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  08/01/20 - Chris ReynoldsrJr/2022, Charlotte, 5-10, 192 (DS#999 QB) + More +

  2020 MANNING AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Chris Reynolds, Jr., Charlotte,...A former walk-on, Reynolds earned all-Conference USA honorable mention from the league's coaches after setting a school record with 22 passing TDs and leading the league with a school-record 153.60 passing efficiency. He passed for over 2500 yards and was the team's second-leading rusher with 791 yards, the most ever by a 49ers quarterback. He had a .622 completion pct. (181-of-291) and averaged 197.2 passing yards and 258.1 yards of total offense. He ranked in the FBS top 15 in passing yards/attempt (8.81, 12th FBS) and passing yards/completion (14.17, 13th FBS). - Charlotte Football

(DS#999 QB) rJr/2022 QB Chris ReynoldsCharlotte
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  07/26/20 - Chris ReynoldsrJr/2022, Charlotte, 5-10, 192 (DS#999 QB) + More +

  2020 PRESEASON MAXWELL AWARD WATCH LIST: QB Chris Reynolds, Charlotte,...Reynolds earned all-Conference USA honorable mention from the league's coaches after setting a school record with 22 passing TDs and leading the league with a school-record 153.60 passing efficiency in 2019. He passed for over 2500 yards and was the team's second-leading rusher with 791 yards, the most ever by a 49ers quarterback. He had a .622 completion pct. (181-of-291) and averaged 197.2 passing yards and 258.1 yards of total offense. - Charlotte Football

(DS#999 QB) rJr/2022 QB Chris ReynoldsCharlotte
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  07/26/20 - Tyriq HarrisrSr/2021, Charlotte, 6-2, 236 (DS#126 OLB) + More +

  2020 WUERFFEL TROPHY PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Tyriq Harris, Charlotte, senior, defensive line,...This is the second straight season that Harris has been named to the Wuerffel Trophy Watch List. He was named to the 2019 List, but missed the season with injury. Harris graduated cum laude with a degree in biology last spring and has served as a team captain in 2018 and 2019. Despite missing the season, Harris received the team's Coaches' Award following their first-ever bowl season for the positive impact he continued to have on the team. He earned 2018 all-Conference USA Honorable Mention and was named 2018 third-team all-C-USA by Phil Steele. Additionally, Harris ranks ninth in career tackles (149) and sixth in career sacks (6.0). - Charlotte Football

(DS#126 OLB) rSr/2021 OLB Tyriq HarrisCharlotte
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  07/25/20 - Victor TuckerrJr/2022, Charlotte, 5-11, 177 (DS#63 WR) + More +

  2020 PRESEASON BILETNIKOFF AWARD WATCH LIST: Victor Tucker, Charlotte,...Tucker, the 49ers standout junior wide receiver, ranked third in C-USA with a 89.9 receiving average in C-USA games, last year and led the league with five 100-yard receiving games vs. league opponents. He led the 49ers with a school FBS record of 909 receiving yards and seven TD catches. He averaged 69.9 yds/gm and 17.5 yds/catch and led the 49ers with 26 catches of 15 or more yards . All seven TD catches were 15 or more yards, including a 58-yard TD at Old Dominion that was the longest of the season for the 49ers. - Charlotte Football

(DS#63 WR) rJr/2022 WR Victor TuckerCharlotte
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  07/25/20 - Jaelin FisherrSr/2021, Charlotte, 6-2, 285 (DS#23 C) + More +

  2020 OUTLAND TROPHY PRESEASON WATCH LIST: C Jaelin Fisher, Charlotte,...Fisher anchored an offensive line that led Conference USA and ranked 30th in the nation in rushing with a school FBS record 203.0 yards per game, last year. In addition, the O-Line allowed just 1.62 sacks per game, tied for 32nd-fewest in the nation. Thanks to the strong rushing attack, led by first team all-C-USA running back Benny LeMay, Charlotte ranked 25th in the FBS with a time of possession of 31:59.

