LaDarius Hawthorne blocked a field goal in the second OT period to give CCU the win.
Taliaferro rushed for 175 yards and scored three times; Baldwin win Frosh of the Week for second time in three weeks
Backus and Scearce earn All-Big South honors; Backus Adds National Honor
2014 (Jr.): Played in 12 games, serving as the backup to three-time Big South Defensive Player of the Year Quinn Backus ... Made one start (at Presbyterian) and was named the Big South Defensive Player of the Week that game ... Tallied a career-high 15 tackles - 12 being solo stops - including two for losses with a pass breakup ... The 15 stops ties for the fifth-best, single-game effort in school history ... Recorded eight of his 15 tackles in the first half as Coastal took a 13-7 lead at the break ... While the Blue Hose scored on their opening drive (eight plays for 63 yards), Shields led a defense that only allowed 83 yards on PC’s next seven possessions that ended with a turnover on downs, four punts, a fumble and the end of the first half ... Had five tackles versus South Carolina State ... Posted three stops, including a tackle for loss, iin the playoff win versus Richmond.
2014 (So.): Played in 12 games, missing the Monmouth and North Dakota State games due to injury ... Moved from safety to linebacker during the season ... Credited with 12 stops and two pass breakups (South Carolina State and Charleston Southern) ... Posted a season-high three tackles at Charlotte ... 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 (Fr.): Played in nine games and started the first seven games before suffering an injury ... Despite missing four games, ranked 12th on the team with 37 tackles ... In his second career game, was named Big South The Crons Brand Freshman of the Week, getting seven tackles in a win versus Furman ... Credited with seven tackles ... Recorded a season-high eight tackles -- seven solo -- versus Gardner-Webb, adding his lone tackle for loss as well as a pass break-up ... Followed that by posting six tackles and recording his first career interception at Liberty ... Named to the 2013-14 Big South Presidential Honor Roll for posting at least a 3.0 GPA for the academic year ... Earned Dean's List fin the spring of 2014.
Prior to Coastal Carolina: Tabbed 1A All-State by CarolinaPreps.com ... Named Southern Piedmont Conference (SPC) Offensive Player of the Year ... Accounted for over 2,000 all-purpose yards and 32 touchdowns, playing both running back (rushing 55 times for 591 yards and 13 TDs) and wide receiver (catching 36 passes for 915 yards and 12 TDs) while adding seven scores as a punt/kick returner ... Led the Knights to a 10-2 record and a 6-1 conference mark with that lone loss coming to state champion East Lincoln ... Logged 47 tackles, including 4.0 for losses, with four interceptions, five pass break-ups and a forced fumble ... As a junior, named All-SPC and All-Lake Norman as a wide receiver ... Had 44 tackles with two sacks, three interceptions, four pass break-ups and two blocked kicks ... On offense, caught 48 passes for 820 yards with 13 touchdowns, adding 29 rushes for 465 yards and eight scores ... Also an all-conference performer in basketball.