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  The Charlotte 49ers have named Michigan associate head coach Francis "Biff" Poggi as their head football coach. Poggi is set to replace Will Healy, who was fired earlier this season. Pete Rossomando has been serving as the interim coach and will finish out the season. Poggi inherits a team that has struggled in 2022, going 2-9 entering the season finale Saturday against Louisiana Tech. He will begin coaching the 49ers next season, but his duties with the school will begin following next week's introductory news conference. Poggi is Charlotte's third head football coach since the school's FBS football program started in 2015.

He helped Michigan to the 2021 Big Ten championship and a berth in the College Football Playoffs. This season, Michigan is 10-0 and ranked No. 3 in the country. "We are extremely fortunate to welcome Biff Poggi as our head football coach," Charlotte director of athletics Mike Hill said in a release. "He is a transformational leader and has a sterling reputation as a coach, having had phenomenal success at the highest levels of college and high school football." Prior to joining the Wolverines, Poggi led the high school football program at Saint Frances Academy in his hometown of Baltimore to national prominence. Several of his players landed scholarships with powerhouse schools such as Alabama, LSU, Notre Dame and Michigan. "Biff has been a tremendous asset to our program, providing support and mentorship to our coaching staff and players," Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh said. "He has a great football mind, knows how to prepare a team during the week and on game day, and is a coach that aims to change the lives of his players in a positive way. Biff is a trusted agent and known friend, and I know that his leadership and ability to develop a team-first culture will be a huge asset to the Charlotte 49ers." Poggi called joining the 49ers an incredible opportunity and said this is a "full circle" moment for him. - AP College Football


So/2025 WR Elijah SpencerCharlotte
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  OCT 31 CONFERENCE USA OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Charlotte QB Chris Reynolds matched a school record with five touchdown passes, connected on 16-of-19 passes to set a single-game school record for completion percentage (.842), and led the 49ers to a record-breaking 56-23 road win at Rice. He averaged 15.85 yards per completion and more than half his completions (10) were for 15 of more yards, including three touchdown passes. Reynolds engineered seven straight touchdown drives and Charlotte scored 35 unanswered points to overcome a 17-14 deficit and take a 49-17 lead. The 56 points are the most Charlotte has scored in a C-USA game and the most scored as an FBS program. Reynolds finished with 254 passing yards to surpass 9,500 yards in his career. - Conference USA Football

rSr/2023 QB Chris ReynoldsCharlotte
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  OCT 31 CONFERENCE USA SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Charlotte KR Shadrick Byrd had a career-high 229 all-purpose yards in the 49ers 56-23 Conference USA victory at Rice, including 88 on three kick returns (29.3 per return). He had a pair of returns of 30+ that gave Charlotte the ball near midfield (at the 49ers' 40) to set up short touchdown drives. Charlotte scored touchdowns after each of his returns, including one to tie, 14-14, one to take its first lead, 21-17, and a 35-yard return to open the second half, as Charlotte scored to break away for a 35-17 lead. Byrd also had career highs of 83 rushing yards and 58 receiving yards and scored on a four-yard rush. - Conference USA Football

rSo/2025 RB Shadrick ByrdCharlotte
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  Chris Reynolds matched a career best with five touchdown passes and Charlotte, after firing its previous head coach six days ago, cruised to a 56-23 victory over Rice on Saturday to snap a four-game losing streak. Will Healy, who led Charlotte to its first bowl game in his first season as the 49ers head coach in 2019, was let go on Sunday with a 15-24 record overall. Offensive line coach Pete Rossomando was named interim head coach. Charlotte (2-7, 1-4) finished with 514 yards of offense, scored touchdowns on seven consecutive drives and finished with its most points scored in a Conference USA game. Reynolds completed 16 of 19 passes for 254 yards and connected with Elijah Spencer for three scores. Shadrick Byrd and Calvin Camp combined for 163 yards rushing on 21 carries and two touchdowns for the 49ers. TJ McMahon was 18-of-33 passing for 218 yards, threw three touchdown passes and added 45 yards on the ground for Rice (4-3, 2-2). Bradley Rozner had five receptions for 105 yards receiving and a pair of TD catches. - Charlotte/AP College Football

rSr/2023 QB Chris ReynoldsCharlotte
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  Charlotte fired coach Will Healy on Sunday after the 49ers fell to 1-7 in their final season as a member of Conference USA. "We are grateful to Will Healy for the incredible energy and enthusiasm he brought to our program," said Charlotte 49ers athletic director Mike Hill. "He made an impact here that will never be forgotten. Sadly, however, our on-field results have not met expectations. Will and his family are special people and we wish them the best." Healy, one of the youngest head coaches in major college football at 37, fell to 15-24 in four seasons at Charlotte after losing 34-15 to Florida International on Saturday. That dropped the 49ers into last place in C-USA.

