Coastal’s Backus racks up on awards in Furman win

Coastal Carolina All-American linebacker Quinn Backus has picked up a pair of honors and Alex Scearce was recognized by the Big South after their play in helping the 22nd-ranked Chanticleers to a 35-28 win over Furman this past Saturday.

Backus (Greenwood, S.C.) was named the Big South Defensive Player of the Week and was one of five players named a National All-Star (two on offense, two on defense and one on special teams) by College Sporting News. Scearce, a safety from Huntersville, N.C., was tabbed the Big South Freshman of the Week.

Backus recorded 15 tackles, including nine solo, with a three-yard tackle for loss, an interception and two pass breakups versus the Paladins. The junior set the tone early by picking off a pass on Furman’s opening drive, marking his third career interception. In the second quarter, Backus had a three-yard tackle for loss on third-and-two from the CCU 17. Furman would be forced to kick a field goal, which sailed wide left.

Early in the third quarter, with Furman facing third-and-19, Backus made a big hit on receiver Gary Robinson, who dropped the ball for Backus’ first pass breakup. Then on 4th-and-20 on Furman’s final offensive play, Backus nearly picked off a pass, but ultimately recorded his second PBU to seal the victory.

Ironically, Backus was also the league’s Defensive Player of the Week in Coastal’s 47-45 triple overtime win at Furman last season. He would go on to set a league record by being named Big South Defensive Player of the Week five times, be a three-time National Defensive Player of the Week honoree, the 2012 Big South Defensive Player of the Year and All-American.

Scearce, getting his second career start, tallied seven tackles to receive the league’s Freshman of the Week honor. He had four solo and three assists and his seven total stops tied for the third-best total on the team.

Coastal Carolina will travel to Eastern Kentucky this Saturday. Kickoff at Roy Kidd Stadium in Richmond, Ky., is set for 6 pm.

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