CHARLOTTE, N.C. (BigSouthSports.com) - Former Charleston Southern football standout Collin Drafts was elected for enshrinement in the Big South Conference Hall of Fame, as announced today by the conference office.
The first football player to be inducted into the Big South Hall of Fame, Drafts was a catalyst during the league's early football years from 2003-06. A three-time All-Big South selection at quarterback, he was the 2005 Big South Offensive Player of the Year and earned Honorable Mention All-American honors that season from the Weekly Football Gazette.
Drafts becomes the fifth Charleston Southern player/coach to be inducted into the conference hall of fame, joining coaches Howard Bagwell and Jim Settle, and athletes Hans Olsen (men's tennis) and Jim Gardas (men's golf).
Drafts is joined in the Big South 2017 Hall of Fame class by former Radford volleyball and women's basketball player Anne Fontaine, former Winthrop Director of Athletics Tom Hickman, and former Coastal Carolina women's basketball, tennis and softball player Brooke Weisbrod. The four will be officially inducted on Thursday evening, June 1, 2017, during a special ceremony as part of the Big South's annual spring meetings at the Marriott Resort on Hilton Head Island, S.C.
The Big South Hall of Fame, created in 2003 as part of the league's 20th anniversary celebration, now totals 65 former Big South Conference student-athletes, coaches, administrators and contributors with the addition of this year's class.
Drafts led Charleston Southern to its first-ever Big South football championship in 2005 with a 34-27 double-overtime comeback win over No. 8 Coastal Carolina in the season finale. The four-year starter helped turn the Bucs around from 1-11 as a freshman in 2003 to 5-5 as a sophomore, 7-4 as a junior and 9-2 as a senior, and the program achieved its first-ever national ranking during Drafts' time at quarterback.
Voted to the Big South Football All-Decade Team for 2002-09, Drafts was an eight-time Big South Player of the Week honoree (seven – offense, one – freshman), and earned two Weekly Football Gazette National Player of the Week and two College Sporting News National Weekly All-Star honors during his career.
Drafts graduated in 2006 as the Big South's all-time leader in 13 categories: passing yards (9,768), touchdowns responsible for (90), total offense yards (10,571) and total offense per game (240.3) -- conference records that stood for nine seasons, in addition to passing efficiency (134.43), passing yards per game (222.00), 300-yard total offensive games (11) and completion percentage (62.0) -- all which have been surpassed in recent years.
He remains the Big South's career leader in pass completions (833), attempts (1,344), touchdown passes (73), 20-TD pass seasons (3), most 4-TD pass games (6), multi-TD pass games (21) and total offensive plays (1,848). He also rushed for 803 yards and 17 scores during this time at CSU. He remains the Bucs' career leader in touchdowns, pass attempts, pass completions, passing yards, passing TDs, completion percentage, total offensive yards and total offensive touchdowns, and still holds numerous program single-game and season records.
Drafts set a Big South single-game record with 453 yards of offense vs. Gardner-Webb in 2006 (now third-highest single-game total), and set the Big South single-game passing record with 419 yards in 2004 (now second-highest). He remains the only quarterback in Big South history with two 400-yard passing games and two 5-TD pass efforts.
Drafts was inducted into Charleston Southern's Athletics Hall of Fame in 2011.