Mocs in QB battle thin on college experience but show potential

Staff photo by C.B. Schmelter / UTC quarterback Drayton Arnold passes under pressure during the Mocs' game against Tennessee on Sept. 14, 2019.

With preseason football practice starting for the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in the next couple of weeks, the Times Free Press is taking a daily positional look at the Mocs, beginning at quarterback:

Who's back

The graduation of Nick Tiano, the former Baylor School standout who started 27 games in his three seasons with the Mocs after transferring from Mississippi State, left a major void. Tiano - who signed with the Houston Texans as a free agent in April after going undrafted but was recently released - finished his collegiate career in the top 10 in most major statistical categories for the Mocs and took all but a handful of snaps for the team last year. The lone scholarship quarterback who returns from last season is senior Drayton Arnold, who in 2019 threw 10 passes - all in a 45-0 loss at Tennessee in September - and completed five of them for 36 yards.