Coastal’s Ross, Hartsfield earn weekly league honors

Coastal Carolina backup quarterback Alex Ross was named the Big South Conference’s Freshman of the Week and teammate Johnny Hartsfield was named the league’s Special Teams Player of the Week following the Chanticleers’ 55-33 victory over Gardner-Webb on Saturday.

Ross, a redshirt-freshman making his first career start for the injured Aramis Hillary, was 16-of-30 passing for 342 yards and three touchdowns in Coastal’s win at Gardner-Webb.  He added 62 rushing yards to finish with a Big South freshman-record 404 yards of offense.

Ross completed the longest and eighth-longest touchdown passes in Coastal history, connecting on an 81-yard pass play with Niccolo Mastromatteo in the third quarter, just after a 60-yard hook-up with DeMario Bennett late in the second quarter.

Hartsfield blocked Gardner-Webb’s second PAT attempt in the first quarter that kept the Chanticleers within seven points at the time and would prove key as Coastal Carolina grabbed a late 34-33 lead in the third quarter.  Hartsfield added three tackles and a pass break-up on defense.

Coastal almost ran the table on the league’s weekly awards. Also nominated for Offensive Player of the Week was CCU receiver Niccolo Mastromatteo and Quinn Backus was once again up for Defensive Player of the Week.

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