Saturday afternoon’s light workout at Finley Stadium marked the conclusion of Chattanooga’s fall camp — a grueling 2 1/2-week period, necessary to get the squad ready for its upcoming campaign.
To senior linebacker Gunner Miller, the end simply means "we’re not dealing with football from the time we wake up to the time we go to bed.”
Not officially, anyway.
“At this point we get a couple days off to get our feet back under us, and start back up Tuesday,” Miller said. “It’s the same thing. We’re going to meetings, we’re going to practice and we’re going to class. The only thing different is we get to see normal people.”
And when UTC returns to Scrappy Moore Field on Tuesday afternoon, the focus will be less about the Mocs and more about the Skyhawks. The team went through some light preparation for its Week 1 opponent, UT Martin, late in Saturday’s 15-period, helmets-only practice, but that’ll get increased substantially in the coming week.
“We started the UT Martin stuff, and kind of introduced some stuff, but it was a really light workout,” Mocs head coach Russ Huesman said. “We’ll start actual game week preparation [Tuesday], but we still have to go against each other more than we normally would on a Tuesday of game week.
“We still need that fast competition.”
The Mocs open the season against the Skyhawks on Thursday, Aug. 29 at Finley Stadium.
Team captains announced: The players have spoken, and they’ve voted sophomore Jacob Huesman, along with seniors Gunner Miller, Kevin Revis, Kadeem Wise and Chaz Moore, as the team’s 2013 captains.
“They were the five guys with the most votes,” Russ Huesman said. “I think there’s 12 guys that could legitimately be captains, and if they’d have gotten it I’d have said no question.”
Unlike in year’s past, when the team’s captains were introduced at the conclusion of the Blue and Gold Spring Game, Huesman decided to wait until the conclusion of fall camp to reveal them.
“It’s an honor,” Moore said. “My teammates saw the hard work and dedication I’ve put in since the spring and into the summer, and I’m glad my team sees me as a leader. I’ve proven it to them off the field, now I’ve got to show them on Saturday nights that I can be the ballplayer they see in me.”
Added Miller, “It really does mean a lot, being here for my fifth year, being around these guys so much. To have my peers vote me as one of the captains, I appreciate it. I think the team made a great decision with the other four guys as well, and we’re going to do our best to lead this team this year.”
Michael Murphy covers UTC athletics for Nooga.com. Follow him on Twitter @MichaelNooga.
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