Mocs Chewing Up the Clock With Their Running Game

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Updated: 10/09/2013 6:36 pm

Chattanooga-(WDEF) The Chattanooga Mocs are fourth in the SoCon in rushing at 252 yards a game, trailing the three option teams.And yet, UTC leads the league in time of possession. Said head coach Russ Huesman,"If you had asked me before the season started would it be like this, I probably wouldn't have thought this. But when you convert third downs, and you're in a lot of third downs, you keep drives alive." Said defensive back Zach McCarter,"I was actually just telling Gunner on Saturday that I couldn't believe how long I was standing on the sideline, and how much I enjoy it. That's less plays for us on defense and more breath in our lungs, so I really enjoy it."

Coach Huesman mentioned third down conversions. UTC also leads the league in that category, converting 52 percent of them. Said running back Marquis Green,"That's a big thing Coach Durden and his offensive staff wanted to work on because we know how crucial it is to convert on third downs, so it's a real big thing for us." Said Huesman,"When you've got a big quarterback, and you can pound it in there. Now you can spread them out. If it's third and one or fourth and one, we feel pretty good about going for it."

The Mocs also have a back that can pound it in Keon Williams. He's averaging nearly seven yards a carry. Said McCarter, "I know Keon Williams has come a long ways this year. He's putting up outstanding numbers. Marquis.. getting those guys switching in and out. Getting fresh legs in there really helps."

Chattanooga has rushed for over 200-yards in their last four games. Said Huesman,"I'm not sure if Jeff Durden and the offensive guys have a goal for rushing, but I like scoring points however we've got to do it, and the running game has been helping us."

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