Spring Football Season Nearing For Mocs Coach Rusty Wright


Normally at this time of year, Mocs football coach Rusty Wright would be focused on recruiting. This January, he’s getting ready for the SoCon regular season. The Southern Conference bumped their fall season to spring because of the pandemic, and now the Mocs will be playing actual games starting in February.

Said Wright:”Whenever it is, the last time we played a football season. I don’t even remember anymore.”
Football in a pandemic. Fun times.
And Coach Wright isn’t completely sold on the upcoming spring football campaign.
Said Wright:”You know position wise I don’t feel good about going and playing in a month. I’m not going to lie to you about that. I mean I really don’t. I trust our guys are committed to doing what we ask them to do. As long as we do that, we’re going to be okay.”
The Mocs are even holding off on hitting the practice field.
Said Wright:”We could actually start practice tomorrow, but we’re not. We’re going. I think it’s important for us after these guys have been gone for such a length of time to make sure we’re in some kind of physical shape. I think it’s more important that we’re physically ready to defend ourselves both sides of the ball than it is practicing football. We’ll start the first of February. Get 15 or 16 practices in. If that’s good enough, that’s good enough.”
At least Chattanooga played one game this fall, that heart-breaking 13-10 loss to Western Kentucky, an FBS opponent.

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Said Wright:”I think it gives them a little confidence they can get on the field and go play and go play with anyone.”
Wright is hoping that Western Kentucky game will pay dividends for new quarterback Drayton Arnold.
Said Wright:”I think the biggest thing for him is just getting him in a game and getting him relaxed because he has been different since we played that game. What he has to do is quit worrying about being perfect. He has just got to cut it loose just like he practices and go play.”

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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.