No. 3 Coastal gets TV time; Brown, Church net honors

With each of the nation’s top six team winning this past weekend, the top of the FCS football polls remained the same with Coastal Carolina holding down the third spot in the FCS Coaches Poll and the six spot in The Sports Network Poll.

Also in the national rankings, CCU Nov. 9 opponent Charleston Southern is ranked in both polls for the first time this season, coming in a 18th by the coaches and 24th by the national media, while earlier CCU foes South Carolina State and Eastern Kentucky are both receiving votes.

In addition to welcoming first-year program Charlotte to Brooks Stadium, Coastal Carolina will be welcoming back its alumni for Homecoming and, prior to the game, the Department of Athletics will induct Ashleigh Gunning (women’s soccer), Patrick Hall (football), Chasity Johnson (track & field) and Jack Leasure (men’s basketball) into its Sasser Hall of Fame. The Hall of Famers will also be recognized at halftime.

Kickoff for Saturday’s game is set for 3 pm and the contest will be televised on WFXB (Myrtle Beach), WOLO (Columbia) and WCCB (Charlotte).

* Thanks to a 95-yard kickoff return for a touchdown this past Saturday versus VMI, Coastal Carolina redshirt freshman Devin Brown was named the Big South Special Teams Player of the Week and the College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) National Kick Returner of the Week.

Brown (Charleston, S.C./James Island Charter School) returned four kickoffs for 140 yards (35.0 average) against VMI, including a 95-yarder for a touchdown.  Following a VMI field goal that made the score 38-27 midway through the third quarter, Brown returned the ensuing kickoff 95 yards for a score – the longest scoring play in Coastal history. Brown is one of just 28 players in the FCS to return a kickoff for a touchdown this season season and his 140 kick return yards rank fourth on the CCU single-game list.

In addition to Brown being recognized, Michael Church was named Big South Offensive Player of the Week by College Sports Madness. Making his first collegiate start, the Kannapolis, N.C., native and A.L. Brown High product completed 12-of-15 passes for 164 yards with three touchdowns and zero interceptions. Church entered the game with zero pass attempts in five previous games and two rush attempts for minus eight yards. He completed his first seven passes over his first two drives.

Photo courtesy of CCU Athletics

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