CONWAY – There’s no doubt that losing to Georgia State was a letdown for Coastal Carolina football, giving the Chants a slim-to-none chance of winning the Sun Belt East Division for a second year in a row.
The loss also caused the Chants to drop out of the AP Top 25 and coaches polls for the first time in 22 weeks, ending a streak that dated back to Oct. 2020.
However, the Chants (8-2, 4-2 Sun Belt) have moved on and are focused on the next task at hand, which is a date with Texas State (3-7, 2-4 Sun Belt) at Brooks Stadium on Nov. 20 at 1 p.m. for Senior Day.
“The last couple days, our players have rebounded from our loss on Saturday,” CCU head coach Jamey Chadwell said. “I think it’s always challenging coming off a loss … especially when you feel like you had opportunities to win the game. But the last couple days have been some good, solid practices. The attitude’s been good.”
CCU could be without its star quarterback again on Saturday. Grayson McCall has missed the last two games with an upper-body injury, and Chadwell said he is questionable to play against the Bobcats.
“If he plays this week, he’s not going to be 100 percent by any means,” Chadwell said this week. “But he’s going to be closer than he has been in a long time. These next couple days will be important to determine if he can go out and play.”
McCall rates No. 1 nationally in passing efficiency (216.07), yards per pass attempt (13.06) and yards per completion (17.78)
Chadwell said junior running back Reese White, the team’s second-leading rusher, will be out for a third-straight game, and redshirt senior bandit end Jeffrey Gunter will be able to play in a limited capacity after missing snaps in the last two games with a lower-body injury. Gunter is second on the team in sacks (5½) and fumble recoveries (2).
The Chants will honor 28 seniors, redshirt seniors, graduate transfers and sixth-year seniors for Senior Day on Saturday.
One of those is sixth-year senior offensive lineman Trey Carter, who has started all 58 (59 after Texas State) games as a Chant, a program record.
“Honestly, I don’t think it will (sink in) until after the game, and probably not until three or four months later down the road because I don’t know anything other than this,” Carter said. “This has been the past six years of my life, so it’s definitely going to be a shock for me in the way I live.”
CCU sixth-year senior punter Charles Ouverson, a product of St. James High School, had a message for his teammates being recognized on Senior Day.
“I’d said take in the moment. It is our last time running out there at Brooks Stadium,” Ouverson said. “If you can, think about everything that we’ve been through together and all the memories we shared, and just don’t forget how far we’ve come and the goals that we’ve met and achieved so far since we got here.”
The Chants will face a Texas State offense that is averaging 23.2 points per game and has scored 20 points or more in eight of their 10 games this season. The offense is averaging 347.8 total yards of offense per game with 139.9 rushing yards and 207.9 passing yards per contest.
While the Bobcats have played two quarterbacks this season, they have turned to Tyler Vitt over the last three games. For the season, Vitt has completed 51 of 90 passes for 567 yards and one touchdown. He has thrown two interceptions.
Texas State's other quarterback, Brady McBride, is available to play after missing two games with an injury. In seven games, he has completed 146 of 244 passes for 1,507 yards, 12 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.
Both Vitt and McBride’s preferred targets have been Marcell Barbee (38 catches, 482 yards, 4 TDs) and Javen Banks (36 catches, 553 yards, 5 TDs).
On the ground, the Bobcats have four players averaging over 4.0 yards per, led by Calvin Hill with 104 carries for 491 yards and one touchdown, and Jahmyl Jeter with 69 touches for 304 yards and six rushing scores.
The Bobcats defense has allowed 419.6 yards and 33.9 points per game, which ranks 113th in FBS.
Chadwell addressed rumors that he is being considered for several high-profile coaching jobs available, saying he has not been contacted for any of them.
“I told LSU no thanks. They said they’re going after somebody else. And then (Southern Cal), I just said I’m not a California guy. I’m Myrtle Beach for life,” Chadwell joked.