Mocs Quarterback Cole Copeland will be without snaps this upcoming football season as multiple sources say that he has been suspended due to academic ineligibility.
According to head coach Tom Arth via the Mocs Athletic Department, Copeland was, “Suspended for the season, will remain on the team and will remain at practice.”
Copeland is a sophomore and was expected to be the starting quarterback in the fall. He compiled 1,177 yards and 7 touchdowns with 11 interceptions in his 6-game freshman campaign that led him to the 2017 SoCon All-Freshman team.
For the second year in a row, the Mocs will start the season with a suspension at the signal-caller position. Former Moc Alejandro Bennifield was suspended in 2017 for the first four games, also due to academic reasons.
Although Nick Tiano, a junior quarterback for the Mocs, is expected to take the reins under Copeland’s suspension, transfer Chris James will also be in the mix for the starting role as he comes to Chattanooga off a stellar season at Hutchinson Community College in Kansas.
Much is still unknown about Copeland’s future with the Mocs, but his options could include a possible transfer or taking a redshirt year for academic betterment like other cases in FCS football this offseason.