Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Charlotte 49ers release 2-deep depth chart

The 49ers released their two-deep depth chart Wednesday. Nothing much surprising here as the 49ers prepare to open the season Aug. 28 at Campbell, but a few observations:

 -- It looks like juco transfer Branden Cook has overtaken Ardy Holmes for one of the safety spots.

-- Austin Duke and Corey Nesmith will handle the kickoff return duties and Nesmith will return punts. Freshman Arthur Hart looks like he’ll punt.

-- There are a couple of true freshmen listed as backups – receivers Juwan Foggie and T.L. Ford and corner Tre’Shun Wynn. The goal for coach Brad Lambert will be to redshirt the remainder of this freshman class, although running back Maetron Thomas might play depending on when a shoulder injury heals.

-- Sophomore cornerback Devin Pearson and sophomore linebacker Justin Bridges-Thompson aren’t listed, which means they will likely be redshirted.
-- The average weight of the offensive line starters is a hefty 307 pounds.


WR:               9 DMARJAI DEVINE                       6-3 210 Sr.
                      84 Juwan Foggie                                6-2 190 Fr.

WR:              81 TRENT BOSTICK                          6-1 195 So.
                      89 T.L. Ford                                         6-3 175 Fr.

LT:               73 JAMAL COVINGTON                   6-4 295 R-So.
                      78 Kyle Hoffman                                6-4 255 R-So.

LG:              70 CASEY PERRY                               6-2 335 R-So.
                     77  Wolfgang Zacherl                         6-4 285 So.

C:                 74 THOMAS LA BIANCA                  6-3 295 R-So.
                    50 Jarred Barr                                      6-3 290 R-So.

RG:             76 DANIEL BLITCH                            6-6 320 R-Sr.
                    55  Mason Sledge                                 6-3 295 R-So.

RT:             68 DANNY BOOK                                6-6 275 R-Jr.
                    75 Eugene German                              6-4 290 R-Fr.

H:               15 JUSTIN BOLUS                               6-3 220 R-So.
                    85  Richard Murphy                            6-3 230 Jr.

SR:              10 AUSTIN DUKE                               5-9 152 R-So.
                     2 Will Thomas                                      6-0 170 R-So.

RB:             25 KALIF PHILLIPS                            5-11 185 So.
                   32 Damarrell Alexander                      5-10 165 R-Jr.

QB:             8 MATT JOHNSON                             6-3 230 R-So.
                    5 Lee McNeill                                        6-1 200 R-So.


DE:             99 BRANDON BANKS                        6-2 270 R-So.
                    11 Mark Pettit                                       6-4 230 R-So.

NT:             65 LARRY OGUNJOBI                       6-2 275 R-So
                   97 Tanner Fleming                               6-2 275 R-So.

DE:            92 JAMES MIDDLETON                     6-4 265 R-So.
                   91 Nick Carroll                                       6-5 235 R-Fr.
                   or 95 Devin Clegg                                  6-4 235 R-So.

OLB:         34 NICO ALCALDE                               6-2 205 R-So.
                  24 Daquan Lucas                                    5-10 210 R-So.

ILB:          6 NICK COOK                                         6-1 220 Jr.
                  50 Karrington King                                5-11 215 R-Fr.

ILB:         42 CALEB CLAYTON-MOLBY             6-2 240 Sr.
                 58 Dustin Crouser                                   6-2 230 R-Fr.

OLB:        7 JALEN HOLT                                       6-4 200 R-So.
                43 Tyler DeStefani                                   6-4 210 R-Sr.

CB:          14 TANK NORMAN                                5-11 190 R-So.
                  5 Tre’Shun Wynn                                   6-0 175 Fr.

S:              13 DESMOND COOPER                       6-2 210 R-Sr.
                 21  Prince Mayela                                    5-10 170 R-So.

S:              3 BRANDEN DOZIER                           6-0 195 Jr.
                 8 Ardy Holmes                                        5-9 190 R-Jr.

CB:         28 GREG CUNNINGHAM JR.               6-2 185 R-So.
                27 Terrance Winchester                          6-0 170 R-So.


