#11 Coastal Football Prepares for Road Trip at Elon
Wed, 25 Sep 2013 18:06:11 GMT —
The 11th ranked Coastal Carolina Chanticleers (4-0) football team will travel to Elon, North Carolina for a Saturday game against the Phoenix at 1:30 p.m. at Rhodes Stadium.
The Chanticleers are 1-1 in lifetime meetings against Elon. The Phoenix won the last time CCU and Elon played, 23-20 in 2006 when Coastal was ranked 25th in the nation. CCU is 7-8 all-time against teams from the Southern Conference.
Coastal Carolina has won ten of its last eleven games dating back to last season. After getting off to a 4-0 start this season, CCU head coach Joe Moglia was asked if he was concerned about his Chanticleers becoming complacent entering the Elon game, "We don't expect that. But we're aware of it. And, we don't expect to have a problem with complacency at any point over the span of the season."
CCU star wide receiver Matt Hazel is nursing a shoulder injury. Coach Moglia says he will make a game time decision on whether Hazel will play against Elon. Wide receiver DeMario Bennett, who leads the Chants with 215 yards receiving, says, "As a corps, we talk about making plays. As we say, we call ourselves the YAC Boys, (Yards After Catch) you know, cause we try to turn a five yard catch into a 55 yard touchdown. So we don't really focus on one guy being out. Everyone is good enough to make plays."
Quarterback Mike Quinn leads an Elon offense that is averaging 252.5 passing yards per contest. On defense, the Phoenix (1-3) have nine returning starters from 2012.
Elon has won just one of four games this season, including losses at Georgia Tech and last week at home against Appalachian State.
Coastal Carolina counters with Lorenzo Taliaferro, who has rushed for 486 yards and seven touchdowns this season. Coastal's rushing attack ranks 11th in the nation on an offense that averages 40.8 points a game. The Chants have converted and amazing 22 of 23 red zone opportunities this year.