Chattanooga-(WDEF) The Mocs face the top punt returner in the Southern Conference on Saturday in Samford's Fabian Truss. But UTC might be able to negate his return game with Nick Pollard's rugby style punts.
Mocs punter Nick Pollard nearly punted the ball the length of the field against Wofford.
His rugby punt traveled 78-yards, six yards shy of a school record.
Said Pollard,"I hit it, and I kept my head down like you should all the way through the kick. I knew I hit it well. I popped up. Popped my head up, and I was like, man that ball is going. That ball is sailing."
For the season, Pollard is averaging 41 yards a punt.
Reporter-"Do you feel like a weapon?"
Said Pollard,"Yeah, I would say so. This year is a little bit different. Netting one or two more yards further. Feel like a weapon. Feel like I've had more pooch punts this year than anything. When you have an opportunity like that to switch the field, it's very important."
Head coach Russ Huesman must feel like he's coaching the Peyton Manning of punters.
Said Huesman,"Went to the Baylor-Father Ryan game and had 500 people come up to me before I even walked in the place at halftime, telling me how good he was. From my sister to my brother-in-law, everybody. He's good. He's doing a great job. Glad we have him back for next year."
Huesman has become football's number one fan of rugby style punting.
"With this punt, we don't get it blocked. People really have trouble returning it. I'm thinking about making a little extra money going to the clinic circuit with it. (laughter) But there's not much you can say. Take one step and kick it end-over-end. I don't think anybody is going to pay me for that advice."