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Alex Ross became the Big South's all-time leader for total offense
Ross is nearing the Big South career record for total offense
Coastal at Liberty
Coastal Carolina Football vs. Gardner-Webb - Nov. 7, 2015 Hall of Fame Game
Coastal at Charleston Southern
Coastal Carolina at Monmouth
Coastal Carolina defeats Alabama A&M during the 2015 CCU Homecoming game.
• Graduated cum laude from Coastal Carolina with a degree in management in December 2014 and is pursuing his M.B.A. ... Was runner-up to teammate Quinn Backus for the 2014-15 Big South Howard Bagwell Male Athlete of the Year.
• Has been under center in seven of CCU’s 10-most prolific games for total offense and is 24-5 as CCU’s starting quarterback with two losses coming in season-ending setbacks to eventual national champions North Dakota State in the 2013 and 2014 FCS quarterfinals, one at then #16 Charleston Southern in 2013, one at then #11 South Carolina in 2013 and one to Liberty in 2014.
• Is Coastal Carolina’s all-time leader in pass completions (529), passing yards (6,909), pass efficiency (1.50.2), passing yards per game (197.4), total offense (8,264 yards), TDs responsible for (67) and total offense per game (236.1). Only need three TD passes to become the school’s all-time leader while ranking 10th on the CCU career rushing yards list (1,355) and sixth on the school’s all-time list for rushing TDs (16).
• In the Big South career record book, ranks fourth for rushing yards by a quarterback (1,355), fifth in passing yards (6,909), third in touchdown passes (51), sixth in completions (529), tied for first with nine games with at least three TD passes, second in total offense (8,264), second in most 300-yard games of total offense and tied for first with three games with at least 400 yards of total offense.
2014 (Jr.): Was a finalist for the Walter Payton Award (7th), was the Big South Offensive Player of the Year and earned first team All-Big South. ... Was named team captain for the season ... For the second straight year, led CCU to a league-record 12 wins and the NCAA FCS quarterfinal while directing CCU to a #1 ranking — a first by a Big South program — in the FCS for the final two weeks of the regular season after an 11-0 start ... In the loss at North Dakota State, Ross separated his should early in the first quarter, but played the rest of the game as he led CCU a 32-31 lead in the fourth quarter, completed a 48-yard pass and rushed for two TDs ... Set Big South single-season records for passing yards (3,389), completions (271), yards of total offense (4,080), and total offensive plays (576) while his 691 rushing yards ranked second on the league’s single-season list ... Set CCU single-season records for pass attempts (422), pass completions (271), pasing yards (3.389) and total offense (4.080) ... Led the Big South in six offensive categories while ranking among the FCS leaders in passing yards (8th, 3,389); total offense (11th, 291.4 ypg); completion percentage (14th, .642); points responsible for (18th, 176); yards per passing attempt (20th, 8.03); passing efficiency (20th, 144.0 rating) and passing touchdowns (30th, 20). Under Ross’ leadership, Coastal ranked first in the nation in fourth downs conversions, fourth in first downs, eighth in fewest passes intercepted, ninth in third down conversions and 13th in scoring offense ... Was the Big South Offensive Player of the Week three times ... First, Playing just three quarters in a 59-34 win at Charlotte, Ross tied his own CCU single-game record with 426 yards of total offense while, for the second consecutive week, established a career high with 370 passing yards ... Also, Coastal Carolina rolled up a school-record 690 yards of total offense - the fourth-best total in league history and just five yards shy of the league record - as the Chants set or tied seven school single-game records ... Second, was 29-of-43 passing (67.1 percent) for a then career-high 351 yards with two touchdowns in leading Coastal Carolina to a 38-14 win at Gardner-Webb ... His 29 completions were his second-most in a game, and 18 went for first downs ... Third, earned his first career weekly honor from the league in a win versus Elon ... Completed 34 passes on 47 attempts and tallied 426 yards of total offense - all Coastal Carolina single-game records ... Overall, Ross threw for 338 yards and two touchdowns while rushing nine times for a game-high 88 yards, including a 24-yard touchdown ... Named to the 2014-15 Big South Presidential Honor Roll for posting at least a 3.0 GPA for the academic year ... Earned Dean’s List in the fall of 2014.
