CHARLESTON, S.C. - Charleston Southern reports for fall camp today as the Buccaneers kickoff the start of the 2017 season this evening at the Football Kickoff Dinner at Buccaneer Field.
CSU will hold 22 practices through fall camp, as the Bucs get ready for their 2017 season opener on September 2 at Mississippi State. Kickoff on the SEC Network is set for 4 p.m. ET/3 p.m. CT.
The Bucs enter the preseason coming off back-to-back Big South titles and return 16 starters from a 2016 squad that beat three ranked teams en route to a second consecutive playoff appearance. CSU was selected co-favorites with Kennesaw State in the Big South preseason poll announced on July 18.
Leading the way on the sidelines in his first season as head coach will be Mark Tucker, CSU's quarterbacks' coach for the last four years. Tucker has been an integral part of the Bucs' rise to prominence, as the program has rolled up 35 wins since 2013, becoming a fixture in the national polls.
Among CSU's primary returners is senior defensive end Anthony Ellis, the 2017 Big South Preseason Defensive Player of the Year. Ellis led the league in sacks and tackles for loss in 2016, earning him All-America honors from STATS FCS, the Associated Press, and HERO Sports. Joining Ellis on the preseason All-Conference team were linebackers Solomon Brown and Zane Cruz, cornerback Shadarius Hopkins, wide receiver Kameron Brown and offensive lineman Frank Cirone.
The preseason favorite has gone on to win at least a share of the conference championship in 12 of the Big South's 15 years of football.
Practices start on Tuesday, August 1 and CSU will hold its first scrimmage on Wednesday, August 9. Other key dates are listed below.
2017 CSU Football Fall Camp – Key Dates
Aug. 1 – Practice #1 – 7:55 p.m.
Aug. 3 – First Practice with Shells – 7:55 p.m.
Aug. 5 – First Practice Full Pads – 2:45 p.m.
Aug. 12 – Scrimmage #1 – 9 a.m.
Aug. 17 – Scrimmage #2 – 9:30 a.m.
Aug. 18 – Media Day
Aug. 18 – Charleston Southern Move-In day
Aug. 21 – Classes Begin