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Mocs test new offense in first spring scrimmage

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CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) -- Marcus Satterfield did his fair share of yelling on the Finley Stadium sidelines on Wednesday.

Of course, that usually isn't the best gauge for how his unit fared.

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga offensive coordinator will know more about how the Mocs' new spread scheme is progressing when he breaks down the tape of the spring's first scrimmage.

"Without watching the film I really have no idea, but from a tempo standpoint I thought we were kind of stuck in the mud," Satterfield said.

That was the general consensus from all parties as defense dominated the early portion of play.

Defensive back Chaz Moore set the tone early with a crushing hit on running back Marquis Greene. Backup DB Don Cope followed it by stepping in front of a Terrell Robinson pass for an interception a few plays later.

"We weren't giving much effort. We were taking the opportunity for granted," Robinson said of the slow start. "The coaches got on us and told us we needed to pick it up. I took that as leadership on me to get the guys up."

It only took a few plays for the offense to finally find its rhythm. Robinson hit tight end Sean Stackhouse for a big gain over the middle to spark a drive that marched inside the ten. Jacob Huesman relieved Robinson inside the five and plowed in for a two-yard touchdown run.

"We started off really slow offensively, but I thought they picked it up," said head coach Russ Huesman. "As we started to pick things up and get into the flow of things, I thought they did it a lot better."

Both Robinson, a former South Pittsburg star, and Huesman, the former Baylor Schools standout, proved effective as dual-threats from the shotgun. The duo combined for 246 total yards and five touchdowns on the day while each throwing an interception.

Robinson completed 9-of-15 passes for 46 yards, including an 11-yard scoring strike to tight end Troy Dye during a red zone situation. The former South Pittsburg star also ripped off a 40-yard touchdown run en route to 81 yards on the ground on 15 carries.

Huesman hit on 8-of-21 passes for 77 yards, highlighted by a 18-yard touchdown to Ron Moore. The former Baylor School rushed for 37 yards on nine carries, adding a second touchdown run from nine yards out.

"It showed today why both of them will play," Satterfield said. "You can get Terrell on the perimeter and let him run around. Jacob can stick it up in there kind of like (Denver quarterback Tim) Tebow and push the pile and run through arm tackles.

"I'm proud of both of them. I thought once the day got going they ran the offense as well as they could at this point."

And not just run it, but run it efficiently.

While the tempo struggled at times in a new no-huddle setup, the offense had very few problems with formations, assignments and penalties.

"It's been surprisingly smooth putting in the new system," Jacob Huesman said. "We had a couple hiccups, but those are natural. Overall, it's been pretty impressive the way the guys have picked it up and ran with it."

But Satterfield was quick to point out this is just the beginning.

UTC is just six practices into its 15-part spring session, with another scrimmage and the spring game left on the horizon. The Mocs vowed to step up their game moving forward, and that goes for the coaches, too.

"Your head is spinning because the way you call plays is so much quicker. I probably need to pick my tempo up because you call the game totally different," Satterfield said. "At least now we have somewhere to start. We can go back to this and see this is where we are and hopefully get better the next time."

The team will take the next eleven days off for spring break before returning to Scrappy Moore Field for practice No. 7 on March 19.

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