Offensive line coach Pete Rossomando was elevated to interim head coach. Rossomando is in his second season with the 49ers. He has previous head coaching experience at New Haven and Central Connecticut State and was named the NCAA Div. II National Coach of the Year following the 2012 season at New Haven. He was a finalist for the Eddie Robinson FCS Coach of the Year Award in 2017 while at Central Connecticut State. Charlotte is set to make a jump up in competition next season when it joins the American Athletic Conference along with five other C-USA schools. Healy was the youngest head coach in FBS when he was hired by Charlotte in 2019 after three years at Austin Peay that included an FCS playoff appearance in 2017. He led Charlotte to a bowl game in his first season, finishing 7-6. The 49ers are 8-18 since. Healy is the sixth major college coach fired this season, but first outside the Power Five conferences. The 49ers are at Rice on Saturday. - AP College Football


rSr/2023 QB Chris ReynoldsCharlotte
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  Chris Reynolds' return was exactly what the Charlotte 49ers needed. The sixth-year senior engineered a game-winning drive in the final minute of play to lift the 49ers to their first victory of the season, 42-41 over Georgia State in Atlanta on Saturday. After missing the previous two games with an upper-body injury, Reynolds totaled 401 yards and five touchdowns in the win, including the game-winning touchdown to Grant DuBose with 17 seconds to play to put Charlotte in the win column. - Charlotte Observer

rSr/2023 QB Chris ReynoldsCharlotte
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  Charlotte's wide receiving unit boasts a 2020 Biletnikoff Watch Listers: Victor Tucker (the program's second all-time leading receiver); a 2022 Biletnikoff Watch Lister: Grant DuBose (the team's 2021 leading receiver) and the 2021 C-USA Freshman of the Year: Elijah Spencer (shared the 2021 team-lead with DuBose - a transfer from DII Miles College in Ala. -- with six TD catches.

In three games, the trio of Tucker (200 rec. yds), DuBose (229 rec. yds) and Spencer (223 rec. yds) have combined for 652 (217.3/gm) of the 757 receiving yards (86 percent). All three have at least 200 rec. yds and are averaging over 65 yd/gm. Tucker leads the team with 19 receptions and has two TDs, DuBose has team-highs in yards, TDs (3) and rec. avg. (76.3), and Spencer owns a 100-yard performance (107 vs. William & Mary). Tucker and DuBose have both gone over 55 yards in all three games, while Spencer's 107 vs. W&M and 98 vs. Maryland are the season highs. - Charlotte Football


rSr/2023 WR Victor TuckerCharlotte
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  Charlotte's redshirt freshman quarterback Xavier Williams has impressed in his first two extended outings. He will start Saturday at Georgia State. He took over in the second quarter against William & Mary and made his first collegiate start vs. Maryland. In two games (approx. six quarters), he has thrown for 392 yards and two TDs without an interception. He has also run for 77 yards and two TDs. He boasts a 67-yard TD run to his credit and a 50-yard completion. - Charlotte Football

rFr/2026 QB Xavier WilliamsCharlotte
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  2022 PRESEASON MANNING AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Chris Reynolds, Sr., Charlotte,...Reynolds holds the 49ers' single-season and career records for passing yards, passing TDs, completion pct. and passing efficiency. In 2021, he threw for 2,684 yards and 26 touchdowns. A four-year starter, Reynolds has thrown for 7,726 yards in his career with 62 TD passes. He has earned All-Conference USA Honorable Mention honors in each of the last three seasons. He has engineered five game-winning drives in the fourth quarter or overtime in his career and has thrown three game-winning TD passes in the final minute or overtime. - Charlotte Football

rSr/2023 QB Chris ReynoldsCharlotte
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  2022 PRESEASON WUERFFEL TROPHY (COMMUNITY SERVICE) WATCHLIST: Kendric Blake Jr., Charlotte, Jr., WR,...Blake has been ever-present at Community Service projects throughout his three-year career. This past year, he took part in the Epilepsy Stroll held on-campus in April, was a part of the financial literacy program for juniors and seniors, volunteered at the Tim Tebow Foundation's "A Night to Shine" and assisted with a Children's Book Drive. In previous years, he helped out with a pair of canned food drives, spent time with adopted 49er football player Devin Kizer, volunteered at the 2nd Annual Hoops and Academics program and participated in the Harrisburg 4th of July Parade. - Charlotte Football

rJr/2024 WR Kendric Blake Jr.Charlotte
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  Moving to 2022, Charlotte must replace all three starting linebackers from a season ago, with Martin, Tyler Murray and Justin Whisenhunt moving on from the program. While there's a feeling of uncertainty with so many new faces, Healy feels confident in Boykins' abilities, labeling him as the "dude" of the linebacker corps and praising his work ethic throughout the offseason. Linebackers coach Adam Braithwaite echoed those comments, posing a challenge to the redshirt junior during the offseason. "He said, 'What do you want to be," Derek Boykins said, quoting Braithwaite. "You can be an All-American or you can be on the bench. It's up to you."

