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    Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2010
    Skrine wants to ‘make plays’

    By: John Frierson
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    Buster Skrine has a knack for making the most of his first opportunities.

    As a true freshman in 2007, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga cornerback had two interceptions, returning one 45 yards for a touchdown, in his first career start.

    Last season, in the opener against Glenville State, he kicked off his junior year with an interception on the first series of the game and added a mesmerizing 75-yard return of a blocked extra point.

    Come Saturday, in the Mocs’ season opener against No. 3 Appalachian State at Finley Stadium, what will Skrine do next? It could be anything, according to Mocs coach Russ Huesman.

    “He’s as good or better than everybody I’ve ever been around,” Huesman said Monday after speaking to the Chattanooga Quarterback Club.

    The senior was a preseason first-team All-Southern Conference pick and has started 22 games in his career, with four interceptions. Skrine predicted before last season that he would pick off seven passes in 2009, but he managed only two, in part because teams stopped throwing his way very often.

    “I’m not putting a number on that this year,” he said.

    Good numbers would help his chances of getting a shot at the NFL. Skrine has been clocked in the 40-yard dash at 4.22 seconds and he’s technically very sound, but at 5-foot-9 his height could be a hindrance.

    “I know I’m fast and all that, but I know [NFL scouts] still want to see me make plays,” he said.

    Several scouts attended Mocs practices during preseason camp, and Huesman said the feedback he’s received has been very positive.

    “I don’t know what they’re looking for in the NFL, but I do know they like him a whole bunch,” the coach said. “He’s got everything you look for, and if he was a 6-footer he’d be a slam dunk.”

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