published Monday, August 8th, 2011

Chattanooga Mocs out in full pads

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    UTC defensive lineman Chris Mayes performs drills during football practice at Scrappy Moore Field.
    Photo by Alex Washburn /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football team practiced in full pads for the first time this morning at Scrappy Moore Field. The way coach Russ Huesman limits contact in practice, however, being fully decked out made little difference in how the Mocs practiced.

“It was no different than [Sunday],” Huesman said. “Just because we put these yellow pants on made no difference. We wanted to stay off the ground all day today.”

Huesman said the Mocs may do some scrimmaging during Tuesday’s 7:45 a.m. practice, their sixth of the preseason.

Freshman tight end Jarrod Coleman suffered a shoulder injury during the first drill of the day and did not return. Huesman said he didn’t know the extent of the injury.

After struggling Sunday, kicker Nick Pollard was much sharper on his field-goal attempts this morning. Huesman said he had plenty of confidence in his redshirt freshman kicker.

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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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