Nov. 4, 2013
CONWAY - Coastal Carolina running back Lorenzo Taliaferro has been named the Choice Hotels Big South Football Offensive Player of the Week, while Chanticleers' linebacker Mike McClure has been selected as Defensive Player of the Week and running back De'Angelo Henderson is The Crons Brand Freshman of the Week.
Taliaferro, a Walter Payton Award candidate, rushed 24 times for 139 yards and three touchdowns in Coastal's 50-25 victory over Charlotte. He extended his Big South record for most 3-TD games in a season to five, and matched the Big South single-season record for rushing touchdowns with 21. Taliaferro gave CCU a 7-0 lead in the first quarter with runs of 10, 8, 7 and the final 5-yarder for the TD. He later capped a 72-yard drive with a 3-yard score with 1:30 left in the second quarter to give the Chants a 12-point lead at halftime. On Coastal's final drive of the third quarter which extended into the fourth, Taliaferro's 4-yard run put the game out of reach. He had runs of 5, 10, 16, 15, 10 and the final 4-yarder during the drive.
Below is where Taliaferro ranks in the NCAA FCS and Big South in key statistical categories:
2nd - 1st in rushing TDs (21 total)
2nd - 1st in scoring (14.7 ppg)
3rd - 1st in rushing yards per game (139.0 ypg)
3rd - 1st in total rushing yards (1,251 total)
10th - 1st in all-purpose yards (149.89 ypg)
19th - 1st in points responsible for (132 total)
24th - 2nd (behind teammate Alex Ross) in points responsible for per game (14.7 ppg)
Taliaferro, who has seven of the school's top 19 single-game rushing performances, has already broken several CCu and Big South single-season records and is within reach of numerous more. With three regular-season game left, Taliaferro's:
1,251 yards is a CCU record and ranks 10th on the Big South single-season list
21 rushing TDs is a CCU and Big South single-season record
5 games with at least 3 TDs is a CCU and Big South record for both rushing and total
132 points scored is a CCU record and ranks second Big South single-season list (record is 138 by Stony Brook's Miguel Maysonet in 2012)
22 total TDs is a CCU record and ranks second Big South single-season list (record is 23 by Miguel Maysonet in 2012)
139.0 rushing yards per game is a CCU record and ranks second on the Big South single-season list (record is 151.1 by Maysonet in 2012)
6 multi-rushing TD games is a CCU record and ties for second on the Big South single-season list (record is 8 by Maysonet in 2012)
7 multi-total TD games is a CCU record and ties for second on the Big South single-season list (record is 9 by Maysonet in 2012)
7 100-plus yard rushing games is a CCu record and ranks 4th on the Big South single-season list (record is 9 by Liberty's Rashad Jennings in 2008). (NOTE: Taliaferro gained 99 in playing JUST the first half versus Hampton).
McClure, who ranks fifth in the league in tackles, registered 11 total tackles (five solo, six assisted) and 2.5 tackles-for-loss for the Chanticleers. It marked the third time this season the senior has tallied double-digit tackles in a game. He teamed with Calvin Hollenborst to drop Charlotte's running back for a 1-yard loss on 1st-and-10 on the CCU 15-yard line and Charlotte would be forced to kick a field goal. McClure added solo TFLs in the second and fourth quarters.
Henderson rushed 10 times for 117 yards and a touchdown against Charlotte. He had a 31-yard run on the opening drive of the game and later had a 21-yard scamper during Coastal's fourth scoring drive. Henderson had gains of 10 and 23 yards on the opening drive of the third quarter to break the 100-yard mark, and he ended that drive with a 2-yard TD run.