Charlotte/SC FB preview

Charlotte's Shadrick Byrd celebrates with teammate in endzone.

The Charlotte football will travel to Columbia, S.C., to face power five opponent South Carolina Gamecocks, inside Williams-Brice Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 24, in the program's first meeting.


Head coach Will Healy spoke on the upcoming contest. 


"Everybody understands the task that is at hand," said Healy. "We are excited to play a great football team in a great environment."


The 49ers have a 1-8 record against power five opponents, with the only win coming from the monumental season opener last year in which they defeated Duke, 31-28. 


Scouting the Gamecocks


Former Heisman favorite Spencer Rattler leads the South Carolina offense this year. He hasn’t been as productive as he once was, with two touchdowns and five interceptions. However, he can still make plays on his feet and is known to make big plays through the air.


Freshman defensive back Nick Emmanwori has contributed significantly to the Gamecock's defense this season. He leads the team with 28 total tackles and is tied for fourth-most tackles in the SEC. 


Former FCS-standout Antwane Wells Jr. is in his first year at South Carolina and has become a critical asset on offense through three games. Wells leads the team with 15 receptions and 244 receiving yards. The 49ers will have to neutralize his play-making ability to prevent big plays down the field.


The Gamecocks are looking to bounce back after their 48-7 loss last week to No. 1 Georgia.


Scouting the 49ers


The 49ers will look to replicate their offensive success from their win against Georgia State last week.


Sixth-year quarterback, Chris Reynolds, returned from injury and put on an impressive performance. He threw for five touchdowns, tying the program record. 


Reynolds shared the love across the field as four of the five touchdowns went to different receivers. Reynolds currently sits 23rd in the FBS with seven passing touchdowns.


Charlotte’s receiving corps will be a crucial difference-maker heading into the contest. The star trio consists of Grant DuBose, Victor Tucker and Elijah Spencer. 


Each scored in last week's win, with DuBose finding the end zone twice. The trio accounts for 866 of the 1,158 Charlotte’s receiving yards.


Defensively, the 49ers had more bright spots in last week’s performance than in recent weeks. With an interception and a strip-sack for a touchdown against Georgia State, the 49ers will need to carry that momentum to stop South Carolina’s offense.


Players to watch for


Jalen Brooks and Antwane Wells Jr. are the wide receiving duo for the Gamecocks. They combine for 414 of 818 receiving yards this season and look like Rattler’s top targets heading into the game.


Third-year wideout Grant DuBose has been one of the top performers on the 49er offense this season. He has 314 yards this season and leads the team with five touchdowns. 


DuBose is a natural playmaker and has been a top target since he arrived at Charlotte.


Defensive end Markees Watts was one of the stars on defense last week, recovering a fumble for a 52-yard touchdown off of a sack by linebacker Prince Bemah. Look for Watts to put the pressure on Rattler throughout the game.


Looking to gameday


Charlotte will take on South Carolina in Columbia, S.C., on Saturday, Sept. 24. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. inside Williams-Brice stadium. The game will be broadcasted on ESPNU.