3 Chants get last chance to play for Bennett in MB bowl

Three Chanticleers will get one last chance to play for fired Coastal Carolina football coach David Bennett in the FCS Senior Scout Bowl in Myrtle Beach on Saturday.

Coastal tight end/quarterback Jamie Childers and offensive linemen Tim Franklin and Bryan Brooks will participate in the second annual all-star showcase that kicks off at 1 p.m. at Doug Shaw Memorial Stadium.

All three will play for the South squad that will be coached by Bennett, who opted to continue his participation in the game despite his reassignment last Friday.

Marcus Lott, the 2011 Big South Football Scholar-Athlete of the Year and second team Academic All-America, was set to play in the all-star game, but an injury suffered during the season is keeping him on the sideline.

Approximately 85 players from the NCAA FCS level will participate in this year’s game, featuring a North versus South format.

Childers was a valuable and versatile weapon for the Chanticleer offense this past season, earning second team All-Big South honors as a tight end. He contributed both at tight end and quarterback, playing a key role in the Chants closing the season with three straight wins.

After missing three-plus games with a knee injury, Childers returned to the field for Senior Day, Nov. 5. He would start the game at tight end, but would be forced to move to quarterback after Aramis Hillary was injured. With under five minutes to play, Childers completed a 35-yard, game-winning touchdown pass to DeMario Bennett.

The following week, Childers caught four passes for 92 yards and two scores at Charleston Southern, including what proved to be the game winner. In the season finale at Western Carolina, Childers only caught two passes for 39 yards before leaving the game with an injury. However, he did give Coastal a 7-0 lead with a 15-yard TD reception.

For the season, Childers caught 11 passes for 233 yards, averaging a school-record 21.2 yards per reception with three touchdowns. As a quarterback, he completed 15-of-38 passes for 209 yards with two TDs and no interceptions. For his career, Childers had 30 receptions for 451 yards (15.0 avg.) and four touchdowns. At quarterback, he completed 48-of-108 passes for 545 yards with five TDs, while having 91 rushing attempts for 280 yards and four scores.

Franklin, who was named second team All-Big South, led the team with 66 knock-down blocks and started all 11 games in 2011, including seven at right guard and three at left guard. He is Coastal’s most versatile lineman, also spelling Pat Williams at center from time-to-time over the past two seasons. He ended his career starting 34 straight games, including 13 at right guard, 11 at left tackle, eight at left guard and two at center.

Brooks started all 11 games at right tackle this past season and has started each of his final 37 games (dating back to his final three games as a freshman) at right tackle. He is one of just three Chants to play all 46 CCU games over the last four seasons. Brooks tied for the team lead for best grade-out for the season.

Both Franklin and Brooks have played key roles in numerous offensive highlights over the past three seasons. In 2009, the paved the way for All-American Tommy Fraser as the Chants ranked 37th in the nation in rushing. In 2010, Coastal led the Big South and ranked third in the NCAA in fewest sacks allowed (0.58 per game), allowing just seven sacks for the 12-game season. Their protection allowed Zach MacDowall to rank 19th in the nation in total offense while the Chants ranked 29th nationally in passing offense. MacDowall additionally set CCU career records for pass completion percentage (59.4) and pass efficiency (133.5), while Eric O’Neal set a CCU single-season record with 179 rushing attempts and a CCU career mark for all-purpose yards (2,939).

This past season, Coastal once again led the Big South and ranks 13th nationally in fewest sacks allowed (1.0 per game), allowing just 11 for the year. Their blocking helped Aramis Hillary lead the Big South, rank 10th in the NCAA and set a CCU single-season record in pass completion percentage (65.5). Hillary was also 19th nationally in pass efficiency (146.51) while the Chants finished 22nd in the stat as a team (144.11).

The 2011 FCS Senior Scout Bowl game broadcast will be Live on HTC Cable Channel 4 in the Myrtle Beach area, but stream worldwide on HTC’s website, www.HTCNetRacer.net.

Photo courtesy of CCU Athletics

 

 

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