CONWAY - Joe Moglia took time in his Wednesday press conference to explain some of the reasons why his team is so successful this year. Among them was the leadership.
"Great teams don't have leadership just from the coaches," he said. "They have leadership from within."
Such is the case for this year's class of seniors on the Coastal Carolina football team. The Chants are 9-1 and still have a chance to make this the best season in program history. Though the story could have gone another way when Joe Moglia and his staff came to town almost two years ago. But that's when the leading players of the Chants stepped up.
"We had new coaches come in halfway through our careers," explained senior running back Bucky Kennedy. "I believe it's a great thing. I bought in the very first day they got here, so they've done some great things."
But just as the players bought into the system, the coaches believed in the then-upper classmen.
"These seniors are very much the heart and blood and the core of our team," said Moglia.
Which may make taking the field on Saturday a bit difficult as it will be senior day for the Chants against Presbyterian College.
"Obviously it's going to be emotional," said senior defensive tackle Arthur Kelley. "As it's possibly our last home game of our football career."
However once kickoff begins, everyone on the team - seniors or not - will be focused on just getting a win.
"As long as we come out and execute and do what we're supposed to do, we'll get the job done," said Kennedy.
Kickoff against PC is schedule for 1:00 on Saturday at Brooks Stadium.