Chattanooga Mocs Open Fall Football Practice


It’s college football Saturday in the SEC, but it’s still only college football practice for the Chattanooga Mocs.

They held their first practice session of fall camp on Friday. Remember they only play one game this fall. The Mocs will practice for about a month before visiting Western Kentucky on October 24th. Since Chattanooga is playing just one game, head coach Rusty Wright admits he may try to play more guys than normal.

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Said Wright:”We’re going to go up there and try to give ourselves an opportunity to win for sure, but we’re going to look at some guys a little differently and try to get some guys in some situations. Just to see how they react. See how they’ll be. And see if they’re ready or not ready and do some other things that way for sure.”
Added quarterback Drayton Arnold:”Hey. We’re playing one. That’s the way we got to look at it. We’re optimistic about it. And we’re playing one game. So every day out here is a game day for us, and that’s what we’re going to treat it like so.”

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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