Coastal Carolina sweeps Big South preseason honors
By Rich Chrampanis
Fri, 26 Jul 2013 01:11:44 GMT — Coastal Carolina swept the preseason media honors at Big South Media Day. The Chanticleers are favored to win the Big South championship capturing 9 of 15 first place votes and wide receiver Matt Hazel and linebacker Quinn Backus are preseason offensive and defensive players of the year. In all, 11 CCU players were named preseason conference highlighted below: 2013 Big South Football Preseason All-Conference TeamOFFENSEQB - Josh Woodrum, Liberty - R-Soph. RB - Teddy Allen, Charleston Southern - Sr. RB - Lorenzo Taliaferro, Coastal Carolina - Sr. WR - Matt Hazel, Coastal Carolina - Sr. WR - Kenny Cook, Gardner-Webb - R-Jr. WR - Niccolo Mastromatteo, Coastal Carolina - Sr. TE - Seth Cranfill, Gardner-Webb - R-Jr. OL - Chad Hamilton, Coastal Carolina - R-Jr. OL - Jamey Cheatwood, Coastal Carolina - R-Sr. OL - Hunter Steward, Liberty - R-Sr. OL - Will Lucas, VMI - Sr. OL - Drew Herring, Coastal Carolina - R-Sr.DEFENSEDL - Preston Pemasa, Gardner-Webb - Sr.DL - Matt Goods, Gardner-Webb - R-Sr.DL - Cory Freeman, Liberty - R-Sr.DL - Francis Bah, Liberty - R-Sr. LB - Quinn Backus, Coastal Carolina - Jr.LB - Tanner Burch, Gardner-Webb - Jr.LB - Nick Sigmon, Liberty - R-Jr. LB - Mike McClure, Coastal Carolina - Sr.DB - Walt Aikens, Liberty - R-Sr.DB - Elijah Lee, Charleston Southern - Sr.DB - Kevin Fogg, Liberty - R-Sr. DB - Johnnie Houston, Coastal Carolina - R-Sr.SPECIAL TEAMSPK - John Lunsford, Liberty - Soph.P - Grant Bowden, Liberty - Sr.LS - Hudson Smith, Gardner-Webb - R-Sr. (tie)LS - Richard Wright, Liberty - R-Sr. (tie)KR - J.J. Hubbard, Gardner-Webb - Jr. PR - Niccolo Mastromatteo, Coastal Carolina - Sr.PRESEASON OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEARMatt Hazel, Sr., WR, North Augusta, S.C.PRESEASON DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEARQuinn Backus, Jr., LB, Greenwood, S.C.2013 Preseason Poll (first-place votes) -- Points1. Coastal Carolina (9) -- 842. Liberty (6) -- 803. Gardner-Webb -- 584. Charleston Southern -- 39T-5. VMI -- 27T-5. Presbyterian -- 27
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