Nov. 19, 2013
CONWAY - For the second time in two years, Coastal Carolina head football coach Joe Moglia has been named a finalist for the Eddie Robinson Award, presented by The Sports Network to the FCS National Coach of the Year. (See bottom for complete list of finalists.)
Voting for the Eddie Robinson Award will reflect only regular-season results and will be conducted by a national panel of sports information and media relations directors, broadcasters, writers and other dignitaries. The winner will be announced at The Sports Network FCS Awards Banquet and Presentation to be held Dec. 16 in Philadelphia.
The winners of the three FCS player awards - the Walter Payton (FCS outstanding player), the Buck Buchanan (FCS outstanding defensive player) and the Jerry Rice (FCS freshman of the year) - also will be announced at the national banquet.
Coastal senior tailback Lorenzo Taliaferro is a candidate for the Walter Payton Award and junior linebacker Quinn Backus is a candidate for the Buck Buchanan Award, making the Chanticleers one of three programs - with Eastern Washington and North Dakota State - to have candidates for the Robinson, Payton and Buchanan Awards.
Moglia (18-6 overall and 9-2 in Big South games in two seasons) has led Coastal to a pair of Big South titles and the Chanticleers have been ranked among the nation's top 25 all season, climbing to a pro-gram and Big South best ranking of third for three weeks. Coastal is one of six teams in the FCS with 10 wins this season, posting a 10-1 mark overall.
The Chanticleers are enjoying a record-breaking season and are among the nation's top offenses this season.
With 46 points and six touchdowns scored this past Saturday versus Presbyterian, Coastal has now:
scored 510 points, setting a Big South record. The previous mark was 494 by Stony Brook in 2011.
scored 68 touchdowns, setting a Big South record. The previous mark was 66 by Stony Brook in 2011.
is averaging 45.5 points per game and is on pace to set a Big South record. Current mark is 42.6 ppg by Liberty in 2007.
scored 65 offensive touchdowns, setting a Big South record. The previous mark was 61 by Stony Brook in 2011.
scored 41 rushing touchdowns, setting a Big South record. The previous mark was 41 by Stony Brook in 2011.
scored 40-plus points in eight games, setting a big South record. The previous mark was seven by Stony Brook in 2011.
In the FCS - Big South statistics, Coastal ranks:
1st - 1st in third down conversions (.546, 77-of-141)
1st - 1st in fourth down conversions (.857, 6-of-7)
1st - 1st in red zone offense (.940, scored on 63-of-67 times in the red zone)
1st - 1st in fewest turnovers committed (9 total)
1st - 1st in fewest tackles for loss allowed (3.45 per game)
3rd - 1st in rushing (283.9 ypg)
3rd - 1st in scoring offense (45.5 ppg)
3rd - 1st in fewest fumbles lost (3 total)
4th - 1st in first downs (289 total)
8th - 1st in total offense (512.5 ypg)
9th - 1st in passing efficiency (155.93 rating)
14th - 1st fewest passes intercepted (6)
16th - 1st in completion percentage (.652, 193-of-296)
Coastal will conclude the regular season at #11/12 South Carolina this Saturday (Nov. 23). Kickoff at Williams-Brice Stadium is set for 1 pm.
2013 Eddie Robinson Award Finalists
Dino Babers, Eastern Illinois - No. 2-ranked Panthers have captured the outright Ohio Valley Conference championship and its automatic playoff bid, beaten FBS San Diego State and have not lost to an FCS opponent. 2013 Records: 10-1, 7-0 OVC.
Beau Baldwin, Eastern Washington - No. 3 Eagles have won the Big Sky Conference title and its automatic playoff bid and defeated FBS Oregon State. 2013 Records: 9-2, 7-0 Big Sky.
Craig Bohl, North Dakota State - The 2012 Eddie Robinson Award winner guides the two-time defending FCS champion Bison - the only unbeaten team in the FCS, a winner over FBS Kansas State and headed to the playoffs as the Missouri Valley Football Conference champion. 2013 Records: 10-0, 7-0 Missouri Valley.
Jamey Chadwell, Charleston Southern - One of only six FCS teams with 10 wins, the 18th-ranked Buccaneers can clinch the Big South Conference's automatic playoff bid with a win this weekend. 2013 Records: 10-2, 3-1 Big South.
