The 2018 prespring college football rankings, taking the first look at the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers.
No. 124: Coastal Carolina Chanticleers
Coastal Carolina Prespring Status
The main man is back …
Just as Coastal Carolina was making its big debut in the FBS world, the architect – or more accurately, the financial planner – had to take a year off to get health.
Joe Moglia is the most interesting coach in college football with the most interesting background and the type of attitude who might just make the Chanticleers a big thing in the Sun Belt just by his force of will.
They were able to rise up and win their last two games of last year, and they were competitive at times in losses, but now it’s about improving and moving forward. With the Moglia back, the timetable might just move up.
Coastal Carolina Biggest Depth Chart Battle
Quarterback. The Chanticleers need to find a top new rushing option for Osharmar Abercrombie – who led the team with 724 yards and seven scores – and a few new linebackers have to step up, but more than anything else, they have to settle on a quarterback.
Tyler Keane was okay for a while, but he missed the last few games or the year. He’s gone, which opens things up fro Kilton Anderson, who struggled hitting just 45% of his passes, but ended up leading the way to two wins. He’ll have to fight off Chance Thrasher, the team’s likely best option if he can stay healthy.
Coastal Carolina Biggest Issue
The pass rush. The defense managed just 15 sacks on the year with seven coming in three games. The rest were spread out over the rest of the year, with no more than one in nine of the 12 games. On the plus side, most of the defensive parts are back up front, but top pass rusher Marcus Williamson is done.
Coastal Carolina Biggest Positive
Besides Moglia, the offensive line. The Chanticleers went baby-young last year with four freshmen and a sophomore on the offensive front late in the season. There’s not much coming from recruiting class, but the team doesn’t need it. Last year’s line was okay at times for the ground game, and decent in pass protection. It’s about to get a whole lot better.
Really, Why Are The Coastal Carolina Chanticleers Ranked Here?
There’s an honest chance to be three wins better and be in the hunt for a bowl game, but the offense has to become more dynamic and consistent, and the D needs to be more disruptive. The starting 22 should be good enough to beat anyone in the Sun Belt, but building up the depth and the options is still going on.