Monday, June 16, 2014
Charleston Southern will play the first four night games in program history – all in September – to open the season, as CSU announced its kickoff times for the 2014 home football schedule on Thursday.
The Buccaneers will open the season on Thursday, Aug. 28 with a 7 p.m. kickoff against Point (Ga.) in the first night game in school history.
A visit from Newberry nine days later on Sept. 6 will kick at 6 p.m. CSU will host Campbell in a second Thursday night game on Sept. 11 at 7 p.m.
CSU closes out its four-game home stand to open the season with a 6 p.m. kickoff against crosstown rival The Citadel on Sept. 20. The Bucs beat the Bulldogs last season in their opener, 32-29.
The Bucs will host Presbyterian in their Big South Conference opener on October 18 for Homecoming 2014 at 3 p.m. before Gardner-Webb visits on Nov. 8 for an 11 a.m. kick on Senior Day.
Kickoff times for games against SEC opponents Vanderbilt (Oct. 11) and Georgia (Nov. 22) are not expected to be announced until the weeks before each game.
Times have also been set for November road games at Monmouth and Liberty.
CSU reports for fall camp on July 31.
The Bucs are coming off a school record 10 wins in a 10-3 season in 2013.
CFPA Watch List
• Charleston Southern seniors Dylan Black and Christian Reyes have been named to College Football Performance Awards’ (CFPA) 2014 Watch List of the top defensive linemen and running back in FCS Football.
Black is one of 40 defensive linemen on the list, while Reyes is one of 38 running backs.
The top player at each respective position will receive the CFPA Award at the end of the season. The goal of College Football Performance Awards is to provide the most scientifically rigorous conferments in college football.
Black enjoyed a breakout season in the Bucs’ 3-4 defensive scheme in 2013 as he earned Second Team All-Big South Conference honors. He led CSU and ranked seventh in the Big South in tackles for loss with ten, and also posted 3.5 sacks. His strip sack and subsequent fumble recovery for a touchdown in the fourth quarter against Norfolk State helped propel CSU to a 7-0 start as part of a record-setting 10-win season.
Reyes was the workhorse for an offense that led the country in average time of possession. He shattered the CSU single season rushing record by almost 500 yards, finishing with 1,254 and nine touchdowns while averaging 5.1 yards per carry. Reyes recorded six 100-yard games and finished 20th nationally in rushing yardage. He was named Big South Offensive Player of the Week for his efforts in wins over Charlotte and then-No. 3 and undefeated Coastal Carolina.