Oct. 4, 2011
Saturday, October 8, 2011 • 7:00 pm • Heroes Day • Breast Cancer Awareness
#24 COASTAL CAROLINA CHANTICLEERS
(3-1, 0-0 Big South)
David Bennett (Presbyterian '84)
59-36 @ Coastal (9th year) -- 122-53 Overall (16th year)
VIRGINIA MILITARY INSTITUTE KEYDETS
(0-4, 0-0 Big South)
Sparky Woods (Carson Newman '76)
9-28 @ VMI (4th year) -- Overall: 72-74-5 (14th year)
MID-ATLANTIC SPORTS NETWORK
TOM WERME (PXP)
ROD SMITH (COLOR)
Chanticleer Sports Network
Matt Hogue (PXP), Layne Harris (Color), Joe Cashion (Sideline), Steve Kipe (Engineer)
WJXY 93.9 FM ESPN The Team Grand Strand Flagship
WJMX 970 AM Florence/Pee Dee
WJMX 97.9 FM Florence/Pee Dee/Sandhhills
WANS 1280 AM Anderson, S.C.
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Coastal Opens Big South Play
Coastal Carolina will open Big South play Saturday, hosting VMI. The Chants are 24-13 all-time in league action. When playing its conference opener, Coastal is 6-2, including four wins over VMI. Coastal is also 1-1 when opening league play versus Garnder-Webb, 1-0 when opening with Presbyterian and 0-1 when opening with Liberty.
When opening league play at home, Coastal is 3-2, including two win over VMI.
Chants Back in Poll; 24th in Coaches Poll
Coastal Carolina, being one of 30 teams in FCS with no more than one loss, entered the coaches poll this week at #24. The Chants have been receiving votes this season, getting as high as 27th, and receiving votes over the past four seasons, again, getting as high as 27th. However, this marks the first time since the 2007 preseason poll that Coastal has appeared in the top 25. In that preseason poll, Coastal was ranked 20th by the coaches and 23rd by the media.
The last time Coastal was ranked during the regular season was Nov. 20, 2006 when the coaches and media had CCU 13th in the last regular-season poll. Coastal dropped one spot to 14th in the media poll after the 2006 playoffs.
Heroes Night and Breast Cancer Awareness
The Coastal Carolina Department of Athletics will continue two traditions this weekend: honoring our heroes - those who have and/or continue to serve our country, state and community - and participating in National Breast Cancer Awareness month. The football team will don camouflage Chanticleer logos and have camouflage in the center stripes - in honor of the military. The Chanticleer decals will have a pink outline and a pink ribbon will be placed on the back of the helmet - in honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The camouflage decals were designed by current Coastal Carolina student, athletics marketing student assistant and The Chanticleer art director Ryan Cirignano, who spent four years in the U.S. Navy where he was an operations specialist, third class.
Our Heroes include all active duty military personnel, all veterans of the armed services, those who are reservists in the military, fire fighters, EMTs and the state, county and city police. These Heroes, with their service I.D., will be admitted for just $8 for the VMI contest.
Prior to the game, Coastal Carolina will honor one of its own heroes in Sasser Athletics Hall of Famer Howard White. Not only was White one of the first two student-athletes to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, but White is completing his 39th year of service to the nation as a highly-decorated war veteran in the U.S. Army. White is currently a Master Sergeant in the South Carolina Army National Guard.
While at Coastal (1974-75 and 1975-76), White became the school's all-time leading scorer with 1,321 points, ranking ninth currently, and later had his number 23 retired. He led Coastal Carolina in scoring, assists and steals in each of his two seasons as a Chanticleer. White additionally holds the school record for most points a single game (52), most points in a season (770), most point per game in a season (29.6), most steals in a season (118) and best career scoring average (26.9). He also established school records, later to be broken, for career field goals made (584), career free throw percentage (.777) and career steals (178).
Upon leaving Coastal, White began his career in the military where he served valiantly during several conflicts, including the Falkland Islands, Bosnia and Operation Enduring Freedom. In addition, he served stateside and performed disaster relief and recovery following the aftermath of Hurricane Hugo. He began his military service with the 742nd Maintenance Company in Columbia, where he proudly served 25 years. He has served the remainder of his military career with the 218th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade Headquarters and Headquarters Company. During this time, White was a part of the Homeland Security mission: Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and High-Yield Explosive Consequence Management Response Force. His military awards and accomplishments include Meritorious Service Metal, Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal, Army Forces Expeditionary Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal and the SC Exceptional Service Medal.
