Bucs enter national rankings for second time in program history

Bucs enter national rankings for second time in program history

CHARLESTON, S.C. – For just the second time in program history, Charleston Southern is nationally ranked. The 6-0 Bucs entered the FCS Coaches Poll Monday, coming in at No. 25 in the country.

The only previous national ranking in the 23-year history of CSU Football came in November 2006, when the Bucs checked in at No. 24 in the coaches' poll following a 9-0 start to the season.

CSU has enjoyed a 6-0 start under first-year head coach Jamey Chadwell thanks to a powerful running game and an opportunistic defense that has consistently delivered key stops and turnovers. The Bucs begin the week ranked second nationally in third-down defense, ninth in scoring defense, 12th in turnover margin and 13th in rushing.

Individually, junior running back Christian Reyes now stands 11th nationally with 684 yards rushing following a 168-yard effort in Saturday's win over North Greenville. Redshirt senior defensive end Will Hunt registered two sacks in the victory, and is now in a tie for 18th with five sacks for the campaign.

CSU returns to action Saturday as it opens Big South Conference play at VMI. Kickoff at Foster Stadium in Lexington, Va. is set for 1:30 p.m.

Week 6 FCS Coaches Poll  (Oct. 7, 2013)

Team (No. 1 Votes)               Record                Points        Last Week

1. North Dakota State (25)         5-0                    649                   1

2. Towson (1)                            6-0                    623                   2

3. Sam Houston State               4-1                    600                   3

4. Eastern Illinois                       4-1                    555                   5

5. Northern Iowa                        4-1                    530                   4

6. Coastal Carolina                    5-0                    521                   6

7. Montana State                       4-2                    502                   7

8. Eastern Washington               3-2                    448                   8

9. Fordham                               6-0                    418                   13

10. Montana                              4-1                    417                   12

11. McNeese State                    5-1                    393                   14

12. Wofford                              3-2                    319                   15

13. Bethune-Cookman               4-1                    315                   16

14. Lehigh                                 4-1                    284                   10

15. Villanova                             3-2                    248                   20

16. Youngstown State               5-1                    219                   22

17. Maine                                  5-1                    215                   23

18. South Dakota State             3-3                    211                   9

19. James Madison                   4-2                    210                   21

20. Central Arkansas                  2-3                    158                   11

21. Northern Arizona                  3-2                    107                   17

22. New Hampshire                    1-3                    77                     18

23. Tennessee State                  5-1                    76                     NR

24. Jacksonville State                5-1                    66                     NR

25. Charleston Southern             6-0                    60                     NR

 

Dropped from rankings:

No. 19 Cal Poly

No. 24 Gardner-Webb

No. 25 Delaware

 

Others receiving votes: Gardner-Webb 35, Harvard 31, Cal Poly 29, South Carolina State 22, Samford 15, Yale 12, Southern Utah 7, William and Mary 7, Richmond 7, Delaware 6, UT-Martin 5, Chattanooga 4, Murray State 4, Sacred Heart 3, Alabama 2, Jackson State 1, Southern Illinois 1, Alcorn State 1, Stephen F. Austin 1

 

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