Charlotte (3-0) at Elon (0-2)
7 p.m., Rhodes Stadium, Elon
TV: WCCB (Ch. 18)
Radio: WFNZ (610-AM)
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A former assistant at Elon, Rich Skrosky is in his first season as head coach … The Phoenix defense has struggled to stop the running, allowing opponents (Duke and N.C. A&T) an average of 272.5 yards per game … Senior quarterback Mike Quinn averages 221 yards passing, but has two interceptions and no touchdowns … Elon receiver and returner Kierre Brown played at Independence High. He has eight receptions for 156 yards and returned nine kicks for a 22.1-yard average … Sophomore receiver Demitri Allison is from Cornelius and played at Southlake Christian, while senior defensive tackle Dustin Ruff played at Monroe Parkwood … Linebacker Jonathan Spain has 261 career tackles, fifth on Elon’s list as an Football Championship Subdivision program.
Matchup to watch
Charlotte NG Larry Ogunjobi vs. Elon C Austin Sowell: Ogunjobi is the centerpiece of the 49ers’ improving defensive line and has 2.0 sacks and 4.5 tackles-for-loss already this season. Sowell is the only senior on an otherwise inexperienced Elon defensive line and has started 26 consecutive games.
• The 49ers’ plans to redshirt true sophomores this season continue to diminish. The latest is linebacker Justin Bridges-Thompson, who didn’t play the first two games, but is back after injuries to senior Caleb Clayton-Molby and junior Nick Cook. Clayton-Molby and Cook will be able to take medical redshirts this season since they both will have played in less than 30 percent of Charlotte’s games. Cook, who sprained his ankle in the season opener against Campbell, will be off crutches next week. Clayton-Molby who tore an MCL, is out for the season.
• Freshman punter Arthur Hart had the best game of his young college career against N.C. Central. Hart average 42.8 yards on six punts (including a career-long of 57 yards) and had impressive hang time on most of them.
• Elon is in rebuilding mode after going 2-10 last season. After 11 years in the Southern Conference, the Phoenix is in its first year in the Colonial Athletic Association and was a preseason pick to finish last in the league.
• 49ers head trainer A.J. Lukjanczuk is an Elon alum and former Phoenix assistant trainer.
Numbers to know
0 Fumbles lost by Elon (49ers have forced 9, recovered 4).
349ers drives that have lasted less than 20 seconds.
4 Field goals by Elon’s John Gallagher, accounting for all Phoenix points in 17-12 loss against N.C. A&T last week.
10 Average tackles-for-loss for Charlotte’s defense.