Mocs Set to Begin New Football Era With Spring Season

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Chattanooga-(WDEF-TV) A new chapter of Mocs football gets underway this weekend.
Chattanooga kicks off their spring season by hosting Wofford.
The SoCon chose to move their football season to the spring as a COVID precaution, so now Chattanooga is set to begin a seven game league season.

For the first time in the Mocs 113 year history, they’ll play a football game in the spring this Saturday.
Said linebacker Ty Boeck:”It will certainly be remembered. Probably something we won’t do again, but just a unique opportunity.”
Said quarterback Drayton Arnold:”Yeah the juices are already flowing. We’re excited. We’re excited to be here. We’re excited to play football. We’re excited to finally have a season. Have a game or two to look forward to. A whole season to look forward to. Have practices that matter.”
Said head coach Rusty Wright:”I mean I think they’ll go play hard. I don’t think it matters who is out there. I think they’ll go do that and give themselves a chance. What it looks like I don’t know.”
Coach Wright admits the approach to the spring season has been different, especially when it comes to practice.
Said Wright:”We have not practiced anyway shape or form with how I normally practice, which concerns me. I have a certain way I think that can get guys ready to go play football. But I’ve been concerned about the totality and the length of everyting, so I’ve changed what we’re doing. I have to look at it instead of a seaosn now, I have to look at it as a year of football.”
And with just seven games scheduled, Chattanooga needs to be ready from the start.
Said Arnold:”These games do matter even though we are playing in the spring and kind of things are up in the air right now so to speak. They’re still football games. They’re still conference games. They still matter at the end of the day.”

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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.