By Morgan Brophy, Chattanooga, TN—Chattanooga football players ended their season Nov. 17 with a 24-17 victory over North Carolina’s Elon.
The Mocs offensive totaled 364 yards, 128 rushing yards and 236 passing yards.
Chattanooga freshman Jacob Huesman dominated the passing and rushing game, completing 234 total yards in the air and 137 yards on the ground. Huesman scored all three of the UTC touchdowns.
A trio of sophomores led the team in receiving, Terrell Robinson, from South Pittsburg, Tenn., led with 124 yards, Tommy Hudson, from Moultrie, Ga., added 80 yards, followed by Bryant Belew, from Columbia, Tenn., with 18 yards.
Junior Wes Dothard, from Carrollton, Ga., led the strong Chattanooga defense with nine tackles. The junior from Lawrenceville, Ga., Kadeem Wise, contributed seven tackles.
Sophomore Davis Tull, from Knoxville, Tenn., added to his already successful season against Elon with two and half sacks, setting a new single- season school record for sacks with 12.5 and 19 tackles for a loss.
SoCon coaches named Tull the Defensive Player of the Year. Tull ranks No. 2 in the nation for sacks and No. 6 for tackles for loss, as well as earning the SoCon titles for sacks and TFLs.
Off the field, Tull’s and senior Adam Miller’s, fr0m Cohutta, Ga., dedication to their academics earned them the honor of being on the Capital One Academic All District Team. This is Miller’s second time to be honored with this title, a first for a Moc.
Chattanooga linebacker Wes Dothard received All- American Honors for a second year in a row.
Dothard led the Mocs with 94 tackles during the 2012 season. Sophomore Fayshal Shafaat, from Orlando, Fla., also earned All- American Honors, the first tight end from Chattanooga to receive these honors. Shafaat ended his season with 37 catches, leading the SoCon tight ends.
Chattanooga football faced many tough and long games against tough teams this season. Their endurance and dedication to the game helped them to pull through on some difficult wins.
The Mocs showed major improvements in their fourth quarter play this season an area that has not been among the Mocs strongest in the past.
The Mocs’ overall record of 6-5/ 5-3 secured their third winning season in past four years; the first time since the 1984-1987 seasons.
Since Coach Huesman has taken on the role of head football coach for UTC they have won 23 games compared to the 22 wins over the eight years prior to his arrival.
The season may be over, but the football team is already preparing for the 2013 season.
Current players are continuing workouts until the winter break and then they will be back in the gym once school starts in January. Spring practice for the team will begin a few short weeks later. The coaching staff also remains busy as they continue to try to find the next best additions to the team.
Aspirations in the locker room, the campus and the community are high for the 2013 football season.