CHATTANOOGA, TN (gomocs.com) -- 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 GoMocs.com 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
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