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  02/28/22 - Bailey RiceFr/2026, Charlotte, 6-1, 205 (DS#999 P) + More +

  2021 CONFERENCE USA ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM (COACHES): P Bailey Rice, Charlotte,...A true freshman, Rice is a former Australian football player who handled all punting duties for the 49ers in 2021. He averaged 42.2 yards per kick, which is the third-best in school history. He had five kicks of 50+ yards, including a long of 65 yards, and landed 14 punts inside the 20. He had just two touchbacks in 40 punts and 19 fair catches as the 49ers punting unit held opponents to just 2.75 yards per return, which was the best in C-USA and 10th-best in the FBS. - Charlotte Football

(DS#999 P) Fr/2026 P Bailey RiceCharlotte
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  02/28/22 - Elijah SpencerSo/2025, Charlotte, 6-2, 190 (DS#90 WR) + More +

  2021 CONFERENCE USA ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM (COACHES): WR Elijah Spencer, Charlotte,...A true freshman, Spencer was the team's third-leading receiver and shared the team-lead with six TD catches. His six TD catches are the seventh-most among NCAA freshmen. Spencer had a TD catch for every 4.7 receptions (28 catches; 6 TDs) and averaged 13.6 yards per catch. He pulled in both the game-tying and game-winning TDs in the 49ers OT win over Rice. He also caught TD passes vs. Georgia State, Middle Tennessee, Illinois and Old Dominion. - Charlotte Football

(DS#90 WR) So/2025 WR Elijah SpencerCharlotte
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  02/28/22 - Shadrick ByrdrSo/2025, Charlotte, 5-09, 210 (DS#999 RB) + More +

  2021 CONFERENCE USA ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM (COACHES): RB Shadrick Byrd, Charlotte,...With backfield mate Calvin Camp, Byrd was half of the 49ers' 1-2 running back punch. He started seven games and led the 49ers with 132 carries while averaging 48.6 rushing yards. He had three rushing TDs to go along with two TD catches. Valuable in the passing game, he averaged over 20 receiving yards per game (20.9) and 12.4 yards per catch. He scored the game-winning TD as Charlotte toppled Duke for the program's first win over a power conference opponent on an 11-yard pass in the final minute. He ranked fourth in C-USA in all-purpose yards with 121.25 per game, which is the fourth-most in school history. - Charlotte Football

(DS#999 RB) rSo/2025 RB Shadrick ByrdCharlotte
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  02/28/22 - Shadrick ByrdrSo/2025, Charlotte, 5-09, 210 (DS#999 RB) + More +

  2021 ALL-CONFERENCE USA HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): KR: Shadrick Byrd, RS Fr., Charlotte,...Byrd ranked second in C-USA and 24th in the FBS in kick return yards. His 22.8 return average is the second-best in school-history. He ranked fourth in C-USA in all-purpose yards with 121.25 per game, which is the fourth-most in school history. Byrd was named C-USA Special Teams Player of the Week following the win at FIU (totaled 117 return yards on just two returns, busting season-long returns of 60 and 57 yards to set up scoring drives). He scored five TDs (3 rushing; 2 receiving) in addition to his return numbers. - Charlotte Football

(DS#999 RB) rSo/2025 RB Shadrick ByrdCharlotte
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  02/28/22 - Cameron LyonsrSr/2023, Charlotte, 6-0, 225 (DS#999 LS) + More +

  2021 ALL-CONFERENCE USA HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): LS: Cameron Lyons, Gr., Charlotte,...49ers starting longsnapper for the majority of the season (missed one game with injury). A grad transfer from Akron, Lyons enjoyed his first season with the 49ers and helped the 49ers punt unit rank first in C-USA and 10th in FBS in punt return defense (allowing just 2.75 per return). - Charlotte Football

(DS#999 LS) rSr/2023 LS Cameron LyonsCharlotte
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  02/28/22 - Ryan CarriererSr/2022, Charlotte, 6-3, 242 (DS#78 TE) + More +

