published Monday, October 10th, 2011

Robinson ready to go at QB for Mocs

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    Chattanooga quarterback Terrell Robinson passes for a first down over the outstretched hands of blitzing Georgia Southern cornerback Laron Scott. Photo by Scott Bryant/Statesboro Herald

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga quarterback B.J. Coleman will have his right arm “in a sling for a while, for a few days for sure,” coach Russ Huesman said Sunday.

Coleman could play this week or may miss a game or two with the sprained shoulder he suffered early in the second quarter of Saturday’s 28-27 loss at No. 1 Georgia Southern. Coleman was hit on his right (throwing) shoulder and the senior did not return.

“We’re going to see how he progresses, rehab him and we’ll see,” Huesman said.

Coleman has started 28 straight games since he transferred to No. 23 UTC (2-4, 0-3 Southern Conference) and shares the school record with 49 career touchdown passes.

Huesman said redshirt freshman Terrell Robinson will start this week’s must-win game against Western Carolina (1-4, 0-3) if Coleman can’t play.

After Coleman went out against the Eagles (5-0, 4-0), in came Robinson, who rushed for 114 yards and three touchdowns and nearly led the Mocs to a dramatic come-from-behind win.

“He did that against us last year on the scout team the whole year,” Huesman said of Robinson’s ability to move the offense. “That’s exactly how he looked.”

The Eagles scored a couple of quick touchdowns — the first off a Robinson fumble — soon after Coleman was injured. With UTC down 14-0 and looking vulnerable, Robinson led the Mocs on an 11-play, 82-yard touchdown drive.

Georgia Southern led 21-7 at the half and UTC drove 76 yards, all on the ground, on its first possession of the third quarter to make it 21-14. J.J. Jackson scored on a 20-yard run.

“When B.J. went down, we could either stop fighting or keep fighting,” Jackson said. “We decided to keep fighting and just take what the defense gives us.”

The GSU defense hadn’t given teams much of anything on the ground all season, allowing just 57.0 yards a game, but it had few answers for the Robinson and the Mocs’ spread scheme. UTC finished with 238 yards rushing.

“Just to have that mobile quarterback in, things changed around a lot,” Eagles cornerback Laron Scott said.

Georgia Southern was supposed to be the ball-hogging team, but it was UTC in the fourth quarter. With scoring drives of 80 and 73 yards, featuring a combined 27 plays, the Mocs had the ball for 10 minutes, 55 seconds.

After Robinson ran the ball in from the 5 with 1:44 to play to cut GSU’s lead to 28-27, UTC used its last timeout. Huesman opted to go for the win with a 2-point conversion, but linebacker Josh Rowe, who laid the hit on Coleman, was quickly all over Robinson and the attempt failed.

Between redshirt sophomore Graham Nichols and Robinson, the Mocs didn’t have a backup quarterback with any significant game experience. They do now.

“We came at [the Eagles] different, the line executed, the wide receivers executed, they opened up holes for me, and I was able to run through them,” Robinson said. “It’s like our offense opened up, and they didn’t know what to expect.”

If Coleman can play, Huesman said, he will. Despite how well Robinson and the offense performed against GSU, there is most definitely no quarterback controversy.

“If B.J. comes back this week, if he comes back next week, when he comes back, he’s our quarterback,” Huesman said.

Extra points

Huesman said defensive tackle Nick Davison will wait until after fall semester ends to have surgery to repair his torn ACL. ... After a school-record six straight weeks ranked in the top 25, UTC will almost certainly be out when the new polls are released today.

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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joepulitzer said...

Huesman opted to go for the win with a 2-point conversion, but linebacker Josh Rowe, who laid the hit on Coleman, was quickly all over Robinson and the attempt failed.


October 10, 2011 at 5:21 a.m.
obviously said...

joep, can you really fault the man for going for 2 against the #1 team in the nation, to win the game? I think the majority of us would've done the same thing.

October 10, 2011 at 7:13 a.m.
chatttsfan said...

The majority would NOT have gone for the tie. You play the odds and give your team hope and a moral boost. Tie the game and force them to score not force them to stop you.

October 10, 2011 at 8:58 a.m.
Astropig said...

I was at the game and observe the following:

1) Going for two was the right call. Southern would have had momentum and a wild crowd behind it in overtime. (place was packed!). UTC had played well in the second half and deserved the chance to win. The odds were better on the two point try than they would have been in overtime.

2) Robinson should be the starter forthwith. He's an athletic,dual threat quarterback that can improvise and has some zip on his passes. He's got way more upside than the slow,immobile Coleman.

3) UTC could have packed it in at halftime. The fact that they had a chance to win inside a minute on the road against the number one team in the country shows how far they have come under Huesman.

October 10, 2011 at 9:17 a.m.
ordinaryguy said...

There is only one word to describe those critizing Russ in going for two: IDIOTS!

October 10, 2011 at 10:04 a.m.
chatttsfan said...

Of coarse we are idiots. Look at the stats folks. The stats say tie the game. History has shown time and time again that it rarely works. The bottom line here is no need to cry over spilled milk. You can never explain away what 95% of coaches would do in this situation....kick the extra point.

October 10, 2011 at 12:57 p.m.
jomo11 said...

I am so proud that we went for the win. . . . Shows guts.... Bottom line it is what the PLAYERS wanted

October 10, 2011 at 1:34 p.m.
ordinaryguy said...

I guess some will not be happy until Kirkpatrick or Allison return

October 10, 2011 at 3:09 p.m.
callison said...

Hey chatttsfan, what is a moral boost?

October 10, 2011 at 9:02 p.m.
NorthChatter said...

defense was tired...offense had momentum.

at home, go for the tie

on the road, go for the win

October 10, 2011 at 9:38 p.m.
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