Season Two of Charlotte 49ers football begins with the season-opener, Aug. 28 at Campbell at 7 p.m. Charlotte’s home opener is Sat., Sept. 6 vs. Johnson C. Smith.
Head coach Brad Lambert welcomes back 16 starters (8 off; 8 def) among the 53 returning letterwinners. The returnees include starting QB Matt Johnson, leading rusher Kalif Phillips and top receivers Austin Duke and Trent Bostick. The offensive and defensive lines are back and intact and the 49ers also welcome back ILB Caleb Clayton-Molby, who ranked third in the FCS in forced fumbles and CB Terrance Winchester, who led the 49ers with three interceptions.
The roster has been complemented with the 49ers third signee class, which includes five players who signed in December and enrolled in January, 2013: 6-2 defensive end Josh Manley; 6-0 safety Branden Dozier; 6-2 inside Linebacker Nick Cook; 6-3 H-back Richard Murphy and 6-3 quarterback Brooks Barden.
The 11-game 2014 Charlotte 49ers Football schedule includes four schools that were ranked or receiving votes in the final 2013 FCS national polls and eight teams that appeared on the inaugural 2013 schedule. The 49ers have six home games and five road games. Three of the six home games are against teams that were ranked or receiving votes in the final FCS National polls: Charleston Southern, James Madison and Coastal Carolina. The 49ers will enjoy bye weeks Oct. 18 and Nov. 1.
In just their second season, the 49ers have eight seniors on their roster, including three returning starters: OL Daniel Blitch, ILB Caleb Clayton-Molby and S Desmond Cooper. The 49ers also bring back OLB Tyler DeStefani, RB Quintin Gay, DB Ardy Holmes, DL Devon Johnson and H Mark Montini.
Charlotte leads, 1-0
Last meeting:2013, at Charlotte 52; Campbell 7
Last year's meeting:49ers Inaugural Game; Charlotte senior OLB Mark Hogan intercepted a pass and returned it 32 yards on the second play from scrimmage to give the 49ers their first-ever TD on the way to the first-ever victory. QB Matt Johnson went 8-8 in the first quarter and threw two of his three TD passes to Justin Bolus and Austin Duke to give the 49ers a 22-0 lead. Charlotte led 35-7 at the half. It was one of three games in which the 49ers scored over 50 points. Six different 49ers scored touchdowns. The 22-point first quarter was the 49ers highest scoring first quarter of the year -- and was second to the 29-point fourth quarter the 49ers enjoyed in the comeback win over #24 Gardner-Webb as the highest scoring quarter of the year. The 45-point win was the largest margin of victory.
To look for:Charlotte ended last season with a 61-17 win at Morehead State. A win would give the 49ers their first back-to-back road wins and the two-game win streak would match the longest the 49ers have enjoyed. Charlotte is 1-0 in season-openers; 0-1 in their first road game of the year (L, 34-7 at James Madison, last year). A loss would even the series record at 1-1.
Charlotte was 2-3 in road games last year
Charlotte was 1-0 in August (W, 52-7 vs. Campbell, Aug. 31, 2013)
Charlotte is 0-0 on Thursdays
Charlotte is 0-1 in night games (L, 34-7 at James Madison, last year)