The Charleston Southern football program is getting a late Christmas present with former UAB quarterback Austin Brown expected to enroll in classes on Monday.
Brown will have two seasons of eligibility after spending three years (one as a redshirt) at UAB.
Brown was the Blazers' starting quarterback as a redshirt freshman in 2012, passing for 2,673 yards and 15 touchdowns while earning freshman all-conference honors in Conference USA.
Brown started the first seven games of the 2013 season, passing for 1,199 yards and nine touchdowns. He considered several other FCS programs, including Gardner-Webb, before settling on Charleston Southern.
Brown's arrival is expected to add depth and competition to the CSU quarterback situation. Redshirt freshman Daniel Croghan III became the starting quarterback in game four of the 2013 season when senior starter Malcolm Dixon was lost for the season with a knee injury.
Croghan and freshman Kyle Copeland ended up sharing time in the last four games of CSU's 10-3 season. Croghan, a Bishop England High graduate, passed for 1,014 yards and seven touchdowns in 10 games, while Copeland threw for 150 yards and rushed for 230 yards.
CSU head coach Jamey Chadwell is expected to sign at least one more quarterback in the current class, most likely from the high school ranks.
Most of CSU's graduating players are on the defensive side of the ball, so the Bucs are expected to sign mostly defensive players in this year's recruiting class. The offense did not have a starting senior in 2013. It is believed the program can sign between 16 and 18 players in this class.