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Charleston Southern Announces Postseason Awards
Head Football Coach Jay Mills and his staff have announced their team awards, as voted on by the 2009 football team. The honors, including the team captains, are given out following the season as a way of honoring athletes for their leadership and work during the season.
This year, CSU named four senior captains, including Matt Bach, Tyrese Harris, Andrew McKain and J.W. Myers.
Bach earned Big South Defensive Player of the week honors after returning his first career interception for a touchdown to help seal the victory in the season finale against Coastal Carolina. He finished the season with 40 tackles and one tackle for loss. He also had one fumble recovery, forced a fumble and blocked a kick during his senior season.
Harris caught just three passes as a tight end, but fought through a broken hand to play in 10 games. He also had seven tackles as he switched to defensive line, playing on both sides of the ball during the final few games of the year.
An all-conference selection, McKain finished the year as the leader on the team in total tackles, despite missing one game for an injury. McKain averaged 7.9 tackles per game and was third in the Big South in tackles among linebackers and fourth overall. He had at least two stops in every game, including three games with at least 10 tackles. He had a career high 14 tackles and two tackles-for-loss against Stony Brook and broke up three passes in the final two games of the season. McKain also earned first team honors on special teams, where he served as the team’s long-snapper, and was third in the Defensive Player of the Year voting.
Myers also earned All-Big South honors after starting every game on the offensive line, serving as the right tackle. He was a key component to a line that finished tied for sixth nationally in sacks allowed, giving up just nine sacks all season. In six games, CSU did not allow a sack, including games against Florida, South Florida, and Big South co-champions Liberty and Stony Brook. The line also helped CSU rush to its second-highest total in school history, falling just 10 yards short of the school record.
In addition, Antwan Ivey was named the team’s MVP, while Harris was also given the sportsmanship award.
The Big South honored Ivey as Big South Special Teams Player of the Week and was named to the all-conference team as a punt returner after he took a punt back 50 yards for a touchdown against VMI. He finished the year second in the Big South averaging 9.5 yards per return. His return for six points was the first for CSU since C.J. Hirschman returned one 63 yards against Liberty on Nov. 11, 2006. In the final game of the season, Ivey also rushed for 145 yards, breaking a 27-game streak for CSU without a 100-yard rusher.
Charleston Southern finished the year with a winning record for the second year in a row and the fourth time in five years, despite facing two FBS programs, including top-ranked Florida to start the season.
By Charleston Southern University Athletics Information