published Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

UTC Mocs in need of 'any win'

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    Photo by Mark Gilliland/Chattanooga Times Free Press UTC football coach Russ Huesman

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football team needs a win, “any win,” Mocs coach Russ Huesman said today during his weekly media luncheon at McKenzie Arena.

About UTC’s 28-27 loss to The Citadel, in which the Mocs blew a 27-0 third-quarter lead, Huesman said his team “didn’t make anything happen in the second half” and “several long runs should have been stopped at the line of scrimmage.”

Huesman began the news conference looking a little down, a little flustered. When asked about it, he said he’d been answering the same questions — about the lack of running game and pass protection problems — for the past three days.

He wasn’t down, just ready to get back to work as the No. 23 Mocs (2-3, 0-2 Southern Conference) prepare to face top-ranked Georgia Southern (4-0, 3-0) on Saturday.

“I can’t wait to practice today,” he said. “I’m looking forward to it.”

About the Eagles, who have been ranked No. 1 since the second week of the season, Huesman said their triple-option attack has evolved and is now often being run out of the shotgun. He also said that Georgia Southern’s speed will be a problem.

“The team speed is phenomenal on both sides of the ball,” he said.

Like Huesman, senior linebacker Ryan Consiglio said UTC needed a win Saturday, not just a win over Georgia Southern. Of course, beating the No. 1 team would be good, too.

“There’s no better way to get back on track,” said Consiglio, who leads the SoCon with 46 tackles.

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about John Frierson...

John Frierson is in his seventh year at the Times Free Press and seventh year covering University of Tennessee at Chattanooga athletics. The bulk of his time is spent covering Mocs football, but he also writes about women’s basketball and the big-picture issues and news involving the athletic department. A native of Athens, Ga., John grew up a few hundred yards from the University of Georgia campus. Instead of becoming a Bulldog he attended Ole ...

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