Feb. 6, 2014
CONWAY - After focusing on the future of Coastal Carolina during the day Wednesday - announcing the 2014 recruiting class - the Chanticleer football program used the evening to reflect on the historic 2013 season at its annual team banquet.
After a video recapping the 2013 championship season, individual team awards were handed out for the following:
2013 BAM Player of the Year: Lorenzo Taliaferro.
2013 Season Captains: Lorenzo Taliaferro and Quinn Backus.
2013 Offensive Player of the Year: Lorenzo Taliaferro.
2013 Defensive Player of the Year: Quinn Backus.
2013 Special Teams Player of the Year: LaDarius Hawthorne.
2013 Strength and Conditioning Athletes of the Year: Drew Herring and Mike McClure.
2013 Chant Team Offensive Player of the Year: Kenneth Daniels.
2013 Chant Team Defensive co-Players of the Year: Leroy Cummings and Shane Johnson.
Under second year head coach Joe Moglia, who was a finalist for the second consecutive year for both the Eddie Robinson and Liberty Mutual FCS National Coach of the Year, Coastal Carolina was 12-3 - setting a CCU record for wins; won its second straight Big South Championship - sixth overall in 11 seasons of football; and reached the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division I Championship.
Along the way, the Chanticleers defeated four conference champions, were 4-2 against teams in the final national polls and compiled an 18-4 record spanning their last 22 games, including a 16-1 mark over its last 17 regular-season FCS opponents. The Chants led the Big South in 3rd down conversions (second in the NCAA FCS), 4th down conversions (second FCS), blocked kicks (45th FCS), offensive 1st downs (fifth FCS), kickoff return defense (16th FCS), passing yards per completion (18th FCS), red zone offense (third FCS), rushing offense (eighth FCS), scoring offense (fifth FCS), fewest tackles for loss allowed (first FCS) and total offense (11th FCS). In addition, CCU ranked seventh nationally in fewest fumbles lost, eighth in pass efficiency, 14th in fewest turnovers lost, 20th in punt return defense, 22nd in completion percentage and 26th in fewest sacks allowed.
Coastal Carolina set 25 offensive team records and 17 Big South offensive team records. Namely, the Chants set records for rushing touchdowns, passing touchdowns, total offense, first downs, points scored, total touchdowns, six 50-point games, point after kicks made and third down conversions.
Overall, Coastal set team season records for rushing yards, rushing attempts, rushing TDs, pass completions, passing TDs, pass completion percentage, total offensive yards, TDs responsible for, total offense per game, all-purpose yards, all-purpose yards per game, total points scored, touchdowns scored, PAT kicks made, PAT kicks attempted, field goal percentage, yards per punt, kick return yards, kick returns, total tackles, unassisted tackles, pass break-ups and quarterback hurries.
Individually, Lorenzo Taliaferro set CCU single season records for rushing yards, attempts, TDs, rushing yards per game, all-purpose yards, total points scored and touchdowns scored. De'Angelo Henderson set the CCU mark for average yards per rush, Alex Ross set the CCU mark for pass completions and Matt Hazel broke his own record with 70 receptions. Alex Catron set CCU season marks for PATs made, PATs attempted and field goal percentage while Austin Cain set the CCU mark for average yards per punt. Devin Brown, in half a season, set the CCU mark for kick return yards and is one of just three Chants to return a kickoff for a TD thanks to a 95-yard return versus VMI - the longest scoring play in CCU history. Quinn Backus had a CCU-best 127 yards in interception returns and fellow linebacker set the CCU mark for most fumble return yards in a season. Backus also broke his own CCU season record for total tackles, while setting the mark for unassisted tackles and coming up seven shy of the CCU season mark for assisted tackles. Denzel Rice tied NFL veterans Josh Norman and Quinton Teal for most pass break-ups in a season while LaDarius Hawthorne bettered the two NFL vets with three blocked kicks in a season. Another individual record of note, Niccolo Mastromatteo tied the Big South record, joining Charleston Southern's Gerald Stevenson, by earning five All-Big South honors in his career - four times as a punt returner and once as a receiver.
For the team success, numerous individuals picked up postseason honors, including:
Lorenzo Taliaferro: Walter Payton National FCS Player of the Year Award finalist, Big South Offensive Player of the Year, first team All-Big South, four-time All-American and Senior Bowl participant.
Quinn Backus: Buck Buchanan National FCS Defensive Player of the Year Award finalist, Big South Defensive Player of the Year, first team All-Big South and four-time All-American.
Jamey Cheatwood: Two-time All-American, first team All-Big South and College All-Star Bowl participant.
LaDarius Hawthorne: Big South Special Teams Player of the Year.
Matt Hazel: First team All-Big South and East-West Shrine Game participant.
Niccolo Mastromatteo: NFF National Scholar-Athlete and $18,000 postgraduate scholarship recipient, FCS Athletic Directors Association $5,000 postgraduate scholarship finalist, FCS Athletic Directors Association Academic All-Star, second team All-Big South and Big South All-Academic team.
Devin Brown: Freshman All-American and first team All-Big South.
Alex Ross: First team All-Big South.
Chad Hamilton: First team All-Big South.
Drew Herring: First team All-Big South.
Alex Catron: First team All-Big South.
DeMario Bennett: Second team All-Big South.
Calvin Hollenhorst: Second team All-Big South.
Mike McClure: Second team All-Big South.
Richie Sampson: Second team All-Big South.
Denzel Rice: Second team All-Big South.