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  NOV 30 SUN BELT DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Tarron Jackson, Coastal Carolina,...Tarron Jackson led the Coastal defense with six total tackles, five of which were solo stops, 2.5 sacks, and 3.0 tackles-for-loss in the Chants' 49-14 blowout win over Texas State. The redshirt-senior defensive end set the tone of the game with a sack on the very first play of the game. His 2.5 sacks and 3.0 TFL's matched season highs for a Chant defender in a single game this season. CCU held Texas State to just 318 total yards of offense on 202 passing yards and 116 rushing yards for the game. Coastal is 9-0, the best start ever by a Sun Belt Conference football team, and won the Sun Belt East Division Championship title in only their fourth year in the league. - Sun Belt Conference Football

(DS#14 DE) rSr/2021 DE Tarron JacksonCoastal Carolina
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  11/28/20 - CJ MarablerSr/2021, Coastal Carolina, 5-09, 200 (DS#38 RB) + More +

  C.J. Marable ran for 157 yards and three touchdowns and No. 16 Coastal Carolina wrapped up the Sun Belt Conference East Division title with a 49-14 victory over Texas State on Saturday. The Chanticleers (9-0, 7-0) had 572 yards of offense in extending their winning streak to 10 games. They moved up to the Football Bowl Subdivision three seasons ago. Texas State (2-10, 2-6) closed its sixth straight losing season. It was the second-most points the Bobcats have allowed in regulation this season. Texas State held a moment of silence for sophomore defensive back Khambrail Winters, who was fatally shot Tuesday what the San Marcos Police Department said was a drug deal gone wrong.

Coastal took command early at Bobcat Stadium, scoring touchdowns on its first two possessions route to a 35-7 lead at the half. The Chants drove 81 yards on their opening possession for the game's first touchdown. Marable had five rushes for 67 yards in the seven-play drive, including a 14-yard scoring run 1:14 into the game. The senior running back followed that with a 9-yard scoring run on Coastal's second possession. The 45-yard drive was set up when Chants junior safety Alex Spillum forced and recovered a fumble. It was Texas State's fourth fumble of the season. Marable added a 23-yeard scoring run two minutes into the third quarter. He closed with 16 carries, averaging 9.8 yards per attempt. The Chants rushed for 406 yards and five touchdowns. - Coastal Carolina/AP College Football


(DS#38 RB) rSr/2021 RB CJ MarableCoastal Carolina
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  If you saw Coastal Carolina junior cornerback D'Jordan Strong during the team's break from football activities due to the coronavirus in the spring and early summer, chances are he was carrying and tossing a football. Strong joined the Chanticleers from Northeast Mississippi Community College in January, in time for CCU's early spring practices in February and early March. During those sessions, defensive backs coach Bryant Foster was impressed with Strong's ability to cover wide receivers, and he also noted that Strong was dropping the ball a lot. Strong had just one interception in two years of JUCO football - though he notes he had a 100-yard interception return negated by a penalty - while playing predominantly single man-to-man coverage.

"I used to drop a lot of balls in the spring, and coach Foster texted me when coronavirus was going on big-time and said, 'Hey man, don't think I'm being funny, but you get you a football and just walk around and throw it in the air and catch it and see how it feels. Man, you could lead the conference in interceptions this season and be a first-team Sun Belt cornerback because you've got the ability to do it. If you just do this one little thing you've got potential to be something,' " Strong recalled. "That's what I did, and now I've got five interceptions and that's crazy because coach Foster called it." - Myrtle Beach Online


(DS#66 CB) Jr/2022 CB DJordan StrongCoastal Carolina
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  Junior tight end Isaiah Likely was a big part of the CCU offense early in the season, but he has been hampered by a lower body injury of late that forced him to miss the Louisiana game on Oct. 17 and has affected his production. He also just hasn't been targeted much in recent games. In the three games prior to Saturday, Likely had three catches for 17 yards. But he was a focus Saturday. The big and fast 6-foot-4, 245-pounder was targeted on CCU's first offensive play despite having two Mountaineers in coverage and was hit by Grayson McCall for a 75-yard TD. He finished with three catches for 118 yards and had a drop that would have been a big gain.

