Chattanooga-(WDEF) As the lights go up on the Mocs new season, the offense hopes to light up the scoreboard.
UTC returns the reigning SoCon player of the year in quarterback Jacob Huesman and a solid cast of teammates.
Said head coach Russ Huesman,"Yeah, I mean I think we are expecting a lot from them. There are some playmakers on that side of the ball. I think our wideouts are the ones that are a little underestimated. I think they are going to have a really nice year for us and do some good things."
And offensive coordinator Jeff Durden hopes the play-makers make big plays.
"Our tempo is a little bit better. We know the system better. We can get lined up a little quicker. Our deep play ability. Our big play ability is a little bit better out wide than it was last year."
All SoCon tight end Faysal Shafaat has big play potential, but the coaches want more than just big catches.
Said Durden,"We've asked him to really get his hands dirty this fall. He's going to be a big blocker for us. You don't have to catch the ball to make a big play at tight end."
UTC rushed for 212 yards a game last season, and they wouldn't mind duplicating those numbers in the passing game.
Said Durden,"If people aren't going to let us run the football at all, then we've got to be good at throwing it. That was the emphasis in the offseason. Our timing is better. We've got a little bit better understanding of the passing game."
Given the Mocs talent and experience, they have a lofty goal for 2014.
Said Jacob Huesman,"Our goal as an offense is 35-points a game. Those numbers work out to one touchdown per quarter, plus one above and beyond play."
Added Durden,"We don't mind if the defense scores either."
UTC opens their season on Thursday night at Central Michigan.