Mocs Quarterback Nick Tiano Blessed to Be Home and Running ‘Real Deal NFL System’
The Chattanooga Mocs added an SEC transfer at quarterback in the off-season as Nick Tiano left Mississippi State to return to his hometown.
Tiano played high school ball at Baylor, and now the 6’5, 240-pounder is ready to add some size and experience to the Mocs quarterback position.
Nick Tiano changed teams, and then the Mocs changed coaches from Russ Huesman to Tom Arth, and yet Tiano couldn’t be happier.
Said Tiano:”I mean I tell myself every day you made a great decision. You are so lucky and blessed to be here because you are right at home playing for a great program. And then you get this opportunity to play for all these great coaches. Coach Arth playing in the NFL. Our quarterbacks coach is very successful. It’s an unbelievable opportunity for me.”
Said head coach Arth:”You know seeing what he works like, it’s like coaching a professional. I mean it really is. The way he comes in. His notes. How serious he is about understanding the nuances of the game.”
Tiano brings two years of SEC experience to Chattanooga.
Said Arth:”He’s going at this thing like he’s the starter. He’s preparing every day as if he’s going to be out there taking the first snap on August 26th. I think that’s the way that you have to be.”
Said Tiano:”Me and Dro (Alejandro Bennifield) are out here pushing each other every day. He’s an unbelievable player. I think we both kind of feed off each other and learn from each other. I think it’s only going to make us both better for the rest of our careers.”
Tiano calls Tom Arth’s new offense a real deal NFL system.
Said Tiano:”He brought this straight from what he did in the NFL. What he learned and kind of what he has tweaked and Coach (Justin) Rascati has tweaked a little bit, but I mean it’s what you see on Sundays. That’s what they told us me and Dro when we walked in the first day. They told us it’s a pro-style offense, but really it’s a Sunday offense. So we are excited to play in that. I think it’s really going to help both of us.”
Tiano can’t wait to finally suit up in the blue and gold.
Said Tiano:”It’s just a blessing to be here. I’m so happy to be a Chattanooga Moc. I’m just so excited to play my first game and have three years left to play here.”