2016-17 Charleston Southern Year in Review

Austell named CSU Senior Male Student-Athlete of the Year
Erik Austell, a redshirt senior offensive lineman on the Charleston Southern football team, earned All-American award from the Associated Press, STATS FCS and the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) in 2016 on his way to receiving CSU’s Senior Male Student-Athlete of the Year honors. Austell helped power a unit that was responsible for the nation's sixth best rushing attack as the Bucs scored 30+ points six times and tallied 500+ yards of offense four times. 

Matsumoto named CSU Senior Female Student-Athlete of the Year
Amanda Matsumoto has been a fixture in centerfield for the CSU softball team during her four years at Charleston Southern. She has been selected two times for All-Conference and was a key contributor to the Buccaneers' Big South Conference Championship run and NCAA Tournament berth in the 2014 season. Matsumoto set the CSU softball career record for stolen bases this season and is currently in the top five all-time in multiple categories in the Bucs' record book. 

Back-to-Back Big South Football Champions
The Charleston Southern football team captured its second consecutive Big South Conference championship and FCS playoff berth in 2016. The Bucs beat three ranked teams in the process, including convincing victories over Liberty and Kennesaw State to clinch the league crown. CSU landed a league-high 11 players on the All-Big South teams, headlined by the Defensive (Anthony Ellis) and Special Teams (Darius Hammond) Players of the Year. The CSU football team received their championship rings at the year-end ceremony held on April 22.

Tennis Wins Regular Season Third Time in Four Years
The Charleston Southern women’s tennis team was recognized as the co-Big South Champions following the conclusion of the 2017 regular season. The shared title is CSU's fourth in program history and third in the past four seasons as the Bucs tied with Winthrop and Liberty with a 7-1 record in Big South Conference play on the season. Head Coach Mike Baker received Big South Coach of the Year honors for the third time in his coaching career at CSU, while senior Nicolin Luecke was recognized as the Big South Women’s Tennis Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

Chris Singleton Drafted by the Chicago Cubs
On June 14, junior Buccaneer outfielder Chris Singleton was selected in the 19th round of the 2017 Major League Baseball Draft by the Chicago Cubs. The Goose Creek, S.C., native was taken with the 585th pick of the draft by the Chicago Cubs. Singleton becomes the first CSU player taken in the MLB Draft since 2015 when left-handed pitcher Andrew Tomasovich was selected by the Oakland Athletics in the 21st round. Singleton started all 51 games in 2017 for head coach Adam Ward and was a fixture in the middle of the CSU lineup. He finished among Big South Conference leaders with 18 stolen bases and helped pace CSU's offense with 38 runs scored, ten doubles and four home runs. He showcased his defense in center field as well, ranking among national leaders with 10 outfield assists.