The Coastal Carolina Chanticleers started pre-season football training camp on Thursday. Bad weather forced the Chants indoors for the first half of day one. It was the first of 29 practices heading into the season-opening game at South Carolina State on August 31.
Sophomore Quarterback Alex Ross takes over the CCU offense following the graduation of Aramis Hillary. Ross had significant playing time his freshman season, competing in seven games, and leading CCU on 14 scoring drives. His top target is expected to be wide receiver Matt Hazel, who was recently picked as Big South Conference preseason Offensive Player of the Year.
On defense, the Chants will be led by Big South preseason Defensive Player of the Year Quinn Backus.
CCU finished last season with a record of 8-5 and a share of the Big South Conference Championship. The Chanticleers also won a first round playoff game for the first time in school history. At Big South Media Day, CCU was picked as the overwhelming favorite to win the conference this season.
Coastal Head Coach Joe Moglia was asked if CCU has the talent to make a return trip to the NCAA Division I FCS Playoffs, "We don't know that right now. Right now, we need to get ready for the beginning of the season. And to do that, we gotta have a pretty good pre-season and camp. So, the entire focus right now is pre-season and camp, begin laying a foundation upon which to start the season, and start bringing the young guys along."
Following CCU's opener at S.C. State, the Chants will play their home opener against Furman on September 7 at Brooks Stadium in Conway.Aug. 2 â?? Fri. Practice #2 (helmets) 3:15-5:15 pm Aug. 3 â?? Sat. Team Picture 9:00-10:45 am Practice #3 (uppers) 3:15-5:15 pm Aug. 4 â?? Sun. Practice #4 (uppers) 3:15-5:15 pm Aug. 5 â?? Mon. Practice #5 (full pads) 3:15-5:15 pm Aug. 6 â?? Tues. Practice #6 3:15-5:15 pm Aug. 7 â?? Wed. Practice #7 3:15-5:15 pm Aug. 8 â?? Thurs. Practice #8 3:15-5:15 pm Aug. 9 â?? Fri. Practice #9 3:15-5:15 pm Aug. 10 â?? Sat. Practice #10 (Scrimmage) 8:00-10:00 am Practice #11 4:45-6:10 pm Aug. 11 â?? Sun. Practice #12 5:10-7:00 pm Aug. 12 â?? Mon. Practice #13 3:15-5:15 pm Aug. 13 â?? Tues. Practice #14 8:00-10:00 am Practice #15 4:45-6:15 pm Aug. 14 â?? Wed. Practice #16 (Scrimmage) 3:15-5:10 pm Aug. 15 â?? Thurs. Practice #17 3:15-5:15 pm Aug. 16 â?? Fri. Practice #18 8:00-10:00 am Practice #19 4:45-6:15 pm Aug. 17. â?? Sat. Practice #20 (Scrimmage) 3:15-5:15 pm Aug. 18 â?? Sun. OFF Aug. 19 â?? Mon. OFF â?? CCU CLASSES BEGIN Aug. 20 â?? Tues. Practice #21 4:20-6:20 pm Aug. 21 â?? Wed. Practice #22 4:10-6:10 pm Aug. 22 â?? Thurs. Practice #23 4:10-5:55 pm Aug. 23 â?? Fri. Practice #24 4:10-5:55 pm Aug. 24 â?? Sat. OFF Aug. 25 â?? Sun. Practice #25 5:10-7:10 pm Aug. 26 â?? Mon. OFF Aug. 27 â?? Tues. Practice #26 4:20-6:20 pm Aug. 28 â?? Wed. FIRST CCU NOON WEEKLY PRESS CONFERENCE Practice #27 4:10-6:10 pm Aug. 29 â?? Thurs. Practice #28 4:10-5:55 pm Aug. 30 â?? Fri. Practice #29 CLOSED Aug. 31 â?? Sat. CCU at South Carolina State 6 pm