In addition to honoring our Heroes and, in conjunction with Logan's Roadhouse, Coastal Carolina will promote Breast Cancer Awareness during the VMI contest. In lieu of a donation, Coastal would like to urge fans to purchase a pink or black t-shirt and/or cap at Logan's Roadhouse in the restaurant district of the Coastal Grand Mall this week. Logan's Roadhouse will sell the shirts and caps at Brooks Stadium on Saturday. Proceeds from the sales will go directly to the American Cancer Society.
Coastal Carolina will take time to honor cancer survivors during the game. Other promotions for the VMI game include free reusable grocery bags given to the first 1,500 fans through the gates and Coca-Cola will be bringing its Refresh Crew and two Coke inflatable games to Fan Fest.
Ties to This Week vs. 2009 VMI Game
The last time Coastal Carolina played VMI at home, which occurred in 2009, it was also Coastal's Big South opener and Coastal's fifth game of the year. Also, Coastal defeated North Carolina A&T in the previous game. In addition, Coastal had a bye week after beating the Aggies in 2009 and did again in 2011.
Coastal Off to Best Start Since 2005
With a win at North Carolina A&T, Coastal Carolina improved to 3-1 on the season. It marks the first 3-1 start by the Chants since the 2005 season, when Coastal finished 9-2. Coastal's only other 3-1 start came in 2004, a year CCU finished 10-1.
Coastal Carolina has begun 4-1 on two previous occasions, both coming in 2004 and `05.
National Blocked Kicks Leaders
Coastal Carolina has three blocked kicks this season -- two punts (by Tyler McCarthy and Dushawn Davis) and one field goal (by Marcus Lott). The following is the national list (complied by SIDs) for most blocked kicks:
2011 FCS LEADERS Total (Breakdown)
North Dakota 5 (3 FGs, 2 PATs)
Old Dominion 5 (1 FG, 4 Punts)
Drake 4 (2 FG, 1 PAT, 1 Punt)
Citadel 4 (4 Punts)
Dartmouth 4 (2 FGs, 1 PAT, 1 Punt)
COASTAL CAROLINA 3 (1 FG, 2 PUNTS)
Appalachian State 3 (1 PAT, 2 Punts)
Georgetown 3 (1 PAT, 1 FG, 1 Punt)
Murray State 3 (1 FG, 2 Punts)
Portland State 3 (1 FG, 2 Punts)
Presbyterian College 3 (1 FG, 2 Punts)
Sacramento State 3 (1 FG, 2 Punts)
Villanova 3 (3 Punts)
Youngstown State 3 (2 PATs, 1 Punt)
Illinois State 3 (3 PATs)
Texas-San Antonio 3 (1 FG, 1 Punt, 1 FG)
Norfolk Sate 3 (2 FG, 1 Punt)
Defense Ranks Among Top 25: Despite Allowing 470 at Georgia
Despite giving up 470 yards at Georgia in week three, Coastal only allowed North Carolina A&T to 194 yards of total offense. Coastal's defense is just allowing 313.25 total yards per game to rank 23rd in the nation and second in the Big South.
Trend Continues; CCU Pass Defense Ranks 25th in Nation
Coastal Carolina's defense ranks 25th in the NCAA and second in the Big South in pass defense, allowing 178.25 passing yards per game. Furman threw for 172, Catawba for 165, Georgia for 276 and North Carolina A&T for 100.
In its first eight years, Coastal Carolina's defense has ranked first or second for pass defense in the Big South seven times, finishing third last season. However, Coastal's pass defense still ranked 36th in the NCAA in 2010, allowing just 182.92 yards per game to rank as its fifth-best, year-end NCAA ranking. Coastal led the Big South in pass defense in 2006, `07 and '08 and has ranked among the NCAA's top 20 three times, including 15th in `06, third in `07 and 15th in `09.
Not to be discounted this season, Coastal only allowed Catawba to rush for 66 yards and North Carolina A&T to rush for 94 yards.
