Preview 2018: Charlotte 49ers. Experienced, But Better?

Preview 2018: Charlotte 49ers. Experienced, But Better?

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Preview 2018: Charlotte 49ers. Experienced, But Better?

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Best Charlotte Offensive Player

OG Nate Davis, Sr.
It’s not sexy when your best player is a right guard, and one of the quarterbacks will likely turn out to be the star of the show, but the 6-3, 311-pounder is a solid veteran on the inside who became one of the only reliable producers. He’s not all that quick, but he’s tough and can move the crowd. On a veteran line, he needs to be the standout, go-to blocker – again.

2. QB Evan Shirreffs, Jr.
3. QB Chris Reynolds, RFr.
4. RB Benny LeMay, Jr.
5. QB Hasaan Klugh, Sr.

Best Charlotte Defensive Player

S Ben DeLuca, Jr.
The 49ers have a strong starting linebacking corps with any of of three players good enough to potentially be the team’s best on D. But it’s DeLuca who’s had to take care of too many messes over the last few seasons, following up a whale of a 68-stop freshman campaign with 102 tackles with six broken up passes.

The 6-1, 201-pounder has great ranges and manages to hit everything. He’s an All-Conference USA performer in the classroom and on the field, and it shows.

2. LB Jeff Gemmell, Jr.
3. LB Juwan Foggie, Sr.
4. S Ed Rolle, Sr.
5. LB Anthony Butler, Jr.

Key Player To A Successful Season

QB Evan Shirreffs, Jr. 
The former Miami Hurricane was screwed over in the grad transfer process. He should’ve been able to go to Duke or Virginia, but Miami didn’t want him to go to another ACC school. Instead, he’s off the Charlotte, where he should fit in nicely in the new pro-style system.

However, Hasaan Klugh might just be the team’s best offensive weapon, and Chris Reynolds was the No. 1 for a time this spring. No matter what, Charlotte has to get better and more consistent quarterback play.

Key Game To The Charlotte Season

Old Dominion, Sept. 15
It was one of the ugliest games of the season. Old Dominion was still pushing for potential bowl eligibility – it didn’t get there – as it got by Charlotte 6-0 to kick off November. In the three years in the FBS world, the 49ers are now 0-3 against the Monarchs, and now they’re a whole lot better than they were last year.

It’s the Conference USA kickoff, and for a 49er squad that one just one game, it can’t afford to give away anything at home. With two home games after this until late November – and just three more overall – they can’t afford to lose this.

2017 Charlotte Fun Stats

– 1st Quarter Scoring: Opponents 117 – Charlotte 47
– Field Goals: Opponents 12-of-18 – Charlotte 4-of-13
– Time of Possession: Opponents 32:48 – Charlotte 27:12

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