UPDATED: Mocs' quarterback Terrell Robinson leaves the team
CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) -- During Tuesday afternoon's weekly press conference, Russ Huesman made it clear the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football team planned to continue rotating two quarterbacks in its new spread offense.
By the end of the day, he only had one of those quarterbacks left.
Huesman confirmed at the end of Tuesday's practice that sophomore Terrell Robinson has left the team. Robinson met with coaches Tuesday afternoon after it was discovered he missed classes Tuesday morning, but the Huesman refused to go into any more detail.
"Terrell has quit the team," he said. "No disciplinary problems whatsoever. No problems. He just decided this was not for him.
"Anything else you want to know, you'll have to track him down."
Terrell Robinson's father, Vincent Robinson, said his son felt he wasn't able make any progress in UTC's new offense because of the split quarterback duties.
"He just felt like he was never able to and would never be able to find a rhythm because he had to share the reps," Vincent Robinson said via cell phone Tuesday night. "It was a tough situation for him because he was competing against the coach's son, and you start thinking about how you're going to be taken out if you make one mistake.
"He played so well last year and felt like he had earned the job, and then all this made him lose his confidence a little bit. He just didn't think he was going to get a fair chance."
Robinson started last week's season-opener at South Florida, splitting snaps with Russ Huesman's son, Jacob, in a 34-13 loss. The 6-foot-3, 195-pounder completed 4-of-5 passes for 25 yards and added 19 yards rushing on seven carries.
Robinson shared Southern Conference Freshman of the Year honors last season after stepping into the spotlight when starting quarterback B.J. Coleman went down with an injury.
Robinson saw significant playing time in five of the Mocs' final six games, including three straight starts, racking up 417 yards rushing, 336 passing and eleven total touchdowns.
His departure leaves Jacob Huesman as the Mocs' starting quarterback, and backup Graham Nichols as the only other player on the roster at the position.
Huesman, a redshirt freshman and former Baylor School star, completed 9-of-13 passes for 87 yards, and was officially credited with just one rushing yard on 17 carries against USF in his first collegiate game.
The elder Huesman spoke at length earlier in the day that despite several mistakes in Saturday's opener, he had not lost confidence in either quarterback or UTC's new offense. In fact, Huesman said the coaching staff was looking for ways to increase playing time for both QB's.
"They were both hit and miss. They both did some good and some bad," Huesman said. "I don't think either one of them played great. I don't think either one of them played poorly. I just think it was tough sledding out there offensively.
"But we're going to play the best eleven players however we have to play them. The one thing we didn't do was have Jacob and Terrell on the field at the same time, and we need to start doing that in some capacity."
Now it appears to be Jacob Huesman's show to run when Chattanooga travels to Jacksonville State this Saturday in its first game against Football Championship Subdivision competition.
Vincent Robinson said his son will consider transferring to another school, but "we haven't looked too far into it just yet."
If Robinson transfers to another FCS school, he'll likely have to sit out the remainder of this year and all of next year per NCAA transfer rules.
"I was heartbroken when he told me," said Vincent Robinson, who played basketball for the Mocs in the late 80's. "I really wish it had worked out, but he made this decision himself and he's going to live with it."