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Last game for the first 49ers as UNC Charlotte football honors seven seniors

The Charlotte 49ers don’t have many seniors on their football roster. That’s not going to happen with a program that is only in its second season of existence.

But the seven seniors that Charlotte will honor Saturday in its season finale against Morehead State played a key role as the 49ers prepare to step up into the NCAA’s Football Bowl Subdivision and Conference USA in 2015.

“They made a commitment to us to help lay a great foundation to this program,” said 49ers coach Brad Lambert. “They didn’t have to come here, but they did. They believed in us. Our charge is to go out there (Saturday) and play hard for our seniors, for one last game.”

Here’s a look at the 49ers’ seven seniors who will be playing their final college game Saturday:

Daniel Blitch, offensive guard: Started 19 career games for 49ers after transferring from Wake Forest … Part of Charlotte offensive line that paves way for 486.8 yards and 37.5 points per game.

Desmond Cooper, safety: Another transfer from Wake Forest who has been a two-year mainstay in Charlotte’s defensive backfield … Has forced three fumbles this season and had an interception last season against Wesley (Del.).

Tyler DeStefani, linebacker: Made team from walk-on tryouts … Played for Charlotte-based Carolina Pride in high school … Started seven games this season and had interception against Campbell.

Dmarjai Devine, receiver: Transferred from Tyler (Tex.) Junior College … Has 20 receptions (16.8 per catch) this season, including 114 yards and touchdown against Gardner-Webb.

Peter Fields, H back: Transfer from Findlay (Ohio) … Played mostly on special teams … Will graduate and forgo final year of athletic eligibility.

Quintin Gay, running back: Transfer from Lenoir-Rhyne who played at Central Cabarrus … Has seen limited action this season.

Mark Montini, H back: Hasn’t played much, but had first catch of career last week against Wesley … Was an important one, keeping drive alive on fourth down.

Note: Two other seniors – linebacker Caleb Clayton-Molby and defensive end Devon Johnson – will take medical redshirts and be eligible to play next season.

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