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Chanticleer Call-In is Thursday; Quotes from Wednesday Presser

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Aug. 31, 2011

CONWAY - The first "Chanticleer Call-In" program of the 2011-12 season, featuring head coach David Bennett and Matt Hogue, is set to take place this Thursday from 6:30-7:30 at Logan's Roadhouse in the restaurant district of Coastal Grand Mall. The show airs each Thursday 6:30-7:30 pm on 93.9 FM ESPN THe Team from the Logan's Roadhouse (near Coastal Grand Mall). The show, as well as all Coastal Carolina football games, can be heard world-wide by CLICKING HERE. Fans can ask Coach Bennett questions by calling (866) 866-6562 or by email at askthecoach@coastal.edu.

Football Press Conference - August 30, 2011
Coastal Carolina University vs. Furman University

Opening Statement:
"It should be an exciting ballgame Saturday night against a tradition rich Furman University football team. They have a lot of great football players. They've hired a heck of a staff that has experience coaching in the SEC. Most of those guys (on Furman's staff) were at Vanderbilt, so it will be a great challenge for us. I think we have the advantage of being at home. I think that they have the advantage because they have watched film on us. We have no film to watch on them. It should be a heck of a match-up. There will be some guys I feel strongly that will play on Sunday's next year on both sides of the ball and there will be a lot of interest from NFL scouts this weekend."

About Who Will Start at Quarterback:
"Whomever goes out there first, if they do well, they stay. If they don't, the other one will go in there. So, whomever we start, could not take the most snaps at quarterback. They are both preparing to start. They are both preparing, if they don't start, to be ready to help out in any way they can."

About the Punting Situation:
"We've got guys that will put the ball well at times, but we've got to try to establish a consistent punter. We need somebody that can give us a 40-yard punt that's not low and right to the returner, so we can have the chance to cover."

About this Team's Potential:
"I think we've got a lot of potential. We've got a lot of talent. You've got to put it together and be a team. That's our job (as coaches). We have to get these guys molded together, working together for one common goal, which is to be a great team for our university.

About Runningbacks:
"Marcus Whitener and Jeremy Height are looking to get most of the reps. Then you've got a young guy, Aaron Jones, that is pretty good, too, if he will run low. We also have confidence is Travis Small and Bucky Kennedy. It will probably be by committee. I know if one goes hard for three, four, five plays in a row and he is breathing hard, it will be nice to turn to one of those guys on the sideline to have someone fresh in there."

Senior tight end David Duranon facing a tough Furman team with talented defense:
"Well, in any game, all I am trying to do is go out there and play the best that I can play. But they do have some excellence players on defense, so that poses more of a challenge for us on offense and me personally. But, just like always, we're going to go out there and try to execute and put points on the board."

Senior safety Marcus Lott on the excitement level going into 2011:
"Last season, we got a good taste of the playoffs. It was a very good thing for our University. It showed us we could make it to the next level. So, we're just excited to get to that level this year. I have seen a lot of the students wearing their wristbands (which double as tickets for the game) and there is a buzz on campus. I have had a lot of my fellow students ask about our team and how we are doing. I am very excited to be playing my first season opener at home. The last three years we have started at Penn State, Kent State and West Virginia. I am can't wait to open this year at home."