Game Week Finally Arrives For Chattanooga Mocs

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Chattanooga-(WDEF-TV) It has been nearly a year since the Mocs have played a football game. They finally get back on the field Saturday as they face Western Kentucky for their one and only game this fall.

Reporter:”Does it feel like game week?”
Said defensive back Jordan Jones:”Yes it actually does. All the jitters are coming back. We’re into it just as usual.”
Said head coach Rusty Wright:”Who knows what it will look like for us being the first go round at it this year. Our young men are excited, and they’re looking forward to it. I know they’ll be ready to play on Saturday.”
Coach Wright is excited to see Drayton Arnold take the reigns as Chattanooga’s new starting quarterback.
Said Wright:”Well I just want him to run the show. Want him to be in command. Be in control, and want him to relax and play.”
Reporter:”Are you begging the coaches to let you throw it 40 times since you only have one game?”
Said Arnold:”Throw it every single time as far as I’m concerned. Yeah just go out there and execute and have fun and hopefully get a win.”
Throw it every play baby!
In reality, Arnold knows he doesn’t have to do that because the Mocs have a couple of solid tailbacks in Tyrell Price and Ailym Ford, who are both back from injury.
Said Arnold:”It definitely boosts my confidence. It makes me feel comfortable when I’m out there knowing that I can hand it to a guy like Ailym Ford. A guy like Tyrell Price, and they can give you four or five yards.”
Building team morale is also important, but it’s difficult to do in a COVID environment.
Said Wright:”They’ve been back since July 6th. We haven’t even all sat down and had a meal together. That doesn’t seem like a big deal to anybody, but it is to me. I mean I enjoy being around them.”
Since it’s just a one game season, the Mocs players are getting a few bowl-like perks this week.
Said Wright:”We’re feeding them lunch after we get done. We had ‘Taco Tuesday’ today, and we had barbecue yesterday. We got some gear coming for them. We’ve got a little surprise for them on Saturday before we get ready to kickoff.”

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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.