CSU vs. CCU Game NotesNovember 18, 2008
By CSU Sports Information
The Buccaneers and the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers continue their Big South tradition of matching up in their final game of the season. Saturday’s meeting will mark the sixth consecutive season that Coastal Carolina has been the final opponent for CSU. It is also the sixth overall meeting, with CCU holding a 4-1 advantage in the all-time series. The Bucs lone victory came in their final game of the 2005 season, when they prevailed 34-27, securing part of their only Big South Conference title.
The Chants beat the Bucs to close last season on a sour note, winning 41-2 at CSU Stadium. Other victories for CCU: 2003 - 48-14; 2004 - 56-28; 2006 - 31-17. The Bucs secured their second perfect (5-0) home season with a 48-6 rout of Edward Waters last Saturday. The Chants also improved to 6-5 with a 21-13 victory over Presbyterian. The winner today will boast a winning season, which would be the third in four years for CSU.
CSU Game Notes
Free Live Audio
Live Video (Subscription Required)
Charleston Southern is now 4-14 all-time in season-openers, including a 1-12 mark on the road. They have opened each of the last six seasons away from home.
Buccaneer’s Year-By-Year Season-Opener Results
1991 at Methodist L 8-18
1992 Methodist W 20-19
1993 at Morgan State L 20-54
1994 at Presbyterian L 34-38
1995 at Chattanooga L 0-41
1996 at Presbyterian L 26-34
1997 at East Tennessee State L 7-30
1998 South Carolina State L 7-17
1999 at South Carolina State L 14-20
2000 Guilford W 58-0
2001 North Greenville W 38-0
2002 VMI L 24-27
2003 at The Citadel L 10-64
2004 at Presbyterian L 14-19
2005 at The Citadel L 28-14
2006 at Presbyterian W 21-13
2007 at The Citadel L 14-35
2008 at Miami (Fla.) L 7-52
The Bucs have won 23 of their last 28 home games over the past four-plus years, including a perfect 5-0 this season. CSU had a 12-game home winning streak, stretching from Oct. 15, 2005 to Oct. 20, 2007. The streak was the second-longest in the nation at the time it ended and matched the longest home run in Big South history. Coastal Carolina also won 12 consecutive home games between Sept. 11, 2004 and Nov. 12, 2005. Enduring a loss to Wofford on the road that was originally scheduled as a home game gave the Bucs the opportunity to go undefeated at home. The perfect home season is the second in school history. The Bucs also went undefeated at home (6-0) in 2006.
Buccaneer’s Year-By-Year Home-Opener Results
1991 Mars Hill L 0-29
1992 Methodist W 20-19
1993 Presbyterian W 17-16
1994 S.C. State L 0-37
1995 Presbyterian L 6-44
1996 West Virginia State W 17-12
1997 Presbyterian L 6-17
1998 South Carolina State L 7-17
1999 Lenoir-Rhyne * W 14-7 (OT)
2000 Guilford W 58-0
2001 North Greenville W 38-0
2002 VMI L 24-27
2003 Presbyterian L 14-17
2004 Charleston (WV) W 38-21
2005 Presbyterian L 0-42
2006 Wingate W 20-17
2007 Johnson C. Smith W 44-20
2008 North Greenville...................................... W 27-0
* - First game of the season at Buccaneer Field
On The Road Again
With week two’s game being changed to a road game, CSU started the 2008 season with three-straight road games. Combined with a bye week, CSU did not play their first home game until Sept. 27 when they beat North Greenville, 27-0. Never before has CSU played their first three games on the road. Five times (1997, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007) CSU has played their first two games away from Buccaneer Field.
CSU had a couple of award-winning performances in their win over Gardner-Webb. Interior Defensive Lineman Kamalu Umu was named Big South Choice Hotels Defensive Player of the Week. Umu recorded five total tackles, a QB hurry and an interception. Also recognized was freshman punter Andy Brown, who recorded a 45.1 yard average on seven punts and pinned the Bulldogs inside their own 10-yard line four times. Brown was awarded Big South Freshman of the Week honors. CSU has also had the Big South Special Teams Player of the Week (Gerald Stevenson - 9/6/08) and the Big South Freshman of the Week (Chris Kuzdale - 9/13/08).
Gerald Stevenson has continued to make his name known around the country with his electric kick return abilities. After earning Big South Special Teams Player of the Week (11/3) and Big South Freshman of the Week (11/10) honors last season, he has already earned Big South, and TSN National Special Teams Player of the Week in 2008. Both honors came after he set a Big South record with 255 return yards on seven returns against Wofford on Sept. 6. Combined with his receiving total (33) and 14 rushing yards, Stevenson posted a school-record 302 all-purpose yards against the Terriers, the second-best total in Big South History. With one return for 25 yards against the VMI Keydets (Nov. 1), Stevenson became the CSU career record holder in total number of kick returns with 58. He passed Mike Washington, who logged 57 returns in 2001-02. With his two returns for 57 yards against Presbyterian, Stevenson equaled the career Big South record for returns. His lone return against Edward Waters put him atop the Big South career list.
