CHATTANOOGA - We are just days away from the UTC Mocs kicking off their 2018 season.

It's a Thursday night opener for the Mocs as the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles come to Finley Stadium to kick off the 2018 season.

So, it's been game week for a few days, and although a lot of position battles are going down to the wire, including quarterback, the defense is getting in shape.

The Golden Eagles like to bring the tempo on offense.

“The d-lineman have been running after practice, but even during practice, our coaches have been incorporating different temp situations. That’s been very helpful for us,” Mocs defensive lineman, Derek Mahaffey, said.

“It’s difficult to replicate that speed, it’s difficult to replicate that pace of play. So, we’ve been doing a lot of tempo offenses with our first-team offense against our first-team defense, to really try to replicate that urgency that they need to have,” Mocs Head Coach, Tom Arth, said.

The Mocs and Golden Eagles kickoff this Thursday at 7 p.m. over at Finley Stadium, Sports Director Paul Shahen and Ben Bobick will be down there providing live pre-game coverage and of course the highlights and post-game reaction afterwards.