Weekly Coastal Football Press Conference (Furman Game)
Coastal Carolina vs. Furman
This will mark the fourth meeting between Coastal Carolina and Furman on the gridiron. The Chanticleers own a 2-1 advantage in the series, winning in Conway in 2006 and `11, while falling to the Paladins in 2007 in Greenville.
Date Opponent CCU Result CCU Opp
10-07-06 #3 Furman W 29 27
10-06-07 at Furman L 17 27
09-03-11 Furman W 30 23
Dontavais Johnson Earns National Honors
Coastal Carolina corner back Dontavais Johnson picked off three passes to tie a school record 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 Player of the Week by The Sports Network and 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.
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.
David Duran Sets Big South Record
Coastal Carolina sixth-year senior David Duran caught two passes for three yards in the season-opening win over North Carolina to become the first tight end in Big South history to have 60 receptions in a career. Duran previously held the conference mark for receiving yards by a tight end, now with 823.
Coastal Carolina did not allow a sack in the season-opening win over North Carolina A&T. That should not come as a surprise as the Chants have led the Big South in fewest sacks allowed in 2010 and `11, which coincided with Patrick Covington stepping in as the offensive line coach. Prior to his arrival, Coastal allowed 25 sacks in 2008 and `09.
In 2010, Coastal ranked third nationally, allowing just seven sacks in 12 games. Last season, Coastal ranked 13th nationally after allowing 11 sacks in 11 games.
Quick Hits from the North Carolina A&T Game
Coastal Carolina opened the Joe Moglia era with a win over North Carolina A&T... Coastal improved to 4-0 all-time over the Aggies.
Coastal Carolina reserve defensive end Andrew Allen was credited with a nine-yard sack in the fourth quarter, which resulted in Coastal Carolina's first safety since the 2006 season versus South Carolina State.
Coastal Carolina played five true freshman, including receiver Tyrell Blanks, defensive back Mark Singleton, linebacker Andre Johnson, defensive back Richie Sampson and defensive tackle Marcus Crowder.
Coastal Carolina senior Jeremy Height rushed 20 times for 109 yards with a TD, caught three passes for 37 yards and returned a kickoff 19 yards giving him a team-high 165 all-purpose yards in the season-opening win over North Carolina A&T.
Height posted a career-highs with 20 attempts for 109 yards, averaging 5.4 yards per carry.Height only had 502 total rushing yards in his first three years combined and just 197 last season. Height's 20 attempts was the most by a Chanticleer since Eric O'Neal had 21 carries versus Western Illinois in the first round of the 2010 NCAA FCS Championship. Height's 22-yard rushing TD to give CCU a 14-0 lead on the final play of the first quarter was a career long score for the senior.
Height had 44 rushing yards in the first quarter and helped CCU seal the win by piling up 46 yards on five carries in the fourth quarter, including a career-long 24 yard rush.
Aramis Airs It Out
Aramis Hillary threw for a career-high 272 yards in the season-opening win over North Carolina A&T. Hillary's previous best was 255 yards set last season in a win at NC A&T.
The CCU graduate completed 19-of-28 passes for 274 yards with a 33-yard TD to Matt Hazel. He also rushed for a TD, but did throw two picks after throwing just five all of 2011.
Junior Niccolo Mastromatteo, known as a two-time All-Big South punt returner, made his first start at receiver in the win over North Carolina A&T. He led CCU with seven receptions for 114 yards.
Mastromatteo had only caught one pass for seven yards in his first two years as a Chanticleer.
The seven receptions ties for sixth-best on the CCU single-game list and the 114 yards ranks seventh on the CCU single-game list . It marked just the 14th time a CCU receiver reached the 10-yard plateau and Mastromatteo is the seventh player to break the 100-yard barrier.
Henderson Has Another Long Play
Senior Tre Henderson had three kick returns for 97 yards, including a 66 yarder. The 66 yarder is the sixth-longest non-scoring play in CCU history and the fifth-longest kickoff return in school history.
Linebacker Mike McClure shocked the Chanticleer faithful when his name appeared atop the CCU depth chart after preseason drills ahead of two-time first team All-BIg South pick Andrae Jacobs, who was additionally the 2010 Big South Defensive Player of the Year.
McClure's hard work paid off as the junior led the team with 12 tackles, including 3.5 for losses. It marked the first time a Chant had at least 3.0 TFL since 2010.
Last season, Alex Catron shared time as the team's kickoff specialist and had five punts as a true freshman. After an extensive battle, Catron edged out incumbent Grant Clayton and transfer Stephen Denuel to win the placekicking job, while also winning the job as the kickoff specialist.
In his debut as the placekicker, Catron split the uprights twice for field goals of 29 and 30 yards and converted all three PATs.