Mocs hit the New turf for the Blue and white game


The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football team enjoyed a beautiful afternoon in the Scenic City to celebrate the end of Spring Practice today.  The White team beat the Blue 6-0 in a laid back affair at Finley Stadium.

The afternoon began with dozens of youth coming out for the annual Kids Clinic.  It ended with hundreds of fans on the field getting autographs from the student-athletes after the game. 

In between, there was a 110-play scrimmage that was dominated mostly by the defense.  The offense kept it simple, while the defense played well, in the low-scoring session. 

Henrique Ribeiro was 2-3 on field goals, connection from 23 and 35 yards for the only scoring on the day.  Dale Warren’s six tackles tied for game-high and earned him the Defensive MVP.  Alejandro Bennifield spent time on both teams, but it was his 4-4 passing for 30 yards for the White team that earned him Offensive MVP honors. 

“I thought the offense was very vanilla today, which benefitted the defense,” stated head coach Russ Huesman.  “I thought defensively, we rushed the passer really well today.  We are not evaluating whether the offense scored 50 or if the defense shut them out.  We are evaluating individuals.  Dale Warren looked good today.  I thought Keionta Davis was good in his limited snaps.” 

Tim Whatley also had six tackles for White.  He picked a tipped pass out of the air for the games only turnover.  Davis finished with three hurries for the Blue team. 

The White team consisted mainly of the first offense and second defense, while the Blue had the top defense squad.  Some individuals, including Warren, Bennifield and D.J. Prather, switched back and forth on both teams. 

Shaqualm McCoy led all rushers with eight carries for 33 yards for the  Blue team.  DeJuan McQuarters had a game-high five catches for 25 yards for Blue. 

Monday is the last day of classes for the spring semester as the Mocs turn their focus to the 2015 season.  Kickoff is Sept. 5 at home against Jacksonville State in what should be a matchup of two top-10 teams.  Season tickets are on sale now on or by calling the UTC Ticket Office at (423) 266-MOCS (6627). 

Spring Game Scrimmage Stats

Passing – Blue
Tyler Roberson – 9-17, 52 yards, INT
Xavier Johnson – 3-6, 19 yards
Alejandro Bennifield – 1-4, 12 yards

Passing – White
Jacob Huesman – 5-13, 62 yards
Alejandro Bennifield – 4-4, 30 yards

Rushing – Blue
Shaqualm McCoy – 8-33
Tyler Roberson – 8-32
Xavier Johnson – 5-1
Mark Fairbanks – 3-31
Alejandro Bennifield – 2-1
DeJuan McQuarters – 2-(-2)

Rushing – White
Richardre Bagley – 7-32
Derrick Craine – 6-15
Alejandro Bennifield – 3-9
Jacob Huesman – 2-19

Receiving – Blue
DeJuan McQuarters – 5-25
Riley Davis – 2-22
James Stovall – 2-4
Steve Pickren – 1-12
Shaqualm McCoy – 1-7
Wil Young – 1-6
Kota Nix – 1-2

Receiving – White
C.J. Board – 2-28
Richardre Bagley – 2-8
Xavier Borishade – 1-24
Troy Dye – 1-7
Derrick Craine – 1-5
Bingo Morton – 1-5
Alphonso Stewart – 1-5

Blue – Defense
Lucas Webb – 3
T.J. Jenkins – 3
Keionta Davis – 2
Cedric Nettles – 2
Taylor Reynolds – 2
Dee Virgin – 2
Toyvian Brand – 1
A.J. Hampton – 1
Tavon Lawson – 1
Nakevion Leslie – 1
Trevor Wright – 1

Sacks – Brandon Bourk, Isaiah Mack.

QBHsKeionta Davis (3), Nakevion Leslie.

TFLsDee Virgin.

PBUsNakevion Leslie, Dee Virgin.  

White – Defense
Dale Warren – 6
Tim Whatley – 6
Jeremiah Hay – 5
Montrell Pardue – 3
Oscar Prado – 3
Ryan Bossung – 2
D.J. Prather – 2
Cam Walker – 2
Tony Zaffore – 2
Tae Davis – 1
Kenneth Garrett – 1

Sacks – D.J. Prather (2), Tony Zaffore.

INT Tim Whatley.

TFLsRyan Bossung, Kenneth Garrett, Cam Walker.

PBUsRyan Bossung.  

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