Mocs Football Roster Features Several FBS Transfers
Chattanooga-(WDEF) The Mocs will continue their tradition of playing an FBS school this year when they face LSU.
But when UTC tangles with the Tigers, they’ll feature a mini FBS roster of their own.
The Mocs currently have fourteen FBS transfers with four from the SEC.
Landing college transfers is a little different than landing high school recruits.
Said head coach Tom Arth:”Somebody that we know is at another school, and they have a player that they think is a high character guy that can be successful here. They usually send a quick text over and say hey, just a heads up. This guy is leaving if you are interested. Then we do our research and get a chance if we are interested to bring them onto campus and get to meet them.”
Quarterabck Nick Tiano transfered from Mississippi State, while offensive lineman Josh Cardiello transferred from Georgia.
They admit leaving the SEC stage can be difficult.
Said Cardiello:”The environment we have, yeah there’s not 90-thousand people here, but you are out there, and you are getting to play. It kind of makes up for that.”
Said Chattanooga native Nick Tiano:”I have an opportunity here to play in front of all my friends and all of my family. Everybody that’s close to me can come over and watch the game. That means more to me than anything. The hundreds of thousands of people that stuff is cool, but me having those close people. Having friends and family there is more important to me.”
Coach Arth has added several transfers since his arrival in part because he brought different schemes to UTC.
Said Arth:”There were some great transfers that became available at positions that we really needed them for depth purposes for impact purposes. All of the above.”
The fact that so many BCS players are willing to come to Chattanooga must say something about the Mocs program.
Said Cardiello:”I think it definitely says a lot towards the program and definitely the coaching staff. People buying in to what they believe.”
Said Tiano:”Over the past six or seven years Chattanooga has just built itself up and has a great reputation. And for guys who maybe didn’t have a great experience their first stop. I think it’s a great place to come. Great city. Great program. And you’ve got a chance to win a lot of games.”