July 31, 2009
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Coastal Carolina University's football program was picked to finish third in the 2009 Big South Conference Preseason Poll, announced today at the League's annual Media Day in Charlotte, N.C. Along with that, the Chanticleers had four players honored on the Preseason All-Big South team, with redshirt junior Zach MacDowall and senior offensive lineman Ryan Boehm selected on the offense, senior defensive end Phillip Oboh picked on the defense and punter Ben Erdman honored on the special teams.
After tying for fifth in the 2008 season, Coastal Carolina was picked to finish third behind two-time defending champion Liberty and second-year associate member Stony Brook. The Chanticleers received one first place vote and 83 points overall, following the Flames (10 first place votes, 109 points) and Seawolves (4 votes, 87 points). Gardner-Webb followed in fourth with one first place vote and 77 points, with Charleston Southern (1 vote, 56 points) and VMI (39 points) rounding out the poll. Presbyterian will count towards the league standings but is not eligible for the conference crown until 2011 as the Blue Hose continue their transition from Division II.
|2009 Preseason Poll (first-place votes)||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||Points|
|1. Liberty (10)||70||36||--||--||3||--||--||109|
|2. Stony Brook (4)||28||18||25||8||6||2||--||87|
|3. Coastal Carolina (1)||7||36||20||12||6||2||--||83|
|4. Gardner-Webb (1)||7||12||30||24||3||--||1||77|
|5. Charleston Southern (1)||7||--||5||16||18||10||--||56|
Bios of the Preseason All-Big South selections follow.
2008: Played in 11 games, earning the start in nine of them, to garner his first collegiate letter... Was 157-for-256 for 2,064 yards, 16 touchdowns and just six interceptions through the air... Also ran the ball 80 times for 238 yards and five scores... Ranked second in the Big South Conference in passing yardage at 187.6 yards per game and passing efficiency with a 144.99 rating... Set a school record with 382 yards passing against Liberty, going 24-for-44 with two touchdowns and two interceptions... Had two 300-plus yard passing games, with the other a 22-for-33 for 306 yards, two touchdowns and no picks versus Stony Brook... Named Big South Offensive Player of the Week twice during the season... Picked up his first weekly award after going 17-for-26 for 233 yards and one touchdown in the road win at Monmouth... Followed it up the next week in a home win over Towson wth 197 yards of total offense and three touchdowns to earn his second award... Rushed for a season-high 80 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries against Stony Brook... Threw at least one touchdown pass in nine of 11 games and scored a rushing touchdown in five of them...
2008: Started all 12 games on the offensive line, splitting time between guard and center due to injuries on the line... Graded out as Coastal Carolina's second-best offensive lineman on the year... Had one tackle at VMI...
2008: Started six of the 12 games he played in, earning his third letter... Earned First Team All-Big South honors after posting 33 solo tackles, 53 total tackles, 10.0 tackles for loss for 37 yards, 5.0 sacks for 31 yards, one forced fumble and one blocked kick... Was fourth on the team and 36th in the Big South in total tackles, while ranking fifth in the league in sacks and ninth in tackles for loss... Posted a season-best eight tackles, including four solos, 3.0 tackles for loss and 0.5 sacks, in the road win at North Carolina A&T... Had five solo tackles, including 2.0 sacks, in the victory at Presbyterian... Had three tackles, with 1.5 tackles for loss, and a blocked kick in the win over Towson... Earned seven tackles against Liberty and six against Stony Brook... Recorded at least two tackles in all 12 games and five tackles or more in six of them... 2008 Preseason All-Big South selection at defensive end...
2008: Was Coastal Carolina's punter in all 12 games, garnering his second letter... Punted 48 times for an average of 38.0 yards per punt, leading the Big South Conference and earning him First Team All-Big South honors... Earned Big South Special Teams Player of the Week after he was a key part in the Chanticleers' victory at Gardner-Webb... Averaged 40.3 yards per kick,including a 48-yarder, and pinned the Bulldogs inside the 20 three times and allowed only one punt return on the day... Had a season-long 54-yard boot at Penn State, part of his career-best single game 43.0 yard average in eight punts... Pinned opponents inside their 20 on 13 occasions...
2009 Big South Football Preseason All-Conference Team
|Zach MacDowall||Coastal Carolina|
|RB||Ed Gowins||Stony Brook|
|RB||Conte Cuttino||Stony Brook|
|WR||Gerald Stevenson||Charleston Southern|
|WR||James Perry III||Gardner-Webb|
|OL||Ryan Boehm||Coastal Carolina|
|DL||Phillip Oboh||Coastal Carolina|
|LB||Tyler Santucci||Stony Brook|
|LB||Andrew McKain||Charleston Southern|
|DB||Chris Richards||Stony Brook|
|P||Ben Erdman||Coastal Carolina|
|LS||Andrew McKain||Charleston Southern|
|KR||Gerald Stevenson||Charleston Southern|
PRESEASON OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
|QB||Tim Maypray (Sr.)||VMI|
PRESEASON DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
|LB||Jeffrey Williams (Jr.)||Gardner-Webb|