Fisher, who started 12 games, last year, was on the Watch List for the 2019 Rimington Trophy, which is awarded to the nation's top center. When Charlotte played at top-ranked Clemson, Fisher was given the honor of wearing the program's #49 jersey. He was the 49ers starting center in Charlotte first-ever bowl game: the 2019 Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl. - Charlotte Football


(DS#23 C) rSr/2021 C Jaelin FisherCharlotte
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  06/24/20 - Ben DeLucaSr/2021, Charlotte, 6-1, 207 (DS#60 FS) + More +

  The Charlotte 49ers, UNC Charlotte's Division I intercollegiate athletics program, unveiled a new brand identity in the first update to the Charlotte 49ers athletic mark since 2000. "The new identity captures the energy that will drive our programs to championship-level success," said 49ers Director of Athletics Mike Hill. "It's an exciting time for Charlotte athletics. We enjoyed our first football bowl game last season, set a record for home wins in men's basketball, won league titles in men's and women's track and field, advanced to the NCAA Men's Soccer Tournament second round, and saw multiple teams continue their dramatic competitive ascent."

The centerpiece of the new look is a distinctive mark called the "All-In C." An evolution from the current Charlotte athletics logo, it places the classic 49ers' gold-mining pick inside a collegiate-inspired "C" with beveled corners, an aggressive stance and a 9-degree forward tilt that illustrates the brand's positive energy and forward momentum. "It looks incredible," said Head Football Coach Will Healy. "It will look great on the side of a helmet. It will look great in the middle of a basketball court and on jerseys. When you have a cool logo to go along with Nike on the other side, it's going to help us in recruiting. It's going to help our player experience here, where they feel really good about where they are playing." - Charlotte Observer


(DS#60 FS) Sr/2021 FS Ben DeLucaCharlotte
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  06/07/20 - Chris ReynoldsrJr/2022, Charlotte, 5-10, 192 (DS#999 QB) + More +

  Chris Reynolds, the starting quarterback for the Charlotte 49ers, accounted for 3,355 passing and rushing yards and 28 touchdowns in 2019, but he hasn't forgotten what it was like to be un-recruited even after an ungodly high school career at Davie. He hasn't forgotten going to Charlotte practices as a walk-on, the No. 5 quarterback, and not getting a single rep. He hasn't forgotten the devastating ankle injury in 2018 that forced him to start from scratch and prove himself all over again. He hasn't forgotten how many transfers were brought in to replace him.

Now a junior, Reynolds is the unquestioned offensive catalyst of the 49ers, who are coming off their first winning season (7-6) and their first bowl experience. But when you're 5-foot-10 and you're playing the position Reynolds plays and playing against the caliber of athletes he's playing against, you never take a single step of the journey for granted. "The chip on the shoulder never leaves," Reynolds said. "The chip can't leave. There are times when I reflect on the athletic road I've traveled, the challenges I've faced, all the adversity that put me on the path that I'm on now. I have gone from walk-on to starter, and I'm very grateful to be in the position that I'm in today, but my mindset is that I still have to earn a job every single day. I still have to compete every day like it's my last day." - Charlotte Observer


(DS#999 QB) rJr/2022 QB Chris ReynoldsCharlotte
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  05/07/20 - Alex HighsmithrSr/2020, Charlotte, 6-3, 248 (DS#12 DE) + More +

  You could hear it in Will Healy's voice. It was something the Charlotte 49ers head football coach couldn't hide and didn't want to hide. It's because when talking about Alex Highsmith, Healy just can't help but let it be known how proud he is of the newest Steelers linebacker. "I am ridiculously proud," said Healy. "He's a guy I have grown really close to over the last year. I was fortunate enough to inherit him and coach him. It couldn't happen to a better person. "The amazing part about Alex is not just the way he is on the field, but his leadership and how he handled his business and mentorship is so vital for our program well after he is there. He is a tremendous person. He has it figured out. He is very mature about how he handles himself. He is such a good teammate and person. His work ethic is second to none.

