Wiedmer: Mocs already good, but can get so much better

Staff photo by Olivia Ross / UTC football fans scream from the stands during Saturday night's homecoming win against North Alabama.

Can you feel it growing? The interest? The confidence? The very logical belief that this 2022 University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football team just might be pretty good? Maybe even better than that?

This isn't to say that Saturday evening's 41-14 homecoming victory over North Alabama is necessarily a valid reason to start checking into hotels and booking flights to Frisco, Texas, for the Football Championship Subdivision title game on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2023, at Toyota Stadium.

Despite wonderful star power at running back with Ailym Ford (96 rushing yards, 41 receiving yards) and at quarterback with Eastern Michigan transfer Preston Hutchinson (303 passing yards and three touchdowns); despite a possible Southern Conference defensive player of the year winner in Devonnsha Maxwell, and legacy linebacker Ty Boeck -- his dad, Troy Boeck, remains one of the best and most popular players in UTC history -- these current Mocs aren't yet anywhere close to perfect.

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