Mocs Ready For the Joys of Cut Blocking and Defending the Citadel’s Triple Option
Chattanooga-(WDEF) After battling the BCS boys from Knoxville, the Mocs should feel good about getting back into SoCon play against the Citadel.
But you never really feel good about facing the Bulldogs and their old-fashion offense.
Mocs playmakers Tommy Hudson and Keon Williams are expected to return against the Citadel.
Hudson missed a couple of games with turf toe, while Williams underwent hand surgery last week.
Said head coach Russ Huesman,"Actually today, Keon is going to dress out. Put a yellow jersey on or a green one, whatever the injured guys wear. He just won’t get hit. Just have to see how his hand comes along."
Mocs expect plenty of contact when they face the Citadel and their triple option.
Said defensive lineman Josh Freeman,"Citadel in my experience from the past, has been the most physical team that we have played every year."
Added Huesman,"Whoever is running the triple option, there’s a sense of toughness on both sides of the ball."
Saturday’s game will be tough because of the Bulldogs cut blocking.
Reporter-"How much fun is cut blocking?"
Chuckles Freeman,"It’s not fun at all. It’s zero fun."
The Citadel almost plays keep away with their rushing attack. They’re second in the FCS in rushing, averaging 325-yards a game.
Said Huesman,"Whenever you play the triple option teams, possessions. Florida State I think had seven in the entire game. Maybe eight I think."
Said running back Derrick Craine,"A lot of times you are in the game. You’re in the moment. You kind of get off to the sideline for a quick breather or something, and you look up at the scoreboard, and you see we’re in the second half. You’re like, where did the first quarter go?"
Coach Huesman admits he was nervous after seeing the Citadel beat Charlotte 63-56 in overtime last week.
"Well that’s a defensive mentality. I hate to see 63 points on the board. We had one at Richmond that was six overtimes against Delaware. I lost seven years on my life on that one."