AUG. 29 CAMPUS CONFIDENTIAL:
CHARLOTTE 49, GARDNER WEBB 28
In Will Healy’s coaching debut, Charlotte running back Benny LeMay, who showed off his inside run prowess, gained the tough yards after contact and racked up 120 rushing yards on 16 carries. LeMay ended the first half with an exclamation point, as he outran the Runnin’ Bulldogs defense for a career-long, 65-yard touchdown scamper. The senior finished with two scores on the evening, while sitting out most of the second half.
Name you need to know: @CharlotteFTBL RB Benny LeMay stretching out pregame. Expected to have a heavy workload tonight and a big season ahead.
— Ric Serritella (@RicSerritella) August 29, 2019
A big reason for the success of Charlotte’s run game was offensive tackle Cameron Clark, as he served up pancakes all night long against the Gardner Webb defense. Clark’s long wingspan was on display, stymieing defenders with his long reach and strong punch. He also showed good conditioning when Charlotte switched gears into its up-tempo offense.
Coach Healy has preached his Gold Standard mantra since taking over and defensive end Alex Highsmith is the epitome of that. With two sacks in the season-opener, Highsmith now ranks second all-time (eight) in school history. He also added a pair of quarterback hurries and finished with seven tackles on the night behind his relentless pursuit.