The Mocs 2013 didn't end on the field, expending every ounce of energy they had on the gridiron. It ended in a small auditorium on campus. The humiliation of national television, waiting for their name that would never be called.
"The fact that they showed us. We didn't even get picked hurt. Ever since then, I see the grind with these folks has been unbelievable. I can see that they want it now," said Mocs wide receiver Xavier Borishade.
"We talked about it immediately afterward. We talk about it quite a bit. These guys talk about, it's huge," added coach Russ Huesman.
UTC has enjoyed plenty of pre-season hype, picked to win the Southern Conference, and ranked 14th and 16th nationally in the only two recognized FCS polls. The Mocs say it means nothing.
"We try to keep that stuff out. We don't talk about it as much, because we want to keep trainig like we are not rated number one to win the conference," explained linebacker Nakevion Leslie.
"If we've got a mature football team, you can be ranked anywhere, and you can have a great ranking, and they wouldn't pay attention. But it's how you finish the season that counts," added Huesman
So the theme heading into the opener with Central Michigan, a simple one. "DO MORE"! Do more so they won't end their season with the same sinking feeling....any more.
"We don't want that to happen again, so we have to do more to make sure it doesn't happen again," said Huesman.
Chattanooga opens their 2014 campaign on Thursday, August 28th at Central Michigan.