K:              86 BLAKE BREWER                             6-1 200 So.
                  69 Stephen Muscarello                         5-11 195 R-So.

P:               40 ARTHUR HART                              6-2 185 Fr.
                  37 Hayden Pezzoni                                5-9 160 R-So.

LS:            48 KEASTON SINICKI                        6-0 235 So.
                  64 Brian McDonough                           5-9 190 Fr.

KR:           10 AUSTIN DUKE                                  5-9 160 R-So.
                  4 COREY NESMITH                             5-9 185 R-So.
                  32 Demarrel Alexander                        5-10 165 R-Jr.
                   5 Tre’Shun Wynn                                  6-0 175 Fr.

PR:            4 COREY NESMITH                             5-9 185 R-So.
                   10 Austin Duke                                      5-9 160 R-So

 HLD:        5 LEE MCNEILL                                    6-1 200 R-SO.

RB Gainey to have MRI on knee; Gentile returns Wednesday night

49ers news, notes:

-- Running back Donjore Gainey is having an MRI Thursday on an injured knee. With true freshman Maetron Thomas nursing a sore shoulder, junior Damarrell Alexander will likely open the season as the backup to Kalif Phillips. Alexander gained 280 yards last season with an average of 6.8 yards per carry. He scored on a 51-yard run against Morehead State, a game in which he gained 101 yards.

-- Coach Brad Lambert said he’s pretty sure Thomas and true freshmen receivers T.L. Ford and Juwon Foggie will not redshirt this season.

-- Cook (hamstring) and receiver Trent Bostick (foot) have missed practice time, but are back. Center Thomas La Bianca  (knee) is also expected to return soon.

-- The 49ers are practicing in the afternoons now. Lambert is hoping the recent heat remains to better have his team conditioned for next week’s opener against Campbell.
-- The Charlotte Eagles are host to Orlando City FC in a USL Pro soccer game at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Queens Sports Complex in what is a homecoming former Eagles and Charlotte 49ers forward Giuseppe Gentile. Gentile, who left the 49ers after his sophomore season, was taken by the Chicago Fire in this season's Major League Soccer waiver draft. Gentile played in three reserve matches for the Fire before being loaned to the Eagles. He signed with Orlando City on July 11.

Gentile, who played at Ardrey Kell High, has scored twice this season for USL Pro -- including for the Eagles against Orlando City in May. Orlando City, which is moving to MLS next season, leads the USL Pro standings with 52 points (16-2-4). The Eagles (8-13-3) have 27 points and are two points out of the eighth and final playoff spot with two games remaining.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

49ers picked 2nd in C-USA men's soccer race

The Charlotte 49ers are picked to finish second in this season's Conference USA men's soccer race. The 49ers, who won last season's league tournament, were chosen behind only New Mexico, which won last season's regular-season title. 49ers forward Kyle Parker (Marvin Ridge High) is a preseason all-conference pick.

 Charlotte opens its season Aug. 31 against Radford at Transamerica Field. The 49ers' league opener is against New Mexico on Sept. 26. The Lobos went on to advance to the College Cup semifinals last season.

Charlotte 49ers open women's basketball C-USA schedule at ODU

The Charlotte 49ers will open their 18-game Conference USA schedule with a game at Old Dominion on Jan. 4. Most league games will be on a Thursday-Saturday basis, with the 49ers playing home-and-home series against ODU, C-USA newcomer Western Kentucky, North Texas, Rice and Marshall.

Charlotte opens its season Nov. 14 at Liberty. The home opener is Nov. 18 against N.C. State.

