Prediction, preview, awards for the 2022 Coastal Carolina football season

Jamey Chadwell has the Coastal Carolina football team with dreams beyond the Cure Bowl.

After 11 straight seasons with 11 wins, Jamey Chadwell’s soccer program on the Carolina coast is boiling like a oiled vacationer training in Myrtle Beach, bruh!

Coastal first came into our lives when David Bennett first taught us the distinct difference between cats and dogs. Almost a decade later, we learned of Chadwell’s program with the power of turquoise lawns and absolutely mean Alabama waterfalls just dangling from players’ helmets. On the brink of greatness, can Chadwell and the Chants win the Sun Belt to make the New Year’s Six?

Arrives at #46 FanSided’s Preseason Top 50 Rankingthe Coastal Carolina Chanticleers!

Coastal Carolina Football Season 2021 in Recap

Following Coastal’s breakthrough season in 2020, the Chants have embarked on another excellent campaign to raise their high standards. They started the year in the top 25. Chadwell’s offense remained productive as Coastal rose to 14th place before suffering his first of two losses of the season. A three-point loss at Appalachian State knocked them out.

While the Chants would bounce back 8-1 with back-to-back conference wins over Troy and Georgia Southern, they still fell at home to Georgia State on the homecoming. Coastal would round out the Sun Belt game with back-to-back wins over Texas State and South Alabama to end the regular season 10-2. They would defeat Northern Illinois 47-41 in the Cure Bowl.

Coastal was selected to win the East Division and finish second to Louisiana in the Sun Belt. Coastal lost a pair they couldn’t afford in division play and finished in third place. This resulted in the chants not being ranked when the weather in the southeastern United States began to change. Although their brand is still as strong as ever, neglect of the division’s businesses led to a disappointing end.

Coastal Carolina offense preview for the 2022 season

  • Returners (4): Grayson McCall (QB), Braydon Bennett (RB), Antwine Loper (RT), Willie Lampkin (C)
  • Newcomers (1): Sam Pinckney (WR)
  • striker: Grayson McCall (QB)

While Grayson McCall will be back He doesn’t have much of the same supporting cast he did it for the previous two years. He has a familiar face or two in the backfield in Braydon Bennett and Reese White, but he has to be responsible for losing Isaiah Likely, Jaivon Heiligh and Kameron Brown NFL in his reception corps. However, Willie Lampkin and Antwine Loper are returning to the trenches.

The big key addition to Coastal Carolina’s offense is former Georgia State wide receiver Sam Pinckney. He graduated in December and enrolled with Coastal in January before he would begin his redshirt senior season. Injuries slowed him down somewhat in his senior year in Atlanta, but the Greenwood, South Carolina native hopes to be a prime target in this Coastal Carolina offense.

No doubt all eyes are on McCall as he heads into his redshirt junior season. As one of the most decorated players in Sun Belt history, McCall is aiming to be the conference’s top pick for three straight years. He may have to carry a little more weight offensively than he has in years past, but if he lives up to his standard, he could move to an NFL team near you in 2023.

Coastal Carolina defense preview for the 2022 season

  • Returners (2): Josaiah Stewart (DE), D’Jordan Strong (CB)
  • Newcomers (2): Adrian Hope (LB), Jahmar Brown (LB)
  • striker: Josaiah Stewart (DE)

There’s no escaping it, Coastal Carolina’s defense will look very different than it did a year ago. That’s because The Chanticleers have nine starters to replace on this side of the ball. The good news is that many experienced backups will get their chance to start jobs. Coastal also retains stalwart defensive player Josaiah Stewart as well as D’Jordan Strong in the secondary.

The Chants have seven players transitioning to the defensive side of the ball, but only two are predicted to be starters at this point. Both play linebackers for the team. Adrian Hope makes his way to Conway after playing for Furman in Greenville. While Hope from the FCS competition plays, Jahmar Brown joins the Chants after playing Power Five-Ball for South Carolina.

With so many players leaving defense last year, Stewart is clearly the guy to watch in this group. The true second-year linebacker will take on the role of bandit in defending the chants. The Massachusetts native may be undersized, but he’s got great athleticism and a knack for making big games. If Coastal is going to continue to expand over the past two years, he’ll need to lead that defense.

Coastal Carolina Football Players Award Watch for 2022 Season

A handful of Coastal Carolina football players are chasing big honors, including these three boys.

Grayson McCall, Maxwell, Walter Camp, Davey O’Brien

What hasn’t already been said about McCall? The guy has become as synonymous with Coastal Carolina football as his head coach. You’d expect the two-time reigning Sun Belt Player of the Year to compete for every major honor a quarterback might be in the running for. By this point, McCall was being associated with the Maxwell, the Walter Camp, and the Davey O’Brien. Buckle up!

