Good thing the Mocs had a bye before Georgia Southern. Gives them more time to simulate the Eagles triple option. Good luck getting up to speed. Said head coach Russ Huesman,"Well for one what we do, we never snap the football (to the scout team QB in practice). When you don't have to take that snap, and you're running the speed option, that quarterback can just set and take off. Then you've got to react to that. You try to simulate it the best you can." Added quarterback Jacob Huesman,"Any week we play an option offense, the defense is really putting in a hard days work."
More work for the defense, and more stress for the head coach. Said Russ, "They can get on the perimeter, and they can house call you at any point and time."
And it's not just the speed of the offense, but the blocking. Reporter-"So the DB's get cut blocked too?" Said defensive back Chaz Moore,"Yes sir. It's all eleven getting cut."
UTC hasn't quite cut it the last two years against GSU, losing by a combined…three points, including a triple overtime affair last year that had Jacob Huesman in tears. "How I felt after the game? Honestly I think if it would have gone to another overtime, I mgiht have died."
Huesman would love to leave the Eagles crying on Saturday. "To go down to Statesboro. that's a tough place to play. To get a win down there on the road against a team like Georgia southern. That would be huge for us confidence wise and to keep the momentum. It would put us in a pretty good position."
Kickoff Saturday is at 6pm. GSU is 22-4 lifetime against Chattanooga.