Charleston Southern had four players selected to the 2008 Big South Preseason All-Conference team. Wide receiver Dee Brown and center Alex Bragg were named to the offense, while defensive lineman Jake Killeen and linebacker Josh Mitchell were named to the defense. All four selections are in their senior year.
After the 2007 season, the Bucs had a total of nine players named to the Big South All-Conference teams. Four of those selections return, including first-team offensive selection Dee Brown. Second-team tight end Ryan Ard returns, but moves to the defensive line in 2008, while second-team defense selections Jake Killeen and Okeba Rollinson also return for CSU.
The Charleston Southern football program continues to remember Eddie Gadson. Gadson was a walk-on wide receiver, who fought to earn a scholarship, and was named first-team all-conference as a redshirt freshman. The summer before the 2005 football season, Gadson was tragically killed in a car accident. The team rallied behind his memory to win their final five games of the season, claiming their first-ever winning season, and their first-ever Big South Champion. Each year, a golf outing is held to help raise money for the scholarship created in his honor; the Edward A. Gadson Memorial Scholarship. The Scholarship is awarded each year to a walk-on who shows the same heart and determination that Eddie was known for.
2008 - Matt Bach
2007 - Alex Thomas
2006 - Darius Jackson
A number of Buccaneers on the current roster started their careers elsewhere. One of the most notable transfers on the roster for CSU is quarterback Tribble Reese, who joins CSU for his final year of eligibility from Clemson University. Andrew McKain, who transferred in from the Air Force Academy will also look to make an immediate impact on the Bucs at the linebacker position. Darius Gaither also joined CSU from the Clemson program, making his presence known immediately with a team-leading nine tackles against Miami (Fla.).
After transferring from Clemson for his final year of eligibility, senior Tribble Reese made his first-career start (August 28) against Miami. Reese finished the game 10-21 with 81 yards, but most importantly helped lead the offense to a turnover-free game. CSU went only one game in 2007 (Nov. 10 vs. Presbyterian) without throwing an interception. Against Wofford, Reese wrote his name in the record books with 30 completions (3rd all-time at CSU), and 46 pass attempts (6th all time at CSU). He threw four touchdown passes against Miami (Ohio) tying him with the second-highest total ever in Big South history, and then equaled the feat twice with four more passing TDs against Presbyterian (Nov. 8) and Edward Waters (Nov. 15). He has connected with Gerald Stevenson for nine touchdowns and now leads the Big South with 21 touchdown passes. Reese is now second all-time for CSU in career TD passes (21) and also stands atop a number of BIg South categories: Pass attempts (292); Pass completions (178); Total Offensive Plays (387); Interceptions (11 - T). Reese also currently leads in total offensive TDs with 23 (21 Pass).
Freshman Antwan Ivey has made an immediate impact on the Charleston Southern backfield. The Florida AA player of the year leads the Bucs’ backfield through 11 games with 348 yards on 103 carries. He added a 50-yard TD reception against VMI (Nov. 1). He recorded career highs for carries (15) and yards (70), while scoring a touchdown against North Greenville University. Ivey’s totals have been dilluted by the fact that 13 players have recorded a rush this season.
Philip Ashley intercepted Savannah State freshman quarterback Kurvin Curry to establish a new CSU career record with his eighth interception. He passed Jon Belk (1991-94) and Jon Carmon (2004-07) who each recorded seven picks. Ashley leads the Bucs with four interceptions in 2008, recording his ninth in the Bucs, 48-6, win over Edward Waters. That pick was his ninth at CSU. Just a junior, Ashely will have his entire senior season to set the record out of reach for future Bucs.
Connecting the dots
Despite the loss of Dee Brown with a knee injury in the second week of the season, the Bucs have continued to fare well through the air. Sophomore Gerald Stevenson has more than adequately filled Brown’s role in the offense. Stevenson has become the favorite target of Tribble Reese, and both have flourished as a result. Reese leads the Big South with 21 touchdown passes, with nearly half ofthose going to Stevenson. Stevenson, is tied for second in the conference in touchdown catches with nine. The Sophomore also leads the Bucs with 41 catches for 531 yards. The pair connected seven times for 143 yards in the loss at Stony Brook, with Stevenson touchdown catches (3) accounting for all three CSU scores on the day.
Vs. FBS Opponents
Going into the 2008 season, Charleston Southern had played four games against FBS (Formerly Division I-A) competition. With the losses at Miami (Fla.) and Miami (OH), the Bucs are 0-6 all-time against FBS opponents. Below is a list of CSU’s FBS contests.
