Football Hosts Gardner-Webb for Homecoming Oct. 22 at 7 pm

Coastal's Weekly Press Conference and Game Notes


Game time Saturday is 7 pm.

Oct. 19, 2011

Coastal Carolina Head Football Coach David Bennett
October 19, 2011
Press Conference

Coastal Carolina vs. Gardner-Webb
Saturday - Oct. 22 - 7 pm
Brooks Stadium - Conway, S.C.
TV: Mid-Atlantic Sports Network (MASN)

Coastal Carolina Football Game Notes (vs. Gardner-Webb)

Note: To hear more from Coach Bennett, join him and Matt Hogue each week at "Chanticleer Call-In," broadcast live from Logan's Roadhouse (in the restaurant district of Coastal Grand Mall) 6:30-7:30 pm each Thursday during the football season. For those unable to attend, the show can be heard locally on 93.9 FM ESPN "The Team" or world-wide on Fans can ask Coach Bennett questions by calling (866) 866-6562 or by emailing

Dushawn Davis (on moving on after Liberty and looking forward to Gardner-Webb): “We’re just trying to forget about last week and look toward to Gardner-Webb. We are just trying to forget about what happened last week. We are looking at everything on film, seeing where we made our mistakes, and trying to get better.”

Dushawn Davis (on Gardner-Webb): “From an offensive perspective, the defense looks pretty good. Not looking at their record, their defensive line goes hard every play. They seem like they are relentless. The secondary, they’re pretty good. They’ve got a kid that played last year that had two picks against us. They also have a transfer (from South Carolina) that plays safety back there. He’s a pretty good athlete. So, we are looking forward to playing against him.”

Dushawn Davis (on last week’s loss): “We look at every game pretty much the same. Even though it’s a conference game, we feel like we should go out there and execute our plays and execute against our opponents the same. It kind of hurt to lose to a good team, but we’re just trying to bounce back and hopefully make a run for the Big South.”

Desmond Steward (on moving on after Liberty and looking forward to Gardner-Webb): “As a team, we are just trying to forget about what happened last week and get ready for this week. We’ve been practicing really hard, watching film and doing the things we need to do to get better.”

Desmond Steward (on looking forward to the rest of the year): “You never know what could happen. We have to keep fighting as if our chances are still alive. Every day, we’ve got to keep fighting. All we can do is control what we can control – what’s left of our season.”

Desmond Steward (on Gardner-Webb): “From the defensive side, they have fast running backs and three different quarterbacks that can change the game. They run a zone scheme, so the linemen are very fast. Once they get their hands on you, you’re done. You have to play fast.”

Coach David Bennett (opening statement): “As we said all along, we knew it would be a great environment for our football game, and again, they have done an outstanding job up there (at Liberty). As their coach said after the game, that’s the best they’ve ever played. It might have been the worst we’ve ever played. If you put those two together, you don’t have a real good combination. It was kind of like a bad nightmare. I’m proud of our young men for not quitting. If we could have got that ball and got it within two scores, who knows what would have happened, but we didn’t do it. They played great – we did not.”

Coach David Bennett (on the upcoming Gardner-Webb game): “We get to play again this Saturday night, and hope people come out. It’s a seven o’clock kick-off (against) a Gardner-Webb team, that I promise you, will be hungry for a win. We beat them in overtime last year and they have played some tough teams. We’ll get their best shot. They’ve got a very good defensive front.”

Coach David Bennett (on injuries): “We’re banged up. We got some kids out. I told our staff, we believe in our coaches. We’ve got a heck of a staff here. We’ve recruited these young men, and, if it’s their chance to play, it’s their chance to play. But, we are missing some key guys. This time of year, for most teams, you’re going to have some people out. It just gives the next guy a chance to step up and play. David Duran, Jamie Childers, Corey Hawkins are out but hopefully we can get Jamel Davis back. We played (at Liberty) without Andrae Jacobs, who is the defensive player of the year. It would have been nice if Liberty would have played without (quarterback Mike Brown) the offensive player of the Year. We’ve got to play by committee. We’ve got to rise to the occasion.”

Coach David Bennett (on moving after a loss): “The real mark of who you are is how you respond after a loss. We can still have a great season. I think it’s in the back of your mind, but the quicker you can put it behind and move on to the next opponent, the better you are. You can’t just say, ‘we’re going to be ready to play Saturday.’ We’ve got to be ready and have a great day every day leading up to the game on Saturday.”



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