Mocs Start Spring Drills Under New Coach Rusty Wright at School’s Intramural Field

Chattanooga-(WDEF-TV) Heavy rains flooded the Mocs football practice facility at Scrappy Moore field. So UTC will be traveling around town for spring workouts.
The first stop was the university’s intramural field.
That’s where new head coach Rusty Wright welcomed back 17 starters from a team that went 6-5 last season.

Practicing on the intramural field means one less thing for the head coach to worry about.
Said Wright:”Best thing about it out here is there is no goal post, so I don’t have to worry about kicking today, so it is what it is.”
Wright really doesn’t care where the Mocs work-out.
He’s just glad to hold his first practice session as the team’s new head coach.
Said Wright:”The biggest thing that excites me is finding some guys. Finding some guys that can help us win some football games for sure. I think that’s the biggest thing as we move forward is seeing how some of these guys we may not know about that can help us come fall.”
Said quarterback Nick Tiano:”You know Coach Wright was here when I was transferring back here, so he’s a familiar face for me, but it has been a smooth transition. They’ve come in, and kind of set their standard and their way of doing it or doing everything. We’ve bought in. We’ve worked hard. I feel like it’s really just a great natural fit with this staff.”
Reporter:”What kind of identity do you want to establish on this team?”
Said Wright:”I want you to see a team that plays hard and doesn’t beat themselves.”
Also helps when you return your entire offensive line.
Said Tiano:”That’s a unique situation. Most teams in the country are not going to have that, so to have that experience up front, and for those guys to have a year under their belt. To have the confidence to come out and play this year is huge for us.”
Even though it’s spring, the Mocs still envision the ultimate goal.
Said defensive back Jerrell Lawson:”I just want to win. I just want to win the SoCon championship. However that gets there. That’s what I want to do.”
Said Tiano:”Yeah I think we should have a huge year. We’ve got a lot of great players on this team. Offense, defense, and special teams. I think we will be ready to roll. Like you said, we had some success last season. A lot to build off of. We want to go win the SoCon this year, and have a great season, and put it all together.”

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