Mocs looking to keep playoff hopes alive with two SoCon games remaining
CHATTANOOGA, Tn. (GoMocs.com) - The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football team travels to Furman for a key Southern Conference game on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. ET inside Paladin Stadium in Greenville, S.C.
Below are excerpts from Tuesday's press conference.
Jordan Jones, So.-DB
On Furman's offense.
"It's something we'll be prepared for. It's nothing we haven't seen this season so far so we're just going to take it a step at a time. We have to make sure we watch our film and then go out and perform at a high level."
On the importance of Saturday's game.
"Like I said, we are just trying to take it one step at a time. We are very happy and fortunate to have the city behind us. We are just a really excited group right now."
On teammate Isaiah Mack joking about stealing his big plays.
"Oh yeah, I love [Isaiah] Mack. He is one of those guys that goes to work every day so I love to hear he when he jokes around. It brought a little smile to my face. He is an amazing player and I love doing everything for him that I can."
Noah Ramsey, So.-OL
On the decision to transfer back home from UL Monroe.
"I was pretty far away from home. I think 8 hours away. When I was in high school, I really liked Chattanooga. When I was first thinking about playing ball in college, I stood outside the fence at Finley [Stadium] and told my dad how much I would love to play here. I decided one day on the way back from Monroe, when I passed Finley,that I really wanted to play football in Chattanooga."
On level of play in SoCon after transferring from Sun Belt.
"I played in several games at Monroe, but I was really surprised at how great the level of competition is in the SoCon. Looking at our defense, going to practice against Isaiah Mack and Derek Mehaffey, we have some real athletes and good players".
On the play of QB Nick Tiano.
"He is a ball player. He has a really good arm, can stretch plays out with his legs, and is a true leader on offense."
Tom Arth, Head Coach
Recapping Saturday's Homecoming win over VMI.
"To own up on last week's game against VMI, it was so great to see so many of our alumni come back and support our school and our team. It was really special, especially for our players, to see that they are a part of something special here at Chattanooga. The football program and the school means so much to so many people. It was a great win and I'm glad we gave our alums something to celebrate. It was hard fought, nothing was easy. We obviously didn't get off to the start we wanted to. I was really pleased with how we responded, especially offensively when we were down 14-0. Nick [Tiano] and Bryce [Nunnelly] connected on that quick score,that was really big and gave us the confidence that we needed."
On being in a position to potentially reach postseason play.
"You come into a season and your hope isn't that you play just the games on your schedule. Your goal is to play the games that aren't on the schedule. To be in a position where it's late in the season and we have a chance to take care of our responsibilities which would give us that possibility, then that's great. We are excited for that, but the only thing that matters to us right now is practice this afternoon. It starts with us and starts with our ability to go out and have great meetings and practices to allow us to be in a position to be successful on Saturday."
On Furman's challenges.
"I think they are a very good football team and a team that is playing very well right now. They certainly present a lot of challenges, how they play on offense is really unique and there's a lot you have to defend and be prepared for with that. They are a tough, well-coached football team that has talented players all over the field. It will be a challenge."