CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) -- It was just one month ago that Terrell Robinson was, albeit briefly, a former University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football player.
The sophomore quarterback quit the team following the Mocs' season-opener. It was a rash decision, but one he regretted and worked quickly to correct.
He returned to the team two days later, and both he and his team are happy he did.
"It seems like that was awhile ago now," Robinson said before practice Wednesday, the Mocs' first since last week's 28-10 win at The Citadel. "The coaches and team welcomed me back and we moved forward from there. I was excited to be back and have been excited to be back."
His big welcome back party provided plenty of excitement a week later in Chattanooga's home-opener against Glenville State.
Robinson lined up all over the field and even caught a 52-yard touchdown pass from Jacob Huesman in a 35-0 romp. It was the first true game experience for the former South Pittsburg star outside of a quarterback role, but a sign of things to come in UTC's new-look spread offense.
"That was my first-ever TD catch on any level," Robinson said with a smile. "I was just happy to be in the end zone. Whether its running the ball, catching the ball or throwing the ball, I'm just happy to put points on the board."
Which is exactly what he's helped the Mocs do since his return.
Robinson has totaled nearly 400 yards of offense and three touchdowns in Chattanooga's last three games. In addition to his touchdown pass against the Pioneers, he also threw for a score against both Appalachian State and The Citadel.
And plans are for his do-it-all role in the offense to continue expanding and evolving.
"He's embraced the whole thing," said offensive coordinator Marcus Satterfield. "He's a team guy. He's a leader. He wants to win football games.
"He and Jacob work well together and get along great together. They're the two best players in our offense, so we've got to keep them on the field."
Said head coach Russ Huesman: "We will definitely keep getting more creative."
Satterfield admitted play-calling has been an adjustment for him in the Mocs' new scheme. He grew used to the pro-style offense UTC used to run with B.J. Coleman under center, but he's doing his best to think outside the box to utilize players with a much different skill set.
Robinson certainly helps in that regard.
"There was some stuff he did on his own (against The Citadel), like making 900 people miss and changing the field, which was special," Satterfield said, noting a play in which Robinson scrambled outside the pocket to extend the play before throwing a touchdown. "I think the sky is the limit to what he does to help us win and what he does individually on the football field."
Robinson feels the same way about UTC's offense as a whole.
He said the group put in extra time and redirected its focus following the loss to Appalachian State, and it paid off in last week's win.
Now the goal is bring that same mentality to practice and games each and every week.
"We weren't playing to our potential. We knew what we had to do and what we could do with this offense," Robinson said. "Now the focus is on one thing and one thing only, and that's winning a championship."
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