  2021 ALL-CONFERENCE USA HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): TE: Ryan Carriere, RS Sr., Charlotte,...A three-year starting tight end who has always been reliable in the run game, he emerged as a receiving threat in 2021. He recorded career-highs in catches and receiving yards in his final year and pulled in his first career TD in the 49ers win at FIU. He averaged over 10.0 yards per catch with a long of 23. He started 11 of 12 games played in 2021 and finished his career with 24 career starts in 44 games played. He was listed on the 2021 C-USA Preseason Academic Watch List. - Charlotte Football

(DS#78 TE) rSr/2022 TE Ryan CarriereCharlotte
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  02/28/22 - Grant DuBoserJr/2024, Charlotte, 6-1, 200 (DS#103 WR) + More +

  2021 ALL-CONFERENCE USA HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): WR: Grant DuBose, So., Charlotte,...The team's leading receiver averaged over 70 receiving yards per game and shared the team lead with six TD catches. He had two games with two receiving TDs: W vs. Duke; W vs. Middle Tennessee. His 892 receiving yards are the third-most in 49ers history. He posted three games with 100+ receiving yards (vs. Duke; Middle Tennessee and Louisiana Tech) and eight games with 70 or more receiving yards. - Charlotte Football

(DS#103 WR) rJr/2024 WR Grant DuBoseCharlotte
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  02/28/22 - Chris ReynoldsrSr/2023, Charlotte, 5-11, 192 (DS#48 QB) + More +

  2021 ALL-CONFERENCE USA HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): QB: Chris Reynolds, RS Sr., Charlotte,...The 49ers all-time leader in career passing yards and touchdowns broke the school's single season records for passing yards and TDs. He ranked second in C-USA in passing TDs and points responsible for and fourth in passing efficiency. A two-time C-USA Offensive Player of the Week following wins over Duke (324 passing y; 3 TD; 1 rush TD) and Middle Tennessee (339 pass yd; 4 TD, 1 rush TD). Was named to the Davey O'Brien Top 40 QB Class and a semifinalist for the Burlsworth Trophy given to the top college player that began his career as a walk-on. A two-time Maxwell Award Watch Lister who was also on the Manning Award and Unitas Golden Arm Watch Lists. Threw for 300+ yards three times, including a school-record 448 passing yards vs. La. Tech. He also led the team in rushing TDs. A four-year starter and two-time captain, he was named Honorable Mention all-C-USA for the third straight year. - Charlotte Football

(DS#48 QB) rSr/2023 QB Chris ReynoldsCharlotte
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  02/28/22 - Markees WattsrSr/2023, Charlotte, 6-0, 218 (DS#999 OLB) + More +

  2021 ALL-CONFERENCE USA HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): DE: Markees Watts, Sr., Charlotte,...Charlotte's all-purpose defender finished the year with 62 tackles and team-highs with 7.0 TFL and 6.0 sacks. He ranked fifth in C-USA in sacks. He also forced two fumbles with a fumble recovery and added a blocked kick. He led the team with five QB hurries. He moved into second-place all-time in career sacks (just 2.5 behind current Pittsburgh Steeler Alex Highsmith) and owns two-of-the-top-three single-season sack efforts in 49ers history. He currently ranks fifth all-time in career TFL, just 1.0 TFL shy of third all-time. He was named Honorable Mention All-C-USA for the second time in his career. - Charlotte Football

(DS#999 OLB) rSr/2023 OLB Markees WattsCharlotte
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  02/28/22 - Hunter KellyrSr/2022, Charlotte, 6-1, 303 (DS#35 C) + More +

  2021 ALL-CONFERENCE USA HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): OL: Hunter Kelly, Gr., Charlotte,...In his second year with the 49ers, he started every game at center this year. The 49ers starting center made starts at left guard last year. A grad transfer from Penn State, he was a veteran leader on an O-Line that saw several first-year players getting game action. Like Gist, he was key in protecting dual-threat QB Chris Reynolds, who ranked second in C-USA in points responsible for and passing TDs. - Charlotte Football

(DS#35 C) rSr/2022 C Hunter KellyCharlotte
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  02/28/22 - Ashton GistrSr/2023, Charlotte, 6-1, 290 (DS#999 OG) + More +

