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Previewing Alabama vs. UT-Chattanooga: The Moc Offense

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UT-Chattanooga has an impressive offense compared to most FCS teams, but it’s not going to look that way on Saturday. Alabama’s speed will be too much for the Moccasins’ offense.

NCAA Football: Chattanooga at Florida State Glenn Beil-USA TODAY Sports

Quarterback

Starters:

15 Alejandro Bennifield (Jr.) - Bennifield is in his first year as a starter, and his steady improvement over the course of the season has been a major boost for the Mocs’ offense. He is currently ranked sixth in FCS in passing efficiency (162.5), but it has been his balance as both a passer and a rusher that has made the real difference this season. At 6’2” 220 pounds, the junior from Lovejoy, Georgia will need to be sharp on Saturday if the Mocs offense wants any chance to put up points.

2016 Statistics: 156/241 (64.7%), 2,067 pass yards, 23 touchdowns, seven interceptions

85 carries, 388 rushing yards, five touchdowns

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17 Tyler Roberson (Jr.) - Roberson has been a solid source of rushing yards for the Mocs offense in 2016. He has only attempted eight passes this season, but he has managed to put up over 300 yards rushing and three touchdowns despite limited playing time behind Bennifield. Expect to see Roberson on the field in certain packages/situations for a team that is third in the SoCon in rushing offense (214.7 ypg).

2016 Statistics: 6/8 (75%), 51 pass yards

43 carries, 309 rushing yards, three touchdowns

Running Back

Starters:

34 Derrick Craine (Sr.) - Craine is the Mocs best player on offense. He has been making steady contributions to the run game since his freshman season in 2013, but it wasn’t until last year that he became the face of the offense. During the 2015 season, Craine rushed for 1,251 yards while also putting up 13 rushing touchdowns. The 5’10” 205 pound running back was on the preseason FCS offensive player of the year watch-list and was a preseason All-American.

2016 Statistics: 121 carries, 794 rushing yards, nine touchdowns

Ten receptions, 121 receiving yards, one touchdown

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23 Richardre Bagley (Jr.) - Bagley is a former two-star prospect from Powder Springs, Georgia who has been the change-of-pace running back in the Mocs offense. The carry distribution has been a lot more even split than most people were expecting heading into the season, and that mostly has to do with Bagley’s ability to make plays in space. At only 5’9” 180 pounds, he is small in stature but makes up for it with excellent feet.

2016 Statistics: 92 carries, 525 rushing yards, five touchdowns

16 receptions, 138 receiving yards, four touchdowns

Wide Receiver

Starters:

12 Xavier Borishade (Sr.) - Borishade has been the most consistent producer at wide receiver for Chattanooga’s offense, and he currently leads the SoCon in yards per catch (16.8). The Mocs offense is one that distributes the ball to multiple players, but the 5”10” 180 senior receiver should see plenty of targets against Alabama due to the team having to play from behind for most of the game.

2016 Statistics: 36 receptions, 606 receiving yards, seven touchdowns

08 C.J. Board (Sr.) - Board has caught a pass in 27 straight games which ranks him third all-time at UT-Chattanooga. The 6’2” 180 pound senior from Clarksville, Tennessee has provided the Mocs’ offense with a steady number two receiver that provides the unit with some size.

2016 Statistics: 35 receptions, 514 receiving yards, five touchdowns

85 James Stovall (Jr.) - Stovall has come on strong this season, and he has the chance to exceed his previous career highs in receptions (33), yardage (428) and touchdowns (4). He is one of the biggest receivers on the Mocs offense at 6’3” 210 pounds. Stovall is currently on his own stretch of games with a catch with 22 straight.

2016 Statistics: 23 receptions, 355 receiving yards, two touchdowns

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09 Alphonso Stewart (Jr.) - Stewart has earned five starts this season, and he should continue to be the number four receiver for a Mocs offense that likes to distribute to the ball to multiple players. Like Stovall, Stewart is 6’3” 210 pounds.

2016 Statistics: 18 receptions, 162 receiving yards

Tight End

Starters:

83 Malcolm Colvin (Jr.) - Listed as a co-starter on the depth chart with sophomore Bailey Lenoir. The 6’2” 240 pound junior from Fort Valley, Georgia isn’t used much in the passing game -- the tight ends aren’t really featured in the Moccasins’ passing attack. Colvin has played in 35 games during his career, and his lone touchdown on the season came against Mercer back on October 8th.

2016 Statistics: Four receptions, 28 receiving yards, one touchdown

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81 Bailey Lenoir (So.) - With only one reception on the season, Lenoir has been seldom used thus far this season. The sophomore from Chattanooga, Tennessee has a lot more size than fellow co-starter Malcolm Colvin -- Lenoir is listed at 6’4” 245 pounds on the Moccasins’ depth chart -- but it hasn’t really made a difference up to this point. Like with Colvin, Lenoir caught his lone touchdown for the season against Mercer.

2016 Statistics: One reception, five receiving yards, one touchdown

Offensive Line

Starters:

56 Malcolm White (RS Fr.) - White won the starting job at left tackle after a tough battle with fellow offensive lineman Kennington Caldwell. The 6’6” 300 pound redshirt freshman has started every game this season with mixed results. He should struggle mightily against Alabama’s pass rush.

2016 Statistics: 10 games started in 2016, 10 career starts

62 Corey Levin (Sr.) - Levin has been the Moccasins’ best offensive lineman for the last couple of years. He is a two-time SoCon Jacobs Blocking Award Winner while also being the only other All-American on the offense for Chattanooga. At 6’5” 305 pounds, Levin has excellent size and a mean-streak, but like with most of the Mocs’ offense, he will struggle on Saturday against Alabama’s defensive front. He was forced to make one start at right tackle against Furman when Hunter Townson was out with an ankle injury.

2016 Statistics: 10 games started in 2016, 48 career starts

52 Jacob Revis (Jr.) - Revis currently has the second most career starts on the Moccasins’ offensive line. He was a preseason 1st Team All-SoCon selection and has been a steady contributor for some time now. The junior from Dayton, Tennessee is listed at 6’3” 295 pounds.

2016 Statistics: 10 games started in 2016, 37 career starts

72 Josh Cardiello (Jr.) - Cardiello doesn’t quite have the experience of some of his fellow offensive linemen, but 23 career starts is still noteworthy. Standing 6’3” 290 pounds, he is the smallest of the starters along the offensive line, but that hasn’t stopped him from being one of the more effective members of the group. Cardiello’s contributions have been significant in the offense’s ability to check in with the 18th best rushing offense in the FCS.

2016 Statistics: 10 games started in 2016, 23 career starts

70 Hunter Townson (Jr.) - Hunter was forced to miss the game against Furman back on September 17th due to an ankle injury. Besides that, he has started every game this season and like with Revis and Levin, Townson is a seasoned veteran on the offensive line. At 6’4” 300 pounds, the junior from Ider, Alabama has acceptable size, but his struggles against speed rushers won’t bode well for him when he faces Tim Williams on Saturday.

2016 Statistics: Nine games started in 2016, 34 career starts

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78 Brian Marshall (Fr.) - Marshall is a true freshman guard that is considered the sixth man on the offensive line. In the one game that Townson was forced to miss due to an ankle injury, Marshall stepped in at left guard and Levin slide over to right tackle. His future looks awfully bright if he can continue to develop and stay healthy. He is listed at 6’2” 290 pounds according to the Moccasins’ official depth chart.

2016 Statistics: One start in 2016, one career start