published Monday, October 24th, 2011

Improv working for Mocs' Robinson

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    Chattanooga's Sloan Allison celebrates after scoring a touchdown against Elon University at Elon on Saturday.
    Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Two of Terrell Robinson's three touchdown passes in the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga's 42-18 win at Elon on Saturday came on plays that didn't exactly go as planned.

In his three games at quarterback since replacing the injured B.J. Coleman, Robinson has shown a knack for improvisation.

"Anything happens when Silk's in there, man," wide receiver Sloan Allison said. "You never know."

Allison's 11-yard touchdown catch in the second quarter was a perfect example. Elon blitzed on the play and Robinson moved forward to avoid the pressure. With a pair of defensive ends grabbing his legs, he fired a bullet to Allison, who made a tough catch and fought his way into the end zone.

"Sloan made an unbelievable catch on that one, too, because it was a high fastball," offensive coordinator Marcus Satterfield said.

After scoring, Allison jumped up and pointed toward his father, former Mocs coach Rodney Allison, in the stands. That play gave UTC (4-4, 2-3 Southern Conference) a 21-0 lead.

Robinson's improvised 52-yard touchdown pass to Joel Bradford in the first quarter made it 7-0.

Despite putting up some gaudy numbers since he took over at quarterback -- he has 301 rushing yards and has completed 23 of 33 passes for 325 yards and six touchdowns, with one interception -- Robinson has made some mistakes.

On the play to Bradford, Satterfield said, Robinson moved the running back into the wrong position, which left UTC vulnerable on Elon's blitz. That forced Robinson to scramble to his left and he made a difficult running throw down field.

"I was fixing to run the ball, but Joel, I'd seen him turn upfield, and I just threw it up," Robinson said.

Seeing Robinson scrambling, Bradford had changed his route in order for Robinson to hit him with the deep ball.

"[Robinson] was moving forward and he threw that one with both feet in the air," Satterfield said. "He threw it 35 or 40 yards with both feet in the air, and he was getting hit."

The Mocs' third passing touchdown went as UTC had practiced it. On second-and-goal from the 6-yard line, Robinson quickly dropped back and loft a fade pass to 6-foot-5 wideout Marlon Anthony in the left corner of the end zone that made it 28-0.

"He's really, really good at throwing those balls," Satterfield said. "He and Marlon work every day on it."

Robinson finished 11-of-13 passing for 140 yards -- all of his completions came in the first half -- and he ran for 115 yards on 14 carries.

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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mocfan said...

John see if you can answer this for me. Why is a all so con punter sitting on the side lines while we squib the ball down the field like a High school team. There are alot of people that would like to know why a deans list all so con player has not been given any reason as to why we are not using our punter, after starting 3.5 years starting and into his senior season. His average does not reflect a bad season and for you that don't know his Avg is 40.2 yrd over 33 kicks with 7 punts over 50 yards. This current method of kicking will not work for us against good teams, they will double up in the back field and pick it up off the ground after 20 yards and run it past our offense. I would like a solid answer or debate on this instead of just trying to get exposure to certain players. We took a receiver and put him in the punting position. Why.

October 24, 2011 at 8:13 a.m.
ChattanoogaVol said...

Truth be told, Robinson is the guy who should play the rest of the year. I like BJ alot. He's a good quarterback. However, the running dynamic that Robinsion brings gives the team more options on offense and gives the team a better chance to win.

October 24, 2011 at 8:33 a.m.
jomo11 said...

mocfan, several teams are now using the "rugby" style punting with a good athlete that brings the threat of faking it and running. Personally i like having Bradford back there and his rugby punts are going 40-45 yards almost every time

October 24, 2011 at 9:28 a.m.
moc2moc said...

mocfan, if u were a true moc fan u might be more excited about the win instead of punting. you sound like a parent....

October 24, 2011 at 9:53 a.m.
mocfan said...

Moc2moc everybody enjoys a win especially when your expected to win. You sound like a coach trying to divert the issue. Its not just the punting but for instance take Robinson, why would you even think of pulling him out when BJ gets better, we are consistenly winning underneath Robinson. See what happens for yourself. And no i am afraid you are wrong, nobody in the league punts every punt rugby like we do. We almost hit our offensive line in the head with the ball on one punt. Rugby is used as an element of suprise not as major punt down field. I will not respond futher i was just asking a question to try to get a logical answer, but that is not going to happen. Thats for your time.

October 24, 2011 at 10:28 a.m.
seviermoc said...

You might want to check the net yardage after the punts and returns. Not many returns are made on the rugby style punts, they just role dead.

October 24, 2011 at 5:42 p.m.
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