"Whether I'm getting involved or not I love seeing my team celebrate, seeing my team in the end zone, blowing teams out and staying undefeated," Likely said. "So it happened today where we knew what they were going to do with the linebackers and safety, giving me the ball and letting me go do what they recruited, it was a just a fantastic opportunity." Likely now has 13 receptions for 350 yards and four TDs this season for an average of nearly 27 yards per catch. - Myrtle Beach Online


(DS#20 TE) Jr/2022 TE Isaiah LikelyCoastal Carolina
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  NOV 23 SUN BELT DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: C.J. Brewer, Coastal Carolina,...Redshirt senior defensive tackle C.J. Brewer had a career day in the win over Appalachian State last Saturday as he led the Chants to their first-ever win over the Mountaineers. Brewer totaled a career-high 14 tackles, which is also a team-high this season, and 3.0 tackles-for-loss which matched his team-high of 3.0 tackles-for-loss in the win over Kansas in the season opener on Sept. 12. He also added 1.5 sacks in the win with his solo sack coming on a third down on the Mountaineers' last drive of the game. The Coastal defense helped the Chants overcome a 17-9 halftime deficit by holding the Mountaineers to just two field goals over the second half of play. The Chants are now 8-0 on the season, the best start by a team in Sun Belt history, and the Chants' best start since moving to FBS in 2017. - Sun Belt Football

(DS#32 DT) rSr/2021 DT C.J. BrewerCoastal Carolina
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  Reese White scored the go-ahead touchdown on a 3-yard run with 2:24 to play, and No. 15 Coastal Carolina continued its perfect 8-0 start with its first-ever win over Appalachian State, 34-23 on Saturday. The Chants (6-0 Sun Belt Conference) had lost all six previous games to the four-time defending Sun Belt champion Mountaineers. But they held Appalachian State to just two field goals in the second half after falling behind 17-9 at halftime. The Mountaineers ( 6-2, 4-1) tried to rally after White's score. But D'Jordan Strong intercepted Zac Thomas' 4th-and-22 pass and returned it 38 yards for a touchdown to clinch it.

Coastal Carolina, picked last in the Sun Belt in the preseason, is now a victory away from winning the league's East Division and playing West winners Louisiana-Lafayette for the conference title next month. The Chants play at Texas State next week and a make-up of a COVID-19-postponed game at Troy on Dec. 12. In between is a potential undefeated showdown against No. 22 LIberty on Dec. 5. Coastal Carolina freshman quarterback Grayson McCall threw for 200 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for another 69 yards and a score. Wide receiver Isaiah Likely had 118 yards receiving and a score, and the Chants' defense forced three turnovers, all interceptions, off the usually steady Thomas. - Coastal Carolina/AP College Football


(DS#7 QB) rFr/2024 QB Grayson McCallCoastal Carolina
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  NOV 9 SUN BELT DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Tarron Jackson, Coastal Carolina,...Redshirt senior defensive end Tarron Jackson led a defense that allowed just six points and 336 total yards while totaling five sacks, eight tackles-for-loss, and forced two fumbles in the home win over South Alabama on Saturday night. Jackson finished with 10 tackles, including 2.5 sacks, 2.5 tackles-for-loss, one forced fumble, and two quarterback hurries. CCU's defense has not allowed a touchdown over the last 10 quarters, two-plus games, and has been key in CCU going 7-0 to start this season, matching Appalachian State's 7-0 start last season as the best record to start a season in Sun Belt history. - Sun Belt Football

