Preview 2019: Coastal Carolina Chanticleers. 5 Things You Need To Know, Season Prediction

Preview 2019: Coastal Carolina Chanticleers. 5 Things You Need To Know, Season Prediction

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Preview 2019: Coastal Carolina Chanticleers. 5 Things You Need To Know, Season Prediction

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4. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE COASTAL CAROLINA DEFENSE

The defense that struggled so much still needs work. It was among the Sun Belt’s worst overall, it couldn’t come up with takeaways, and it was a soft breeze against the run. A few nice veterans return, and the pass defense wasn’t all that awful, but the front seven has to be far tougher to keep teams from getting easy third-and-short opportunities.

It stinks to lose top pass rusher Jeffrey Gunter to Syracuse, but Tarron Jackson is an all-star end to start with, and 300-pound former Clemson transfer Sterling Johnson is a veteran presence in the middle. They’ll do their part, but they need the supporting cast to help out. There isn’t a ton of size up front, but there are just enough options to play around with the lineup. The same goes with a linebacking corps that was really, really young and should be a bit better.

The secondary isn’t exactly starting over, but … with S Jave Brown transferring, it’s starting over. Without much of a pass rush to help the cause, this group was still strong enough to allow just 206 yards per game and keep the big plays to a minimum. Jobs are still open, but junior Chandler Kryst and sophomore Derick Bush are promising options at the corners.

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