The award is presesnted annually by The Sports Netowrk to the Nation's top FCS Coach
Kickoff is set for 1 pm and the game will be broadcast on ESPN3
CCU sets single-game record for total offense, Alex Ross ties his own mark
Coastal improved to 8-0 for the second time in as many seasons
Chants are 7-0 and 5-0 in road games this season
2013 Spring Football: Quinn Backus Interview (March 28)
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
Coastal Carolina vs. Bethune-Cookman 11/30/13 1st Round FCS Championship
2014 Buck Buchanan Award Candidate
2014 Preseason 1st Team All-American
2013 Buck Buchanan Award Finalist
2012 and 2013 Big South Defensive Player of the Year
2013 four-time All-American
2012 3rd Team All-American
Enters 2014 as the NCAA FCS active leaders in both total tackles (314) and solo tackles (172).
2013 (Jr.): Was a 2013 Buck Buchanan Award finalist, finishing seventh in the voting ... Four-time All-American, including the 25-man Walter Camp Team, 2nd team honors by The Sports network and Associated Press and the College Sports News Fabulous 50 Team ... 2013 Big South Defensive Player of the Year and first team All-Big South selection ... Two-time National Defensive Player of the Week (three separate honors), three-time Big South Defensive Player of the Week and three-time National Linebacker of the Week ... Set CCU and Big South single-season records with 144 tackles, breaking his own mark set the previous year ... Tied a Big South season mark with 85 solo stops ... Set a CCU record -- and Big South record by a linebacker -- with 127 yards in interception returns ... For the second straight season, led the Big South in tackles and ranked 29th nationally with an average of 9.6 stops per game .... Ranked 16th nationally in solo stops (5.7 per game) ... Finished with four interceptions last season -- second-best total in the Big South -- and six pass breakups, while tallying 10.5 tackles for losses .... In fact, was one of just two players in the FCS with at least 100 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, four interceptions and five pass break ups ... Additionally, was the only player in the Big South to rank among the league's top 10 in tackles (first, 9.6 avg.), tackles for losses (fourth, 0.7 avg.), interceptions (fourth, 0.27 avg.) and passes defended (10th, 0.67 avg.) ... In week one, Backus was named National Linebacker of the Week by College Football Performance Awards after the 2013 season opener at South Carolina State ... Registered 10 tackles (seven solo) with a sack and a 56-yard touchdown off LaDarius Hawthorne's blocked field goal to tie the game ... The following week, in a 35-28 win over Furman, was named the Big South Defensive Player of the Week and was co-National Defensive Player of the Week by College Sporting News ... Recorded 15 tackles, including nine solo, with a three-yard tackle for loss, an interception and two pass breakups versus the Paladins ... Versus Gardner-Webb, Backus was once again tabbed Big South Defensive Player of the Week, National Linebacker of the Week by College Football Performance Awards, National Defensive Player of the Week by USACollegeFootball.org and was co-National Defensive Player of the Week by College Sporting News. ... Intercepted a pass and returned it 73 yards for a score while collecting 11 tackles -- including a half tackle for loss -- with two pass break-ups ... Backed that up by earning Big South Defensive Player of the Week a third time for his effort at Liberty ... Tallied 10 tackles (seven solo, two assisted) and two tackles-for-loss at Liberty ... Had five fourth quarter stops, including a TFL, and seven total tackles in the second half ... With Liberty ahead 42-30 and facing a 3rd-and-1 situation in the fourth quarter, Backus came through with a one-yard tackle-for-loss to force a punt and the Chanticleers scored on the ensuing drive to make it a five-point game ... Had 15 tackles in an opening-round win over Bethune-Cookman in the FCS playoffs ... In a second-round win at Montana, had 10 tackles with a key interception ... Named to the 2013-14 Big South Presidential Honor Roll for posting at least a 3.0 GPA for the academic year.
