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Stephen Hargis

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Ralph Potter grimaces at the mention of it. When told that other coaches in Division II-AA chose McCallie as the team poised to join the ranks of league contenders, the Blue Tornado head coach makes a face like he just took a sip of spoiled milk.

About midway through Tuesday afternoon's practice, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football coach Russ Huesman had seen enough.

Having spent the better part of their "off day" Sunday watching video from the previous afternoon's scrimmage, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football coaches used Monday's two practices to clean up the mistakes they saw.

The way Nakevion Leslie saw it, it was just a little Hillgrove Hawks hello.

While many in the Chattanooga area enjoyed a leisurely summer Saturday, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football team put in another day's work, holding the first scrimmage of preseason camp.

Chris Mayes admits there are still times when, as the team breaks into groups, he starts to take a step toward going with the defensive line.

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football team held the first of four planned two-a-day practices Wednesday, with the evening session held in shells (shorts, helmets and shoulder pads) and a lot of emphasis on specific late-game situations.

Something most of the Chattanooga area already knew has been confirmed by MaxPreps, the national high school sports statistics website.

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football coach Russ Huesman typically is not big on slogans. He prefers a hard day’s work over clever word play to inspire his team.

Regardless of the drill or whether players are in shorts and helmets or full pads, the one constant since spring practice and throughout each day of preseason camp for the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football team has been the emphasis on ball security.

From Metallica to Lil Jon, nothing gives the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football practice the early-morning jolt players need to stay energized for two-plus hours each day better than music blaring across Scrappy Moore Field at somewhere near jet-engine decibels.

Although University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football coach Russ Huesman downplayed the progression to a full-pads practice today, several players admitted it's a move they're eager for.

There were a few louder thuds during the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga's 2 1/2-hour football practice Friday morning.

The braces hugging both their right knees, worn mostly for precaution, are the only reminders.

Aside from a good day’s work put in before most of the rest of the city had even made it to their job site, the one certainty that came from the second day of fall camp for the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football team was this — the players were due for a nap once team meetings ended.

Like a character from the Snickers commercials Russ Huesman just wasn't himself Wednesday.

There was no shortage of enthusiasm throughout the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football team’s first fall practice Wednesday afternoon.

Housing has been assigned, physicals have been administered and equipment has been handed out. The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football team now is ready to take the field this afternoon for the start of preseason camp and the first steps toward the season opener at Central Michigan in just four weeks.

As someone who loves high school football, I look forward to the area tour each year. So for the 15th consecutive year, on the first day Tennessee teams are allowed to practice in full pads, I tried to visit as many area schools as possible.

Football practice time in Tennessee

Get live updates as Stephen Hargis tours the area as high school drills begin

It all begins anew. Winter workouts became summer conditioning, which led to 7-on-7 passing camps, and now cleats will dig into dew-soaked practice fields this morning as high school football teams across Tennessee are allowed to put on full pads and prepare for the season's kickoff.

When Bernard Childress took over as executive director of the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association five years ago the first thing he had to do was hark back to his days as a prep basketball coach.

Nearly a dozen former University of Tennessee football players were in South Pittsburg this weekend to help with Eddie Moore's youth camp.

JASPER, Tenn. — The anticipation has been building for prep football teams throughout the Chattanooga area since last season ended. Teams across the state are allowed to begin practicing in pads Monday in preparation for kickoff to the new season, which is less than four weeks away.

The last time the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football team was the preseason pick to win the Southern Conference Michael Jackson's "Thriller" album had just been released, E.T. was the top grossing movie, Danica Patrick and Lil Wayne were newborns and Knoxville hosted the World's Fair.

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football team is the preseason favorite to win the Southern Conference according to both the media and coaches poll, which were announced today.

Since even before he played in the National Football League, Eddie Moore knew he wanted to give back to the community that helped mold him.

The day of the week for the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga's football season opener is the same, but the preparation leading to the Thursday night kickoff at Central Michigan will be noticeably different than last year.

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga has a new radio home for its football and basketball programs.

The clutter inside a garage can tell you a lot about the folks who live inside the house. From muddy cleats and soccer balls to mountain bikes and fishing poles, the distinct contents of any garage can define a family's activities.

Most every opportunity Sammy Seamster has had on a football field has come because he was able to ignore the limitations others tried to set for him and outwork those around him.

The small window of time to catch their breath is over now.

An already thin position has gotten thinner as redshirt sophomore defensive back Will Johnson informed University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football coaches that he will not return to the program this season. According to head coach Russ Huesman, Johnson is leaving for "family reasons."

The preseason honors continue to roll in for the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football program as three seniors have been named to The Sports Network preseason All-America team.

During his playing days, there was no batter better at coming up with the big hit when Lookout Valley needed it than Lance Rorex.

ATHENS, Tenn. — Taking the stage inside the McMinn County High School gym, just about an hour from where he introduced himself to the college football world by sending Bill Bates to his backside on the Neyland Stadium turf, Herschel Walker proved he can still energize a crowd.

As is often the case when there's the potential for a public/private school debate, everything else to be discussed winds up becoming an afterthought.

Les Compton still remembers the sunny summer afternoon, nearly 30 years ago, when he toured the site of what would become Grace Baptist Academy.

Kareem Orr has really big plans for his senior football season at Notre Dame High School. So big, in fact, that he doesn't want any off-the-field distractions getting in the way of his goals -- not even his own recruitment.

Notre Dame all-state athlete Kareem Orr has verbally committed to sign a football scholarship with the University of Louisville.

The house I grew up in was in such a rural area it made Mayberry look like a metropolis. There wasn't another kid my age for miles, so sports and my imagination were how I learned to entertain myself.

Area school system builds indoor football field

New Sequatchie building covers many activities

DUNLAP, Tenn. — In the football-crazed Sequatchie Valley, where each school takes great satisfaction in one-upping its neighboring rivals, Sequatchie County High School has claimed bragging rights in facilities.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — Even though the debate over a potential public/private school complete split was never mentioned openly during the two days of the TSSAA Board of Control meetings, the subject was discussed during the closed-door session, according to one board member.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — Looking to simplify the state's high school football playoff scenario, TSSAA executive director Bernard Childress unveiled a classification plan designed to combine the best aspects of two proposals.

The way LaQuisha Jackson sees it, all the changes she's undergone in the past year have prepared her for the biggest move of her running career.

When the TSSAA Board of Control begins its summer meetings this evening, the nine-member group will devote much of its time to discussing football classifications.

When the football season kicks off, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga won't be flying under the national radar.

Winning a state championship was not a requirement to become a finalist for the Scrappy Moore Coach of the Year award. But it certainly didn't hurt.

Four of the six finalists for this year's Scrappy Moore male Athlete of the Year award were multisport standouts, including one three-sport star. The finalists are Ringgold's Slade Dale, McCallie's C.J. Fritz, Baylor's Rafael Gaglianone, Dalton's Eder Mora, Gordon Lee's Jonathan Ragsdale and Meigs County's Levi Woods.

Six of the Chattanooga area's most accomplished female high school athletes have been named finalists for this year's Times Free Press Best of Preps Scrappy Moore Award.

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