Former Mocs QB Nick Tiano Expects to Land With NFL Team

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Former Chattanooga Mocs quarterback Nick Tiano expects to get drafted this weekend or sign a free agent contract.

Tiano has talked to close to 20 teams, and the interviews sometimes turn into pop quizzes.
Said Tiano:”Some of the coaches had me get a notepad. They’ll say it’s 3rd and 8. You are expecting two-man coverage. Draw me up a play. I’ve done some of that. Talked football. Talked schemes. Talk about the transfer from Mississippi State. Talked about the coaching change last year obviously at UTC.”
Reporter:”It almost sounds like they just open up your life. (laughter)

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Said Tiano:”They’ll say hey Nick, other than that speeding ticket back in 2013, any other trouble with the law. (chuckles) No sir. That’s it. That’s the only thing.”
Now Tiano admits he does receive plenty of positive feedback as well.
Said Tiano:”But I think people like my intelligence to be able to talk football. Talk schemes. Talk coverages. I played three different offenses in college. Played for a lot of great coaches. Learned a ton of football.”
The NFL is a quarterback league, and Tiano certainly looks like a prototypical N-F-L QB at 6-5, 240-pounds.
Said Tiano:”I think teams like in the conversations that I’ve had, my ceiling is higher than what it is right now. I have a lot of room to continue to grow.”
Now it’s just waiting for that life changing call.
Said Tiano:”The last couple of days I’ve talked to a ton of teams. They’ve all confirmed my phone number. My backup phone number. My agent’s phone number. It has been a long process. Long football journey. I’m ready to see what’s going to happen. Ready to see what’s next. How I’m going to get there. Where I’m going to go. Find out all of those details. I’ve been working for this for a long time. It’s great to see how it plays out.”

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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.