Moglia still mum on Chants’ starting quarterback vs. VMI

Just when it looked like Coastal Carolina might get a much-needed breather against lowly VMI on Saturday, the No. 3-ranked Chanticleers find themselves in a quarterback crisis.

Well, not so much a crisis as an opportunity, according to eternaly optimistic coach Joe Moglia, who not only sees the glass as half full but also seems to be walking on water on the CCU campus these days. With starter Alex Ross sitting out with a foot injury, Moglia may need to work some magic on his backup.

Moglia is keeping his decision close to the vest between senior Brian Kass, sophomore Michael Church and redshirt freshman Dalton Demos. All three have one thing in common: They have thrown a combined four passes for the Chanticleers (7-0 overall, 2-0 Big South Conference) this season, going 2-for-4 for 30 yards in mop-up duty.

“Their performance will determine how we want to approach things in the game,” Moglia said. “If one of our guys is doing well, I would assume we let him continue to play. If the guy wasn’t doing particularly well, we will have another guy to go to. So these are decisions we make on the run. We will have a plan and right now all three will should be ready to play, but they are decisions we make on the run.”

The good news is whichever one gets the starting nod probably won’t have to throw a pass. VMI comes in at just 1-6 on the season and has been destroyed on the ground. Coastal’s Walter Payton Award Watch List candidate Lorenzo Taliaferro should have a field day if one of the three can successfully hand the ball off to him.

Coastal Carolina has won the last four meetings with the Keydets. The Keydets last defeated the Chanticleers in 2008, a 47-20 victory in Lexington.  VMI’s last win at Coastal Carolina was in 2003 (19-10).

Photo courtesy of CCU Athletics

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