CCU football gets back to routine for season opener

The Coastal Carolina football team shifted gears into regular-season mode Tuesday with its 2017 season opener only 11 days away

The Chants held their 20th practice early Tuesday morning, but this one was a bit different from the previous 19. After taking off Monday for the first day of school, they started their regular routine that will carry the team through its first season as members of the Sun Belt Conference and the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS).

“The goal for the next two weeks is attack, attack, attack,” said senior defensive lineman Dwayne Price. “We now have classes and a lot of other things going on outside of football. We have been preparing all year for this and nothing will derail us towards our mission as we make this move up in competition and conference.”

More importantly, the team started to shift its focus to its season and home opener on Sept. 2 versus UMass (7:00 pm kickoff). While Coastal is just 9-5 in season openers, CCU has won each of its last six lid lifters. The Chanticleers are an impressive 11-3 when playing their home opener and are riding a five-game win streak in such contests. However, the UMass game will mark just the fifth time in program history Coastal has played at home for its season opener, going 3-1 in such games.

Photo courtesy of CCU Athletics

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