Charleston Southern is eager to get the season under way, opening the 2010 campaign at home today against Division II North Greenville.
"We kind of feel like we've been through the hard labor over the last nine months and now we're ready for the delivery," joked head coach Jay Mills. "I am certainly looking forward to seeing our team play. I think this is a wonderful group of young men who have done so many good things off the field over the last year. They set a record for the highest GPA in the program's history last semester. They earned the community service award from our athletic department. This team is very mature and they know what's important. They had a great summer and preseason and now it's time to see them in action."
The Buccaneers are 9-1 against the Crusaders all-time, but Mills is not putting much stock into the past.
"They certainly have our attention and our respect," said Mills. "They fought very hard and played pretty well in a loss last week, and from what I can tell, they are really buying into coach (Jamey) Chadwell and what he brings to the table.
"I think there are five coaches on their staff that either played at CSU or have coached here, so there are a lot of familiar faces on both sides."
North Greenville is coached by former Charleston Southern assistant Chadwell, who took over the program last fall. The Crusaders opened the season last week with a 36-30 loss to Mars Hill, CSU's Week 3 opponent.
Expected to make an appearance, and possibly start, is former Clemson quarterback Willy Korn, who left Clemson to try his hand at Marshall before leaving there a few weeks ago, transferring to North Greenville.
"We expect to see him and he is certainly a talented young man," said Mills. "Their entire football team plays with great effort. They sort of have circled us on their schedule as their main rival, so they will be excited to play. I fully expect both teams to give a great effort."
The Buccaneers enter on a four-game winning streak and are opening at home for the first time since the 2006 season. In fact, Charleston Southern's first three games are at home, a first in school history.
Senior receiver Gerald Stevenson enters the opener ranked fourth all-time in school history with 112 receptions. He needs seven catches to move into third place and needs 13 to move into second. The all-time record at CSU is 202, held by Maurice Price.
Senior Demarcus Moon needs 93 yards to reach the 1,000-yard plateau. He would be the seventh running back in the program's history to reach that milestone.