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Mocs likely "vanilla" in Saturday's spring game

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CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) -- The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football program will wrap up spring practice with the annual Blue and Gold Spring Game at Finley Stadium, but it's unlikely fans will get to see much of what the Mocs have been working on the past six weeks.

With two new coordinators and a variety of key players likely to play just a few snaps, head coach Russ Huesman said the scrimmage's play-calling will be rather vanilla.

"We won't do a whole lot offensively and defensively," Huesman said before Wednesday's final spring workout at Scrappy Moore Field. "We just want to see who can block and tackle and make plays."

It will be the first chance for most fans to see the Mocs this spring since both scrimmages at Finley Stadium were closed to the public.

While UTC's spread offense still has similar concepts from last year's scheme, but will certainly have new wrinkles under new coordinator Jeff Durden that opponents have not yet seen.

The Mocs are also working at a faster tempo to push the pace and get more snaps, so Huesman doesn't want to give anything away before the season starts.

"We can't let anything get out right now. That's why we closed the scrimmages this spring," Huesman said. "When we're out on the practice field, we can monitor who is watching practice and where the cameras are and what they're getting.

"We can still keep people guessing."

That's not to say Huesman isn't promising a fun afternoon for local football fans.

Gates will open at noon for the free event, which will be preceded by a free on-field kids' clinic at 12:15. On-field promotions and giveaways will continue throughout the scrimmage before the team hands out its spring awards to close the day.

"Since I've been here I've wanted to make the spring game an event for people to enjoy coming out and having some fun with our players and get a feel for football again," Huesman said. "Our guys love to work with the kids in the clinic beforehand. It's really just a feel-good day more than anything.

"You hope some of our guys get better because we will put the ball down and snap it and see who can make some plays, but I don't think fans will really see this Saturday what we're going to be doing offensively or defensively in the fall."

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