Taliaferro racks up honors as Chants await Gamecocks

ccufoot-taliaferroOn par with his record-setting season, Coastal Carolina tailback and Walter Payton Award candidate Lorenzo Taliaferro tied a league record by earning the Choice Hotels Big South Offensive Player of the Week for a fifth time this season.

Liberty’s Mike Brown (2010) is the only other offensive conference student-athlete to be a five-time weekly award honoree in one season. However, two Chanticleers have been five-time weekly honorees. Linebacker Quinn Backus – a three-time honoree this season – set a league record last season by being a five-time Big South Defensive Player of the Week and CCU placekicker Josh Hoke (2005) is the only conference student-athlete to be a five-time Big South Special Teams Player of the Week in one season.

Taliaferro rushed 16 times for 132 yards and two touchdowns in Coastal’s victory over Presbyterian College. He had no negative rushing yards and averaged 8.6 yards per carry in playing just the first half. Half of his rushes went for either a first down or touchdown and he gained 90 yards on his first seven attempts. Taliaferro’s two TD runs were from three yards and one yard and the scores broke two more Big South records, as he is now the single-season leader for points (144) and overall touchdowns (24). earlier this season he broke the Big South single-season mark for rushing TDs, now with 23.

In the NCAA FCS statistics, Taliaferro ranks second in scoring (13.1 ppg) and rushing TDs (23), fourth in rushing yards per game (133.3) and fifth in rushing yards (1,466).

Taliaferro and the Chants step out of FCS play this weekend to face South Carolina for the first time in program history. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. at Williams-Brice Stadium.

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