(DS#14 DE) rSr/2021 DE Tarron JacksonCoastal Carolina
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  NOV 8 WALTER CAMP NATIONAL FBS DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: TARRON JACKSON, COASTAL CAROLINA, Redshirt Senior, Defensive End, Aiken, SC/Silver Bluff HS,...Tarron Jackson recorded 10 tackles, 2.5 quarterback sacks, 2 quarterback hurries, and forced one fumble as 15th-ranked Coastal Carolina defeated South Alabama, 23-6. With the win, Coastal Carolina improved to 7-0, 5-0 in the Sun Belt Conference. - The Walter Camp Football Foundation

(DS#14 DE) rSr/2021 DE Tarron JacksonCoastal Carolina
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  Grayson McCall threw for 203 yards and a score, Massimo Biscardi had three field goals and No. 15 Coastal Carolina improved to 7-0 with a 23-6 victory Saturday night over South Alabama. McCall completed 16 of 23 passes including a 9-yard scoring pass to C.J. Marable as the Chanticleers (5-0 Sun Belt Conference) outgained the Jaguars (3-4, 2-2) by more than 100 yards, including 236 yards on the ground, and the defense recorded recorded five sacks. The Chants entered Saturday's game with an 11-6 advantage in turnover margin to rank 21st in the nation, and a nearly 10-minute advantage in time of possession to rank ninth in the country. Coastal held a 17-6 lead at halftime and Biscardi kicked a pair of field goals in the second half for the Chants. Coastal struck first on its first possession, driving 72 yards in seven plays for a 1-yard touchdown run on fourth down by Shermari White. A key play in the drive was a 46-yard run by Reese White. - AP College Football

(DS#7 QB) rFr/2024 QB Grayson McCallCoastal Carolina
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  In just its fourth year as a Football Bowl Subdivision participant, the Coastal Carolina football team has already made Sun Belt Conference history. The Chanticleers appeared at No. 15 in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll released Sunday, a day after routing conference rival Georgia State 51-0 in Atlanta. The No. 15 ranking is the highest for a Sun Belt team ever, eclipsing No. 19 rankings held by Appalachian State last year and Louisiana twice this season. CCU also set a conference record with its 16th ranking in the Amway Coaches Poll presented by USA Today Sports, besting the Mountaineers' end-of-season 18th standing in the poll last year.

The Chants were picked by conference coaches to finish last in the preseason poll, which has helped fuel their 6-0 start that includes a win over Big 12 team Kansas and a formerly ranked Louisiana squad. "Everybody picking us last, it was crazy to see in the beginning," junior wide receiver Jaivon Heiligh said following Saturday's win over Georgia State. "They just didn't realize. Hopefully they realize now, and we're not done." - Myrtle Beach Online


(DS#7 QB) rFr/2024 QB Grayson McCallCoastal Carolina
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  NOV 2 SUN BELT OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Grayson McCall, Coastal Carolina,...After missing last week due to a shoulder injury, Grayson McCall looked more than 100 percent in his return in the 51-0 win over Georgia State. The redshirt freshman quarterback was 18-of-24 for 254 yards and four touchdowns. He also ran six times for 15 yards and a score. In just his fifth career start, he was responsible for five touchdowns, which matched the five first downs by the Panthers for the whole game. In his five games this year, he has thrown for two touchdowns or more in all five games, including a career-high four touchdowns twice. He has also thrown for 250 yards or more three times and has thrown for over 1,000 career yards just this season, which ranks 10th all-time in CCU history. - Sun Belt Football

(DS#7 QB) rFr/2024 QB Grayson McCallCoastal Carolina
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  NOV 2 SUN BELT DEFENSIVE PLAY OF THE WEEK: Tarron Jackson, Coastal Carolina,...Defensive end Tarron Jackson set the tone for the Chanticleers in the 51-0 win over Georgia State last week. Jackson was second on the team with four tackles. He also had 1.0 sack, a quarterback hurry that led to an interception, and forced two fumbles. The defense, which was only on the field for 40 total plays in the win, held GSU to just 106 total yards, 76 rushing and 30 passing, posted six three-and-outs, forced six punts, and caused two turnovers. In fact, GSU had negative yards for four of its 11 offensive series in the contest. The Panthers entered the game atop of the Sun Belt with an average of 42.0 points per game and ranked 23rd nationally in total offense at 466.5 yards per game. - Sun Belt Football

