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Blue Hose football - last in Big South pre-season - has 3 All-Conference selections
CHARLESTON SOUTHERN ON TOP: For the first time, defending conference champion Charleston Southern University has been tabbed the favorite in the Big South Conference’s annual preseason football poll for the 2016 campaign, as voted by the league’s head coaches and media panel and announced today at Big South Conference Football Media Day Kickoff Luncheon at the Marriott Fairfield Inn & Suites in Uptown Charlotte. The Buccaneers, who reached the quarterfinal round of the FCS Playoffs last year as the No. 8 national seed, enter 2016 with 44 letterwinners returning, including 19 starters. Fourth-year head coach Jamey Chadwell’s squad finished last year ranked as high as sixth in the final Top 25 polls, went 10-3 overall and 6-0 in conference games -- just the second team in league annals to post a 6-0 Big South record. Charleston Southern received 16 of 18 first-place votes cast and 106 total points to win the Big South football championship this season. -- The Big South Conference

Three Earn All-Big South Preseason Honors

 

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Presbyterian College football players Darrell Bridges, Obinna Ntiasagwe and Joseph Purter have been named to the Big South Preseason All-Conference team, the league announced on Tuesday at its annual media day event.

The Blue Hose were picked to finish last in the conference pre-season - 6th in a 6-team league with the departure of Coastal Carolina.

Bridges was a first team All-Big South selection last season after rushing for over 1,000 yards last season, the first running back to do so in PC’s Division I history. The native of Chattanooga, Tenn. enters 2016 as the top returning rusher in the conference and will look to repeat his impressive work against a tough schedule this season. Bridges also led the team in scoring last season, finding his way to the endzone eight times for a team-high 48 points.

Ntiasagwe returns to lead the Blue Hose on defense this season, after totaling 41 tackles last year, including 7.0 tackles for loss and a team-high 5.5 sacks. The redshirt junior defensive lineman finished fourth in the league in sacks last season and is one of just four returning players to have at least 5.0 sacks a year ago. Ntiasagwe, a native of Columbia, S.C., ranked ninth among the league’s defensive lineman in tackles last season.

Purter proved to be a reliable target in the passing game for PC last season, catching eight passes for 103 yards for an average of 12.9 yards per reception. The senior tight end recorded the longest pass play of the 2015 season for PC, hauling in a 49-yard reception at Western Carolina that led to a PC touchdown. The native of Columbus, Ga. will likely be counted to help the lead the offense this season.

The Blue Hose were also chosen to finish sixth in the league’s preseason poll. Charleston Southern earned the top spot, receiving 16 first-place votes, while Liberty and Kennesaw State each received a first-place vote as well.

PC opens the 2016 season in less than 40 days when it travels to Central Michigan on Thursday, September 1 for a 7 p.m. meeting with the Chippewas.

 

 2016 Big South Football Preseason All-Conference Team

OFFENSE                                      SCHOOL                           YR                     

QB       Trey White                      Kennesaw State              RSr.
RB       Darius Hammond           Charleston Southern     Sr.
RB       Darrell Bridges               Presbyterian                   RJr.
WR      Zac Parker                       Liberty                             Sr.
WR      Darren Ambush              Monmouth                      Sr.
WR      Justin Sumpter                Kennesaw State              RSo.
TE        Joseph Purter                 Presbyterian                   Sr.
OL       Erik Austell                      Charleston Southern     RSr.
OL       Malik Letatau                  Kennesaw State              Sr.
OL       Jackson Williamson        Charleston Southern     Sr.
OL       Alex Thompson              Monmouth                      Jr.
OL       Caleb Smith                     Gardner-Webb               RSr.
DEFENSE                                      SCHOOL                           YR              
DL       Anthony Ellis                   Charleston Southern     Jr.
DL       Darnell Leslie                  Monmouth                      Sr.
DL       Ja’Ron Greene                Liberty                             Sr.
DL       Obinna Ntisagwe            Presbyterian                   RJr.
LB        Chad Geter                      Gardner-Webb               RSr.
LB        Solomon Brown              Charleston Southern     RSo.
LB        Aaron Cook                     Gardner-Webb               Sr.
LB        Payton Minnich              Monmouth                      Sr.
DB       Mike Basile                      Monmouth                      Jr.
DB       Troy McGowens             Charleston Southern     Sr.
DB       Taylor Hinkle                   Kennesaw State              RSo.
DB       Chris Turner                    Liberty                             RJr.
SPECIAL TEAMS                          SCHOOL                           YR              
PK       Matt White                      Monmouth                      Jr.
P          Trey Turner                     Liberty                             RJr.
LS        Joseph Smith                   Charleston Southern     RSr.
KR       Darius Hammond           Charleston Southern     Sr.
PR       Darius Hammond           Charleston Southern     Sr.
PRESEASON OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Darius Hammond, Sr., RB (Johnston, S.C.)
PRESEASON DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Anthony Ellis, Jr., DL (Apopka, Fla.)
 

2016 Preseason Poll (first-place votes)

Points

1.  Charleston Southern (16)

106

2.  Liberty (1)

86

3.  Kennesaw State (1)

68

4.  Monmouth

47

5.  Gardner-Webb

40

6.  Presbyterian College

31

 

 

Date Opponent Location Time (ET) Results Media
  Thu, Sep 01  Central Michigan at Mount Pleasant, Mich.   7:00 p.m.   ESPN3   
  Sat, Sep 10  Chattanooga at Chattanooga, Tenn.   2:00 p.m.    
  Sat, Sep 17  Campbell at Buies Creek, N.C.   6:00 p.m.    
  Sat, Sep 24  Florida Tech Clinton, S.C.   7:00 p.m.   BSN   
  Sat, Oct 08  Gardner-Webb * at Boiling Springs, N.C.   6:00 p.m.    
  Thu, Oct 13  Monmouth * Clinton, S.C.   7:00 p.m.    
  Sat, Oct 22  Charleston Southern * at Charleston, S.C.   6:00 p.m.    
  Sat, Oct 29  Coastal Carolina Clinton, S.C.   2:00 p.m.   BSN   
  Sat, Nov 05  Liberty * Clinton, S.C.   2:00 p.m.    
  Sat, Nov 12  Kennesaw State * at Kennesaw, Ga.   12:00 p.m.    
  Sat, Nov 19  Florida at Gainesville, Fla.   TBA    
* Conference Games

 

 

Darrell Bridges was a first team All-Big South selection last season after rushing for over 1,000 yards last season, the first running back to do so in PC’s Division I history. The native of Chattanooga, Tenn. enters 2016 as the top returning rusher in the conference and will look to repeat his impressive work against a tough schedule this season. Bridges also led the team in scoring last season, finding his way to the endzone eight times for a team-high 48 points.

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