• By Jacob Bashura

Chanticleers finish the season ranked No. 14

The Chanticleer football team finished the season at 11-1, with an 8-0 in-conference record, and a final ranking of No. 14. Success came from leadership portrayed by the AP coach of the year, Jamey Chadwell, redshirt freshman phenom quarterback, Grayson McCall and the “Black Swarm” defense.

For many, winning was the main theme for this year. As discussed by Chadwell, the team found a way to be successful throughout the entirety of the season.

“We were champions,” said Chadwell. “We found a way to be champions in almost every game, in 11 out of 12. They played and they handled themselves on and off the field like champions.”

One of the best moments from the season was No. 12, Coastal’s crunch time win against No. 16 BYU, and projected top-five draft pick quarterback, Zach Wilson. College Gameday was also present at the game, making the experience for Chanticleer fans all the more electrifying.

“The tackle against BYU on the one with gameday being here was a great ending to a phenomenal game,” Chadwell said. “It was a phenomenal showcase of our team and our university and I think that’s a play that’s going to be remembered here for a long time.”

Redshirt freshman quarterback, Grayson McCall had an attention-grabbing season, throwing for 2,488 yards, 26 touchdowns (which was tied for tenth in all of college football) and just three interceptions.

When looking at the season retrospectively, McCall remembers it as exhilarating.

“It was definitely a really exciting season,” said McCall. “There were some nerves and some butterflies; there were a bunch of those close games, and those will be some games I will never forget.”

Coastal athletes, students and fans alike are waiting in anticipation for the 2021 season with hopes of another entertaining year.

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