Mercer Has High Praise For Chattanooga Mocs
Even though Mercer re-started their football program just three years ago, they fight Chattanooga like a veteran team.
In their first meeting in 20-14, the Mocs beat the Bears by just a touchdown.
Then last season, Mercer knocked off third ranked Chattanooga.
The two clubs hook up again this Saturday.
After upsetting Chattanooga last year 17-14, Mercer expects to get the Mocs best shot on Saturday.
Said head coach Bobby Lamb-“Oh yeah I’m sure it’s circled on their calendar because of what happened last year. We played very well at our place last year in front of a great crowd.”
Said Mocs head coach Russ Huesman-“You know I don’t believe in circling games. I don’t believe in revenge. I believe that you’ve got to get your team prepared, and if you don’t, you lose. If you do, you’ve got a chance.”
Bobby Lamb has been impressed with new Mocs quarterback Alejandro Bennifield.
Said Lamb-“Offensively, everybody thought they would drop off when they lost Jacob Huesman. Jacob was a great player. However Bennifield, their quarterback has come in, and they can throw the ball down the field a little bit better. The biggest thing you see on them the change in Chattanooga’s offense is they are balanced. 222 rush per game, and then 205-yards passing per game.”
The Mocs lead the nation in scoring defense and total defense, and Mercer hopes to avoid the teeth of Chattanooga’s defense.
Said Lamb-“They’ve got 16 sacks. But what’s impressive about the 16 sacks is nobody has got sacks but their front four.”
Said Mercer quarterback John Russ-“They have a really good front four that gets to he quarterback. So if you drop back to pass, those two defensive ends are going to get down there. I remember two years ago when I was a sophomore, Davis Tull was there. It seems like they keep breeding defensive linemen at Chattanooga. They’ve got Keionta Davis now.”
Lamb says the Mocs deserve their current number three ranking.
Said Lamb-“Their offensive line and defensive line I would argue that there’s not a better front four and front five in all of FCS football. They do a tremendous job of controlling both lines of scrimmage.”