CHARLESTON, S.C. – Charleston Southern's crop of 19 seniors that will play their final regular season home game at Buccaneer Field on Saturday represent Jamey Chadwell's first four-year class. They've been a pretty good one.
Chadwell arrived at CSU after three years as the head coach at North Greenville and one season at the helm of Delta State. The group he inherited has led the Bucs to unprecedented success. A win over Kennesaw State would be CSU's 35th in the last four years, matching the program's output from the seven years prior.
"I wouldn't have dreamed four years ago we'd be playing for back-to-back championships but never underestimate the power of what people that believe in each other can do," Chadwell said. "The legacy they'll leave is they put this football program on the map not only regionally but nationally."
D.J. Curl on overcoming adversity: That stuff, if anything, it kind of fuels you to want to play even harder just because you know that you've been through the roughest of times. If anything, it drove us closer together. We saw we had to rely on each other and it created bonds among some players that never would even see but hard times drives people to either come together or break apart. I think even the Gardner-Webb loss, that was if anything one of the best things that ever happened to us because it drove us together and made us realize that it's not talent we've always been winning on but the unity and the camaraderie for each other that we really thrive on.
Colton Korn on what back-to-back Big South championships would mean: We're gonna go out as the winningest class in school history but we'd kinda look back on it a little bit marked if we ended up at 34 and sat there with one ring when freshman year, we blew the last two games and ended up not getting one. Sophomore year, we tripped over ourselves a couple of times early in the season – made a great run at the end but didn't win it. Then last year, we put it all together. It's all right there in front of us. It's up to us. 35 would be a lot nicer than 34, for sure. We want to make a run for 40, which is the ultimate goal.
Mike Holloway on his opportunity at CSU and the chance to win a championship Saturday: I am very appreciative. I'm just thankful to Coach Chadwell for giving me the opportunity to play. I've enjoyed the ride. It's a bittersweet moment…. For me personally, I think it'd be big time because we've been through so much as everybody knows. The fact that we persevered and just pushed through, it's amazing. It just shows our character and how much we can accomplish if we just really focus.
2016 Charleston Southern Football Seniors
LT #76 Erik Austell: Undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice; pursuing master's in organizational management
P #46 Truett Burns: Major – Pre-Professional Biology
TE #86 Stephen Cagle: Undergraduate degree in Physical Education; pursuing master's in Teacher Leadership
S #4 D.J. Curl: Major – Christian Studies
LB #47 Seth Harrelson: Undergraduate degree in Business; pursuing MBA
RB #24 Darius Hammond: Major – Kinesiology
RB #6 Mike Holloway: Major – Kinesiology
S #23 Corbin Jackson: Undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice; pursuing master's in organizational management
WR #9 Chris Jenkins: Major – Criminal Justice
WR #3 Larry Jones III: Undergraduate degree in Communications; pursuing master's in organizational management
WR #11 Colton Korn: Major – Human Science
CB #7 Troy McGowens II: Major – Business
DL #96 RaSean Ray: Major – Criminal Justice
RB #2 Ben Robinson: Major – Criminal Justice
LS #48 Joseph Smith: Undergraduate degree in Business; pursuing MBA]
OL #75 Chris Sullivan: Major – Computer Science
WR #82 Austin Talbott: Major - Kinesiology
LB #45 Nikolay Timoshchuk: Undergraduate degree from Chattanooga; pursuing master's in organizational management
LB #52 Blake Wilson: Major – Communications