Backus wins one for thumb; Moglia up for coach of year

Coastal Carolina sophomore Quinn Backus has been named the Big South Defensive Player of the Week for a record fifth time, the league announced today, after a record-setting performance in the Chanticleers’ 41-20 win over Charleston Southern to lock up Coastal’s fifth Big South title and third NCAA Championship berth.

Backus becomes the first student-athlete in Big South history to win either offensive or defensive football player of the week honors five times in one season. (Coastal Carolina’s Josh Hoke was a five-time Big South Special Teams Player of the Week honoree in 2005.) Over his 11 games, Backus is also a two-time National Defensive Player of the Week honoree.

This past Saturday, Backus may have saved his best for last as the Greenwood native tallied a career-high 16 tackles. He now has 123 tackles in 11 games this season, breaking the CCU single-season record of 116 stops set in a 12-game 2006 season by Jamar Leath. Backus added two tackles for loss, an interception and a forced fumble. The interception came on the first drive of the game and the forced fumble came on Charleston Southern’s second drive.

Backus ranks 10th in the nation and second in the Big South in tackles this season. He is the only player in the Big South to rank among the league’s top 10 in tackles (2nd, 123), sacks (ninth, 2.5), tackles for losses (fifth, 8.0), fumbles forced (first, 3/0.27 avg.), fumbles received (third, 2/0.18 avg.) and interceptions (fifth, 2).

Backus and the Chanticleers will play Bethune-Cookman in the first round of the FCS Playoffs on Saturday, Nov. 24 at 2 pm in Daytona Beach, Fla., at Municipal Stadium.

* First year Coastal Carolina head football coach Joe Moglia is one of 20 finalists for the Eddie Robinson Award, given annually to the top NCAA FCS coach by The Sports Network.

Many of the 20 finalists for the Eddie Robinson Award led their respective team to a conference championship.  Others raised their teams from the depths of their conference. Some of the success was expected and the teams didn’t buckle under the pressure. Others weren’t expected and the teams rose up to the challenge.

Each is a different scenario, but all are inspiring for the finalists who on Monday were named to the ballot for the National Coach of the Year in the Football Championship Subdivision

Coastal Carolina is 7-4 and was co-Big South Champion as CCU, Stony Brook and Liberty each finished with 5-1 records. The Chanticleers additionally earned the league’s automatic berth to the NCAA Championship, facing Bethune-Cookman this Saturday in Daytona Beach, Fla., at 2 pm.

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