cart. She then headed to Milledgeville, Georgia, to attend Georgia College and State University. A proud Bobcat, Angela graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BA in Mass Communication and represented her December 2016 class as one of three valedictorians. Angela comes to the Scenic City from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, where she worked at the NBC affiliate, WMBF News. Before the big move, she worked as Georgia College's Sports Information Assistant, which let her get paid to be the Bobcats' biggest fan. It all started in Savannah, Georgia, though, where she interned for SAV's number one station, WTOC. When she's not working, you can find Angela watching the New York Giants, Rangers or basically any other game that's on. She also loves traveling, hiking and exploring new places, all with her camera in hand. If you have any story ideas, big or small, feel free to reach out to her on Facebook and Twitter, or email her at amoryan@wdef.com."