Chattanooga-(WDEF) Quarterback Jacob Huesman was the Mocs leading rusher last season by a long shot, racking up over 900 yards on the ground, while UTC's top running back managed only 288-yards rushing. Said new offensive coordinator Jeff Durden,"Just watching the tape from last year, he (Huesman) was the best runner, so I'm sure they had designed quarterback runs. That's what I saw."
2012 was also the Mocs first season in the spread offense. Said running back Marquis Green,"We couldn't find a structure for all the running backs to get the ball. We had to work with what we had. Jacob did a pretty good job. Him and Terrell Robinson ran the ball well."
This spring, the Mocs are trying to get more out of their running backs. Said head coach Russ Huesman,"The quarterbacks haven't run much this spring. We're trying to let the running backs handle that." Added Green,"They put in more plays for the running backs specifically. Letting the quarterbacks really throw more. Let those guys use their arms, instead of running so much and taking hits."
Ideally, the Mocs coaches would love to see a true running back emerge. Said Huesman,"I hope somebody steps up and becomes the guy, and gets the ball 18 or 22 times. We haven't been that way since I've been here. I don't know why. I hope one of them steps up, and says give me the ball 20 or 25 times."
If someone can step up at running back, that would keep defenses from keying on UTC's quarterbacks. Said Durden,"Maybe a little more misdirection and spreading it around, so they can't dial in on just one guy. That's what make you effective."