The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football team showed off some new twists to its offense last Thursday in the Mocs' 35-0 rout of Glenville State. It appears that was just the beginning.
Jacob Huesman played most of the game at quarterback, while Terrell Robinson ran a few series and also lined up at wide receiver. On the Mocs' second offensive play, Robinson, lined up wide to the right, executed a double move on his defender and Huesman hit him for a 44-yard touchdown.
Robinson caught two passes, completed 4 of 7 for 37 yards and ran the ball six times for 24 yards. Huesman finished 16 of 26 passing for 210 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. He also had seven carries for 46 yards and a 9-yard reception on a Robinson pass.
The Mocs (1-2), who open Southern Conference play Saturday against No. 7 Appalachian State, probably didn't need to show anything in their bag of tricks to beat the Pioneers. However, now they've given the Mountaineers (1-2) even more to work on this week.
"The more they have to prepare for, the less time they're going to have to spend on preparing for all the things we do," Jacob Huesman said after the game.
Mocs coach Russ Huesman said UTC ran less than 10 of the plays that have been designed using Jacob and Robinson on the field together. There are more in the playbook and Huesman said that number may increase.
"I like that facet of the game, and I think we need to do more of it," he said. "We'll see how the week progresses and how much we do with it."
Mocs offensive coordinator Marcus Satterfield said he typically starts with a standard pass play and then tries to add some wrinkles to it.
"It's fun, but you've got to make sure you're getting your game plan put together," he said following Sunday's practice at Scrappy Moore Field. "It can't be all tricks, and we don't really look at them as tricks so much as real plays.
"It's fun and it allows you to be very creative."
After taking Saturday off, the Mocs practiced for two hours Sunday. It was an extra day of preparation for the Mountaineers, who were shocked 52-28 at home Saturday by No. 23 The Citadel.
Mocs right tackle Adam Miller said he spent Saturday on the couch watching as many football games as possible. He said he followed the ASU game on his phone and thought the score was wrong when he saw that it was 31-0 Bulldogs.
"I was like, I think this might be a misprint," he said.
Linebacker Wes Dothard hobbled off the field late in Sunday's practice with an apparent ankle injury and did not return. ... Safety Keith Mayes suffered a thumb injury Thursday and practiced Sunday with a cast on his right hand.