Boykins' work ethic both on the field and in the weight room has caught the attention of the staff and fellow players, but taking that next step to be a leader has been an entirely new experience - one he's needed his new teammates for. The 49ers added Wake Forest transfer Chase Monroe and freshman Reid Williford to join the returning group of Boykins, Burden, Prince Bemah and B.J. Turner, who combined for less than 400 total defensive snaps last season. "It's been hard. Personally, I'm not a vocal dude, so I've had to step out of my comfort box and elaborate on some stuff," Boykins said about the new leadership role. "Having Chase (Monroe) in the room has helped me a lot because he's a pro. But I think I'm finally stepping up to be who I need to be." - Charlotte Observer


rJr/2024 ILB Derek BoykinsCharlotte
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  There are nine 49ers who elected to return for their super-senior seasons, headlined by Chris Reynolds, Victor Tucker and Markees Watts. Reynolds, the program's leading passer, has been automatic through summer and the beginning of fall camp. Returning for a sixth season was something he just couldn't pass up. "Back in 2017, I didn't even know if I was going to be invited to a fall camp. I was a walk-on, and I was just grateful for an opportunity," Reynolds said. "That guy in 2017 would be punching me right now if I didn't take this opportunity. I love football. It's only right to finish what we started here. I'm thankful to be back, but we've got work to do."

On the opposite side of the ball, Watts is just 2.5 sacks away from breaking Alex Highsmith's program record of 20. For Watts, coming back for another year was a no-brainer. "I didn't see it as a choice. It was never an option to leave," Watts said. "How can I call myself a senior, how can I call myself an older guy, when the first time I face adversity as a leader, I quit and run? There's no abandoning ship. This is my family; this is my home. I wasn't leaving Charlotte for nothing." - Charlotte Observer


rSr/2023 OLB Markees WattsCharlotte
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  2022 PRESEASON PAUL HORNUNG AWARD WATCH LIST: Shadrick Byrd, Charlotte,...Byrd ranked third in Conference USA and 32nd in the FBS with 121.3 all-purpose yards. His 22.8 kick return average ranked 41st in the FBS. His kick return average is the second-best in school history. He led Charlotte with 132 rushing attempts and averaged 48.6 yards per game, while splitting duties with leading rusher Calvin Camp (52.9 yards/gm). Byrd ran for three touchdowns and caught two more through the air. - Charlotte Football

rSo/2025 RB Shadrick ByrdCharlotte
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  2022 PRESEASON BILETNIKOFF AWARD WATCH LIST: Grant DuBose, Charlotte,...DuBose burst onto the scene in 2021 as an impact transfer from Miles College. He led the 49ers with 62 catches for 892 yards and shared the team-lead with six TD catches. Memorably, he had two TD catches in his debut as the 49ers defeated Duke, 31-28, for the program's first win over a power conference opponent. He turned his first target as a 49er into a 56-yard TD reception against the Blue Devils and finished the game with a season-high 118 receiving yards.

He also had a pair of TD catches in the 49ers C-USA victory over Middle Tennessee. He had eight games with 70 or more receiving yards, including three 100-yard performances: 118 vs. Duke; 114 vs. Middle Tennessee and 108 at Louisiana Tech. His 892 receiving yards are the third-most by a 49er in school history and the second-most at the FBS-level. He averaged 14.4 yards per reception and 74.3 yards per game. - Charlotte Football


rJr/2024 WR Grant DuBoseCharlotte
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  2022 PRESEASON DAVEY O'BRIEN NATIONAL QUARTERBACK AWARD WATCH LIST: Chris Reynolds, Charlotte, Sr., 5-11, 210, Mocksville, N.C.,...Reynolds holds the 49ers' single-season and career records for passing yards, passing TDs, completion pct. and passing efficiency. In 2021, he threw for 2,684 yards and 26 touchdowns. A four-year starter, Reynolds has thrown for 7,726 yards in his career with 62 TD passes. He has earned All-Conference USA Honorable Mention honors in each of the last three seasons. - Charlotte Football

rSr/2023 QB Chris ReynoldsCharlotte
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