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August 20, 2013

CCU football releases final preseason depth chart

The Coastal Carolina football team released its final preseason depth chart Tuesday, revealing the outcome of most of its key position battles. 

Junior Denzel Rice and redshirt-freshman Samson Baldwin won the starting cornerback jobs, sophomore defensive end Calvin Hollenhorst won the starting left defensive end job and sophomore Marcus Crowder won a starting defensive tackle job. 

No real surprises anywhere. Sophomore Craig Weick is going to open the season as the starting tight end, though sophomore Thomas Pauciello -- who boasts more game experience -- has been slowed by injury all month and should eventually carve out a significant role.

Sophomore Tyrell Blanks, meanwhile, will handle kickoffs -- that was not previously known.

Also, the coaches have not yet designated a backup quarterback.

There will be a full story on MyrtleBeachOnline.com with quotes from the coordinators and head coach Joe Moglia, but here is a quick look at the starting lineup as it stands now. Next to each player's name is how many career games/starts he has to this point.


TE Craig Weick, 6-5, 215, SO (6 GP/0 Starts)

LT Chad Hamilton, 6-3, 305, JR (23/16)

LG Jamey Cheatwood, 6-5, 300, SR (30/29)

C Kevin Hart, 6-2, 260, JR (24/6)

RG Mo Ashley, 6-4, 320, JR (24/13)

RT Drew Herring, 6-3, 310, SR (35/13)

WR Matt Hazel, 6-3, 190, SR (36/25)

SLOT Niccolo Mastromatteo, 5-9, 180, SR (34/10)

WR DeMario Bennett, 6-2, 190, SR (32/13)

QB Alex Ross, 6-1, 200, SO (7/1)

RB Lorenzo Taliaferro, 6-2, 230, SR (12/3


DE Dominique Whiteside, 6-3, 240, SR (30/0)

DT Jeffery Salley, 5-8, 265, SR (26/15)

DT Marcus Crowder, 6-1, 290, SO (13/0)

DE Calvin Hollenhorst, 6-2, 240, SO (3/0)

SAM Mike McClure, 6-0, 215, SR (31/13)

MIKE Quinn Backus, 5-10, 205, JR (23/13)

CB Samson Baldwin, 5-10, 185, R-FR (0/0)

WHIP Johnnie Houston, 6-1, 210, SR (33/23)

FS Richie Sampson, 6-1, 190, SO (8/3)

SS LaDarius Hawthorne, 5-9, 180, SR (24/8)

CB Denzel Rice, 6-1, 190, JR (21/1)


KO Alex Catron, 6-2, 170, JR (21)

PK Alex Catron

H Austin Cain, 6-0, 200, JR (24)

LS Shane Ballard, 6-4, 210, JR (24)

P Austin Cain

KOR Tyrell Blanks, 6-0, 160, SO (13)

PR Niccolo Mastromatteo

| Ryan Young, ryoung@thesunnews.com



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