More than 50 current and former student-athletes earned his or her degree this weekend.
Quinton Teal, Mike Tolbert and Maurice Simpkins named NFL squads as free agents
Mo Ashley, Quinn Backus, Cody Craig, Chad Hamilton, Kevin Hart, Brett Johnson and Imir Sanders
Coastal Carolina vs. Richmond 12/06/14
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 Presbyterian 11/16/13
• Earned his Master's of Education from Coastal Carolina in Spring 2015
• Invited to the 2015 NFL Combine and signed as free agent with Chicago Bears
• 2014 Consensus All-American
• Three-time All-Big South (1st team in 2013 and 2104, 2nd team in 2012)
• Member of the National Football Foundation Hampshire Honor Society
• Three-plus year starter. Played in 52 of Coastal’s 53 games over the past four years, missing one contest (as sophomore) due to injury
Graduated from Coastal Carolina in the Spring of 2014 with a degree in education and is pursuing his Master's in education.
2014 (Sr.): A consensus All-American as he was honored on six different post-season squads including American Football Coaches Association All-American (one, 25-man team); The Sports Network All-American (1st team); Associated Press All-America (2nd team); College Sporting News Fabulous Fifty All-American (one, 50-man team); CollegeSportsMadness.com All-American (1st team); BeyondSportsNetwork.com All-American (1st team) ... Named first team All-Big South ... CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-District 4 ... Led the team with 66 knockdown blocks ... Was CCU’s top-graded offensive lineman (solo or tied) 10 of 14 games ... Only whistled for three penalties and, over CCU’s 433 pass attempts, only allowed two sacks ... Provided protection for QB Alex Ross, Big South Offensive Player of the Year and Walter Payton Award Finalist ... Helped RB De’Angelo Henderson rank sixth in the FCS in rushing TDs (20), seventh in yards per rush (6.56 avg.), 10th in rushing yards (1,534) and 12th in scoring (9.0 ppg) ... Coastal Carolina’s 2014 (NCAA FCS - Big South) rankings:
• 1st - 1st in fourth down conversions (.800)
• 2nd - 1st in first downs (339 total)
• 9th - 1st in third down conversions (.479)
• 10th - 1st in fewest tackles for loss allowed (4.07 per game)
• 16th - 1st in fewest sacks allowed (1.14, 16 total)
• 14th - 1st in scoring offense (37.3 ppg)
• 18th - 1st in total offense (463.4 ypg)
• 20th - 1st in rushing (215.5 ypg)
2013 (Jr.): Earned first team All-Big South honors ... Part of a Chanticleer offense that set 24 school and 17 Big South single-season offensive records ... Also, he was part of an offensive line that was named Big South Offensive Player of the Week after the Chants' win at Elon, putting up a CCU record of 652 yards of total offense ... The line was also the team's Offensive MVP for Elon and Hamilton earned the team's Offensive MVP honor on his own for the Presbyterian game, grading out at 95 percent ... Graded out at a team-best 91 percent for the year with 45 knock-down blocks ... Helped CCU lead the nation in fewest tackles for loss allowed (3.33) ... Helped pave the way for Lorenzo Taliaferro, who was the 2014 Big South Offensive Player of the Year, All-American and Walter Payton Award finalist ... Coastal's offense additionally ranked second in the NCAA FCS in third-down conversions, third in red zone offense, fifth in first downs, fifth in scoring, eighth in rushing offense and 11th in total offense ... 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 in the fall of 2013.
2012 (So.): Named second team All-Big South ... Made the move from left guard to left tackle ... Started 12 games (missed the first-round playoff win over Bethune-Cookman due to injury) and charged with protecting the blind side for All-Big South quarterback Aramis Hillary ... Helped Coastal rush for over 200 yards in a school-record six straight games, all in conference play ... Overall, Coastal rushed for 2.590 yards - second-most in CCU history - and ranked 25th in the nation in rushing (199.23 ypg) ... Graded out at an impressive 87% for the season thanks to 49 knock-down blocks and allowing just 4.0 sacks in Coastal's 401 pass attempts ... Had standout games at Presbyterian, grading out at 94% as CCU tallied a season-high 625 yards of total offense and in the win over Liberty, grading out at 90%. ... Named to the 2012-13 Big South Presidential Honor Roll for posting at least a 3.0 GPA for the academic year.
2011 (RFr.): Saw action in all 11 games, starting each of the last four at left guard ... Helped Marcus Whitener rush for 106 yards on 13 carries at Charleston Southern and Travis Small rush for 109 yards on 18 attempts at Western Carolina (Small added 75 yards at CSU and Whitener 65 at WCU) ... Also served on the PAT/FG units ... Named to the 2011-12 Big South Presidential Honor Roll for posting a 3.0 GPA for the academic year.
2010 (Fr.): Redshirted.
Prior to Coastal Carolina: A 2009 Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas selection as well as South Carolina's Class AAAA Lower State Lineman of the Year ... Also named to the 2009 Palmetto Champions All-Star Team, the Class AAAA All-State squad by The High School Sports Report and the Post and Courier's All-Lowcountry team after leading James Island to the second round of the playoffs ... Helped lead the team to 2,700 yards passing and 1,300 yards rushing on the year ... Ran a 4.95 40-yard dash at the 2009 Shrine Bowl combine, one of just six offensive linemen to break five seconds and the largest of the group.