Charlotte 49ers head football coach Brad Lambert released the program's first preseason two-deep this week as the 49ers prepare for their 2017 season-opener, Friday, Sept. 1 at Eastern Michigan.
The two-deep includes starting QB Hasaan Klugh and senior wide receivers Trent Bostick and TL Ford II. Sophomore running back Benny LeMay claims the running back slot with Robert Washington included as the two. Red-shirt junior Mark Quattlebaum is listed at the slot receiver position, backed up by senior Chris Montgomery. Red-shirt junior R.J. Tyler gets the nod at the competitive H-Back/Tight End position. The offensive line includes returning starters Chris Brown, Nate Davis and Eugene German. Red-shirt senior Wolfgang Zacherl is tabbed at the left guard position while junior Darren Drake has the spot at center, which he took over this past spring.
On defense, the secondary includes returning starters Anthony Covington, Ben DeLuca and Ed Rolle. Marquavis Gibbs, who signed in December out of Coffeyville C.C. (Kans.) and joined the team this spring, grabbed the other DB slot. Returning starters Tyriq Harris and Karrington King headline the linebacking corps that includes red-shirt junior Juwan Foggie and red-shirt sophomore Jeff Gemmell. The defensive line will look to red-shirt juniors Zach Duncan and Tyler Fain and red-shirt sophomore Jon Hardy.
Arthur Hart will continue as the program's punter while Jackson Vansickle or Nigel Macauley will handle placekicking duties. School record-holder Montgomery is the starting kick returner while Nate Mullen and Quattlebaum will return punts.
The 49ers open the 2017 season, their third at the FBS level as a member of Conference USA, Sept. 1 at Eastern Michigan (ESPN3) at 6:30 pm. The 49ers play at Kansas State, Sept. 9 (FSN) before hosting North Carolina A&T in the home opener, Sept. 16.
Press release provided by Charlotte 49ers Athletics