Mocs Defense Coming Off Stellar Performance

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Updated: 10/15/2013 5:58 pm

Chattanooga-(WDEF) The Mocs defense was projected to be one of the best in the country before the season started. Then Chattanooga stumbled out of the gate in their first game. But now it appears they have their swagger, especially after Saturday's showing against Furman.

When the Mocs defense gave up almost 300-yards rushing in their season opening loss to U-T Martin, head coach Russ Huesman was in shock, especially with the missed tackles. Said Huesman on September 3rd,"Thirty-six. You must not think that's a lot because you didn't fall off the podium over there. I about fell out of my chair saying it again."

Huesman must have had that same feeling of despair in practice last week. "We didn't have a great week of practice. Tuesday and Wednesday were awful. Awful days. I came out Thursday, and while they were stretching, I told them that they stunk. They weren't any good."

But the Mocs didn't stink it up against Furman. They held the Paladins under 200-yards of offense, with two turnovers, and six sacks. Said defensive back Dee Virgin,"We were just energized, and ready to go out there and make plays with a defense full of seniors." Added Huesman,"I think what helped Davis Tull this week is we got Furman into some third and longs. There's your blood in the water deal right there. When you get in third and longs, he can get in that four point stance and just shoot out of it."

Chattanooga now leads the SoCon in total defense and scoring defense, despite the fact their defensive line is beat up. Said Huesman,"You don't have depth. You can't rotate people and roll them through. You don't want to burn redshirts. I want to try to save D.J. Prather and Taylor Reynolds. They're going to be two really good players for us."

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