Krakue revved up for season

Charleston Southern receiver Kwame Krakue was a second-team All Big-South Conference pick last season.

Kwame Krakue wasn't a happy man looking up at the scoreboard in "The Swamp" last September.

The former Orangeburg-Wilkinson standout made the trip to Gainesville, Fla., with his Charleston Southern teammates to take on Florida and, as expected, the Gators took it to the Buccaneers, 62-3.

But, looking back on that game Tuesday afternoon, Krakue was feeling better about the way he and his teammates played.

"It was a great experience," Krakue said. "The year before, we went down to Miami, and whenever you get to play (a team like that), it's something you can tell your kids about. You know, you can tell people five or 10 years down the line that you played that team.

"I knew they were bigger, had more scholarships and better players than us," he added. "But, I feel that I can play with the best of them, and I think the score didn't indicate how we played."

A former walk-on, the game also turned out to be one of Krakue's best from a statistical standpoint. At times lining up against Cleveland Browns first-round draft pick Joe Haden, Krakue finished with six receptions for 63 yards.

"I was blessed to play one of my best games against them," he said. "I was across from Joe Haden on numerous occasions, and it was just a blessing to show I can play with those guys."

Krakue's 40 receptions in 2009 was second on the team behind Gerald Stevenson (55), and his performance was good enough to earn him Big South second-team postseason honors. That performance has Krakue thinking big heading into his final season on campus.

"This summer, as far as the weight room and stuff like that, is the best summer that I have had," he said. "And, we are thinking Big South championship. We have over 20 seniors, and whenever you have over 20 seniors the expectations are high. On defense, we have three senior linebackers that came in with my class, and all our offensive linemen have been here three or four years.

"The expectations are high. We had over 90 guys working out in our summer two session. Nearly 100 guys, every morning, working out, running and lifting. We were picked, I think, to finish fourth in the Big South, so we have that chip on our shoulder."