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Clemson looms as Charlotte 49ers announce 2019 football schedule

The Charlotte 49ers and running back Aaron McCallister (5) will play at national champion Clemson on Sept. 21.
The Charlotte 49ers and running back Aaron McCallister (5) will play at national champion Clemson on Sept. 21.

The Charlotte 49ers released their 2019 football schedule Thursday and it includes a game against national champion Clemson.

The 49ers and first-year coach Will Healy will face the Tigers in Clemson, S.C., on Sept. 21. The Clemson game is one of four nonconference contests for the 49ers — they open the season in Richardson Stadium on Aug. 31 against the Football Championship Subdivision’s Gardner-Webb, travel to Appalachian State on Sept. 7 and are home against Massachusetts on Sept. 14.

Charlotte, which was 5-7 last season, opens its Conference USA schedule Sept. 28 at home against Florida Atlantic.

In addition to Clemson and App State, the 49ers will face four conference teams who played in bowl games last season: North Texas, Middle Tennessee, Marshall and Florida International.

The C-USA championship game is scheduled for Dec. 7.

“Just seeing this schedule, we know what’s in front of us and this whole thing becomes more real, what we’re working each day to accomplish together as a team,” Healy said in a statement. “With September games in Boone and at Clemson, this is the toughest out-of-conference schedule in our league, but it’s one we believe will prepare us for battle in Conference USA.

“A part of me wishes it were already Aug. 31, just because I’m so fired up to get this started. But we all know how much work we’ve got to do between now and then to be the kind of football team we believe we can be in 2019.”

Clemson will be the fourth Power 5 team the 49ers will have faced in their seven-season history. The 49ers have also played at Kansas State (2016), Louisville (‘17) and Tennessee (‘18).

▪ Offensive lineman Philip Walton announced on Twitter that he is transferring from N.C. State to Charlotte to play as a graduate transfer. Walton (6-foot-6, 300 pounds), who played at Charlotte Christian, will have one season of eligibility with the 49ers.

Charlotte 49ers 2019 football schedule

Aug. 31, Gardner-Webb.

Sept. 7, at Appalachian State; 14, Massachusetts; 21, at Clemson; 28, Florida Atlantic.

Oct. 5, bye; 12, at Florida International; 19, at Western Kentucky; 26, North Texas.

Nov. 2, Middle Tennessee; 9, at Texas-El Paso; 16, bye; 23, Marshall; 30, at Old Dominion.