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Friday, November 25, 2016
Hampton Pirates to close out season at Coastal Carolina
HAMPTON UNIVERSITY ATHLETICS
CONWAY, South Carolina -- The Hampton University football team will wrap up its 2016 season on the road on Saturday, traveling to take on Coastal Carolina at Brooks Stadium at 2 p.m.
Last Time Out: The Pirates (5-5) are coming off a 17-10 loss to Norfolk State in their home finale this past weekend, while the Chanticleers (9-2) defeated Liberty 42-7 this past Thursday.
The Series: The Pirates are 0-1 against Coastal Carolina, having fallen 50-17 on the road to Chanticleers in 2013.
Pirates on the Road: Hampton opened the 2016 season with a road game at Old Dominion, falling 54- 21, before falling 31-9 at North Carolina A&T on Sept. 29, defeating Delaware State 27-17 on Oct. 8, and falling 31-14 at Florida A&M. The Pirates went 2-3 on the road last season, closing out the campaign with a 42-3 defeat of Savannah State. Hampton's only other road win last season came at Morgan State – and the Pirates are a combined 4-11 in true road games under head coach Connell Maynor. Hampton has five true road games this season, including two non-conference games (ODU, Coastal Carolina).
Picked to Finish Fifth: The MEAC preseason poll, voted on by the league's head coaches and sports information directors, picked the Pirates to finish fifth this season. The Pirates picked up one first-place vote and 265 points, while defending co-champion North Carolina A&T was picked to repeat. Twarn Mixson and Christian Faber-Kinney were both Preseason First Team selections, while Dwayne Garrett, Donovan Johnson, Ryan Gould, and Myles Morris all earned Preseason Third Team honors.
Mixson Among the Leaders: Mixson was a First Team All-MEAC selection and a Black College All-American in 2015, and coming into 2016, he again finds himself on the Preseason All-MEAC First Team. Mixson led the MEAC in both receiving yards (93.4 per game) and receptions (5.4 per game) last season, becoming just the second Pirate ever to have a 1,000-yard receiving season (1,027). Mixson had five 100-yard receiving games last season, including a season-high 172 yards at Savannah State, and he caught a season-high four touchdowns in the season opener against Kentucky State. He had his best game of 2016 against South Carolina State, catching six passes for 130 yards and a score. So far this season, Mixson is fifth in the MEAC, averaging almost four catches per game.
Proctor Coming On: After back-to-back 100-yard games -- a career-high 188-yard performance on Sept. 29 at North Carolina A&T, in which he caught 12 passes, and a 102-yard, seven-catch effort at Delaware State -- wideout Rashawn Proctor leads the MEAC in both receiving yards (93.2 per game) and receptions per game (6.5). He caught nine passes for a then-career-high 161 yards in the season opener at Old Dominion (the first 100-yard receiving game of his career), and he added eight catches for 61 yards and a touchdown against William & Mary. Against Morgan State, Proctor caught six passes for a team-high 93 yards and a touchdown.
Williamson Airing it Out: Eleven weeks into the 2016 season, quarterback Jaylian Williamson leads the MEAC in passing, averaging 210.9 yards in the air per game. A large part of that came to the tune of 388 yards on 32-for-54 passing on Sept. 29 at North Carolina A&T. That total ranks fifth in program history; Williamson now has two of Hampton's five best single-game passing performances (in terms of yardage); he also holds the program record for passing yards in a game, thanks to the 407 he racked up in 2014 at Old Dominion. Williamson followed that up on Oct. 8 with 252 yards and a score on 17-for-22 passing at Delaware State, and in the upset win over South Carolina State, he had 271 yards and three touchdowns.
At or Near the Top: Through 11 weeks, the Pirates lead the MEAC in passing offense (222.9 yards per game), while ranking second in total defense (341.9 yards per game), punting (34.8 yards per punt), opponent first downs (17.0 per game), third down conversions (39.5 percent), fourth down conversions (60.0 percent), and opponent penalties (77.8 yards per game). Hampton is also third in the MEAC in scoring defense (24.3 points per game), rushing defense (149.7 yards per game), PATs (26-for-27), and time of possession (32:06 per game).
Carter Returning:Eric Carter Jr. will be in the backfield again this season, making his return after suffering a season-ending knee injury in the Pirates' 2015 opener. Carter was second on the team in rushing as a freshman in 2014, averaging 5.8 yards per carry while racking up 541 yards on 94 carries. He had three 100-yard rushing games that season, including a season-high 120 in an upset of then-nationally ranked Bethune-Cookman. He also had 113 yards at Delaware State and 103 at Howard. Carter had 41 yards on nine carries in his return at Old Dominion, averaging 4.6 yards per carry, before averaging 4.6 yards per attempt against William & Mary. Carter ranks 10th in the MEAC in rushing (48.9 yards per game), and he rushed for a career-high 127 yards at Delaware State – his first 100-yard game of the season.
Johnson Breaks Out:Yahkee Johnson had his breakout with the Pirates on Sept. 10, rushing for a game-high 115 yards on 12 carries against William & Mary. He averaged almost 10 yards per carry (9.6). He also had three catches for 11 yards, and in eight games so far this season, Johnson is fourth in the MEAC in rushing, averaging 74.5 yards per game after rushing for a team-high 112 yards two weeks ago against Savannah State.
Garrett Providing Depth: Garrett had his best game as a Pirates against Florida A&M last season, celebrating Senior Day with a career-high 147 yards on 20 carries and a touchdown for Hampton's lone 100-yard rushing effort of the season. Garrett, a transfer from San Diego State, averaged 7.4 yards per carry, and for the season, he was ninth in the MEAC in rushing with 52.1 yards per game. For the season, Garrett had 478 yards on 87 carries and two touchdowns, averaging 5.5 yards per carry. He led the Pirates with 57 rushing yards against Howard, averaging 6.3 yards per carry.
Faber-Kinney Reliable: After being named Second Team All-MEAC in 2013, Faber-Kinney was a First Team All-MEAC selection each of the last two seasons. He led the conference in punting in 2015, averaging 40.9 yards per kick and recording 11 punts of at least 50 yards. He pinned nine punts inside the opponents' 20-yard line, and he had a season-long boot of 59 yards at William & Mary. Faber-Kinney also starred in track & field last season, winning MEAC titles in both the indoor heptathlon and outdoor decathlon. Faber-Kinney is second in the MEAC in punting after nine weeks (41.6 yards per punt).
For more information on Hampton University football, please call the Office of Sports Information at (757) 727-5757, or visit the official Pirates website atwww.hamptonpirates.com.