For only the second time in school history, the Charleston Southern football team enters its fourth game of the season undefeated.
The 3-0 Buccaneers have a long way to go before they can think of matching the best start in school history — going 9-0 in 2006. Head coach Jamey Chadwell is not thinking about any school records as his team visits Norfolk State. All the coach wants is improvement.
Saturday’s game is CSU’s second of three consecutive road games. While the Spartans are off to an 0-2 start, Chadwell says they could be the best team his Buccaneers have faced this season.
“We’ll face a very physical, athletic group on Saturday,” said Chadwell. “Their defense is well-coached, fast and aggressive. They have really good personnel all over the field. Their athleticism is by far the best we have seen so far this season.
“Offensively they have struggled to get it going, but they have the players. They are going to put it together at some point. Hopefully we can prevent that from happening against us.”
Norfolk State played at CSU two years ago, dealing the Bucs at 33-3 beating.
“We have plenty of guys around who were there two years ago,” Chadwell said. “They know what we are up against.”
Chadwell saw improvement in his team in last week’s 30-10 win over Campbell, particularly on offense. CSU racked up a season-high 467 total yards after averaging 280 yards per game in the first two games.
Senior quarterback Malcolm Dixon and junior running back Christian Reyes each topped the 100-yard mark on the ground in the win. Reyes leads the team with 253 yards rushing through three games while Dixon has rushed for 237 yards and passed for 404 yards.
The coach continues to push his team to become more consistent at what they do in every phase of the game.
“I feel like we have played some really good quarters so far, but we have yet to play a complete game,” said Chadwell. “That continues to be our goal each week. Regardless of the opponent, we want to execute and play consistent football for four quarters. With the schedule we have ahead of us, starting today, playing well a quarter here and a quarter there is not going to cut it.”
CSU will play at Appalachian State next week.