|High-profile September opponents await Charlotte 49ers football|
|Games at App State, Clemson test talent|
|Published Tuesday, September 3, 2019 7:42 pm|
|PHOTO | CURTIS WILSON|
|The Charlotte 49ers, who opened the football season with a home win against Gardner-Webb, step up in class with road games at Appalachian State and Clemson in September.|
People who did not know about Charlotte 49ers football will by the end of September.
The 49ers (1-0) head to Appalachian State (1-0) on Sept. 7 and Clemson (1-0) on Sept. 21. The Mountaineers received four votes in this week’s Associated Press poll while Clemson remains No. 1 in the country. The former came to Charlotte last season, beating Brad Lambert’s team 45-9. He has since been replaced by first-time FBS head coach Will Healy, who led the 49ers to a 49-28 victory against Gardner-Webb to open the season last week.
“People are going to be paying attention,” Healy said. “App has done that already with the way they’ve played some FBS games in the past and the success they’ve had in the Sun Belt, and it’s been consistent. It’s a program nationally that people respect. Any time we get a chance to go up and really test ourselves like we will on Saturday, it’s great opportunity for us to put our best foot forward, and show that our program is continuing to improve, and that we can be competitive with anybody.”
Healy intends to continue playing two quarterbacks: senior transfer Brett Kean and sophomore Chris Reynolds. Kean, who started against Gardner-Webb, completed four-of-eight attempts for 50 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. Reynolds, last year’s starter, took over on the third series, providing what Healy described as a “spark.” He had seven carries for 72 yards and two touchdowns, and completed 14-of-20 attempts for one touchdown and one interception.
“Quarterback situation is a day-to-day,” Healy said. “I thought Chris came in and gave a great spark on Thursday, and we’ve let those two guys battle it out Saturday, and we practiced yesterday and then today. We will play both again. The rotation, we’ll figure that out as we go further in the week.”
Said senior offensive lineman Jalen Allen: “They both have great leadership skills, as far as taking control of the whole offensive. We are all on one page. At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter who is in. We all just want to win.”
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