  2021 ALL-CONFERENCE USA HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): OL: Ashton Gist, Sr., Charlotte,...In his second year with the 49ers, Gist has started all 18 games over those two years. He was the team's starting right guard who was also used as a fill-in at center. A consistent anchor for an offensive line that worked in several first-year players, he helped protect dual-threat QB Chris Reynolds, who ranked second in C-USA in points responsible for and passing TDs. - Charlotte Football

(DS#999 OG) rSr/2023 OG Ashton GistCharlotte
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  02/28/22 - Shadrick ByrdrSo/2025, Charlotte, 5-09, 210 (DS#999 RB) + More +

  2021 CONFERENCE USA ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM (COACHES): KR Shadrick Byrd, Charlotte,...Byrd ranked second in C-USA and 24th in the FBS in kick return yards. His 22.8 return average is the second-best in school-history. He ranked fourth in C-USA in all-purpose yards with 121.25 per game, which is the fourth-most in school history. Byrd was named C-USA Special Teams Player of the Week following the win at FIU (totaled 117 return yards on just two returns, busting season-long returns of 60 and 57 yards to set up scoring drives). He scored five TDs (3 rushing; 2 receiving) in addition to his return numbers. - Charlotte Football

(DS#999 RB) rSo/2025 RB Shadrick ByrdCharlotte
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  02/28/22 - Eugene MinterrSr/2023, Charlotte, 6-2, 225 (DS#999 WR) + More +

  2021 OHIO VALLEY CONFERENCE FIRST-TEAM (COACHES): WR - Eugene Minter, Austin Peay,...While Harley and McCray attracted most defense's attention, Minter proved to be a dangerous No. 3 receiver in the OVC's best passing offense. He was seventh among OVC receivers in yards per game (40.6) and fifth in receiving touchdowns (4). Minter made his statement with a 132-yard day against Eastern Illinois that saw him need just three receptions to surpass 100 yards. - Austin Peay Football

(DS#999 WR) rSr/2023 WR Eugene MinterCharlotte
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  12/08/21 - Elijah SpencerSo/2025, Charlotte, 6-2, 190 (DS#90 WR) + More +

  2021 CONFERENCE USA FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR (COACHES): Charlotte WR Elijah Spencer was named the league's Freshman of the Year after a breakout season for the 49ers. Spencer was Charlotte's third-leading receiver and shared team-high honors with six touchdown receptions. The true freshman pulled in both the game-tying and game-winning touchdowns passes on back-to-back offensive plays in the 49ers' overtime victory over Rice. He also had touchdown catches against Georgia State, Middle Tennessee, Illinois and Old Dominion. His four touchdown catches in C-USA play matched the 49ers team-high. Spencer hauled in 28 catches for 381 yards and six touchdowns on the season in 12 appearances. - Conference USA Football

(DS#90 WR) So/2025 WR Elijah SpencerCharlotte
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  11/07/21 - Chris ReynoldsrSr/2023, Charlotte, 5-11, 192 (DS#48 QB) + More +

  Chris Reynolds and Elijah Spencer connected late in regulation to tie it and again in overtime for the win and Charlotte rallied late to beat Rice 31-24 on Saturday. Ari Broussard's scoring run from the 2 with 6:35 left ended a 16-play, 84-yard drive that lasted 9 1/2 minutes and Rice led 24-14. Jonathan Cruz kicked a 32-yard field goal to reduce Charlotte's (5-4, 3-2 Conference USA) deficit to a touchdown. The 49ers' defense forced a punt in a 1:40 possession for Rice, then Reynolds led a five-play, 80-yard drive in 75 seconds that ended with his 8-yard scoring pass to Spencer to knot it with 1:14 left and force the extra session. The duo then connected on the first play of overtime when Spencer ran a slant and broke a tackle in the middle of the field for a 25-yard score. Linebacker Luke Martin sealed the win with an interception of Jake Constantine who was under heavy pressure. Broussard ran for 186 yards on 20 carries and scored twice and Jake Bailey had seven receptions for 143 receiving yards for the Owls (3-6, 2-3). - AP College Football

(DS#48 QB) rSr/2023 QB Chris ReynoldsCharlotte
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