Mocs Defense Leading the Nation to Start the New Season
Chattanooga-(WDEF) Can’t ask for a much better start to the season for the Chattanooga defense.
They went eleven straight quarters without giving up a single point.
If the Mocs maintain that defensive domination, then UTC will win a whole lot of games this year.
The Mocs currently lead the nation in four defensive categories, including points allowed per game at just over four. So what has been the key for Chattanooga.
Said head coach Russ Huesman-“Upfront defensively is where we are really, really good. You hear the term all the time. Get the quarterback off his spot. Whether you get a sack or not, if you can get him to move off his spot, and not let him step into throws, now you’re really playing good on the defensive line.”
Reporter-“How would you describe Chattanooga’s defense. You practice against them a little bit. How would you describe them?”
Said running back Derrick Craine-“They’re head-hunters. Honestly.”
In today’s college football with the spread and running quarterbacks, holding people to 200-yards of offense ain’t easy anymore.
Said Huesman-“In this day and time, it’s hard to defend people. Like our goals I believe are to hold the opponent to 17 points or less and 300 yards or less.”
Reporter-“New age of college football where a good defense can give up 30-plus points, and everybody still thinks they’re a good defense.”
Said linebacker Nakevion Leslie-“I wouldn’t say that. If we gave up 30-points, we’d have a lot of work to do. We gave up 14, and we were mad at each other.”
And with the hurry up offenses, defenses stay on the field more.
Said Huesman-“I think Samford ran 100 plays against somebody.”
Added Leslie-“100 plays sounds pretty tiring. This past week I think we did about 70, which didn’t feel too bad. But running 100 plays will take a lot out of you.”
Saturday will feature the nation’s top defense in Chattanooga against the nation’s top offense in Samford, who is averaging 56 points a game.
Said Leslie-“We just have to come ready to play and be aggressive. Fight with a chip on our shoulder.
UTC and Samford kick at 2pm on Saturday at Finley Stadium.