Jack Cosgrove, Maine - Picked eighth in the CAA Football preseason poll, the fourth-ranked Black Bears have won the conference title and its automatic playoff bid, beating FBS Massachusetts along the way. 2013 Records: 10-1, 7-0 CAA.
Bruce Fowler, Furman - Picked seventh in the Southern Conference's two preseason polls, the Paladins have a chance to share the title and earn the conference's automatic playoff bid. 2013 Records: 6-5, 5-2 Southern.
Jay Hopson, Alcorn State - In his second season at Alcorn State as the only white head football coach in Southwestern Athletic Conference history, Hopson has led a five-win improvement from 2012 and handed Jackson State its only conference loss. 2013 Records: 9-3, 7-2 SWAC.
Russ Huesman, Tennessee at Chattanooga - No. 23 Mocs have clinched a share of the Southern Conference title, beaten FBS transitioning Georgia State and hope to earn their first playoff bid since 1984. 2013 Records: 8-3, 6-2 Southern.
Bobby Lamb, Mercer - First-year program has posted four- and five-game winning streaks and is one final Pioneer Football League victory away from a 10-win campaign. 2013 Records: 9-2, 5-2 Pioneer.
Ed Lamb, Southern Utah - After being picked ninth in both Big Sky Conference preseason polls, the 20th-ranked Thunderbirds have gone out and tied the school record for wins in a season, beaten FBS South Alabama and are in contention for their first-ever FCS playoff bid. 2013 Records: 8-3, 5-2 Big Sky.
Jimmye Laycock, William & Mary - No. 19 Tribe have fueled a five-win improvement from 2012 with the nation's stingiest scoring defense and are battling in CAA Football for an FCS playoff bid. 2013 Records: 7-4, 4-3 CAA.
Joe Moglia, Coastal Carolina - After guiding the school's first playoff win last season, the second-year coach hopes to take the No. 11 Chanticleers back to the playoffs with the Big South Conference's automatic bid. 2013 Records: 10-1, 4-1 Big South.
Joe Moorhead, Fordham - No. 12 Rams won their first 10 games, including against FBS Temple, and hope to secure an FCS playoff bid as a Patriot League at-large selection. 2013 Record: 10-1.
Mark Nofri, Sacred Heart - Playoff-bound champion Pioneers were picked last in the Northeast Conference, but have improved by eight wins while winning the title this season. 2013 Records: 10-2, 4-2 Northeast.
Jim Parady, Marist - With a school-record eight wins, the Red Foxes have earned a share of their first Pioneer Football League championship and are awaiting a tiebreaker to decide the league's automatic playoff bid. 2013 Records: 8-3, 7-1 Pioneer.
Buddy Pough, South Carolina State - The Bulldogs have rebounded from their only losing record in Pough's 12 seasons, hoping a ninth win this weekend will earn them the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference title and a playoff bid. 2013 Records: 8-3, 6-1 MEAC.
Rod Reed, Tennessee State - No. 25 Tigers have used a dominant defense to finish second in the competitive Ohio Valley Conference and hope nine wins will lead to their first playoff bid since 1999. 2013 Records: 9-3, 6-2 OVC.
Ron Roberts, Southeastern Louisiana - After being picked fifth in the Southland Conference preseason coaches poll, the No. 8 Lions have clinched at least a share of the conference title and earned its automatic playoff bid during an eight-game winning streak. 2013 Records: 9-2, 6-0 Southland.
Bob Surace, Princeton - In joining the Top 25 for the first time since 2006, the No. 22 Tigers have smashed Ivy League offensive records and would clinch an outright league title with a ninth straight win this weekend. 2013 Records: 8-1, 6-0 Ivy.
Matt Viator, McNeese State - No. 6 Cowboys have never had a losing record in Viator's eight seasons, and a first playoff bid since 2009 would build on a season that includes the Southland Conference squad's win over FBS South Florida. 2013 Records: 9-2, 5-1 Southland.
Eric Wolford, Youngstown State - No. 15 Penguins from the Missouri Valley Football Conference ran off a six-game winning streak and are in contention for their first FCS playoff bid since 2006. 2013 Records: 8-3, 5-2 Missouri Valley.