UTC Mocs football team reaches its highest-ever ranking

UTC quarterback Jacob Huesman stiff-arms Western Carolina defensive back Keion Crossen at Finley Stadium on Saturday.
photo UTC quarterback Jacob Huesman stiff-arms Western Carolina defensive back Keion Crossen at Finley Stadium on Saturday.

The UTC football team has vaulted up in the national polls, moving to No. 3 in both the Football Championship Subdivision media poll and in the FCS coaches' poll released Monday.

For the fourth consecutive week, the Mocs - who are 7-1 overall and 5-0 in the Southern Conference - reached their highest-ever ranking. The team travels to face Mercer (3-5, 0-4) this weekend.

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga head coach Russ Huesman has previously downplayed the Mocs' placement in the polls. The ranking is nice, but it only increases the target on the team's back on a week-to-week basis, players have said.

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