All but one of the 89 players UTC expects to attend preseason practice arrived on campus Thursday. The only player absent was freshman running back Tolerance Shepherd of Fitzgerald, Ga., who is waiting for an NCAA clearinghouse issue to be resolved, Mocs coach Russ Huesman said.
"He's a good student and he didn't do anything wrong," said Huesman, adding that he couldn't go into any more detail than that.
The Mocs are stacked at running back with five players on the depth chart, plus fullback Taharin Tyson, so there is a good chance Shepherd will redshirt if he's cleared.
Among the newcomers who will be at practice today is Navy transfer Andrew Glaize, a 6-foot-2, 211-pound linebacker from Fairburn, Ga. Glaize has three years of eligibility remaining, but Huesman said the Mocs are waiting to hear if Glaize will be eligible this season — a situation similar to Navy transfer Chris Mayes, who had to sit out the 2011 season.
John Frierson is in his fifth year at the Times Free Press and fifth 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 ...