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Late bye week still beneficial for Mocs

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CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) -- Russ Huesman wishes a lot of things were different this season for the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football team.

The placement of the bye week is one of them.

The Mocs are off this weekend before wrapping up the 2011 season at home against Wofford next Saturday, bringing to a close 15 straight weeks of practice without a break.

"It's such a long season. From camp on, these guys didn't get a break all through preseason and then through ten weeks," Huesman said. "Usually the bye is just something to get your batteries recharged. You never know when injuries or going to occur, so usually you just point to them as a chance for the guys to re-energize their batteries."

The Mocs probably could have used a week off amidst three straight losses by a combined four points. The rough stretch left no room for error and no time to regroup heading into five must-win games for UTC's playoff hopes.

Chattanooga won its first two before a loss to Furman ended the possibility of the postseason, but there's been no quit on the practice field.

"I thought our team was really good with their focus," Huesman said. "After we lost to Furman they came back ready for the Samford game. They could have just said 'Oh well,' but they didn't.

"Sometimes it happens when it's this late and you've been going this long where you come out here and you can tell they don't want to be here, but I haven't seen that at all with this football team."

The Mocs have, however, seen their fair share of injuries across ten straight games.

The good news is the bye week should have both B.J. Coleman and Terrell Robinson healthy enough to go at quarterback against the Terriers in two weeks. That hasn't been possible since an early October loss at Georgia Southern.

"It's nice to see B.J. out there. Today is back to back days for him, and it looks like Terrell is doing pretty good," Huesman said.

Coleman has been out since spraining his throwing shoulder in the loss to the Eagles, while Robinson missed most of last week's practice with a sprained foot before taking snaps against Samford.

Linebacker Gunner Miller (knee), defensive end Davis Tull (hand), and running backs J.J. Jackson (leg) and Chris Awuah (knee) were among those sitting practice Thursday. However, most were simply for precautionary reasons.

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