Sept. 3, 2012
CONWAY - Coastal Carolina corner back Dontavais Johnson picked off three passes and broke-up another in the Chanticleers' season-opening win to be named the Big South's Defensive Player of the Week. The senior was also selected as the National Defensive Performer of the Week by CollegeFootballPerformance.com.
Johnson was additionally named the National DB of the Week by CollegeFootballPerformance.com and the Big South Defensive Player of the Week by CollegeSportsMadness.com.
Coastal Carolina fans can hear head coach Joe Moglia's reaction to Johnson's honor as well as a complete recap of his first game on the CCU sideline TONIGHT (Sept. 3) on the weekly Chanticleer Call-In radio show. Fans can join Coach Moglia and the Voice of the Chants Matt Hogue from 6-7 pm at Buffalo Wild Wings in Carolina Forest. For those unable to attend, the show will be broadcast locally on 100.3 ESPN The Team as well as on the internet through the Chanticleer Sports Network. Fans can also email their questions to email@example.com or call toll free at 866-866-6562.
Johnson tied the Coastal Carolina school record by picking off three passes in a game. (Josh Norman and his older brother Marrio also share the CCU single-game record with three picks in one game.) Ironically, Josh Norman, a two-time All-America and current member of the Carolina Panthers, was on hand to see his record tied as he was honored in a pre-game ceremony.
With CCU leading 7-0, Johnson picked off his first career pass near midfield. Six plays later, Jeremy Height had a 22-yard rushing touchdown to give the Chants a 14-0 lead. In the second quarter, Johnson picked off his second pass and, nine plays later, Coastal went up 17-0.
His lone PBU may have been his "best play of the game" according to defensive coordinator Clayton Carlin. Facing a third-and-goal and CCU up 14 points, Johnson was in man coverage as CCU blitzed. He broke up the pass to force a field goal and the Aggies would not get on the scoreboard the rest of the game. Johnson's final pick came in the fourth quarter on the Aggies' final drive. Johnson would return the ball 33 yards and Coastal ran out the clock for the win.
Coastal Carolina will hit the road this Saturday (Sept. 8) to face Furman in Greenville. Kickoff at Paladin Stadium is set for 5 pm.