Who: North Greenville (4-0) at Charleston Southern (5-0)
When: 11 a.m. Saturday
Where: Buccaneer Field
Last week, he threw the game-winning touchdown pass in arguably the biggest victory in school history.
Now, it looks like Charleston Southern quarterback Danny Croghan will get the first start of his college career this week as the 5-0 Bucs get ready to face North Greenville without starter Malcolm Dixon.
Dixon, a senior, suffered a knee injury late in CSU’s 27-24 win at Appalachian State last Saturday. Coach Jamey Chadwell said Tuesday that he’s still awaiting results of an MRI test on Dixon.
But he also said the Bucs are planning for Croghan, a redshirt freshman from Bishop England High School, to play Saturday against visiting North Greenville.
“We’re waiting on that MRI result before we know the significance of Malcolm’s injury,” Chadwell said. “But right now, we’re going forward and planning for Danny to play until Malcolm comes back.”
Croghan, 6-4 and 220 pounds, replaced Dixon late in last week’s win at App State, hitting one of his two pass attempts. That was a 15-yard touchdown to Kevin Glears for the game-winner with 5:27 remaining in the fourth quarter.
Croghan has appeared in two games this season, and is 1 of 3 for 15 yards passing, and has run twice for six yards. He redshirted last season after leading Bishop England to a state title in 2011.
Croghan is not the same kind of running threat as Dixon, who has rushed for 337 yards and two touchdowns through five games. But Chadwell is confident he can run the Bucs’ spread offense.
“We feel good about Danny and what he brings to the table,” Chadwell said. “First and foremost, he’s a winner and knows how to get things done. He won’t wow you with his athletic prowess and doesn’t have the strongest arm out there. But he’s got something about him that’s hard to define, an ‘it’ factor.”
Without Dixon, the Bucs may rely even more on running back Christian Reyes, who carried 34 times for 167 yards and a TD against App State.
“We didn’t realize we gave him the ball that many times,” Chadwell said of Reyes, a 5-10, 218-pound junior. “But he could have carried 20 more times. He was full speed the whole time, no stopping him. He’s not the fastest guy, but he’s unbelievable with his balance and he finds ways to make cuts. He never goes backward.”
At 5-0 with wins over Southern Conference squads The Citadel and App State, the Bucs did not crack the FCS coaches or media polls this week. But that hasn’t dampened the buzz on campus.
A nice crowd welcomed the team bus back to campus at about 12:30 a.m. Sunday after the win at App State, Chadwell said.
“It was a pretty special night,” he said. “There’s a lot of buzz on campus right now for football. App State is so recognized, people in our own community and campus start to take you more seriously. I think we’ll have a packed crowd this Saturday. There’s a lot of excitement about what’s going on, and we try to build on that. We don’t want to let people down, so there’s a lot of pressure on us.”
North Greenville, where Chadwell spent four years as head coach, is 4-0 coming into Saturday’s game. That includes a 37-24 win at VMI, like CSU a Big South team. The Crusaders are coached by Jeff Farrington, a 1982 Citadel graduate and former Furman and VMI assistant.