Kevin Glears learned how to win when he played football at Goose Creek High School.
WHO: Charleston Southern (2-0) at Campbell (1-1)
WHEN: Saturday, 6 p.m.
WHERE: Barker-Lane Stadium, Buies Creek, N.C.
Glears was a wide receiver on a team that rarely threw the ball. Goose Creek, under coach Chuck Reedy, has one of the most prolific running games in the state.
Though considered a talented pass catcher, Glears had limited opportunities to showcase his skills. Instead of running pass routes, he was blocking for ball carriers. And he got quite good at it as Goose Creek won game after game.
Today, Glears is a wide receiver for the Charleston Southern Buccaneers. The 6-0, 180-pound junior is thankful he learned the physical aspects of the game while at Goose Creek.
“Coach Reedy always taught us to be physical, not only when we were blocking but when we were fighting for the ball,” said Glears. “The things I learned there definitely help me now in college.”
Now, Glears is getting the chance to prove his worth as a receiver.
In his first two seasons at CSU, Glears caught 18 passes and did not score a touchdown. Through two games this season, he has four catches, three of them for touchdowns.
His 64-yard touchdown catch in the season opener at The Citadel was a huge momentum shifter in the Bucs’ 32-29 upset victory. In CSU’s home opener last week, a 23-15 win over Shorter, Glears caught a pair of touchdown passes.
“I’m just working hard on every play and trying to make a play for my team,” said Glears. “I know I have an important role, but I am just one piece of the offense. We have a lot of guys who can make plays in this offense.
”I always felt I had the ability but I needed the opportunity. I worked really hard this summer and I’m comfortable in the offense and in my role. I feel like the hard work is paying off.”
Glears might have ended up playing college ball somewhere else if not for an unfortunate break during his final year of high school. He suffered a broken ankle three games into his senior season. As a result, he fell off the recruiting boards of most colleges, but Charleston Southern continued to recruit him.
When new CSU head coach Jamey Chadwell took over the program this year, he wasn’t sure where Glears would fit into the offense after a mediocre showing in spring practice. Chadwell saw a significant change in Glears over the summer.
“He has been the most impressive guy on the field since we started back in the first week of August,” said Chadwell. “The kid really worked hard this summer.
“We really didn’t know what we had in Kevin. He’s a very quiet, unassuming guy. He just shows up every day and tries to get better. If we had an MVP on offense since Aug. 1, it would be Kevin.”
Charleston Southern (2-0) has three straight road games beginning Saturday at Campbell (1-1). Glears sees the upcoming schedule as a challenge and an opportunity for him and his teammates to get better.
“This is a big stretch for us,” he said. “We just have to keep working. We’re not satisfied being 2-0. We feel like we have a lot more potential than we’ve shown so far.”