Chattanooga Mocs Head to Wofford in First Place in SoCon


Chattanooga-(WDEF-TV) The Chattanooga Mocs are 3-0 in the Southern Conference.
They’re the only unbeaten team in league play, so that means they’re in first place.
But UTC knows that staying there won’t be easy.

After a 1-3 start, who would have guessed Chattanooga would be sitting atop the SoCon standings going into the last weekend of October.
Said head coach Rusty Wright:”We’re playing with house money. We shouldn’t be here.”
Said linebacker Khayyan Edwards:”It’s pretty good. I mean it’s a great feeling. At the same time like I said, it’s just like a target on our backs. A lot comes with that as well.”
Said quarterback Nick Tiano:”At this point first place doesn’t mean a whole lot. We’ve only played three or four conference games. We’ve got a long way to go. That means more as the season goes on.”
Despite a tough start, the Mocs continued to give effort.
Said Wright:”I know those guys could have folded their tents at 1-3, and they just kept playing and kept battling. We figured out a way to win three games. If you would have told me last spring we would win four, I would have said there’s no way.”
Talk about effort, freshman running back Ailym Ford has carried the ball over 90-times in the last three games.
Said Tiano:”The way he runs. He never shows any fatigue, so you look at the stat sheet at the end of the game you’re like holy cow that dude got hit 30 times. But after the game he’s as fresh as he was before, so he shows no sign.
On Saturday, we’ve got the first place Mocs against the team picked to finish first in the SoCon in Wofford.
Said Wright:”It will be all we can stand over there. We’ve one but once over there the last 12 times we have played them. Total. It’s a hard place to play because they’re good. They’re usually good, and that’s why it’s a hard place to play.”

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Kickoff Saturday in Spartanburg, South Carolina, is set for 1:30pm.

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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