All but one of the 90 players invited to preseason camp were present or accounted for Friday, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football coach Russ Huesman said.
The players reported Friday and took care of numerous administrative matters in the morning and attended meetings in the afternoon and evening. The Mocs begin practice today at Scrappy Moore Field.
Huesman said the lone unaccounted-for player was sophomore offensive lineman Jeff Maxi from Montreal. Maxi has been dealing with a serious illness in his family, and he also may have had trouble getting a flight here, Huesman said.
"We hope to know something more in the next day or two," the first-year head coach said.
Sophomore offensive lineman Nick Gipson is ill at home, Huesman said, and likely will join the team early next week.
"Otherwise, they're all here and we're all ready to go," he said.
There was a flurry of activity in McKenzie Arena throughout the morning as players checked in. Those who needed physicals had them done, everyone filled out a hefty amount of paperwork and all the players were fitted for equipment.
The mood was upbeat and the players are eager for practice to begin, defensive end Jaron Norfleet said.
"I can tell that a lot of people are excited, because I think a lot of people are ready to win," the junior from Nashville said.
Dorms for most Mocs
Among the new policies Huesman has implemented is players have to earn the right to live off campus. To do so, players must have completed two years of school with at least a 2.75 GPA and must be free from trouble off the field.
This semester, 58 of the Mocs' 90 players will live in dorms -- campus apartments, actually -- Huesman said, and one of their tasks Friday was to move into their rooms. The players who are eligible to live off campus will do so during the preseason.
Huesman said when he played at UTC (1978-81), everyone but married players lived on campus, and he liked it that way, especially during camp.
"I think a big part of camp is to come together as a team, to be around each other," he said. "You don't have a whole lot of (free) time, but when you do, you sit in your room and play cards and things like that. You bring a team together like that."
The way offensive coordinator Marcus Satterfield sees it, the Mocs' wide receivers better show up ready to practice every day. Satterfield said the receiver corps is deep and talented enough that everyone is competing for playing time.
"We've got six or seven receivers where if you have a bad day, you can go from No. 1 to 7 (on the depth chart) in one day," Satterfield said.
The Mocs' top three receivers from 2008 -- Clint Woods (49 catches), Chris Pitchford (23) and Blue Cooper (22) -- are all back.
This and that
Mocs ticket manager Brian DeWine said Friday afternoon that 1,656 season ticket packages have been sold. That's nearly 400 more than last season's total of 1,271. ... Today's 3 p.m. practice is open to the public, and Huesman said he encourages "everyone to come out and watch."