GAME WEEK: Strange News dominates press conference



CHATTANOOGA — A tough start to the week has gotten a little sweeter with some weird news after Chattanooga Mocs’ football practice this morning. Coach Rusty wright announced the senior offensive lineman Strange cole was invited to Reese’s Senior Bowl. Executive Director Jim Nagy was on hand to officially extend the Mocs’ eighth invitation to this prestigious event.

Cole accepts the invitation from Executive Director Jim Nagy.

Strange is in his sixth year on the program. He took full advantage of the opportunity offered by the NCAA’s COVID exception and the extra year of eligibility after last season was cut short.

The Senior Bowl is the go-to place for graduates who want to impress NFL Draft evaluators. Each team invested heavily in the work week leading up to the event with GMs, head coaches and staff as well as on-site scouts. The North and South teams are coached throughout the week and during the competition by current NFL coaches.

The last UTC student-athlete to take advantage of this opportunity was Keionta Davis in 2017. He went on to win a Super Bowl ring with the New England Patriots. Here is the list of Mocs who have (or will have) participated in the Senior Bowl:
1953: Chester Lagod, OL
1954: Tom Drake, OL
1955: Dick Young, RB
1982: Curtis Rouse, OT
1989: Travis McNeal, TE
1996: Terrell Owens, WR
2017: Keionta Davis, DE
2022: Strange cole, G / C

While weird news has dominated the proceedings, the Mocs still have a lot to play in the ongoing campaign. They are preparing for The Citadel at Finley Stadium on Saturday trying to keep their FCS playoff hopes alive.

Coach Wright opened the press conference in the usual fashion ahead of Strange’s announcement at the end of his part of the proceedings. Junior defensive lineman Christian smith was then followed by the man of the hour.

Game time is 1:30 p.m. Seventeen Mocs are scheduled to participate in the debates of the Senior Day which will begin a little after 1:00 p.m .: Drayton arnold, Brandon dowdell, Rashun freeman, Reginald Henderson, Chris James, Jordan jones, Jerrell lawson, Ka’Nore McKinnon, Kyle Miskelley, Blake mitchell, Harrison Moon, Tyrell Prize, Eli Berger, Strange cole, Tyrin summers and Mount Wilson joined by junior Christian Snyder. All 17 returned to the Mocs this fall as graduate students to complete their one- to six-year careers in the blue and gold.


  • With one win, Chattanooga records its 25th season of 7 all-time wins and its seventh in the last 38 campaigns.
  • The defense limited the last four opponents to 200 yards or less each week (164.0 per game). This is the longest streak of the DI era (from 1977). The only other time with three was 1981 (October 10-24): Marshall (112), Arkansas State (184) and Western Carolina (200). The five total games this season with 200 or less mark just the third time with five or more in a season: 1982 (6) and 2014 (5).
  • It’s Military Appreciation Day! All branches of the service will be celebrated throughout, but especially during the Marching Mocs halftime extravaganza. A military flyby is planned during the national anthem, providing the exclamation point to debates that include Humvees in tailgating. Serving and Veteran military personnel get a free general admission ticket by showing their military ID or credentials. There are also $ 5 general admission tickets for their family that can be purchased when picking up the free ticket.


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