"To see him enjoy this type of success is really good for the guys who are in our program to see what a professional player looks like. It's really gratifying for me as a coach to see a guy who buys into it as much as he does, and I am so happy he was rewarded this way." Highsmith has come a long way since he first went to Charlotte, showing up as a walk-on and not even participating in freshman camp because he wasn't on the roster. To go from that to a third-round draft pick at a smaller school is a huge jump. "There is some God-given ability he has so the first thing for him was someone to give him a chance," said Healy. "He bought into the process of what it's going to take from where he was to where he has to go. He caught the hunger and fire of what it takes to be special and do it week in and week out. It's a process, but when you do things right like he does, and do it consistently, you are bound to have results. That, with the God-given ability, is why he turned out to be so special." - Charlotte Observer


(DS#12 DE) rSr/2020 DE Alex HighsmithCharlotte
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  04/25/20 - Alex HighsmithrSr/2020, Charlotte, 6-3, 248 (DS#12 DE) + More +

  With their third round pick the Steelers selected Alex Highsmith, an outside linebacker who is a pass rush specialist. Highsmith played at Charlotte where he had 15 sacks his senior season, finishing his career with a school-record 20 sacks. He also had 22 tackles for a loss in 2019. Highsmith was an Associated Press All-American, the first one from Charlotte. Highsmith said he spoke with Steelers General Manager Kevin Colbert and Coach Mike Tomlin a few weeks ago and they expressed an interest in him and told him the role they would like him to play as a young player, which would be outside linebacker after playing defensive end at Charlotte the last two years.

"They talked to me about being a special teams guy this year and being the guy backing up (Bud) Dupree and T.J. (Watt)," said Highsmith. "I am just so excited to learn from those two guys, two of the best pass rushers in this league. I am ready to soak up everything like a sponge, learn so much and do everything I can to help the team get back to the Super Bowl. "I am ready for the challenge. I am excited for the transition. I am going to do whatever I can, be the hardest worker on the team. I can't wait to get to work." The Steelers scouted Highsmith in the fall and Colbert said the first time he saw him in person was at practice at the East-West Shrine Game where he stood out. - Charlotte Observer


(DS#12 DE) rSr/2020 DE Alex HighsmithCharlotte
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  04/18/20 - Alex HighsmithrSr/2020, Charlotte, 6-3, 248 (DS#12 DE) + More +

  Alex Highsmith's career at Charlotte started with him as a walk-on. He leaves the program as the all time leader in sacks. To be that good, you have to put in a lot of hard work and Highsmith's story is proof he put in that work. "In high school I played middle backer (linebacker) and I was like 6 foot 1 and 205 pounds so I was super skinny," said Highsmith. No big time college football program wants a middle linebacker at that size so if Highsmith was going to play division 1 football, he was going to have to sell himself. Even to the Charlotte 49ers who had only been playing football for a year.

Alex played high school ball at Ashley High School in Wilmington. A game against rival Hoggard High School in 2014 changed his life. "Their coach's name was Scott Braswell," said Highsmith. "His son Scotty Braswell Jr. was a GA (grad assistant) at Charlotte at the time. What I did was I asked coach Braswell 'is there any way you can pass my film on to your son and the Charlotte staff.' He did and they watched it and they liked me." And that opened the door for Alex to walk-on at Charlotte. Not to get a scholarship but just to walk-on. Alex earned that scholarship after his redshirt freshman season and the rest is history. By the end of his career, Highsmith had racked up 20 sacks which is a program record, he was first team All-Conference USA (2 straight seasons) and he was named a 3rd team All-American as a senior. - Charlotte Observer


(DS#12 DE) rSr/2020 DE Alex HighsmithCharlotte
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  03/27/20 - Tre HarbisonrSr/2021, Charlotte, 5-11, 215 (DS#85 RB) + More +

  Tre Harbison saw a chance to end his college football career close to home. So he grabbed it. When Harbison was a standout running back at Northern Illinois over the past three seasons, it wasn't easy for dad James and mom Kim to make the 12-hour drive from Shelby to DeKalb, Ill., to watch him play. They might have done it two or three times each season. But now that Tre is playing for the Charlotte 49ers, the Harbison family is less than an hour away. "Being close to my home and family is a top priority for me," Harbison said. "At my old school, that was really tough." Harbison has come full circle, and the final stop of his career features a significant challenge: he's being counted on to help replace Benny LeMay, second on the 49ers' career rushing list and an all-Conference USA selection last season.

