Wednesday, July 30 2014, 08:06 PM EDT
Mocs First Day of Practice
A lot of hype has built up around the football Mocs for this upcoming season.
This afternoon, they took a first step to living up to it. They kicked off preseason camp.
And they're following a short and simple motto -- "Do More."
The first work started for a team that's healthy and has high goals.
Coach Russ Huesman said it's going to take great defense, ball protection and less penalties. He feels good about the offense. Huesman said, "I think we're going to be better on offense that we were last year. We got so many guys coming back on the offensive side of the ball and so many good players. Faysal (Shafaat), Keon (Williams), Jacob (Huesman), Tommy Hudson.))
And the Mocs defensive line is likely the strongest unit on the team.
They're led by SoCon preseason defensive player of the year Davis Tull.
He talked this afternoon about the team goals, particularly the defense's. " Our empasis this camp is going to be running to the football and hopefully getting back to that tough defense that is always aruond the ball. That's what it's going to take to get us there. Our goal's coming out is for the national championship. It's written down in our locker room."
And a healthy Derrick Lott is part of that push. Tull commented, "He's a freak of nature. He came from Georgia, he's huge." Coach Huesman agreed, "Derrick's very very athletic. He can be a dominant, dominant player in this league."
Last year, the Mocs didn't get the call for the playoffs.
It stung -- badly.
They vividly remember not getting selected. Huesman took action, "As soon as that was over, we had signs with the date that we got turned down and I just put 'Do More' on there so this never happens again."
And the team leader, quarterback Jacob Huesman, believes the motto will stick. "Offensively, we'll do whatever we need to do to win. But I think we'll be in a position where we can be more balanced as an offense where we can attack people through the air and on the ground."
This season, the Mocs bring back four players with various preseason All-American honors. Coach Huesman, who is in his sixth season. said that means nothing until they prove it on the field.
The Mocs practice until August 16th and those sessions are open to the public. The Mocs open the season at Central Michigan on August 28th.
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