Coastal stays atop one poll, tumbles to No. 3 in another

ccufoot-Ryan Granger vs PCAfter a 6-0 start to the 2015 season and 24-17 win over Presbyterian College to open Big South play this past Saturday, the Coastal Carolina football team held its #1 ranking in the FCS Coaches’ poll for the sixth consecutive week. However, despite receiving 30 first-place votes by the national media, the Chanticleers fell one spot to third in the STATS FCS Top 25.

It was also announced Monday that Coastal Carolina kicker Ryan Granger (North Charleston/Fort Dorchester HS) was named both the STATS FCS National Special Teams Player of the Week and Big South Special Teams Player of the Week. Granger scored 16 points in the win versus the Blue Hose as he scored a 4-yard rushing touchdown, made three field goals and connected on his lone extra point attempt.

After going down 3-0 late in the first quarter, Coastal opened the second quarter with a fake field goal to open the second period. The Chanticleers were lined up for a field goal attempt, but holder Tyler Keane took the snap and ran an option play to the left. As a defender started to close in, Keane pitched the ball to Granger, who scampered four yards for the touchdown.

Granger later added field goals covering 38-yards and 47-yards, the latter being a season long, as junior accounted for all 12 CCU points in the 12-3 halftime score. Late in the third quarter, Granger gave Coastal a 17-10 lead after splitting the uprights from 22 yards out. He then provided CCU’s 24th and final point by making his lone extra point attempt of the game.

This is the second time this season a Coastal Carolina player has been named National Special Teams Player of the Week and the fourth time in six weeks a Chant has been selected Big South Special Teams Player of the Week. Devin Brown was named both the national and conference Special Teams Player of the Week for his performance versus Western Illinois, while he additionally earned the conference honor in a week one in at Furman. Evan Rabon was named the Big South Special Teams Player of the Week for his performance in week two at South Carolina State.

Photo courtesy of CCU Athletics

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