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Carolinas college football teams at a glance

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Appalachian State

Conference: Sun Belt

2013 record: 4-8 (4-4 Southern)

Coach: Scott Satterfield (4-8, 1 season)

Returning starters: 9 offense, 7 defense

Player to watch: Junior QB Kameron Bryant set single-season school record for completion percentage (71.2 percent).

Camp opens: Friday.

Season opener: At Michigan, Aug. 30




Campbell

Conference: Pioneer

2013 record: 3-9 (2-6 Pioneer)

Coach: Mike Minter (3-9, 1 season)

Returning starters: 8 offense, 10 defense

Player to watch: LB Matt Farris had 77 tackles last season.

Camp opens: Friday.

Season opener: Charlotte, Aug. 28.




Charleston Southern

Conference: Big South

2013 record: 10-3 (3-2 Big South).

Coach: Jamey Chadwell (35-24, 10-3, 1 season at Charleston Southern)

Returning starters: 11 offense, 5 defense.

Player to watch: RB Christian Reyes rushed for 1,254 yards and nine TDs, including a 41-yarder.

Camp opens: Saturday.

Season opener: Point (Ga.), Aug. 28




Charlotte

Conference: FCS independent

2013 record: 5-6

Coach: Brad Lambert (5-6, 1 season)

Returning starters: 8 offense, 8 defense.

Player to watch: Quarterback Matt Johnson rolled up 2,999 yards in total offense (2,581 passing, 418 rushing) last season.

Camp opens: Wednesday.

Season opener: At Campbell, Aug. 28




The Citadel

Conference: Southern

2013 record: 5-7 (4-4 Southern)

Coach: Mike Houston (29-8, 3 years, 1 season at The Citadel)

Returning starters: 6 offense, 7 defense

Player to watch: QB Aaron Miller threw for 407 yards in nine games last season.

Camp opens: Aug. 4.

Season opener: Coastal Carolina, Aug. 30




Clemson

Conference: ACC

2013 record: 11-2 (7-1 ACC), beat Ohio State 40-35 in Orange Bowl.

Coach: Dabo Swinney (51-23, 6 seasons)

Returning starters: 4 offense, 7 defense

Player to watch: QB Cole Stoudt (79.7 completion percentage) ready to start after backing up departed Tajh Boyd.

Camp opens: Friday.

Season opener: At Georgia, Aug. 30.




Coastal Carolina

Conference: Big South

2013 record: 12-3 (4-1 Big South), lost to North Dakota State 48-14 in quarterfinals of FCS playoffs

Coach: Joe Moglia (20-8, 2 seasons)

Returning starters: 5 offense, 7 defense.

Player to watch: QB Alex Ross is the Big South’s preseason offensive player of the year. He threw for 3,093 yards and 20 TDs last season.

Camp opens: Thursday.

Season opener: at The Citadel, Aug. 30




Davidson

Conference: Pioneer

2013 record: 0-11 (0-8 Pioneer)

Coach: Paul Nichols (0-11, 1 season)

Returning starters: 7 offense, 8 defense.

Player to watch: LB Matt Casey’s 106 tackles last season were fourth most in school history.

Camp opens: Aug. 7.

Season opener: College of Faith, Aug. 30




Duke

Conference: ACC

2013 record: 10-4 (6-2 ACC), lost to Texas A&M 52-48 in Chick-fil-A Bowl.

Coach: David Cutcliffe (75-73, 31-44 at Duke, 6 seasons)

Returning starters: 8 offense, 6 defense.

Player to watch: QB Anthony Boone threw for 2,260 yards and 13 TDs last season.

Camp opens: Aug. 4.

Season opener: Elon, Aug. 30




East Carolina

Conference: American Athletic

2013 record: 10-3 (6-2 Conference USA), beat Ohio 37-20 in Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl.

Coach: Ruffin McNeal (30-22, 29-22 at East Carolina, 4 seasons)

Returning starters: 8 offense, 3 defense.

Player to watch: WR Justin Hardy is the Pirates’ career leader in catches (3,047) and TDs (25) after two seasons.

Camp opens: Aug. 4.

Season opener: N.C. Central, Aug. 30




Elon

Conference: Colonial Athletic

2013 record: 2-10 (1-7 Southern)

Coach: Rich Skrosky (1-8, 1 season)

Returning starters: 8 offense, 6 defense

Player to watch: WR Kierre Brown (Independence High) caught 50 passes for 448 yards and two TDs last season.

Camp opens: Aug. 4.

Season opener: at Duke, Aug. 30.




Furman

Conference: Southern

2013 record: 8-6 (6-2 Southern), lost to North Dakota State 38-7 in second round of FCS playoffs.

Coach: Bruce Fowler (17-19, 3 seasons).

