Mocs Seek Redemption as They Head Into the Playoffs
Chattanooga-(WDEF) Chattanooga earned some respect with their effort against top-ranked Alabama.
But the Mocs aren’t looking for respect anymore.
It’s all about winning and advancing as they open the playoffs Saturday against Weber State.
Mocs are back in the post-season for the third year in-a-row, and those trips to the playoffs never get old.
Said linebacker Nakiveon Leslie:”When I first got here, we were praying and hoping to get in the playoffs for the first time, and I think we got overlooked. So for us to be in the playoffs the past two or three years is a great accomplishment for this program.”
It’s a new mind-set and mentality come playoff time.
Said offensive lineman Josh Cardiello:”Regular season if you slip up and lose one, you’ve still got the rest of the season to play. Here, if you slip up, then you’re going home for the rest of way or you’ll wait another year to get back at it.”
The playoffs are also a chance at redemption
Said Huesman:”You know it’s pretty disappointing not to win the conference this year. I would say this year wasn’t up to standards. But again, we can make up for it.”
Huesman has been studying up on Weber State, who feature a quarterback who has thrown for nearly 3-thousand-yards.
Said Huesman:”You know it’s easier to face a guy that’s not any good. I would just assume face one of those guys. You’re not going to face any of those guys in the playoffs.”
Huesman was happy to see Keiontae Davis named the SoCon defensive player of the year today by the league coaches, but Huesman kind of had a Saban moment when defensive back Lucas Webb didn’t get any love from the media in their post-season honor.”
Said Huesman:”Like Lucas Webb is first team coaches. Didn’t get anything on media. I don’t know where they were. The media is ridiculous. (laughter) For Lucas Webb not to be on there is an atrocity. Is that a word? Thank you.”
The Mocs and Weber State kick at 2pm Saturday at Finley Stadium.