Coastal’s offensive line gets rare Big South weekly honor

After a record-setting performance at Elon, Coastal Carolina’s offensive line – Chad Hamilton (LT), Jamey Cheatwood (LG), Kevin Hart (C), Mo Ashley (RG) and Drew Herring (RT) – has been named the Big South Choice Hotels Offensive Player of the Week.

The unit helped the Chanticleers roll up a school-record 652 yards of offense (355 rushing, 297 passing) and average 7.5 yards per play in CCU’s 53-28 win at Elon. The 652 yards of total offense is the third-highest offensive output against an FCS opponent in Big South history and the 10th-best single-game total in the NCAA FCS this season.

The line paved the way for running back Lorenzo Taliaferro, who rushed for 205 yards and three scores, and did not allow a sack as quarterback Alex Ross amassed 382 yards of offense (297 passing and 85 rushing) while accounting for four touchdowns. Also, De’Angelo Henderson gained 34 yards – averaging 5.7 per carry – with a touchdown as CCU has had at least four rushing TDs in each of the last four games.

Coastal scored on eight of its 14 possessions at Elon and surpassed 50 points, 300 rushing yards and 500 offensive yards for the third consecutive game.

This marks the first time in Big South history and offensive line has been honored by the league and just the second time a group has been named the Big South Offensive Player of the Week and both have involved the Chanticleers.

In the second week of the 2005 season, The entire CCU offense was named Big South Offensive Player of the Week after upsetting then #1 James Madison, 31-27. A group has been tabbed Big South Defensive Player of the Week on four occasions, including CCU’s defense after a 70-3 victory over Charleston Southern in 2010.

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