published Friday, September 7th, 2012

3 and Out with UTC coach Huesman

UTC football coach Russ Huesman watches a recent practice.
UTC football coach Russ Huesman watches a recent practice.
Photo by Jake Daniels /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga coach Russ Huesman answers three games heading into Saturday's game at No. 24 Jacksonville State:

1. Will everything that's happened with quarterback Terrell Robinson this week affect the team on Saturday?

Huesman: "I don't think so. I think we've got a close team and I actually felt good [Wednesday, the day after Robinson quit] because I didn't think it divided our team. ... Our guys put it past them. They had a team meeting [Wednesday] and put it behind them."

2. What does UTC need to do better defensively this week?

Huesman: "Obviously we can't give up the big [pass] plays. We can't give up those. I think if you go back and look at it, if we don't give up those throws [at South Florida], we played really solid. But you can't say that. ... After watching the film, we looked like a defense. We looked like a good defense."

3. Have you ever had a week like this in your many years of coaching?

Huesman: "I don't know. I'd rather have a week like this than a week where one of our kids gets in trouble with the law. For somebody to not want to play and it's a good kid, I can understand. For somebody to get arrested for DUI or to make a mistake with the law or to cheat or a test, to me that's a way worse week the what we had."

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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