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December 11, 2012

Coastal Carolina football: Looking ahead to 2013

In today's paper, we heard from head coach Joe Moglia, offensive coordinator Dave Patenaude and defensive coordinator Clayton Carlin reflecting on Coastal Carolina's football season and looking ahead to next fall. 


Here's a further breakdown of the players the Chanticleers will return and the ones they must replace:


Key Losses

-QB Aramis Hillary: Runner-up for Big South Offensive Player of the Year honors, the veteran passed for 2,665 yards, 21 touchdowns and eight interceptions and rushed for 567 yards and four scores.

-C Pat Williams: Leader of an offensive line that helped CCU average 4.9 yards per carry and string off seven-straight 200-yard rushing games.

-RB Jeremy Height: Logged second-best rushing total in program history with 921 yards this season to go with 10 touchdowns.

-RB Marcus Whitener: Finished strong to tally 424 rushing yards and seven scores while averaging 6.8 yards per carry.

-TE David Duran: Couldn’t stay healthy enough to make a sustained impact in the passing game, but nonetheless goes down as one of the top tight ends in Big South history.

Key Returners

-QB Alex Ross: Made only one start as a redshirt-freshman, but in that start he passed for 342 yards and three touchdowns while rushing for 62 yards. Will take over for Hillary.

-WR Matt Hazel: Already the second-leading receiver in program history, turned in a career year as a junior with 61 catches for 799 yards and eight touchdowns.

-WR DeMario Bennett: Further established himself as a junior with 43 catches for 599 yards and seven scores.

-WR Niccolo Mastromatteo: Had 47 catches for 571 yards and three scores out of the slot in a breakout junior season.

-OL: Left tackle Chad Hamilton, left guard Jamey Cheatwood, right guard Mo Ashley, right tackle Drew Herring and top reserve Kevin Hart all return from a unit that produced consistently all season.

-RB Travis Small: Coastal’s leading rusher in 2011, he had just 37 attempts for 152 yards in 2012 but should get a chance to reestablish himself next fall as a senior.

-RB Lorenzo Taliaferro: Junior newcomer was solid while rushing for 357 yards and five touchdowns in 80 carries.


Key Losses

-DE Quinton Davis: Had team-high 4.5 sacks and finished with 7.5 tackles for loss.

-CB Dontavais Johnson: Led CCU with four interceptions and six pass break-ups.

-DT Johnny Hartsfield: First-team All-Big South force up front, helped pave the way for play-making linebackers.

-LB Andrae Jacobs: 2010 Big South Defensive Player of the Year had a reduced role, but he was nonetheless a presence in many ways for Chants -- including on special teams.

Key Returners

-LB Quinn Backus: Big South Defensive Player of the Year broke program record with 139 tackles while finishing with eight tackles for loss, two interceptions, three forced fumbles and two recovered as a sophomore.

-LB Mike McClure: Led team with 8.5 tackles for loss and ranked second with 92 tackles.

-S Johnnie Houston: Two-year starter made his mark in FCS playoff win over Bethune-Cookman and finished season with 53 stops, 5.5 tackles for loss, two picks and three forced fumbles.

-CB LaDarius Hawthorne: Emerged over second half of the season to log 65 tackles, three interceptions and six pass break-ups.

-S Pernell Williams: Had 59 stops and a pick while starting all 13 games.

-S Richie Sampson: Made three starts as a true freshman before season-ending injury.

-DT Jeffery Salley: Started all 13 games up front while notching three tackles for loss.

-S Tyler McCarthy: Made five starts replacing Sampson in the lineup and notched 51 tackles and four pass break-ups.

Special teams

Key Losses

-KR Tre Henderson: Averaged 27.1 yards per return and came close a couple times to breaking one for a score.

Key Returners

-PR Niccolo Mastromatteo: Big South’s all-time punt return leader averaged 11.4 yards per return with an 87-yarder for a touchdown.

-PK Alex Catron: Finished 9-of-12 on field goals and 46-of-48 on extra points.

-P Austin Cain: Two-year starter improved to 36.5 yards per punt this season.

| Ryan Young, ryoung@thesunnews.com



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