published Thursday, August 4th, 2011

Mocs getting notice

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    UTC defensive back Buster Skrine runs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis on March 1. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Buster Skrine and Chris Harr have already had notable moments, for better or worse, less than a week into the former University of Tennessee at Chattanooga standouts' respective NFL training camps.

On the first day of the Kansas City Chiefs' practice, Harr, an undrafted free agent offensive lineman, was mentioned in numerous media reports because he was the only player to vomit during practice.

Harr did the same thing from time to time at UTC.

"It happens," he joked Tuesday. "I was fine afterward."

Skrine, meanwhile, had a shining moment during Tuesday's Cleveland Browns practice when the fifth-round draft pick intercepted a Colt McCoy pass and ran untouched into the end zone.

The pick-6 came when the cornerback was playing with the first-team defense against the first-team offense. Skrine said Wednesday that he has been getting a lot of repetitions in the first-team's nickel package.

"It was my first one," he said. "We were doing a team period, a scrimmage period, and I jumped the route [in front of wide receiver Jordan Norwood] and had a free lane. It felt pretty good."

When asked during a Twitter Q&A with Browns fans, who among the Browns' draft picks has stood out so far, Cleveland Plain Dealer beat writer Tony Grossi replied: "Buster Skrine. It's early."

For both Skrine and Harr, nearly every free moment, of which there are few, is being spent studying their playbooks.

"Every day is a test," Skrine said.

Harr was a three-year starter at left tackle for the Mocs, but he's alternating between left and right guard in the Chiefs' camp. He said the transition hasn't been too difficult.

"It's a little bit different position, but I'm coming along," he said. "It's really not that big a deal. There's some different calls and stuff, but that's about it."

This and that

UTC announced Wednesday that it had surpassed the 2,000 mark for season tickets sold. The Mocs set a record with 2,678 in 2010. ... Coach Russ Huesman got to play dad Wednesday when he helped move his son Jacob, a freshman quarterback, into his dorm room. "When my wife [Amy] pulled up," he said, "I went right to the back of the van and started loading up and carrying it in, like any parent would do."

about John Frierson...

John Frierson is in his seventh year at the Times Free Press and seventh year covering University of Tennessee at Chattanooga athletics. The bulk of his time is spent covering Mocs football, but he also writes about women’s basketball and the big-picture issues and news involving the athletic department. A native of Athens, Ga., John grew up a few hundred yards from the University of Georgia campus. Instead of becoming a Bulldog he attended Ole ...

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