2013 (So.): Named first team All-Big South, helping the program win its sixth Big South title and set 24 single-season offensive records, including 17 Big South single-season marks ... Started 14 games, missing the VMI contest due to injury) ... Coastal additionally won 12 games, reached the NCAA Division I Championship quarterfinals and a final national ranking of seventh - all CCU and Big South firsts ... Completed 232-of-358 passes for 3,093 yards and 26 scores — throwing at least one TD in all 14 of his games ... Led the Big South in seven offensive categories while ranking sixth in the FCS in passing efficiency (156.3), 14th in passing touchdowns (26), 14th in points responsible for (194), 16th in passing yards (3,093), 18th in yards per completion (13.33), 19th in completion percentage (.648) and 29th in total offense yards per game (259.5) ... Additionally ranked sixth in the Big South with six rushing TDs and seventh in the league by rushing for 540 yards ... Named CFPA National Offensive Player of the Week for each of the first two weeks of the NCAA FCS Championship ... Tabbed the team’s Offensive MVP for the Eastern Kentucky, Elon and Bethune-Cookman contests ... In the win at EKU, Ross threw for 292 yards – completing 19-of-28 passes with three touchdowns ... Added 78 yards rushing on nine attempts (8.7 average) for 370 yards of total offense, which ranked 10th on the CCU single-game all-time list ... Had 324 yards of total offense in the win at Montana, rushing for a career-high 123 yards while completing 16-of-21 passes for 202 yards and three scores ... Completed an 86-yard TD pass to DeMario Benentt, the longest pass play in CCU history ... Named to the 2013-14 Big South Presidential Honor Roll for posting at least a 3.0 GPA for the academic year.
2012 (RFr.): Played in seven games, starting the Gardner-Webb game due to an injury to Aramis Hillary and earning the team’s Offensive MVP award … Also named Big South Freshman of the Week in the win at GWU … Set a Big South freshman record with 404 yards of total offense, passing for 342 yards and rushing for 62 … Completed 16-of-30 passes with one interception and three touchdowns while rushing 13 times for 62 yards … Ross additionally led CCU to 596 yards of total offense which was the second-best single-game output in CCU history and completed an 81-yard TD pass to Niccolo Mastromatteo, which was the longest in CCU history … In 22 significant series for the season at quarterback, Ross led CCU to 14 scoring drives (12 TDs and 2 FGs) … In the first drive of the third quarter versus Eastern Kentucky, came off the bench on the second play after Hillary left with an injury ... Completed 4-of-5 passes for 19 yards, including his first career TD —a five-yard completion to Matt Hazel … Named to the 2012-13 Big South Presidential Honor Roll for posting at least a 3.0 GPA for the academic year.
2011 (Fr.): Redshirted … Named to the 2011-12 Big South Presidential Honor Roll for posting at least a 3.0 GPA for the academic year.
Prior to Coastal Carolina: Helped Buford High to three straight Georgia 2A state championships, serving as the starting quarterback in 2009 and 2010 while leading the Wolves to a 28-2 record over the span (and led his freshman team at Alpharetta HS to an undefeated season) ... Tabbed honorable mention All-State and named honorable mention on the All-Atlanta Journal Constitution all star team ... Added Gwinnett County All-Star recognition ... The Touchdown Club of Gwinnett honored Ross as a recipient of the Kevin Maloof Award, a player who puts team above himself ... As a senior, completed 96-of-158 passes for 1,785 yards and 17 touchdowns with just three interceptions, while completing 121-of-217 passes for 1,776 yards and 19 scores with seven picks as a junior ... Accounted for 5,308 yards of total offense in 2009 ... Set Buford career record for passing yards with 3,561 ... Coached by Jess Simpson.