"We know he's an extremely powerful runner, who's really versatile," 49ers coach Will Healy said before coronavirus concerns canceled Charlotte's spring practice. "He catches the ball well out of the backfield and gets downfield in a hurry. He's difficult to tackle." Harbison certainly has the credentials. Harbison had a brilliant high school career. Cleveland County's career rushing leader (5,770 yards) when he left Crest High, Harbison led the Chargers to two state championships, scoring seven touchdowns in the 2015 title game against Southern Durham. He was MVP of both championship games. - Charlotte Observer


(DS#85 RB) rSr/2021 RB Tre HarbisonCharlotte
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  02/14/20 - Benny LeMaySr/2020, Charlotte, 5-08, 221 (DS#19 RB) + More +

  2020 NFL COMBINE INVITE: Benny LeMay, RB, Charlotte,...Charlotte's all-time FBS rushing leader, LeMay posted back-to-back 1,000-yard rushing seasons as a junior and senior. His 3,232 career rushing yards rank second all-time for the 49ers and first for players that competed at the FBS level for their entire careers. LeMay ranked second in C-USA with a 98.4 rushing avg. (1,082 yards total) and led the league in all-purpose yards (120.4/game; 1,324 total). A first team all-C-USA selection, LeMay was second in C-USA with 13 touchdowns (9 rushing; 4 receiving) and ranks second all-time with 28 career TDs. - Charlotte Football

(DS#19 RB) Sr/2020 RB Benny LeMayCharlotte
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  02/14/20 - Alex HighsmithrSr/2020, Charlotte, 6-3, 248 (DS#12 DE) + More +

  2020 NFL COMBINE INVITE: Alex Highsmith, DE, Charlotte,...This past season he broke records for sacks in a game (4.5), season (14.0) and career (20.0). He was named first team all-C-USA as both a junior and senior, the first 49er to earn first team all-league honors two times. Listed on the Chuck Bednarik Award Preseason Watch List as a candidate for the nation's top defensive player award, Highsmith was also a semifinalist for the Burlsworth Trophy, given to the top collegiate player that began his career as a walk-on. He ranked fourth in the nation in sacks (14.0) and fifth in tackles for loss (21.5) as a senior. He ranks fifth all-time for the 49ers in career tackles (185) and second in career TFL (46.0). - Charlotte Football

(DS#12 DE) rSr/2020 DE Alex HighsmithCharlotte
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  02/14/20 - Cameron ClarkrSr/2020, Charlotte, 6-4, 308 (DS#16 OT) + More +

  2020 NFL COMBINE INVITE: Cameron Clark, OT, Charlotte,...A first team all-Conference USA choice, Clark anchored Charlotte's offensive line that produced C-USA's top rushing attack. The 49ers offensive line was the only unit in C-USA to be named to the Midseason Honor Roll for the Joe Moore Award, which is presented to the nation's best-performing offensive line. Charlotte led C-USA with a school-record 203.0 rushing yards per game and ranked third in fewest sacks allowed. Clark started all 12 games to run his streak of consecutive starts to 31 games. A three-year starter and two-time co-captain, Clark set a school record with 49 games played during his four-year career. - Charlotte Football

(DS#16 OT) rSr/2020 OT Cameron ClarkCharlotte
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  01/20/20 - Benny LeMaySr/2020, Charlotte, 5-08, 221 (DS#19 RB) + More +

  2019 EAST-WEST SHRINE BOWL OFFENSIVE MVP: Benny LeMay,...Charlotte continued its flair for the dramatic into the post-season as standout running back Benny LeMay scored the game-winning touchdown with under two minutes to play to lift the East to a 31-27 victory in the 2020 East-West Shrine Bowl, Saturday in St. Petersburg, Fla. LeMay, one of three 49ers playing in the senior showcase, scored on a nine-yard run with 1:52 remaining to give the East the four-point win.

He scored twice in the game and was named the Shrine Bowl's Offensive MVP. He hed the East with 80 yards on 16 carries and the two TDs. He also scored on a 10-yard run in the first quarter. Charlotte, which advanced to its first-ever bowl game under first-year coach Will Healy in 2019, scored three game-winning TDs in the fourth quarter, this past season. LeMay, likewise, also continued his high-scoring pattern. He had eight games with two or more touchdowns in his career, including five in 2019. The first-team all-Conference USA selection is the 49ers all-time FBS rushing leader with 3,232 yard in his four-year career. He ranks second all-time in school history in both rushing yards and rushing TDs. - Charlotte Football


(DS#19 RB) Sr/2020 RB Benny LeMayCharlotte
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