(DS#14 DE) rSr/2021 DE Tarron JacksonCoastal Carolina
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  Grayson McCall passed for 254 yards and four touchdowns, Jaivon Heiligh scored twice, and No. 20 Coastal Carolina cruised to a 51-0 victory over Georgia State on Saturday. CJ Marable added two rushing touchdowns and 100 all-purpose yards for the Chanticleers (6-0, 4-0 Sun Belt Conference). Coastal Carolina has its most wins in a single season since joining FBS in 2017. Georgia State (2-3, 1-3) looked nothing like the team that began the day leading the Sun Belt in scoring at 42 points per game. The Panthers' previous two losses were by a combined 10 points with both coming down to the final possession. The Chants struck first to take a 7-0 lead on Heiligh's 35-yard touchdown catch in the first quarter. On fourth-and-seven, McCall connected with a streaking Heiligh on a wheel route as the receiver got behind cornerback Quavian White down the left sideline.

Coastal Carolina made it 14-0 when Marable, coming out of the backfield, ran a route down the left side to easily beat outside linebacker Jordan Strachan for an 18-yard score in the second quarter. The Chants, who churned out 430 yards of total offense, led 34-0 at halftime after Reese White scored on a 13-yard run, Heiligh caught a 10-yard pass for his sixth TD reception of the season and McCall ran for a 2-yard score. Marable added a short TD run on the opening drive of the third to make it 41-0, and Kameron Brown had a touchdown catch near the end of the third. McCall, who missed last week's win over Georgia Southern with an upper body injury, and several of the starters left the game for the entirety of the fourth. Coastal Carolina began the game tied for first in the Sun Belt and ranked 11th nationally with a plus-four turnover margin, including seven interceptions. It added another pick against and fumble recovery against Georgia State. - Coastal Carolina/AP College Football


(DS#7 QB) rFr/2024 QB Grayson McCallCoastal Carolina
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  Backup quarterback Fred Payton three three touchdown passes and No. 25 Coastal Carolina won its first game as a ranked team with a 28-14 victory over Georgia Southern on Saturday. The Chanticleers (5-0, 3-0 Sun Belt Conference) played without starting passer Grayson McCall, who had an upper body injury. But Payton threw of a 24-yard TD pass to running back C.J. Marable with 8:53 remaining to break a 14-all tie and Coastal Carolina up for good. Reese White added a 20-yard scoring run to extend the Chants' margin - and likely guarantee another week in the Top 25. Payton, who started 10 games over the past two seasons, finished 15 of 28 for 252 yards. Coastal outgained Georgia Southern 382-218 and held the Eagles to 2-of-12 on third down with two interceptions by cornerback D'Jordan Strong, six tackles for loss and four sacks, including two by linebacker Enock Makonzo. A turnover on downs by Georgia Southern and late interception by Strong sealed the win. Coastal Carolina has won three Sun Belt games in a season for the first time in its four years since moving up from the Football Championship Subdivison. - AP College Football

(DS#999 QB) Jr/2022 QB Fred PaytonCoastal Carolina
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  No. 25 Coastal Carolina will play its first game as a ranked team without starting quarterback Grayson McCall. The team said the freshman would miss the game with Gerogia Southern on Saturday because of an upper body injury. Backup and former starter Fred Payton will open at quarterback. McCall is from Indian Trail, North Carolina, and has been a big reason for the Chanticleers' rise this season. He leads the Sun Belt Conference in passing efficiency with 11 touchdowns against one interception for Coastal Carolina (4-0). McCall threw for two touchdowns and ran for a third when Coastal Carolina defeated then-No. 21 Louisiana-Lafayette 30-27 for its first victory over a ranked opponent. - AP College Football

(DS#7 QB) rFr/2024 QB Grayson McCallCoastal Carolina
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