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VOLUME 1, ISSUE 4

TABLE OF CONTENTS 4 Tailgating 5 The “Gold” Jersey 6 Season schedule 7 Roster 8 Ticket request 10 Alma Mater 11 Fight song 12 Game preview 14 The record book 15 Before and after STAFF NT SPORTS EDITOR

LIBBY WEIHSMANN

NT EDITOR -IN- CHIEF

EDEN CREAMER

sports@nineronline.com

editor@nineronline.com

NT MANAGING EDITOR

DESIGN & PRODUCTION

PATRICK BOGANS

managing@nineronline.com

LINDSEY HUNT

production@uncc.edu

PHOTOGRAPHER: CHRIS CREWS MARKETING DIRECTOR: EMMANUEL LOREDO SALES: DYLAN ROBISON CIRCULATION MANAGER: PATRICK WISNIEWSKI CIRCULATION: JOSH LATON, SARA NAUMAN, TIMOTHY STARNES, NINER MEDIA ADVISER: WAYNE MAIKRANZ MARKETING ADVISER: KELLY MERGES BUSINESS MANAGER: LAURIE CUDDY GRAPHICS & PRODUCTION: PETE HURDLE OFFICE MANAGER: MARK HAIRE

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GAME-DAY TAILGATING EDEN CREAMER EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

With the launch of a new football program, the need for an official policy regarding tailgating at the university becomes necessary. As the university revved up for football, a tailgating policy was created. Below are points from the tailgating policy, available in full online.

CAMPUS ENTRANCES AND LOT INFORMATION All entrances except the main entrance and the John Kirk Road entrance will be closed five hours prior to kickoff. Game-day entrances open four hours prior to kickoff. Parking and tailgating will be available in lots 5, 5A, 6, 7, 7A, 14, 18, 19, 23, 25, 27 and CRI 2 and 3. Decks available for parking are Union Deck, Cone Deck 1 and 2, West Deck and CRI Deck. On-campus residents not attending the game can park in East Deck 2 and 3 or North Deck.

LOT CONTRABAND Kegs, glass containers, drinking games, devices used to accelerate the consumption of alcohol, grills in parking decks and on brick pavers, open pit fires, staked tents, household furniture and animals are prohibited.

STADIUM CONTRABAND Tobacco products, other drugs, alcohol of all kinds and weaponry are prohibited.

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THE “GOLD” JERSEY Each week, a Charlotte 49ers football player will be honored with the No. 49 jersey and have the opportunity to wear it during a game. The chosen athlete is decided on by the Charlotte 49ers football coaches. There are four No. 49 jerseys that all have a different “name” on the back. Each of the “names” comes from the acronym “GOLD.”

GRIT

LEADERSHIP

OPPORTUNITY

DETERMINATION Photo by Libby Weihsmann

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TH E

I N AUGURAL

S EAS ON

UNC CHARLOTTE FOOTBALL 2013 SAT, AUG 31

SAT, OCT 12

Campbell

UNC Pembroke (HC)

at Charlotte, N.C.

12 p.m.

at Charlotte, N.C.

12 p.m.

SAT, SEP 7

SAT, OCT 26

Chowan

Charleston Southern

at Charlotte, N.C.

12 p.m. SAT, SEP 14

North Carolina Central

at Charlotte, N.C.

12 p.m. SAT, SEP 21

James Madison at Harrisonburg, Va.

6 p.m. SAT, SEP 28

Presbyterian at Clinton, S.C.

2 p.m.

at Charleston, S.C.

1:30 p.m. SAT, NOV 2

Coastal Carolina at Conway, S.C.

3 p.m. SAT, NOV 9

Wesley College at Charlotte, N.C.

12 p.m. SAT, NOV 23

Morehead State at Morehead, Ky.

1 p.m.

SAT, OCT 5

Gardner-Webb at Charlotte, N.C.

