Bucs face challenge

Charleston Southern Buccaneers head coach Jamey Chadwell. (Shane Roper/Special to The Post and Courier)

Earlier this week during a Big South teleconference with the league’s coaches and media, Charleston Southern coach Jamey Chadwell had an interesting take on his football team’s 4-0 start.

“We’re an ugly baby,” he said. “But we love our ugly baby.”

Chadwell’s Buccaneers are 4-0 for only the second time in school history. However, the victories earned to date have come against teams with a combined 2-12 record, including two teams (Shorter, Norfolk State) that are winless.

But Chadwell acknowledges a program that has not produced a winning season since 2008 will take whatever success it can get.

“Two months ago, I don’t think anyone dreamed that we would be 4-0, and it has taken a lot of hard work for these kids to gain the confidence needed to compete,” said Chadwell. “The biggest thing this early success has done for us is give us confidence. We are a long ways from being the team we want to be, but we’re happy with the way we have started.”

The schedule gets significantly tougher Saturday as the Bucs visit Appalachian State, an FCS power that is making the transition to FBS status. The Moutaineers are off to a 1-2 start, earning their lone victory in last week’s Southern Conference opener against Elon.

Appalachian State will present a huge challenge to CSU’s defense, the unit that has been the most consistent in CSU’s first four games of this season. The Mountaineers are averaging 306 yards passing per game in their up-tempo offense. Two quarterbacks are sharing time effectively as Jamal Londry-Jackson has thrown for 414 yards and Kameron Bryant has thrown for 506 yards.

“It’s an important game for us just because it’s the next game, but we probably will not play in a bigger environment that has this type of fan base and tradition,” said Chadwell. “It’s a challenge for us in many ways. Dealing with the environment and trying to slow down that offense is plenty for us to worry about. We look at this as another opportunity for us to expose our school and our program against one of the top programs in the country at this level.”