Clayton Rebounds from Shaky Start
Grant Clayton, just the fourth person to attempt a PAT or field goal in CCU's history, had a shaky start to his career. In the season-opening win over Furman, Clayton missed an extra point and a 17-yard field goal.
However, since those misses, Clayton has made seven consecutive PATs and all three of his field goals, including a career-long 40-yarder at North Carolina A&T.
For the year, Clayton is now 9-of-10 in PATs and 4-of-5 in field goals, leading the team with 21 pints scored. He also ranks second in the Big South and 68th in the nation in scoring, while ranking second in the league and 24th in the nation by making 1.33 field goals per game. Among kickers in the league, Clayton is tied for first in scoring (7.0 ppg).
Playing Coastal is a Positive
Since playing Coastal Carolina....
• Furman is 3-0 with wins over The Citadel, Presbyterian and Western Carolina.
• Georgia is 2-0 and has won three straight overall, including the Bulldogs' win over CCU.
• Catawba is 2-1, winning each of its last two.
• North Carolina A&T rebounded from its loss to Coastal to win at Morgan State last week.
Hillary Has Career Game at A&T
Aramis Hillaryhad his first game where he took all snaps at quarterback in the 30-14 win at North Carolina A&T. He responded by completing a career-high 18 passes, tying a career-high with 24 attempts, throwing for a career-high 255 yards and throwing a career-high three TDs.
Other Highlights from the NC A&T Game
Matt Hazel established a career high with 92 receiving yards and tied a career high with six receptions. He scored two TDs, giving the sophomore eight for his career, fourth-best on the CCU career list. Also, he is two TD receptions shy of third (10 by Marquel Willis) on the CCU career list and just five from second (13 by Brandon Whitely). Of his six receptions, two went for TDs and another two went for first downs.
Derrick Frasier only had four tackles, but all were solo, two went for losses (including a sack) and had an interception. Frasier's first tackle came on the Aggies' first drive and was a four-yard sack on 2nd-and-13, eventually forcing a punt. Later in the quarter, he recorded Coastal's first interception of the season and his second career pick. The play looked to be a 15-yard gain to the CCU 19, but Tre Henderson made a big hit when the ball arrived to the Aggie receiver and Frasier picked the ball out of mid-air. Frasier's second tackle came on a completion, but Frasier dropped the receiver behind the line for a five-yard loss, forcing a punt. Tackles three and four were both stops for no gain.
Dushawn Davisblocked a punt, giving the Chants three blocked kicks in four games. After Coastal scored to go up 10-0 in the second, the CCU defense forced a quick punt on North Carolina A&T's next possession. On the punt, Davis blocked the kick, leading to a 21-yard punt and giving Coastal the ball on the Aggie 43. Six plays later, Coastal scored for a 17-0 lead at the break.
Hillary Among Nation's Leaders; 1 of 17 in All Division I above 70%
Aramis Hillary, who took all the snaps at North Carolina A&T for the first time in his career, leads the Big South in both passing efficiency (158.0) and completion percentage (71.1), ranking 10th and fifth, respectively, in the FCS this season.
Hillary is one of 17 quarterbacks in Division I (11 in FBS and six in FCS) to have a completion percentage over 70 percent this season.
Hillary (Somewhat) Redeems Himself
Aramis Hillary threw his first -- and only -- interception of 2011 in the second quarter of the Georgia game. While he committed the turnover, he helped Coastal get the ball right back, forcing Bacarri Rambo to fumble the ball, which Coastal's Jeremy Height recovered.
For that, Hillary ranks fourth (tied) in the Big South for most fumbles forced.
Spreading the Wealth
Coastal Carolina quarterbacks have combined to compete 69 passes to 16 different receivers, including three Aramis Hillary to Jamie Childers completions. The Chants have used at least nine different receivers each game this season, including 10 versus Furman, 11 versus Catawba, nine at Georgia and 10 at North Carolina A&T.
If last year is any indication, the trend should continue when the Chants host the Keydets. CCU quarterback Zach MacDowallestablished a school record by completing 16 straight passes, which started with his fourth attempt of the day and went through the early third quarter. For the day, he completed 18-of-24 passes to 11 different receivers for 254 yards.
