The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football team was back at Scrappy Moore Field at 6:30 this morning for the Mocs’ third preseason practice — another 28-period session that ended a little after 9. Mocs coach Russ Huesman said he was generally pleased with what he saw during the team’s first practice in shells (helmets and shoulder pads).
Here are some odds and ends from this morning:
Top play: In a team (offense vs. defense) period towards the end of practice, defensive tackle Derrick Lott blew up a play before it even had a chance. Lott got by right guard Kevin Revis and was in the backfield with his hands around quarterback Jacob Huesman in no time.
Top players: Freshman receiver Xavier Borishade continues to impress, as do veteran running backs Keon Williams and Marquis Green. Defensively, Lott has looked good in all three practices. The rest of the inside guys on the line have been strong, as well.
Quotable: “We’re coming along slowly as fast as we can.” — offensive coordinator Jeff Durden on the progress of the offense
A good sign: Durden said after this morning’s practice that he didn’t think quarterback Jacob Huesman made a single bad decision.
A not so good sign: The passing game only works if receivers catch the ball, and the wideouts struggled at times today. Terrell Robinson, who wasn’t wearing gloves, had several passes go through his fingers.
Up next: The Mocs get to sleep in a little tomorrow morning because practice doesn’t start until 7:45.
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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 ...