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Mocs Improve in Saturday Scrimmage

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CHATTANOOGA, TN  ( --  The Chattanooga Mocs were back at Finley Stadium Saturday morning, taking part in a 91-play scrimmage on Davenport Field.  The mood was much better after this workout, compared to the last rained-shorted scrimmage on Friday, Aug. 14. 

"It looked like, for the most part, we were fundamentally sound," stated head coach Russ Huesman.  "You can judge a scrimmage by how many bodies are on the ground at one time.  It looked like we were moving our feet and running to the ball.  I thought both sides of the ball did some good things.  I was pretty pleased, but until you see the film, you just never know."

There are still a lot of ongoing position battles, but a lot of the established starters got some rest.  Senior quarterback Jacob Huesman was 4/7 passing for 21 yards and a score and ran four times for 13 yards.  Sophomore Alejandro Bennifield and Tyler Roberson took most of the snaps at quarterback.

True freshman Kyle Nalls had a solid day, rushing for 66 yards and two touchdowns on seven carries.  His first score was a 44-yard run, while his second was a six-yard scamper on the first-and-goal drill. 

Sophomore Richardre Bagley also had some nice numbers that included 45 yards and a TD on five carries.  His scoring run came from 23 yards out.

There were also some standouts on defense, including junior Vantrel McMillan.  He finished with two tackles-for-loss and a hurry.  Sophomore T.J. Jenkins had a break-up and a hurry, while senior Toyvian Brand and sophomore D.J. Prather each added a sack. 

Junior linebacker Nakevion Leslie posted a TFL of his own in limited action.  He also received some post-practice praise from Coach Huesman.  "That kid can run.  He can go sideline to sideline.  He probably had 6-7 tackles and he probably only played about 12-13 plays." 

Be sure to come out to Meet the Mocs at the Market tomorrow from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. All 15 of the Mocs teams will be on hand signing autographs and taking photos throughout the day.  Football is there from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.  The women's soccer team opens their season across the street at Finley Stadium 2:00 p.m. against Austin Peay. 

Season tickets are still on sale on or by calling the UTC Ticket Office at (423) 425-5292.  UTC is No. 8 in the preseason national rankings and hosts No. 7 Jacksonville State in the season opener at 6:00 p.m. on Sept. 5.  

UTC Football Scrimmage Stats – Aug. 22
91 Plays

Kyle Nalls – 7-66, 2TD
Richardre Bagley – 5-45, TD
Chris Miller – 4-28
Tyler Roberson – 7-18
Derrick Craine – 5-16
Shaqualm McCoy – 4-16
Jacob Huesman – 4-13
Alex Trotter – 4-8
Ke'Von Hall – 2-8
DeJuan McQuarters – 1-3
Alejandro Bennifield – 1-(-6)

Xavier Johnson – 2/2, 24 yards
Jacob Huesman – 4/7, 21 yards –TD
Alejandro Bennifield – 3/9, 19 yards
Tyler Roberson – 3/11, 12 yards
Cole Brown – 0/1

Drae Bowles – 1-1
Alphonso Stewart – 3-27, TD
DeJuan McQuarters – 1-4
Wil Young – 1-3
Xavier Borishade – 1-5
Richardre Bagley – 1-9
Ke'Von Hall – 1-7
Chris Miller – 1-1
Derrick Craine – 1-(-4)
Riley Davis – 1-23

Fumble Recovery – Khayyan Edwards
PBU – T.J. Jenkins, Le'Vonte Larry, D.J. Prather
QBH – T.J. Jenkins, Vantrel McMillan
Sack – Toyvian Brand, D.J. Prather
TFL – Vantrel McMillan (2), Ryan Bossung, Jeremiah Hay, Keionta Davis, Nakevion Leslie, James Stone

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