Game 100 for Coastal on the Horizon
Coastal Carolina will play its 100th career football game on Nov. 5 when the Presbyterian Blue Hose come to Brooks Stadium. Also on that day, Coastal will celebrate Senior Day, Family Weekend and its Athletics Hall of Fame inductees.
Sacks Streak Ends, Another Starts
Coastal Carolina ranked first in the Big South and third in the NCAA, allowing just seven sacks in 12 games last season. Also, Coastal did not allow more than one sack in any one game last season.
That streak came to an end when Aramis Hillary was sacked twice over a three-play span early in the fourth quarter in the season-opening win over Furman.v However, despite Hillary and Jamie Childers racking up a total of 26 negative rushing yards in the Catawba win, none of the losses came as result of a sack. Also, despite struggling offensively, Coastal Carolina did not allow a sack at Georgia. Coastal did allow one sack in the win at North Carolina A&T.
Coastal's three sacks allowed (0.75 avg.) this season leads the Big South and ranks 11th in the nation for fewest sacks allowed.
Prior to last year's seven-sack performance, Coastal had allowed 25 sacks in both 2008 and `09.
Coastal Carolina returns four starters -- five if you count tight end David Duran -- and two experienced backups from last year's successful offensive line. The Chants return All-Big South tackle Jamey Cheatwood, Tim Franklin, Bryan Brooks and Pat Williams, while Caleb Dees and Will Middleton -- each of whom had one start in 2010 and saw extended action as backups.
The current starting five have 81 starts between them and seen action in a combined 121 games.
Cheatwood, a sophomore, has played in all 16 games over the 2010-11 seasons, starting 15 at left tackle.
Franklin, who has started every position along the front five except right tackle, has played in 38 of CCU's 39 games since 2008, missing one of the 12 games in `08 as a redshirt freshman, and has started each of the last 27 games (11 at left tackle, 10 at right guard, four at left guard and two at center).
Williams played in all 12 games in 2010, starting 10, and has started all four games at center in 2011. He also played in six games as a redshirt freshman in 2009. Dees has started all four games at right guard this season after playing in eight games, with two starts at right guard, in 2010 as a redshirt freshman.
Brooks has played in each of Coastal Carolina's 39 games since 2008. He has started at right tackle each of the last 30 games, dating back to the final three games of 2008, his redshirt freshman season.
Also rotating in at both tackle spots is sophomore Will Middleton, who started once in 2010 and has played in eight career games, while redshirt freshman Chad Hamilton is backing up both guard spots this season, playing in all four 2011 contests, and Kevin Hartis the primary backup at center.
Home Sweet Home (35-13 at home -- 55-23 on natural grass all-time)
Coastal Carolina closed the 2010 season with three home games and opens 2011 with five games being played on natural grass.
The Chanticleers play in Brooks Stadium with Benton Field being natural grass. For its history, Coastal has played 78 of its 95 games on natural grass. The Chanticleers are 55-23 (.705) on natural grass overall -- 35-13 (.729) at home and 20-10 (.667) on the road. Coastal was 6-3 on natural grass in 2010 and is 3-1 on natural turf to date this season.
When playing on artificial surfaces, Coastal is just 4-13 in its now nine-year history.
Young Guns Getting It Done
There was reason for concern with Coastal losing all-everything safety Dominique Davenport to graduation heading into this season. The key concern was the fact that two sophomores who mostly saw action at special teams in 2010 would be roaming the safety spots.
Through four games, one of the sophomores, Johnnie Houston, leads the team in tackles with 24.
The other, Philip George, only has 13 stops, but has two pass breakups, a quarterback hurry and a fumble recovery.
Duran Nears Big South Record for Tight Ends
In his now three years at Coastal, David Duran has caught 58 passes for 820 yards, averaging an impressive 14.1 yards per reception. He is only two receptions shy of becoming the first Big South tight end to have 60 career receptions. Gardner-Webb's Josh Miller is currently the league's all-time leader for receptions by a tight end with 59.
Duran, who was shutout in the Furman win and had three catches for 61 yards in the Catawba win, added an 11-yard reception at Georgia and caugth one ball for three yards at North Carolina A&T.
Duran currently ranks seventh on the CCU all-time receptions list and sixth on the all-time receiving yards list.