2014-15 Charlotte 49ers women's basketball schedule

Nov. 14, at Liberty; 18, N.C. State; 21, Elon; 27, Montana*; 28, Wake Forest*; 29, Princeton*.
Dec. 4, at South Carolina; 7, Charleston Southern; 15, at Ball State; 18, Presbyterian; 21, Davidson; 29, at Utah.
Jan. 4, at Old Dominion; 8, Western Kentucky; 10; Marshall; 15, at North Texas; 17, at Rice; 22, Ala.-Birmingham; 24, Middle Tennessee; 29, at Florida Atlantic; 31, at Florida International.
Feb. 7, Old Dominion; 12, Texas-El Paso; 14, Texas-San Antonio; 19, at Louisiana Tech; 21, at Southern Mississippi; 26, North Texas; 28, Rice.
March 5, at Western Kentucky; 7, at Marshall; 11-14, Conference USA tournament (at Birmingham, Ala.).
*Triple Crown Cancun Challenge Mayun Tournament, Riviera Maya, Mexico.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Charlotte 49ers to face Penn State in Charleston

-- Charlotte’s men’s basketball team will play Penn State in the first round of the Charleston Classic at 5 p.m. Nov. 20. The 49ers and Nittany Lions are in the same bracket as Cornell and South Carolina, with other first round games featuring Southern California against Akron and Drexel against Miami. Charlotte and Miami will also play a game at the 49ers’ Halton Arena on Nov. 25.

-- The 49ers are the preseason pick to win the Conference USA women’s soccer championship. Charlotte, which returns eight starters from last season’s 11-7-2 team that went 5-3-2 in the league, also have C-USA’s preseason defensive player of the year in Monica Trickett and a preseason all-league player in midfielder Amanda Jones. The 49ers open their season Aug. 22 at UNC Greensboro.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

49ers women's basketball home opener against N.C. State

The Charlotte 49ers' women's basketball nonconference schedule is highlighted by a home opener against N.C. State and a holiday tournament in Mexico.

Charlotte will face the Wolfpack on Nov. 18 in Halton Arena, four days after their season opener Nov. 14 at Liberty. The 49ers travel to Riviera  Maya, Mexico to play in the Triple Crown Cancun Challenge Nov. 27-29. They will face Montana, Wake Forest and Princeton in the event.

The schedule also features games at South Carolina (Dec. 4) and Utah (Dec. 29) and a home game against Davidson on Dec. 21.

The complete nonconference schedule (Conference USA will release the league schedule later):

Nov. 14, at Liberty; 21, N.C. State; 21, Elon; 27-29, at Triple Crown Cancun Challenge, Riviera Maya, Mexico) vs. Montana, Wake Forest, Princeton.

Dec. 4, at South Carolina; 7, Charleston Southern; 15, at Ball State; 18, Presbyterian; 21, Davidson; 29, at Utah.

Observations from Charlotte 49ers' opening football practice

Observations from the Charlotte 49ers' first preseason football practice Wednesday morning:

-- There was a decidedly different feel to the workout from last season's first practice, which opened the program's inaugural season. With more scholarship players on hand -- 74 this season as opposed to 63 in 2013 -- the players appeared to be bigger, faster and more in tune to what the coaching staff wants. Things were helped also by a nice, cool morning, with temperatures in the upper 60s.

-- Perhaps the best example of the new-look 49ers is right guard Daniel Blitch, who played last season at 320 pounds but has bulked up to 345. The increased weight appears all muscle. Whether that hinders his speed and quickness coming off the line, we'll see.

-- One open spot on the offense is at a receiver spot, where Mikel Hunter (now a grad assistant) played last season. Dmarjai Devine, who played sparingly last season, got several reps with the first team on Wednesday morning.

-- Running back Kalif Phillips has changed his number from 25 to 3. "I like the single digits," he said. Phillips, who led the 49ers with 716 yards and 12 touchdowns last season, said he's ready to be the No. 1 back this season after Alan Barnwell was thrown off the team last spring. Top candidates to be the No. 2 back are Damarrell Alexander and Donjore Gainey.

-- With Hunter graduated, the 49ers' return game will be overhauled. Coach Brad Lambert said punt-return candidates are Ardy Holmes, Austin Duke and Corey Nesmith. Trent Bostick and Alexander will get looks at kick returner.

-- Kevin Donnalley, who handles radio color commentary for the 49ers, has been hired as an intern on Charlotte's strength and conditioning staff. That's a high-level intern: Donnalley was an offensive lineman for 13 seasons in the NFL, including three for the the Carolina Panthers. He played in college at Davidson and North Carolina.