Experience gives Chattanooga reason for optimism

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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) - Chattanooga is counting on a veteran defense to help the Mocs fare better in close games this year.

The Mocs return 10 starters from a defense that allowed 307.9 total yards per game last season to rank 10th among all Football Championship Subdivision programs. The Mocs also return 10 starters on offense, including quarterback Jacob Huesman, who threw for 1,712 yards and rushed for 904 yards last year.

Chattanooga is coming off a 6-5 season, but the Mocs were tied in the fourth quarter of all four of their losses to FCS teams. With traditional Southern Conference heavyweights Appalachian State and Georgia Southern ineligible for the postseason as they make the move to the FBS Sun Belt Conference, Chattanooga has a realistic shot at its first playoff berth since 1984.


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