State college preview capsules for Sat., Aug. 31

August 31, 2013 

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Coastal Carolina's Quinn Backus sacks Liberty'sJosh Woodrum last season. Backus and the Chanticleers play S.C. State on Saturday.

CHARLES SLATE — MCT

Saturday’s state college matchups:

COASTAL CAROLINA AT S.C. STATE

WHEN: 6 p.m.

S.C. STATE: WR Tyler McDonald. The four-year starter needs 28 catches to become the school’s all-time reception leader with 135. He has started 34 consecutive games for the Bulldogs.

COASTAL CAROLINA: LB Quinn Backus. The junior from Greenwood set a school record with 139 tackles in an All-America season. He was named the Big South defensive player of the year.

OUTLOOK: The biggest question facing the defending Big South Champion Chanticleers is at quarterback, where sophomore Alex Ross is slated to replace Aramis Hillary. S.C. State is looking for improvement across the board after suffering its first losing season in 12 years — the first under Buddy Pough.

CHARLESTON SOUTHERN AT THE CITADEL

WHEN: 6 p.m.

THE CITADEL: RB Darien Robinson. The fifth-year senior fullback needs 31 rushing yards to reach the 2,000-yard mark for his career and has a shot at becoming the fourth Bulldogs back to amass more than 3,000 yards.

CSU: RB Teddy Allen. The senior from Florida is the only Buccaneer named to the Big South preseason all-conference team. He ran for 567 yards and averaged 5.2 yards per carry — fourth in the conference.

OUTLOOK: Fresh from the first winning season (7-4) in five years, The Citadel has set the bar pretty high this season. The Bulldogs are 5-1 against CSU through the years, including a 49-14 romp last season. The Buccaneers are launching a new era under Jamey Chadwell, a former CSU assistant who did wonders in a short stay at North Greenville.

WOFFORD AT BAYLOR

WHEN: 7:30 p.m.

WOFFORD: LB Alvin Scioneaux. The senior veteran has been named to the Buck Buchanan Award watch list.

BAYLOR: QB Bryce Petty. He is getting his chance after backing up the likes of Robert Griffin III (2011) and Nick Florence (2012). Though he has never started a game in his college career, he received some preseason All-Big 12 buzz.

OUTLOOK: Life without all-time great Eric Breitenstein begins with a tall task — a road trip to face a BCS team. The game will be the second in Wofford history against a Texas school.

GARDNER-WEBB AT FURMAN

WHEN: 6 p.m.

FURMAN: OL Dakota Dozier. Phil Steele ranks the Brookland-Cayce graduate as the top offensive lineman in FCS and the No. 4 overall player.

GARDNER-WEBB: WR Kenny Cook. The junior from Clinton is on the CFPA Receiver of the Year watch list. He grabbed 48 passes for 666 yards and seven touchdowns as a sophomore.

OUTLOOK: Two teams coming off disappointing 3-8 seasons. Furman is 3-0 vs. G-W. The Paladins are out to snap a two-year losing streak in season openers.

John Devlin

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