2012 (So.): Named third team All-American by The Sports Network ... 2012 Big South Defensive Player of the Year and first team All-Big South ... Was two-time National Defensive Player of the Week and Big South Defensive Player of the Week a league-record five times ... Broke a Coastal Carolina record with 139 tackles in 13 games during the 2012 season, which ranks second on the Big South single-season chart ... The 70 assisted tackles ranks second on the CCU single-season list and the 69 unassisted tackles is third on the season list ... Ranked 16th in the NCAA in tackles (10.69 per game) ... Had eight games with at least 10 tackles this season and he led the Chants in stops seven times ... Was the only player ranked among the NCAA FCS in tackles to have at least: 100 tackles (139/10.69 avg.), 5.0 tackles for losses (8.0), 2.0 sacks (2.5), two interceptions (2), two forced fumbles (3), two fumble received (2) and two pass break-ups (4) ... In the Big South final statistics, Backus ranked second in tackles (10.69 average), seventh in tackles for losses, ninth-tied in sacks, ninth-tied in interceptions, first-tied in fumbles forced and first-tied in fumbles received ... Named Big South Defensive Player of the Week and CollegeSportsMadness.com Big South Defensive Player of the Week for his play at Furman ... Had a team-high 11 tackles, including seven in the first half as CCU held the Paladins to six points and just 103 yards of offense ... Added a TFL, a fumble recovery and two PBU ... Named Big South Defensive Player of the Week and one of four National Defensive Players of the Week by the College Sports Journal for a standout performance at Toledo ... Led the Chanticleers with 13 tackles (nine solo and four assists) and came up with a key defensive play to help CCU trim its deficit to three with fewer than nine minutes to play ... With Coastal down 10 midway through the fourth, Backus stripped Toledo's Cassius McDowell and recovered the fumble. Five plays later, CCU scored a touchdown to cut its deficit to three, 31-28 ... Named Big South Defensive Player of the Week, as well as CollegeSportsMadness.com Big South Defensive Player of the Week, for his performance at VMI ... Had a team-high nine tackles, including a nine-yard sack that would eventually lead to a punt (CCU would block the punt and score a TD on the play) ... Led a defense that only allowed 16 rushing yards, the second-lowest single-game total by an opponent in CCU history ... Named Big South Defensive Player of the Week, College Sporting News National Co-Defensive Player of the Week and 1 of 5 College Sporting News All-Stars in helping CCU hold Liberty to just 86 rushing yards --100 yards below its season average ... Tallied a career-high 15 tackles (7 solo, 8 assisted) and recorded his first career interception ... Added 1.5 TFL, including 1.0 sack for 7 yards, as a forced fumble ... Named Big South Defensive Player of the Week and CollegeSportsMadness Big South Defensive Player of the Week after getting a career-high 16 tackles versus Charleston Southern ... Added 2.0 TFL for minus four yards, a forced fumble and an interception ...Pick came on the first drive of the game ... Forced fumble came on CSU's second drive of the game ... Other impressive games include: getting 10 tackles versus North Carolina A&T, 12 versus Stony Brook, a team-high five tackles in limited playing time in a blow-out win at Presbyterian, nine stops at Bethune-Cookman and seven at Old Dominion - adding a pass break-up in each of the NCAA playoff contests.
2011 (Fr.): Did not see action in the season opener, but played in each of the final 10 games ... Finished 11th on the team in tackles with 31 ... Named Crons Brand Big South Freshman of the Week for his play at Georgia Sept. 17 ... Saw extended action at linebacker in the second half versus the Bulldogs, recording six tackles (three solo, three assisted) to tie for the third-best tackle total on the team ... Of his six stops, two forced fourth down plays and two others forced a turnover on downs ... Credited with five stops, including his first career TFL, in the VMI win ... Tallied nine tackles and got a fumble recovery at Liberty ... Down one to Presbyterian midway through the fourth, he an Lorenzo Boyles teamed up for a 10-yard sack, forcing a punt (Coastal would score on the ensuing drive to win 15-8) ... 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: One of eight finalist for South Carolina's Mr. Football ... Voted 4A Division II Defensive Player of the Year ... Two-time All-State and All-Region 1-4A selection ... Selected to play in the 74th annual Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas and helped the "Sandlappers" to a win by intercepting a pass and returning it 33 yards for a TD ... Named the Lakelands Defensive Player of the Year ... Rated 37th on South Carolina's top 50 high school football prospects ... Led the Eagles to a 13-2 record in 2010 and an appearance in the state championship ... As a senior, logged 141 tackles, 86 solo and 19 for losses, with two interceptions, two forced fumbles, three sacks and scored three times on defense ... In Greenwood's only regular-season loss -- falling to top-ranked Dorman, Backus returned two interceptions for touchdowns ... As a junior, tallied 105 tackles with four interceptions, one forced fumble, five sacks and scored three times on defense ... Coached by Gene Cathcart.