By Michael Murphy, Nooga.com
Three Chattanooga Mocs football players, junior Terrell Robinson, sophomore running back Kendrix Huitt and redshirt freshman long snapper Will Sharpton, have been dismissed from the football team.
The three players, each of whom were suspended for the first six quarters of the 2013 season for a violation of team rules, were dismissed due to a “violation of academic department rules.”
Robinson, a South Pittsburg High School product and former Mr. Football award winner, enjoyed varying degrees of success—and drama—in his time at UTC. He earned Southern Conference Freshman of the Year honors in 2011, totaling 763 yards and 11 total touchdowns while filling in for the injured B.J. Coleman.
But the following season, after battling then-redshirt freshman Jacob Huesman during fall camp for the starting quarterback spot, Robinson abruptly left the team following the Mocs’ season-opening loss at South Florida.
Later that same week, Robinson opted to return to the team with the coaching staff and players’ permission. And while playing sparingly under center, the versatile athlete still made quite an impact for UTC’s offense, hauling in a team-leading 40 receptions for 489 yards and five TDs.
The 6-foot-3, 200-pounder didn’t have quite the same impact in 2013. Robinson started the final 10 games at wide receiver, hauling in 27 catches for 263 yards and two TDs, and handled QB duties in the Mocs’ regular-season finale at Alabama.
Huitt, like Robinson, took a bit of a step back last season. The 5-foot-9, 200-pound back finished as the backfield’s leading rusher as a redshirt freshman, piling up 288 yards and three TDs in 2012.
Due in part to the re-emergence of juniors Keon Williams and Marquis Green, along with the arrival of true freshman Derrick Craine, Huitt—probably the team’s most balanced back—saw his carries drop substantially in 2013, finishing the year with 184 yards and three TDs.
Michael Murphy covers UTC athletics for Nooga.com. Follow him on Twitter @MichaelNooga.