Davison done for the year with knee injury
CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) -- Chattanooga had just three available defensive tackles for last week's road trip to Appalachian State.
That number won't likely increase anytime soon.
Mocs coach Russ Huesman said Tuesday senior Nick Davison is "probably done for the year" with a torn ACL. The former Calhoun High star and preseason All-SoCon pick later confirmed the decision, telling our media partners at the Chattanooga Times-Free Press he will have surgery in early October.
He has a redshirt available, meaning he will be able to return for his final year of eligibility next season.
Davison started the first two games in 2011, but tore his ACL while sacking Jacksonville State quarterback Coty Blanchard three weeks ago. Athletic trainers waited to see if the knee would respond to rehab and allow Davison to return later this season, but not enough progress was made.
Davison had six tackles, including 1.5 for a loss, against the Gamecocks and Nebraska this year.
Huesman also said no decision has been made on redshirt freshman defensive tackle Keyon Reed's availability after his arrest last week on a charge of domestic assault. Reed missed last week's loss to App State and is currently practicing with the scout team.
Mocs refuse to dwell on Appalachian State loss
CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) -- Russ Huesman was steaming mad as the final seconds ticked off the clock Saturday at Kidd Brewer Stadium.
24 hours later the Chattanooga head coach and his players put a gut-wrenching loss to Appalachian State out of their minds.
"That one hurt," said defensive back Kadeem Wise. "That was a big-time loss in a big-time game. We had it. But we know we just have to keep working now. We'll move forward and hopefully we'll get to play them again in the playoffs."
Huesman said Tuesday the team watched the game on film Sunday afternoon, took some notes, then immediately moved forward with this week's planning for The Citadel.
With the Mocs likely needing five wins in their final seven games to have a decent playoff shot, Huesman knows there's little time to waste dwelling on the "what if's" of another close loss to the Mountaineers.
"We lost to a good football team, and hopefully we learn from it, get better, and put it behind us," Huesman said.
UTC defense gets new challenge
CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) -- Chattanooga has proven it can stop the spread in its first four games this season, now it will get a new challenge: the triple option.
UTC will get its first look at an offense other than a zone-read spread attack when it hosts The Citadel this Saturday at 6 p.m. ET. The Mocs defense hasn't given up a point in the last six quarters, but will have to change its mentality slightly against the Bulldogs.
"With triple option teams, it's one sideline to the other sideline. These guys use every inch of the field," Huesman said. "Having good players helps, but we're going to play really good assignment football and tackle well in one-on-one situations and get them on the ground."
The Citadel is the first of three teams on the Mocs' schedule that will run the run-oriented attack, with No. 1 Georgia Southern and No. 6 Wofford to follow. The Bulldogs rank right behind those two teams in rushing offense, ranking third nationally and in the conference at 298.3 yards per game.
UTC currently ranks ninth in the nation in total defense, surrendering just 276.3 total yards of offense per contest.