published Monday, February 27th, 2012

Terrell Robinson enters spring as UTC’s starting QB

UTC quarterback Terrell Robinson runs agility drills during practice at Scrappy Moore Field Wednesday afternoon.
UTC quarterback Terrell Robinson runs agility drills during practice at Scrappy Moore Field Wednesday afternoon.
Photo by Doug Strickland /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Terrell Robinson is the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football team’s starting quarterback entering spring practice, which begins today at Scrappy Moore Field.

Mocs coach Russ Huesman said Robinson earned the job last season while filling in when B.J. Coleman was injured. Running a spread-style offense that was initially thrown together on the fly, Robinson rushed for 417 yards, threw for 336 while completing 62.8 percent of his passes in roughly four and a half games — and was named co-Southern Conference freshman of the year.

“Terrell’s earned the No. 1 spot going into the spring,” Huesman said. “And those other two need to compete and try to win it.”

“Those other two” consist of Huesman’s son, Jacob, who redshirted as a freshman last season, and redshirt junior Graham Nichols. Robinson and Jacob Huesman are best suited to the spread offense given their ability to run the ball, while Nichols is more of a drop-back passer.

Asked how he was going to handle the quarterback battle since his son was involved, Huesman said offensive coordinator Marcus Satterfield was in charge.

“I’ll stay out of the way,” Huesman said.

The battle for the quarterback job may be the most high-profile during the 15 spring practices, Huesman said, but it won’t be the only one. The Mocs have a very crowded backfield that has to be sorted, some new wide receivers need to develop and UTC must replace long-time starters Jordan Tippit and Chris Lewis-Harris in the secondary.

“You want to try to show improvement and you want them to compete in the spring,” Huesman said. “We’ve got some young guys that we need to get better, obviously, and that’s going to be key.”

The spring game is March 31 at Finley Stadium.

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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