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Robinson provides spark for the Mocs' struggling offense

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CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) -- Tyler Bray wasn't the only starting quarterback in the Volunteer State to leave a game with an injury Saturday.

A few hours before Matt Simms replaced Bray on Rocky Top, Terrell Robinson did the same for B.J. Coleman in Statesboro, Ga.

But while Simms started several games a year ago for Tennessee, Robinson was making his collegiate debut at quarterback as a redshirt freshman.

"B.J. got hurt. They just called my number and I was ready to go in," Robinson said Tuesday at UTC's weekly media luncheon.

The South Pittsburg product has always been ready to play, but few freshman could ever be ready to do it in front of a frenzied Georgia Southern sellout crowd.

"One part of the game, I was just looking around and I was stuck," Robinson recalled with wide eyes. "It was crazy out there. They're the No. 1 team in the nation and everything, but I just had to go out there and play the game."

That's exactly what he did, leading the Mocs to within a two-point conversion of upsetting the top-ranked team in the country. Of course, he got an assist or two from his teammates.

"I was looking towards the sideline and (wide receivers) Coach (Will) Healy was giving me the play, and I was like, 'What is he calling?' Thank god Sloan Allison was out there to help me out," Robinson said. 

"Sloan was in there and if he called something wrong, he'd say 'No Terrell, we have to call it this way," said head coach Russ Huesman. "They all did a really nice job of helping him out."

Huesman was sure to point out his youngster did plenty on his own, as well.  Robinson's 114 rushing yards made him the first UTC quarterback in 30 years to eclipse the century mark on the ground. He was also the first Moc since Eldra Buckley in 2006 to rush for three touchdowns.

"I don't want to take anything away from Terrell because he was fantastic," Huesman said. "He brought energy and life to the offense. If we don't have Terrell we have no shot to win that game."

Now Robinson has a shot to become a regular part of the Chattanooga offense. Huesman said he'll see the field in every game moving forward, just not necessarily as the starter.

"When B.J.'s healthy, he's going to be our quarterback. If it's this week it's this week. If it's next week, it's next week," Huesman said of Coleman, who will likely be a game-time decision Saturday against Western Carolina with a sprained shoulder. "But Terrell will be our changeup guy, and I'm sure there's people out there who think I'm nuts.

"But B.J.'s a great football player. It's hard to take him out of a game, so when he's ready to go, he's going to go."

And that's just fine with Robinson. He entered the season knowing he is a key part of UTC's future, but he won't turn down any opportunities to play in the present.

"We'll just see what happens," Robinson said. "When Saturday comes, if I'm starting I'll be happy with that. If I ain't starting and B.J. comes back, I'm happy with that, too.

"I'll just play my role this year."

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