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Furman To Entertain Coastal Carolina Saturday In 2012 Home Season Opener

Colton Keig
Colton Keig

Furman vs. Coastal Carolina Game Notes & Stats (PDF)

GREENVILLE, S.C. -- The Furman Paladins will look to even their season record this Saturday when they play host to the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers in Furman's 2012 home season opener.  Kickoff at Paladin Stadium is set for 5:00 p.m.

The contest will be broadcast over Furman Sports Network Greenville flagship station WOLT-FM 103.3, Upstate affiliate WGOG-FM 96.3, as well as stadium transmitter at FM 105.9. Audio and video will be presented online by StretchAudio through Furman All-Access at www.furmanpaladins.com.  Live stats will also be provided through www.furmanpaladins.com and in-game twitter updates available at twitter.com/FurmanPaladins

Furman (0-1) yielded a last minute field goal to fall, 24-21, to Samford last Saturday in Birmingham in the Southern Conference season opener for the Paladins and Bulldogs.  Coastal Carolina (1-0), meanwhile, made new head coach Joe Moglia's collegiate coaching debut a success by taking down North Carolina A&T, 29-13, in Conway on Saturday.

The Chanticleers own a 2-1 advantage in the young football series, having posted a 30-23 victory over the Paladins a year ago in Conway.  Furman claimed a 27-17 win over Coastal Carolina in 2007 in the only clash between the two programs in Greenville.

If recent history is any indicator, Furman may be tough to beat on Saturday. The Paladins have won 12 straight home season openers, 13 consecutive non-conference home games since 2005, and 21 straight non-conference regular season home clashes dating back to 1999.

For those streaks to continue, Furman will need to cut back on mistakes.  The Paladins suffered four turnovers against the Bulldogs, including three interceptions and a fumble, and failed to generate to a single takeaway in the contest.

Furman will attempt to build its game plan around senior All-SoCon running back Jerodis Williams, who rushed for 98 yards and a touchdown against Samford en route to becoming only the 11th player in program history to top the 2,000-yard rushing plateau.  Last year Williams ran a career high 28 times for 142 yards and three touchdowns against Coastal Carolina.

Quarterback Dakota Derrick from Conway, S.C., will look to improve on a season opening performance that saw him complete just 11-of-25 passes for 201 yards and a touchdown against Samford, which picked him off three times.

Derrick's leading target is senior All-America tight end Colin Anderson (2 rec., 56 yds. vs. Samford) and senior wide receiver Will King (4 rec. 89 yds., 1 TD vs. Samford).

Defensively, senior linebacker Mitch McGrath and sophomore linebacker Gary Wilkins both racked up team high 10 tackles in the season opener.

The Paladins face a major challenge in Coastal Carolina quarterback Aramis Hillary, who passed for 274 yards and a touchdown while also rushing for 35 yards and a score in the win over North Carolina A&T.  Running back Jeremy Height added 109 yards rushing and a touchdown for the Chanticleers.