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Who are the Chattanooga Mocs?

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Florida State faces the FCS Tennessee-Chattanooga Mocs in their final home game of the season, a week before traveling to Gainesville to take on Florida. While the focus of the fans is on the Gators, Florida State needs to get through the 8-2 Mocs first. The Mocs sit atop the Southern Conference, tied with The Citadel (whom Florida State played in 2014), and begin their playoff push next week.

But just who are the Mocs?

Starting with the quarterback position, 6’2″, 220 lbs. Jacob Huesman (#14), the son of head coach Russ Huesman, is a very mobile athlete who also leads the team in rushing with 997 yards. He is a bruising runner who embraces contact and is difficult to bring down. The senior quarterback has thrown for 1,651 yards on the season with 7 touchdowns and 8 interceptions on the season, but has accounted for 99 career touchdowns heading into the game. In 2014, he finished 11th in voting for the Walter Payton Award, which is awarded annually to the top player in the FCS.

Huesman thrives in Chattanooga’s spread offense that relies on both the option and designed quarterback runs. The Mocs don’t run a true option system, but average 238.7 rushing yards per game. Huesman isn’t asked to throw the football much, but is efficient through the air (67.6 completion percentage) and has reliable targets on the outside in 6’2″ C.J. Board (#8, 33-413-2), 5’10” Xavier Borishade (#12, 30-436-3), and 6’3″ James Stoval (#85, 23-283-1). Running back Derrick Craine (#34) is a small, but powerful runner who leads the team in rushing touchdowns with twelve. Huesman and Craine form a powerful duo that is difficult to slow down as the Mocs are 12th in FCS in rushing yards per game.

Junior left tackle Corey Levin (#62) anchors the offensive line and won the Jacobs Blocking Award as the top offensive linemen in the Southern Conference in 2014. Florida State fans will remember that Cameron Erving won the ACC’s version of the Jacobs Blocking Award for his play at left tackle and center.

The leader on defense is linebacker Nakevion Leslie (#5). What he lacks in size at 5’11”, 220 lbs., he makes up for in his play. He leads the Mocs with 72 total tackles, 12.5 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks and one forced fumble. He is small, but explosive and has good closing speed on the ball. Safety Lucas Webb (#29) is another playmaker on the team with 58 total tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss and two interceptions. Junior Keionta Davis (#93) is the star on the defensive line with 35 total tackles, 13.5 tackles for loss, 10.5 sacks, 6 pass breakups, and 5 quarterback hurries. Davis is drawing the attention of NFL scouts and is a name to watch out for, especially with the issues that Florida State’s offensive line has had.

The Tennessee-Chattanooga Mocs are a talented football team and have individual players that may have futures in the NFL. This won’t be the usual FCS team that comes to Tallahassee. Expect the Mocs to give Florida State a test early on in the game, especially to give themselves some momentum heading into the FCS playoffs.


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