Chants end opening week, lose TE Pauciello for year

ccu-PaucielloThe Coastal Carolina football program, ranked fifth in the FCS Coaches preseason poll, has six practices under its belt in preparation for the 2015 season and will have seven by the end of the day Saturday.

The Chanticleers had its first day in full pads Saturday morning and will return for an evening session for the program’s lone two-a-day practice of fall camp.

“I was not sure how today would go as this was our first morning practice and putting on full pads,” said fourth year head coach Joe Moglia. “However, the team delivered today. We had a great practice and this first week has been encouraging. We’ve had good focus and are doing well with the details. While this morning was a positive, it will mean little if we do not carry it over to tonight’s practice and beyond. We talk a lot about compounding so it is critical that we continue to build and learn each day.”

After practice, Coach Moglia announced to the team that senior tight end Thomas Pauciello will miss the season due to a knee injury suffered during practice earlier in the week. Pauciello redshirted in 2011 and would have to apply to the NCAA for a sixth year of eligibility.

Pauciello ranks 10th in the Big South’s career list for receptions by a tight end (30 for 441 yards) and his six career receiving touchdowns is 10th on the CCU all-time list.

The Chants return to practice next week in preparation for their Sept. 5 season opener at Furman.

Photo courtesy of CCU Athletics

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