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Mocs defense preps for SoCon's top offense

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CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) -- As a defensive coach, one would think Russ Huesman would be fired up for a chance to flex his team's defensive muscle against one of the nation's top offenses.

But the reality is University of Tennessee at Chattanooga head coach truly dreads it.

"I don't light up, I throw up," Huesman said with a laugh when asked about Saturday's visit from Wofford, who boasts the Southern Conference's top offense. "I'd rather be playing a bad football team, but we're not."

The Terriers rank first in the Southern Conference and eight in the nation in total offense averaging 447 yards per game. They also lead the country in rushing at 365 yards per outing.

But while Huesman may be throwing up while reading the stats, his defense is not. UTC leads the league and sits tenth in the nation in total defense, giving up just 297 yards per game.

"They're very prolific with their triple-option, but defensively I feel like we've always had a good game plan when we're playing teams like these," said linebacker Ryan Consiglio, who leads the Mocs with 101 tackles.

The gameplan Saturday will center around stopping Wofford fullback Eric Breitenstein, who has rushed for 1,203 yards and 15 touchdowns this season.

"You hit him at the line of scrimmage and then you look up at the down and distance and it's second-and-six," Huesman said with a cringe. "Then they line up again and you hit him at the line of scrimmage, but it's still third and short.

"It's a constant grind to get them in situations that they don't want to be in, and when you finally get them in those situations, you've still got to make plays."

Coleman, Robinson to split time under center vs. Wofford
Huesman wouldn't go so far as to name a starting quarterback for Saturday's season finale, but he did say fans will see plenty of both B.J. Coleman and Terrell Robinson under center against Wofford.

"They're both looking healthy," Huesman said. "I would guess, unless there's a set back that B.J. will play, and Terrell feels good.

"We haven't talked about a starter, but my gut feeling is that if B.J.'s healthy, he'll start."

Coleman has been out since the first week of October with a sprained shoulder. He finally returned to full practice during the bye last week. Robinson won three straight SoCon Freshman of the Week honors while filling in, but battled a sprained foot before seeing fewer snaps in a win at Samford two weeks ago.

While Huesman said that both will play, he wouldn't disclose how the snaps would be split and what the offensive packages would look like. He would only say offensive coordinator Marcus Satterfield needed to be "creative" with his gameplan.

"It will be dictated by the game, there's no question," he said. "Whoever starts, I know the other guy will get in very quickly, but the game will dictate it and we'll have a package for each individual.

"I'm interested to see how B.J. plays because he hasn't played football in awhile. I'm glad he gets the opportunity to come back and play in a home game. He's done so much for this program, so I'm glad he gets one last game at Finley."

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