‘Men of Chatt’ Focused on ‘Our Way’ Ahead of National TV Opener Against Jacksonville State
Chattanooga-(WDEF) The Mocs and Jacksonville State get the national spotlight on Saturday in Montgomery.
They’re the only prime time college football game on national TV.
UTC and JSU will collide on ESPN.
New Mocs coach Tom Arth admits it’s pretty cool that the Mocs and J-S-U get the national spotlight to kick off the college football season.
Said Arth:”Certainly the rivalry between the two schools. The success of both programs is the reason why we have this opportunity. It’s a great honor to be apart of it.”
Said receiver Alphonso Stewart:”The type of school we are, we don’t get that much national publicity. I don’t want to say it’s overwhelming, but it’s very exciting. Very exciting.”
Said safety Lucas Webb:”This is the stage that everyone wants. Everyone as a kid. They want to be on ESPN. They want to be able to be the star of the show. It’s just a blessing, but at the same time, once we hit that field, it’s not going to be any different.”
Jax State has been a tough opponent for the Mocs having won the last four meetings. But Arth doesn’t want his guys worried about this rivalry matchup.
Said Arth:”I would hope that they would just say ‘our way’. Just ‘our way’. Hey tell me about Jacksonville State. ‘Our way’. I would hope that would be their answer. I haven’t heard our guys talk about them at all. I think that’s coming from us because we haven’t talked about them at all.”
Said Stewart:”The way our coaches have been coaching it has been all about us. I feel like that has been driven into my head.”
Said Webb:”We actually have these wrist bands that say ‘our way’, and on the back it has ‘Men of Chatt’. That’s just one of the things he really wanted us to set the standard throughout the entire program. How we operate. This goes on and off the field.”
There’s always a sense of the unknown in a season opener, and that excites Coach Arth.
Said Arth:”That’s a challenge. That’s the enjoyable part of coaching is that chess match.”
Kickoff is set for 6:30pm from the Crampton Bowl in Montgomery.