It’s been a good couple of years along the “Grand Strand” for Coastal Carolina football. Two seasons ago, the Chanticleers claimed their first Sun Belt Conference regular season championship, before picking up the program’s first ever bowl win this past December at the Cure Bowl in Orlando, Florida. So in early February, CCU hoped to carry that momentum into the offseason with the start of spring practice.
Despite losing a projected NFL draftee in tight end Isaiah Likely, not to mention a good percentage of its starting offensive line and plenty of contributors on defense, CCU returns a wealth of talent, including one of the best quarterbacks in the country. Grayson McCall missed this past spring due to offseason surgery, but is coming off a campaign in which he threw for over 2,800 yards with 27 TDs and only 3 INT’s. That accuracy broke the single-season FBS record for passing efficiency at 207.7, surpassing the previous mark set by Alabama’s Mac Jones in 2020.
The offseason also allowed Coastal to tweak a couple of things on its coaching staff as head coach Jamey Chadwell announced a few changes earlier this week. Malcolm Davis is being transitioned from coaching tight ends to working with the wide receivers. Also, Cody Ladutko and Aaron Fierbaugh have been elevated from analysts roles to on-field assistant coaching positions.
Following spring practice, Coach Chadwell dropped by SportsTalk to discuss his team’s progress and what areas the squad focused upon during the fifteen workouts in February and early March. He also provided a recovery update (at that time) on McCall’s status for the upcoming season.
CCU HC Jamey Chadwell — Spring Practice Recap (03-08)