Josaiah Stewart, Bednarik

While Stewart is on the Bednarik watch list, it’s hard to imagine a sophomore at a Group of Five school taking home the highest honor for a defensive player in the sport. Still, he’s the name and face that people will turn to when watching this year’s defense of Chants. If he can push and get up in the sack department, he can force his way into the conversation.

Willie Lampkin, Outland, Rimington

It’s good to see Lampkin on both the Outland and Rimington Trophy watchlists. He is one of two returning offensive linemen for the Chants. Not only that, he can also snag the football to the team’s most important player. In short, if McCall is having a great junior redshirt season, don’t be shocked if Lampkin could be in the mix for the Rimington. Outland is a pipe dream.

Coastal Carolina’s biggest football game on schedule for 2022

Let’s look at Coastal Carolina’s 2022 regular season schedule, the Chanticleers should once again be one of the better teams in the Sun Belt, a conference that has added a few new teams to the mix. Coastal is playing all four newcomers to this fall’s conference (James Madison, Marshall, Old Dominion and Southern Miss). All four of these games can be won.

However, the two toughest matches of the Chants come in Division: at Georgia State (September 22) and against Appalachian State (November 3). Both games will be played on Thursdays. While both are considered revenge games for the Chanticleers, if they fall at home to the Mountaineers, Coastal Carolina won’t win the division. It’s a budding rivalry that is beginning to define this Sun Belt Conference.

Coastal Carolina best case football scenario

Though the Chanticleers have won 11 games in consecutive seasons in 2022, they’re more likely to go 10-2 in the regular season than an undefeated 12-0. In the non-conference, the Chants Army, Gardner-Webb and Buffalo draw at home as well as a mid-November game in Virginia in Charlottesville. 3-1 in this game is likely, 2-2 is possible, but 4-0 is amazing.

Looking at the eight-game Sun Belt roster, going unbeaten there isn’t impossible, but 7-1, maybe even 6-2 is a lot more likely. Again, this team’s over/under has dropped significantly despite winning 11 games in consecutive years. The question is whether this team is more likely to win 11 games… or seven. If they beat App State, there could be an 8-0 conference. 11-1 is an achievable record.

An 11-1 Coastal team misses a game at either the Army, Georgia State, Appalachian State, or Virginia State. Since this is pretty much the game, let’s say Coastal goes 10-2 (7-1) this fall to win the East Division and face someone like Louisiana in the Sun Belt Conference title shot. A New Year’s Six Bowl absolutely eludes this team as they have suffered too much attrition to realistically go 13-0.

Coastal Carolina football’s worst-case scenario

Should it hit the fan for Coastal, the chants still go to a bowl game, but just barely. With Chadwell being too good a coach and McCall being too good a quarterback, this duo should be able to take this team to about eight wins. However, a 7-5 (5-3) Season is also not excluded. That would require two non-conference losses and three Sun Belt losses.

For the worst-case scenario, Coastal falls to Army and Virginia in the non-conference. The Chants would have to lose both their Thursday Division rivalry games at Georgia State and at home to App State in back-to-back seasons. And with four new conference opponents on the schedule, the Chanticleers would probably drop a fifth game at Marshall or at James Madison or something.

Prediction for the 2022 soccer season in Coastal Carolina

As previously mentioned, the duo of Chadwell and McCall is something that no other team in the Sun Belt currently has to offer. This potentially makes them two wins better than some sort of rebuild list is likely to be. They’ll win at least eight regular-season games, but definitely not 11. 10 wins would be great, but the four newcomers to the league pack a punch 9-3 (6-2).

If the Chanticleers lose a game in non-conference, it’s in Virginia. The Hoos may not win the ACC Coastal in its final season, but look for Brennan Armstrong to win it in a mad shootout for new head coach Tony Elliott. In their two revenge games, Coastal Carolina won’t drop the pair, but may not win both either. They should beat the Panthers but could lose at home to App State.

Where Marshall and James Madison’s third loss came from will be incredibly interesting. The Thundering Herd has a long tradition in Huntington. While the dukes are in the process of leveling up, this could be theirs super bowl. If that were the case a year from now, you think the Dukes are the more likely team to beat them than the herd. Marshall is such a trap game right now…

Coastal Carolina Football 2022 Bowl Game Prediction

Instead of winning 11 games again and going to the Cure Bowl, it’s going to be a change of scenery for Coastal Carolina, okay. With a record of about 9-3, they are matched against the UAB Blazers in the New Orleans Bowl on the shortest day of the calendar year. The December 21st matchup is nowhere near the caliber of the New Year’s Six, but the Big Easy is always fun.

Come tomorrow: No. 45: Appalachian State Mountaineers

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