No. 5 Coastal faces FAMU; Henderson garners award

ccufoot-31Coastal Carolina’s rank in the two major NCAA FCS polls remained unchanged as the Chanticleers are fifth in both the FCS Coaches poll and The Sports Network media poll.

Coastal Carolina is coming off a 30-3 win over South Carolina State, which was 33rd in the Sports Network poll last week. The three points is the lowest production by a CCU opponent since the Chants defeated Catawba, 20-3, in week two of the 2011 season.

Coastal Carolina (3-0) will return to the road to face Florida A&M this Saturday (Sept. 20). Kickoff is set for 5 pm in Tallahassee. This will be the first meeting between Coastal Carolina and Florida A&M on the gridiron, but CCU’s third straight meeting versus a team from the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC). With wins at North Carolina A&T and versus South Carolina State in each of the last two weeks, Coastal is now 19-1 all-time versus schools from the MEAC.

Other Coastal Carolina opponents making an appearance in the national media poll include Furman (21st), Liberty (24th), Presbyterian (38th), Charleston Southern (41st), North Carolina A&T (43rd), South Carolina State (47th) and Gardner-Webb (51st).

Coastal Carolina is riding a three-game win streak and all six Big South programs are coming off victories this past weekend. Coastal Carolina is also one of 13 NCAA FCS schools – and three Big South schools – to not have a loss this season. The remaining 12 programs include Charleston Southern (3-0), Monmouth (2-0), Eastern Kentucky (3-0), Southern Illinois (3-0), North Dakota State (3-0), Sacred Heart (3-0), Bethune-Cookman (2-0), Albany (2-0), Illinois State (2-0), Texas Southern (3-0), Bucknell (2-0) and Bryant (3-0).

Henderson earns Big South honors

Coastal Carolina running back De’Angelo Henderson (Summerville, S.C.) was been named the Choice Hotels Big South Football Offensive Player of the Week for his performance in Saturday’s 30-3 victory over SC State.

Henderson rushed for 172 yards, two touchdowns and had 10 runs of seven yards or better, including six runs in double digits.  Henderson gained 122 yards on 15 carries in the first half alone and opened the game’s scoring with a 6-yard run on the Chanticleers’ first drive.  He added five carries for 50 yards in the third quarter, including a 32-yard TD run to clinch the game.  Henderson averaged 8.6 yards per rush in recording the seventh-highest single-game rushing total in school history.

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