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
Quinn Backus and Lena Schaeffner were named the Male and Female Athletes of the Year.
Quinn Backus and Lena Schaeffner were named the Male and Female Athletes of the Year.
2013 Spring Football: Quinn Backus Interview (March 28)
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. Elon 9/27/14
• Graduated from Coastal Carolina in Spring of 2015
• 2015 Medal of Honor Bowl MVP for American Team
• 2014 FCS Athletic Directors Association “Top Collegiate Linebacker”
• College Football Performance Awards 2015 Elite Linebacker Award
• Two-time Buck Buchanan Award Finalist (2013-7th, 2014-4th)
• Three-time All-American (2012, 2013, 2014)
• Three-time Big South Defensive Player of the Year (2012, 2013, 2014)
• 1st player to lead Big South in tackles three years
• Three-time 1st team All-Big South (2012, 2013, 2014)
• 10-time Big South Defensive Player of the Week
• 9 National Player of the Week Honors
• 414 career tackles are 14th in NCAA FCS history, 2nd in Big South history and 1st in CCU history
• 243 career solo tackles are 10th in NCAA FCS history and are a Big South and CCU records
• Led CCU in tackles 26 times
• Had 21 double-digit tackle games
• Member of the National Football Foundation Hampshire Honor Society
• Earned Big South Presidential Honor Roll recognition three times (2011-12, 2013-14 and 2014-15)
Career: 441 tackles, 14th on the NCAA FCS all-time list, and 243 solo tackles, 10th on the FCS career list ... His 441 tackles is second on the Big South all-time list - first in school history - and he is the CCU and league's all-time leader with 243 solo tackles ... Additionally finished fifth in league history and first in school history in assisted tackles (198); 10th in league history and third in CCU history with 30.0 tackles for losses; fourth in school history with 9.5 sacks; sixth in school history with eight interceptions; second in CCU and sixth in league history with 154 interception return yards; fifth in CCU and 11th in league history with 17 PBU; first in CCU and Big South history with nine forced fumbles and second in school history with four fumble recoveries.
2014 (Sr.):Named the "Top Collegiate Linebacker" by the FCS Athletic Directors Association ... Finished fourth in the Buck Buchanan Award voting ... Named All-American by FCS ADA (one, 11-man team); Walter Camp (one, 25-man team), Associated Press (1st team), The Sports Network (1st team), College Sporting News Fabulous Fifty (one, 50-man team), CollegeSportsMadness.com (1st team) and BeyondSportsNetwork.com (1st team) ... Received the Elite Linebacker Award from College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) ... Ranked fourth in the NCAA FCS and led the Big South in forced fumbles ... Ranked 17th nationally with 5.5 solo tackles per game and 23rd with 9.8 total tackles per game ... Despite missing a game due to injury and not playing the second half in two blowout wins, Backus complied a league-best 127 tackles - including 10.0 for losses and a career-best 5.5 sacks - with a Big South record six forced fumbles ... Added two interceptions, seven pass breakups, six quarterback hurries and a fumble recovery ... Five of his turnovers created led to Coastal Carolina touchdowns. Backus was the only player in the Big South to rank among the top 10 in tackles (first), forced fumbles (first), sacks (sixth), tackles for losses (seventh) and passes defended (seventh) ... Was a two-time national and Big South Defensive Player of the Week ... Named College Sporting News National Defensive Player of the Week and Big South Defensive Player of the Week (Sept. 29) as he tallied 13 tackles, including eight solo stops, en route to becoming Coastal Carolina's all-time tackles leader (then with 365), as well as becoming the Big South's all-time leader for solo tackles (then with 201) ... Among his 13 tackles versus Elon, 2.5 went for losses, including a six-yard sack ... Added two pass breakups and two quarterback hurries in the win ... Led a defense that allowed just three points for the third consecutive game to become the first Big South program to hold an opponent to three points or less in three consecutive games ... Tabbed Big South Defensive Player of the Week by the league's office as well as by CollegeSportsMadness.com, while being named a National Defensive Player o the Week by College Sporting News ... Recorded 14 tackles (nine solo) and forced two fumbles at The Citadel ... Tallied 11 of those stops through three quarters as Coastal was leading 21-3 and led a defense that had surrendered just 231 yards of total offense to that point ... Named to the 2014-15 Big South Presidential Honor Roll for posting at least a 3.0 GPA for the academic year and earned CCU Dean's List honors in the Fall of 2014.
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 ... 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.