Date Opponent Conference Result
Nov. 21, 1996 at UAB Independent L, 13-49
Nov. 2, 2002 at South Florida Independent L, 6-56
Oct. 18, 2003 at South Florida Conference USA L, 7-55
Sept. 22, 2007 at #19 Hawaii WAC L, 10-66
Aug. 28, 2008 at Miami (Fla.) ACC L, 7-52
Sept. 13, 2008 at Miami (Ohio) MAC L, 27-38
Vs. Non D-I Opponents
Including their victories over North Greenville (Sept. 27) and Edward Waters (Nov.15), the Bucs have won ten-straight games against non-Division-I opponents, dating back to the 2005 season. Eight of those wins have come against Division II schools, with two coming against an NAIA school (Edward Waters). The team’s last loss to a non-Division I opponent came on Sept. 10, 2005 at home to Presbyterian, who was Division II at the time. Charleston Southern is 15-6 under Coach Jay Mills against all non-Division I opposition (holding a 17-25 record against Division I opponents).
Championship Game Honored
The memorable 2005 Big South Championship game was honored as part of the Big South’s 25th Anniversary “Best of the Best” list of the top-25 moments in the League’s history. The game, played in honor of fallen teammate Eddie Gadson, ended in a bizarre series of events, with CSU emerging victorious in a double-overtime thriller. It was the first Big South Championship for the football team.
Playing extensively in the CSU backfield as a true freshman, running back DeMarcus Moon established himself as a legitimate threat on the ground. Moon led the team with 382 yards on 67 carries. The McDonough, Ga., native averaged a team-best 5.7 yards per attempt. On Oct. 6, 2007, in the game against Savannah State, Moon topped the 100-yard mark for the first time in his career, carrying 16 times for 103 yards in the contest. His first-career touchdown came on Sept. 15, 2007 against Johnson C. Smith. Moon, sidelined since the second week of the season, returned against N. Greenville after missing the previous two games. Moon regained the primary rushing duties against Savannah State and again enjoyed his most successful day of the season, rushing for a team-best 95 yards on 17 carries.
Dee Day Interupted
Transfer Dee Brown quickly became CSU’s primary offensive target last season. Brown finished the season with 69 receptions for 898 yards and nine touchdowns, all team highs. He led the Big South in receptions and receiving yards, and was ranked in the top-25 in the NCAA in both categories.
Brown, recognized as a pre-season Big South all-conference selection has been sidelined with a knee injury suffered in week two of the season against Wofford. He has not appeared since week two and is not expected to return in the Bucs final two games of the season.
CSU has had a WR lead the conference in receptions every year in Big South football history (five total seasons, since 2002).
Run of the Mills
Head Coach Jay Mills is in his sixth season as the head coach at CSU, and currently holds a career record of 33-33. Until last season, the Buccaneers had improved every season under his leadership. The 2006 season set the bar high, though, as the Bucs won their first nine games of the year before losses at Liberty and Coastal Carolina left the team with a 9-2 mark. The 9-0 mark was coming off a five-game winning streak in 2005, giving CSU a combined 14-game winning streak, which was the second-longest in the country behind San Diego (18).
For the first time in five years, the Bucs will walk the sidelines without Jada Ross. Ross, who finished his career as a redshirt-senior in 2007, finished as the Big South’s career leader in tackles with 454. He finished his senior year leading the Big South, and tied for seventh in the country, averaging 11.91 tackles per game. His best two performances of the season came in the final two games of 2007, with Ross tallying 17 tackles in each game. Ross led the Big South in total tackles each of the last two seasons. (131 total stops).
New Faces On the Sidelines ...
Only Jamey Chadwell (Asst. HC/WR/Recruiting Coord.) and Chuck Kelly (Offensive Coord./OL) return from last year’s assistant coaching staff. Joining the CSU coaching staff for 2008 are: Thielen Smith (Defensive Coord.), Chad Staggs (Secondary), RaShan Frost (Defensive Line), and Gabe Giardina (Running Backs).
And some familiar ones ...
Even though their eligibility is up, a couple of familiar faces can still be found on the sidelines for CSU. During his offseason from Arena ball, Collin Drafts returns for his second season as an assistant coach for CSU. Drafts works with the quarterbacks after having set every passing record in school history. All-Conference offensive lineman Rick Howell has also taken off the helmet and put on the coach’s whistle. Howell started in 35 games over the course of his four-year career for CSU, earning second-team all-conference honors as a junior, and first-team as a senior.
BUCS AT THE NEXT LEVEL
Maurice Price (2004-06)
WR - New England Patriots (NFL)
Mike Brown (1999-2000)
DB/WR - Philadelphia Soul* (AFL)
*2008 ArenaBowl XXII Champions
Vernon Huger (2004-07)
WR - Georgia Force (AFL)
Collin Drafts (2003-06)
QB - Green Bay Blizzard (AF2)
Anthony Moore (2003-06)
FB/LB - Lubbock Renegades (AF2)
Matt Hoisington (2003-07)
OL/FB - CenTex Barracudas (IFL)