Aug. 1, 2013
CONWAY - Coastal Carolina's defense of its Big South Championship officially began Thursday with the first of 29 practices leading into the 2013 season opener at South Carolina State Aug. 31. The Chanticleers will play its home opener the following weekend, hosting Furman Sept. 7.
Inclement weather to start forced the team to seek cover in the Boni Belle Practice and Hitting Facility. After approximately one hour, the weather cleared and the team took to the practice field.
"Today was a little disjunctive but overall I thought this was a very good first day," said second year head coach and reigning Big South Coach of the Year Joe Moglia. "It was actually good to have a day like this early to test our team's ability to overcome and adjust. Also, this was a good test of our mental toughness."
The team had the first of its two mandatory practices wearing helmets. The team will add shoulder pads to the mix for practices three and four before donning full gear on the fifth practice.
NOTES: Several players of note have changed numbers for the 2013 season, including: Dalton Demos (now #2, was #17); Tyrell Blanks (now #3, was #16); Alex Ross (now #4, was #12); Pernell Williams (now #6, was #37); Richie Sampson (now #23, was #45); Roderick Holder (now #49, was #69) and Andre Johnson (Now #51, was #32).
Wide receiver Adrian Sullivan, who graduated from Coastal Carolina this past spring with a degree in exercise and sport management, was granted a waiver to compete for a sixth year of competition. Sullivan broke his leg early in preseason camp last August and missed the entire season. The Charleston native (Bishop England) has played in 31 games and caught 27 passes for 383 yards - an impressive 14.2 yards per catch - with two touchdowns. He additionally has 10 rushes for 51. In 2011, Sullivan averaged 18.3 yards per catch (12 receptions for 220 yards).
Below is a list of new names to the Chanticleer football program (not previously announced or was not on spring roster): Leroy Cummings (6-4, 270, DL, Thomson, Ga.) transferred after playing defensive line at Savannah State but will not have to sit out. He will have two years of eligibility remaining.
Dwayne Duckett (6-0, 180, DB, Columbia, S.C.) transferring after making the South Carolina football team as a walk-on last season. Although he worked at wide receiver and running back with the Gamecocks scout team, he will be a defensive back for the Chanticleers. He is listed as a redshirt freshman as he did not see game action last season.
Brian Kass (6-1, 195, QB, Raleigh, N.C.) spent that last four years (redshirting one) at Wofford, serving as the Terriers' starting quarterback in two of those years. He graduated from Wofford and is enrolled in graduate school at Coastal Carolina with this being his final year of eligibility.
Andrew Mitchell (6-4, 255, DL, Greenwood, S.C.) comes to Coastal after spending the past six years serving in the military. The 27-year-old will be a junior with two years of eligibility.
JaDamion Ross (5-7, 180, DB, Greenville, S.C.) spent one season at Carson-Newman University. He will be eligible this season and is listed as a sophomore.
Chase Travis (6-0, 205, DB, Sevierville, Tenn.) was at Tennessee-Chattanooga in the fall of 2012 and spent last spring at Carson-Newman. He is eligible this season and is listed as a redshirt freshman.
Shelton Whitaker (6-4, 185, WR, Columbia, S.C.) is a true freshman who played his senior year at A.C. Flora. He began his high school career at Heathwood Hall Episcopal.