CONWAY, S.C. (WMBF) - The quarterback situation at Coastal Carolina is now a bit complicated. After Josh Stilley was anointed the starter for 2016, he's expected to miss the rest of the season after suffering a leg injury last week at Jacksonville State. In the same game, Dillon product and backup Avery McCall left with a sprained hand, which has led to a shuffling of the quarterback depth chart. It has led to Myrtle Beach native Tyler Keane becoming the starter for Saturday's showdown against Furman.
"I think Tyler's been around a while and has a better feel for the offense, and remember he's been our two-point (conversion) guy and our holder for a while now," head coach Joe Moglia explained.
It'll be the first career start for the junior, which comes on a sold out Family Weekend game at Brooks Stadium.
"Got a lot of response from friends and family throughout the area, a lot of texts, and a lot of stuff over Facebook and things like that, (so) that's really exciting," Keane said.
The two remaining signal callers will stay loose behind Keane, but it's worth noting a new addition to the Coastal roster.
"We would be remiss as a staff if we didn't think ahead and say ok what's going to happen if we lose another guy, or what kind of backups we have," Moglia said.
That's where Tyler Chadwick comes in. He's best known for winning a national championship as the second baseman of the Coastal Carolina baseball team this summer. Yet football has been in his blood for some time.
"I don't know if it's high school or college yet, but I'd love to be a football coach," Chadwick said. "It's been my love since I've been a kid."
Chadwick is getting his graduate degree right now, and has a year of eligibility remaining. He hasn't put the pads on since his high school days in Charlotte – when he played for his father – but he has been with the Coastal football staff for some time, learning more about the game.
"I was able to be up (in the offices), sit in on some meetings, and learn the ins and outs of what it would be to be a football coach, and once baseball was over it kind of started being full time," Chadwick added.
It may be a last resort, but if the time comes to step up, the staff knows of Chadwick's big game resume.
"All our guys know him, and the ones that don't know him well, certainly know who he is," Moglia said. You know he played for four years, and the last year was a significant part of winning the national championship."
Coastal Carolina has made a couple other moves as well. Jordan McRae moves from the linebacker spot, and Ryan Lee, normally a wide receiver, will work with the quarterbacks this week.
Coastal Carolina hosts Furman Saturday at 6:00 at Brooks Stadium.