-- Although Charlotte had seven turnovers against N.C. Central, the 49ers have also recovered seven fumbles and forced 12 turnovers both of which ranks first nationally.
-- Charlotte might have a disadvantage in talent Saturday, but the experience gap is wide, too. The 49ers has averaged 14.3 freshman in their starting lineup through three games, their opposition 2.7.
James Madison will probably start three redshirt freshmen and two true freshman Saturday.
-- The 49ers are getting solid production from the running back position, where redshirt freshman Alan Barnwell and true freshman Kalif Phillips are splitting time and combining for 112 yards per game. Barnwell has started all three games, and has gained 164 yards with a 5.0 per-carry average and a touchdown. Phillips has rushed for 172 yards, averaging 5.1 yards per carry and a TD. Phillips had 85 yards against N.C. Central.
-- James Madison freshman linebacker Gage Steele has one of college football’s best names.
-- If you're wondering why Nolan Corpening (a defensive back/running back from Vance High who signed with the 49ers in February) never made it to Charlotte, it's because he was arrested twice in July on several charges, including breaking and entering and felony conspiracy.
-- The 49ers men's soccer team dropped out of the Soccer America and NSCAA national polls after going 0-1-1 in a tournament at Alabama-Birmingham last weekend. The 49ers (2-2-1) tied UAB 0-0 (playing with nine players against the Blazers' 10) and lost to Memphis 2-1. They play again on Saturday at home against Campbell.
-- Charlotte's volleyball team is 7-4 and won its fourth straight by beating N.C. A&T 3-0 (25-10, 25-15, 25-18) Tuesday. The 49ers play their first matches at Halton Arena this weekend in the 49er Invite against S.C. State, Tennessee State and Elon.
-- The 49ers (4-2) have a home match Friday against College of Charleston before heading to Davidson on Sunday for a 6 p.m. match against the Wildcats.
-- The 49ers, off a sixth-place finish at the Topy Cup in Japan, play in the Rees Jones Collegiate at Daufuskie Island, S.C., Sunday through Tuesday.
Wednesday, September 18, 2013