Chants to find playoff fate Sunday at 11 am on ESPNU
Ross earns his third Big South Offensive weekly honor; Abercrombie Tabbed Freshman of the Week
CCU sets single-game record for total offense, Alex Ross ties his own mark
Ross threw for a career-high 351 yards and Catron makes CCU record 53-yard field goal
Ross, Israel and Mapp and Catron have record-setting performances
Coastal Carolina vs. Liberty 11/22/14
Coastal Carolina vs. Monmouth 11/15/2014
Coastal Carolina University vs. Charleston Southern University 10/25/2014
Coastal Carolina vs. Elon 9/27/14
Coastal Caroliuna at Florida A&M
2014 Walter Payton Award Candidate
2014 Preseason All-American
2013 1st Team All-Big South
In Ross' 15 career starts, Coastal Carolina is 12-3 and he has been the starter under center in five of Coastal Carolina's top seven games of total offense ... In 21 career games at Coastal, Ross has completed 258-of-406 passes (.635) for 3,520 yards with 10 interceptions and 31 touchdowns ... His 156.6 career pass efficiency to date is currently a school record ... Ross also has the two longest pass plays in CCU history, completing an 86-yard touchdown to DeMario Bennett in an NCAAA second-round playoff win at Montana this past season and an 81-yard touchdown completion to Niccolo Mastromatteo in his first career start at Gardner-Webb in 2012 ... Led CCU to seven (once in his lone start of 2012 and six times in 2013) scoring drives of 90-plus yards -- Feat had only been done 14 times in first nine years of the program ... Led CCU to two of the program's three 99-yard scoring drives (at GWU in 2012 and at SC State in 2013).
CCU's Top Single-Game Effort for Total Offense with Ross at QB:
1. at Elon (2013) 652: started, threw for 297, rushed for 85
2. Presbyterian (2013) 642: started, threw for 232, rushed for 13
4. at Eastern Kentucky (2013) 631: started, threw for 292, rushed 78
5. at Presbyterian (2012) 625: backup
6. Charlotte (2013) 621: started, threw for 237, rushed for 29
7. at Gardner-Webb (2012) 596: started, threw for 342, rushed for 10
12. at Liberty (2013) 554: started, 294, rushed for 79
17. Hampton (2013) 511: started, threw for 124, rushed for 51
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 ... Top games of 2013 include:
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 ranks 10th on the CCU single-game all-time list.
At Elon, his 382 total offensive yards is sixth-best on CCU single-game list, his 75.9 completion pct. (22-of-29) is sixth-best on CCU single-game list.
At Liberty, he threw for 294 yards and was 5-of-5 on CCU's final drive of the game, including a 15-yard touchdown pass to Thomas Pauciello while adding a 2-point conversion completion to Bruce Mapp to tie the game at 45-45 with 46 seconds left.
Versus Bethune-Cookman, Ross was nearly perfect, completing 13-of-18 passes for 256 yards with a career-high four touchdowns and zero interceptions.
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.
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 ... Led CCU to a school-record 99-yard scoring drive ... In 22 significant series for the season at quarterback (not including series where CCU was in victory formation), 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 ... Was just 1-of-5 in relief at App State but his lone completion was a 45-yarder to John Israel ... Led CCU to a pair of field goal drives at VMI, giving CCU a 34-0 lead ... Ended the game 3-of-5 passing for 19 yards while rushing five times for 27 yards (5.4 avg.) ... Played three series versus Liberty ... CCU punted in the first one, Ross threw a 3-yard TD in the second one and CCU took the victory formation in the third ... 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 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.