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PLAYER ROSTER 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 50 50 51 52

Will Thomas Kariym Gent Corey Nesmith Jr. Lee McNeill Terry Caldwell Jalen Holt Matt Johnson Mark Hogan Austin Duke Mark Pettit C.J. Crawford Desmond Cooper Tank Norman Justin Bolus Joc Watkins Mikel Hunter Patrick O’Brien Martay Mattox Prince Mayela Donjore Gainey Daquan Lucas Alan Barnwell Kalif Phillips Cortezz Nixon Terrance Winchester Greg Cunningham Jr. Micah Bryan Quintin Gay Alex Petzke Damarrell Alexander Brandon Strupp Nico Alcade James Williams Jr. Nick Halmon Sam Dexter Zeb Little Ardy Holmes Jordan Abrams Caleb Clayton-Molby Tyler DeStefani Kendal Parker Devin Pearson DaQuavius Reid Mark Montini Keaston Sinicki Jarred Barr Karrington King Robert Williams Brandon Rodriguez

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54 Jordan Starnes 55 Mason Sledge 56 Fletcher O’Neil 57 Justin Bridges-Thompson 58 Dustin Crouser 59 Payton Thomson 60 Cody Brown 61 Zach Thomas 62 Hayden Pezzoni 63 Cameron Curlings 64 Thomas Frazier 65 Larry Ogunjobi 66 Joe Wolljung 67 Mitch Monska 68 Danny Book 69 Stephen Muscarello 70 Casey Perry 71 Zach Bumgarner 72 Tevin Lawshe 73 Jamal Covington 74 Thomas La Bianca 75 Eugene German 76 Daniel Blitch 77 Wolfgang Zacherl 78 Kyle Hoffman 79 Jeff Walker 80 Reggie Woods 81 Trent Bostick 82 Jason Eury 83 Emmitt Afam 84 Darius Smalls 85 Luke Sonricker 86 Blake Brewer 86 Zach Ferguson 87 EJ Rhinehart 88 Dmarjai Devine 89 Elijah Roberson 90 Peter Fields 91 Nick Carroll 92 James Middleton 93 Hayden Beck 94 Kyle Taylor 95 Devin Clegg 96 Devon Johnson 97 Tanner Fleming 97 Garrett Stuart 98 Josh Tann 99 Brandon Banks ^ Jamel Ross ^ - will miss 2013 season

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6-3 6-3 6-3 6-3 6-3 6-3 6-4 6-2 5-9 6-3 6-3 6-2 6-3 5-10 6-6 5-11 6-2 6-4 6-4 6-4 6-3 6-5 6-6 6-5 6-5 6-4 6-2 6-1 6-1 5-11 6-4 6-4 6-1 6-4 6-4 6-3 6-2 6-6 6-5 6-4 6-3 6-3 6-4 6-3 6-2 5-10 6-4 6-3 6-3

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For a full game review and photo slideshow from the Charlotte 49ers home football game against GardnerWebb on Saturday, Oct. 5, visit us online after the game at

game

request begins/ends begins Sunday, 8 a.m. ends Tuesday, 8 a.m.

Enrolled students are able to receive a free ticket to each regular season home game in three easy steps.

claim begins/ends begins Tuesday, 9a.m. ends Thursday, 9 a.m.

request

Ticket request is available at the Official Ticketing Site of the Charlotte 49ers about six days before the game.

claim

Students can claim the ticket 48 hours after the initial request. This time will vary depending on the number of students who request tickets for the specific game and availability of tickets.

print

Immediately after claiming the ticket, students are encouraged to print the ticket directly from the ticketing webpage.

on demand

Thursday, 12 p.m.

Gardner Webb,

Oct. 3

UNC Pembroke,

Oct. 12

Wesley,

Nov. 7

Oct. 5, 2013

Oct. 12, 2013

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49ER DRUMLINE Photo by Chris Crews

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GAME BREAKDOWN The Charlotte 49ers host the Gardner-Webb Runnin’ Bulldogs inside Jerry Richardson Stadium on Oct. 5 at 12 p.m.

