CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) -- BJ Coleman made a career passing from the pocket. It landed him a spot on Green Bay's roster after Chattanooga. He knows what works for pocket passers and he knows what frustrates them.
The Mocs next opponent Indiana State is led by a fellow prolific pocket passer in Mike Perish. Perish leads a passing offense that lead the Missouri Valley Conference, a conference with five teams that made the FCS Playoffs. In 2014, Perish completed 62.3% of his passes for 3,364-yards with 20 passing touchdowns.
Coleman says it's all about penetrating the pocket, "I think the most important thing when you're facing a pocket passer is get them off their spot. A lot of times a quarterback that's focused on the air raid, they like to be comfortable in the pocket, step and deliver the football with no blow coming to them after they release the football. If we can get him off his spot which our defensive line, front 7 and coverage in the back half, we should be fine."
Head Coach Russ Huesman echoed those words earlier this week, saying that if Perish has a pocket and time to process, he'll pick the UTC defense apart.
The Mocs kickoff with Indiana State on Saturday at 1pm inside Finley Stadium, marking the Mocs first playoff game since 1984 and first ever home playoff game.