Quarterback is a touchy subject at Chattanooga these days, but Mocs coach Russ Huesman is clear on one thing.
He wants more “touches” for his two quarterbacks in today’s game against No. 11 The Citadel at Johnson Hagood Stadium.
“They’ve got to get touches,” Huesman said this week of QBs Jacob Huesman, his son, and Terrell Robinson. “They’re our two best players with the ball in their hands.”
By “touches,” it seems safe to assume, Huesman means carries. In Chattanooga’s 34-17 loss to Appalachian State last week, the quarterbacks combined for just 36 yards on 13 carries.
For the season, Jacob Huesman is the Mocs’ leading rusher with 224 yards and a touchdown, and Robinson has 58 yards on 18 carries. Chattanooga ranks last in the SoCon in scoring offense (22.2 ppg) and total offense (331.2 yards per game).
“We have to get 25 touches from the quarterbacks,” Russ Huesman said. “We have to. This past game, I think we called two quarterback runs, and we checked out of them for some reason. That’s unacceptable.”
The game plan against App State prompted a sit-down between Russ Huesman and offensive coordinator Marcus Satterfield as the Mocs (1-3, 0-1 Southern Conference) try to save a season that began with high hopes.
The season began to go sideways in the second week, when Robinson briefly quit the team. The SoCon co-freshman of the year in 2011 was apparently unhappy that Jacob Huesman, a redshirt freshman, had supplanted him as the starting QB. Robinson has played some receiver since returning, catching two passes, but the pair split time at QB against App State.
Russ Huesman didn’t want to talk this week about how he would use his quarterbacks today against The Citadel, but Bulldogs coach Kevin Higgins said his team is ready for either, or both.
“Jacob Huesman is going to be a really good player,” Higgins said. “He’s got a strong arm and has good feet ... They are trying to get Robinson in for various packages, as well. They’ve handed the ball off to him, and he’s thrown a screen back to the quarterback as well. He’s very elusive.”
The Citadel, off to its best start since 1992 at 3-1 overall and 2-0 in the SoCon, can trace at least some of this season’s success back to last year’s 28-27 win at Chattanooga. The Bulldogs trailed by 27-0 in that game before rallying for the victory, with quarterbacks Ben Dupree and Aaron Miller combining for 144 rushing yards and two touchdowns.
“That was a turning point of sorts,” Higgins said. “It confirmed in the hearts of all our players that if you do get down, you can keep battling and find a way to win.”
Of course, the Mocs remember that game as well.
“We know the Mocs will be fired up because of last year,” Higgins said. “They will come into this game with some emotion, that’s for sure.”