Nunnelly Strong In Mocs' Loss
Chattanooga Mocs sophomore wideout Bryce Nunnelly came into the weekend leading the FCS in receiving yards by 120. Nunnelly caught eight passes for 47 yards and a touchdown in a loss to No. 6 Wofford at Finley Stadium, Saturday. (Banner Photo: Patrick MacCoon)
For UT-Chattanooga sophomore Bryce Nunnelly, the former Walker Valley High School product continues to contribute heavily in the passing game. Coming into Saturday's home matchup with a powerful No. 6 Wofford, the quick-burst and sure-handed favorite target of Nick Tiano was second in all of Division I football in receiving yards behind Hawaii's John Ursua. Nunnelly once again burst out of the gate with four catches, 35 yards and an 11-yard touchdown grab on a 13-play, 75-yard game-opening scoring drive lasting nearly seven minutes. For a young and up-and-coming Mocs head coach in Tom Arth, Nunnelly has provided talents even further than anyone saw coming. The former Indianapolis Colts' backup quarterback to Peyton Manning has received an All-American like player from just 40 miles up the road. Bradley County has had a long tie to UTC football products, which includes Bradley Central head coach Damon Floyd, recent wide receiver James Stovall, Cole Copeland and many others. While coming in a disappointing 21-10 loss to Wofford, in which the Mocs did not score again after the first quarter, Nunnelly picked up his fourth game with eight or more catches. Albeit only going for 47 yards, shy of his 144 receiving yards per game he came into the game with, Nunnelly also contributed on punt coverages even knocking a returners helmet off once to get credited for his fifth tackle of the season. With an unquestioned work ethic and athletic talents in his blood-line, the former Mustang 3-sport athlete continues to set himself as a strong role model for local athletes. Nunnelly has 46 receptions for 768 yards (16.7 ypc) and six receiving scores. Not to mention, he has two SOCON Offensive Player of the Week awards and a national POW honor after a 268-yard receiving game he ended with a trick pass in a win at the Citadel. He is on pace for 1,408 receiving yards in the regular season with five games left to play, which would be a total large enough to break UTC alum Joel Bradford's school record of 1,284 in 2010. Nunnelly has reeled in one of Tiano's every 2.74 completions. The next home game is against Virginia Military Institute on Oct. 27 at 3 p.m. The Mocs are 4-2 and 2-2 in SOCON play, which puts them in third place. ETSU and Wofford are both a perfect 3-0 in conference play and will face each other on Oct. 20.