Mocs Defense Wants ‘Party at the Ball’ This Fall
Chattanooga-(WDEF) Before Chattanooga started pre-season drills, defensive back Lucas Webb said the Mocs defense doesn’t realize how good they can be.
Led by pre-season All-American Keionta Davis, Chattanooga wants to make opponents pay, with their own kind of par-tay.
When the Mocs opened fall camp, there was plenty of confidence on defense.
Said Davis-“We’ve got a lot of talent out here. It’s a lot of really, really good talent from the young guys we’ve got coming in and from the older guys we’ve got out here too.”
Added Webb-“I think if you were to look on paper and see the guys who are all-conference, and then you see the guys who don’t have those honors, who haven’t been recognized yet. You look at when they go against each other, and you can’t tell.”
The talent is there, but Coach Huesman says it’s way too early to proclaim greatness.
Said head coach Russ Huesman-“We’re not a dominant defense right now. I’ve been around some dominant defenses where they’re not even giving up a first down for a whole half.”
Said Davis-“I want to see the defense just take control of games. We saw in the Super Bowl how a defense can win a game by itself. I definitely want to be like one of those defenses.”
The Mocs led the SoCon in total defense last year, and Huesman expects his unit to be among the league leaders again this fall.
Said Huesman-“I think that’s why we’ve been pretty successful against the option teams. It’s a lot of perimeter stuff. We’ve had some team speed defensively where we can run some things down.”
A fast defense means a lot of guys get to the ball carrier.
Said Webb-“That’s one of the things we say. Party at the ball. Don’t meet me there. Beat me there. That’s one of the things we like to say. But like we were talking about, a swarming defense. That’s something we really want to do this year.”
Huesman says it’s always easy to tell if the Mocs are having a party at the ball.
Huesman-“Our scoreboard shows yards. You can look up there and see if you’re playing good defense or not to be honest with you. I’ve always hated. When I was a defensive coordinator, I hated those scoreboards, but you can look up there and see how you are doing.”