Returning starters: 7 offense, 8 defense.

Player to watch: RB Hank McCloud rushed for 1,092 yards and 5 TDs last season.

Camp opens: Aug. 4.

Season opener: Gardner-Webb, Aug. 30




Gardner-Webb

Conference: Big South

2013 record: 7-5 (2-3 Big South)

Coach: Carroll McCray (12-11, 7-5 at Gardner-Webb, 1 season)

Returning starters: 10 offense, 7 defense.

Player to watch: WR Kenny Cook led the Big South with 20 words max

Camp opens: Aug. 5.

Season opener: at Furman, Aug. 30




North Carolina

Conference: ACC

2013 record: 7-6 (4-4 ACC), beat Cincinnati 39-17 in Belk Bowl.

Coach: Larry Fedora (49-29, 15-10 at North Carolina, 2 seasons)

Returning starters: 9 offense, 7 defense

Player to watch: Ryan Switzer one of top returners in country, returned five punts for TDs last season.

Camp opens: Friday.

Season opener: Liberty, Aug. 30




N.C. A&T

Conference: Mid-Eastern Athletic

2013 record: 7-4 (4-4 MEAC)

Coach: Rod Broadway (87-37, 19-14 at N.C. A&T, 3 seasons)

Player to watch: RB Tarik Cohen led the MEAC last season, averaging 104.4 yards per game average, becoming the first Aggies freshman to rush for more than 1,000 yards.

Season opener: Alabama A&M (at Orlando, Fla.), Aug. 31.




N.C. Central

Conference: Mid-Eastern Athletic

2013 record: 5-7 (3-5 MEAC)

Coach: Jerry Mack (one season)

Returning starters: 7 offense, 7 defense.

Player to watch: Starting QB candidate Quinn Billerman broke several passing records at New Mexico Military Institute.

Camp opens: Thursday.

Season opener: at East Carolina, Aug. 30




N.C. State

Conference: ACC

2013 record: 3-9 (0-8 ACC)

Coach: Dave Doeren (26-13, 3-9 at N.C. State, 1 season)

Returning starters: 7 offense, 7 defense

Player to watch: Jacoby Brissett, a transfer from Florida, is the starter at QB.

Camp opens: Saturday.

Season opener: Georgia Southern, Aug. 30




Presbyterian

Conference: Big South

2013 record: 3-8 (1-4 Big South)

Coach: Harold Nichols (8-36, 3 seasons)

Returning starters: 6 offense, 6 defense.

Player to watch: WR Toby Antigha, a preseason all-Big South pick, is coming off a 54-catch, 764-yard, six-TD season.

Camp opens: Saturday.

Season opener: at Northern Illinois, Aug. 28




South Carolina

Conference: SEC

2013 record: 11-2 (6-2 SEC), beat Wisconsin in Capital One Bowl.

Coach: Steve Spurrier (219-79-2, 77-39 at South Carolina, 10 seasons)

Returning starters: 8 offense, 6 defense.

Player to watch: QB Dylan Thompson played well backing up Connor Shaw last season, should be a solid starter this season.

Camp opens: Friday.

Season opener: Texas A&M, Aug. 28




S.C. State

Conference: Mid-Eastern Athletic

2013 record: 9-4 (7-1 MEAC), lost 30-20 to Furman in first round in FCS playoffs.

Coach: Buddy Pough (97-43, 12 seasons)

Returning starters: 7 offense, 7 defense

Player to watch: RB Justin Taylor rushed for 779 yards and six TDs last season.

Camp opens: Saturday.

Season opener: at Benedict, Aug. 30




Wake Forest

Conference: ACC

2013 record: 4-8 (2-6 ACC)

Coach: Dave Clawson (90-80, 1 season at Wake Forest)

Returning starters: 5 offense, 5 defense.

Player to watch: WR Tyree Harris had 23 catches in 2013, with a long of 56 yards.

Camp opens: Friday.

Season opener: at Louisiana-Monroe, Aug. 28.




Western Carolina

Conference: Southern

2013 record: 2-10 (1-7 Southern)

Coach: Mark Speir (3-20, 2 seasons)

Returning starters: 10 offense, 8 defense.

Player to watch: WR Karnorris Benson was a star in ’13, catching 51 passes for 854 yards and 12 TDs.

Camp opens: Friday.

Season opener: at South Florida, Aug. 30




Wofford

Conference: Southern

2013 record: 5-6 (4-4 Southern)

Coach: Mike Ayers (187-142-2, 176-121-1 at Wofford, 26 seasons)

Returning starters: 6 offense, 7 defense

Player to watch: DT tackle Tarek Odom is one of Southern Conference’s best, had 47 tackles last season, 29 solo.

Camp opens: Aug. 4.

Season opener: at Georgia Tech, Aug. 30.

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