Chants still ranked in top 5; Brown, Henderson honored

ccufoot-27Coastal Carolina remained a consensus top five football program as the Chanticleers are ranked fifth in both the FCS Coaches poll and The Sports Network media poll.

After a 31-30 road win at North Carolina A&T, Coastal Carolina fell one spot to fifth in the FCS Coaches poll, while holding steady at fifth by The Sports Network.

Other Coastal Carolina opponents making an appearance in the national media poll include Furman (12th), Liberty (27th), North Carolina A&T (40th), Charleston Southern (41st), Florida A&M (49th-tied) and Gardner-Webb (49th-tied).

Brown, Henderson earn BSC honors

Coastal Carolina sophomores Devin Brown and De’Angelo Henderson were each honored by the Big South Conference for their performances in the Chanticleers’ 31-30 win at North Carolina A&T this past weekend. Brown was selected the Big South Special Teams Player of the Week, and Henderson was selected the Big South’s Choice Hotels Offensive Player of the Week.

With Coastal down six after a NC A&T touchdown midway through the fourth quarter, Brown returned the ensuing kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown. Alex Catron added the extra point to make the score 31-30, which proved to be the final score. The 99-yard return is the longest touchdown play in Coastal Carolina history and the third-longest in Big South history, preceded by only two 100-yard kick returns in the league in the past. Brown returned a kick 95 yards last season in a win versus VMI, previously the school record for long scoring play. Brown was named a first team All-Big South kick returner and Freshman All-American last season after setting a CCU single-season record with 632 kick return yards. He is just 552 yards shy of the CCU career record for kick return yards.

Henderson rushed for a career-high 131 yards on 19 attempts (6.9 avg.) with a touchdown versus a North Carolina A&T defense that led the NCAA FCS in rush defense last season (90.3 yards per game). He added four receptions for 28 yards, nearly matching his 2013 season total of four receptions for 39 yards in 15 games. Henderson was most effective on Coastal Carolina’s final drive. Starting on the CCU 14 with 4:08 left in the game and clinging to a one-point lead, Henderson had runs of 10 and 11 yards for first downs to start the drive and later had a six-yard run with 41 seconds left for a first down to seal the victory. All told, of Henderson’s 19 rushing attempts, the Summerville product had 10 runs that went for either a first down or a touchdown.

Brown ranks second in the NCAA FCS in kick returns, averaging 39.2 yards per attempt through two games, and 59th in the nation in all-purpose yards (114.5 yards per game).

Henderson has 219 rushing yards in two games, which ranks 16th-best in the NCAA FCS, and ranks 41st in the nation in all-purpose yards (129.0 yards per game).

Chants hold home opener

Coastal Carolina will play its 2014 home opener this Saturday, welcoming South Carolina State as part of Family Weekend. Kickoff at Brooks Stadium is set for 6 pm.

The Bulldogs, ranked as high as 33rd this week, are 1-1 following a 73-7 loss at Clemson last Saturday, were co-MEAC champions last season and played in the 2013 NCAA Division I FCS playoffs. Coastal is 3-0 all-time versus South Carolina State, including a hard-fought 27-20 Chanticleer victory in Orangeburg in the teams’ 2013 season opener.

This weekend’s game is approaching a sellout with approximately 500 tickets remaining. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.GoCCUSports.com /tickets or call the Athletics Department Ticket Office at 843-347-8499.

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