MATT CHAPMAN

ASST. SPORTS EDITOR

The Charlotte 49ers football team will take on the Gardner-Webb Runnin’ Bulldogs on Saturday, Oct. 5 at Jerry Richardson Stadium. This is the 49ers first home game since Sept. 14 when they suffered a 40-13 loss to the NCCU Eagles. The Runnin’ Bulldogs will be kicking off a two-game road trip of their own with their first stop coming at the 49ers before traveling to Conway, S.C. to face their Big South Conference rival the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers. Charlotte has been a hard team to figure out early in the season. The 49ers looked like world-beaters in the first two games in program history as they picked up a 52-7 win over the Campbell Camels and then added a 47-7 drubbing of the Chowan Hawks the following week. Since then, Charlotte has been brought back down to earth following the aforementioned 40-13 loss to the Eagles

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and another 34-7 blowout at the hands of the James Madison Dukes. Gardner-Webb has been impressive so far during the 2013 campaign aside from a 56-0 road loss to the Marshall Thundering Herd. The Runnin’ Bulldogs picked up two impressive wins over ranked opponents in back-to-back weeks in the middle of September. The first came in a tight contest against the Richmond Spiders at home where they prevailed by a final score of 12-10 and the second came in a defensive struggle in monsoon like conditions on the road against the Wofford Terriers as they picked up a 3-0 victory. The 49ers have put up impressive statistics on the offensive side of the ball as they average 430.5 yards per game and almost 30 points per game coming in at a clip of 29.8 per contest. The Achilles heel for the 49ers this season, especially in

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losses, has been turnovers. Charlotte ranks 119th in turnovers this year as they’ve already committed 13 on the season, seven fumbles and six interceptions. Their 13 total turnovers are just two shy of being the worst of all FCS teams in 2013. In contrast, the Charlotte defense is the best in the country amongst FCS squads at forcing turnovers by their opposition. They’ve already forced 17 turnovers by their opponents, ten fumbles and seven interceptions. The problem for the 49ers defense is the fact that they’re on the field entirely too often thanks to the offenses turnover struggles, often playing with their backs against the wall in bad field position. The Runnin’ Bulldogs should have a tough time coping against the opportunistic Charlotte defense as their offensive output has been rather mediocre so far this season. Gardner-Webb averages just 10.8 points per game albeit against top notch competition. Gardner-Webb redshirt junior quarterback Lucas Beatty, from Olympic High School right here in Charlotte, N.C., has struggled this year throwing for just 693 yards to go along with only two touchdowns and four interceptions. Beatty will have his work cut out for him against the 49ers on Saturday afternoon. The Runnin’ Bulldogs defense has been about average so far this season allowing 21.5 points per contest. They’ll need a big-time performance to slow down an extremely fast paced Charlotte offensive attack. 49ers quarterback Matt Johnson could have a big day as long as he makes good decisions with the football and eliminates the turnovers that have plagued Charlotte all year. Johnson has thrown for 971 yards while tossing eight touchdown passes to go along with six interceptions so far in 2013.

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THE RECORD BOOK

Through the inaugural season, the Charlotte 49ers have added many firsts to their record book.

TERRANCE WINCHESTER

First blocked field goal Sept. 14, 2013 First kickoff return Aug. 31, 2013

First two-point conversion Aug. 31, 2013

First punt return Aug. 31, 2013

C.J. CRAWFORD MIKEL HUNTER

CALEB CLAYTON-MOLBY First fumble recovery Aug. 31, 2013

First forced fumble Aug. 31, 2013

First fumble return Aug. 31, 2013

First touchdown Aug. 31, 2013

ZEB LITTLE

First interception Aug. 31, 2013

TERRY CALDWELL

MARK HOGAN

First safety Sept. 7, 2013

Photos by Chris Crews

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BEFORE & AFTER The Judy W. Rose Football Center March 27, 2012

Photos by Chris Crews

Aug. 10, 2013

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