published Friday, November 9th, 2012

UTC football 3-and-out with Leslie


Defensive back Nakevion Leslie, No. 28, prepares to receive the ball on the run during practice.
Defensive back Nakevion Leslie, No. 28, prepares to receive the ball on the run during practice.
Photo by Jake Daniels /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Interview by John Frierson

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga freshman defensive back Nakevion Leslie answers three quick questions about being on the scout team and preparing for Saturday's game at No. 14 Wofford:

1. What's this week been like, playing the role of Wofford fullback Eric Breitenstein for the scout team?

Leslie: "It's been a rough week for me because the guys actually emphasize hitting me, so every time I got the ball they would hit me harder than anybody else. So the contact this week has been pretty heavy for me."

2. What will be the biggest satisfaction for you on Saturday?

Leslie: "Just bring back a 'W' and maybe keep [Breitenstein] under 100 yards. As long as they get the 'W' I'll feel great about myself, because I'll know that I did my part."

3. Does running with the triple-option scout team provide a nice change of pace from the usual defensive scout team work you do -- at least for few weeks?

Leslie: "It really does. It makes it more exciting because if [the defensive players] mess up their reads, they get in trouble. If they miss a read, then I may score and that's always fun."

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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