July 1, 2013
CONWAY - Coastal Carolina junior Quinn Backus was named to The Sports Network 2013 FCS Preseason All-America team.
Backus is coming off a record-setting 2012 campaign. He was named third team All-America by The Sports Network, Big South Defensive Player of the Year and first team All-Big South. The Greenwood, S.C., native set a league record by being named Big South Defensive Player of the Week five times in one season. He additionally set a CCU record with 139 tackles, which ranks second on the Big South single-season list. Backus ranked 16th in the nation and second in the league with 10.69 tackles per game. He was the only player in the nation ranked among the NCAA top 30 in tackles to have at least 100 tackles (139), 5.0 tackles for loss (8.0), 2.0 sacks (2.5), two interceptions (2), two pass breakups (4), two forced fumbles (3) and two fumbles received (2).
Backus is one of four Big South student-athletes to make The Sports Network's FCS Preseason All-America squad, joining Liberty long snapper Richard Wright (first team), Gardner-Webb long snapper Hudson Smith (second team) and Liberty punt returner Kevin Fogg (second team).