CONWAY, S.C. (WMBF) – You may be familiar with the Tyler Chadwick story already. He was the first baseman-turned second baseman for Coastal Carolina's College World Series championship team from the summer. However, this fall he was a graduate assistant with the football team as he began the path of following in his father's footsteps to become a football coach. But now at the end of the season, Chadwick has hit another big, and perhaps unlikely, accomplishment.
"I never imagined this would happen," Chadwick said.
Coastal Carolina has dealt with a slew of injuries at quarterback this year. It lost initial starter Chance Thrasher in the preseason. Josh Stilley took over those duties to start the year, but he and Avery McCall both went down the third game of the year.
Chadwick told the Coastal staff he had a year of graduate eligibility remaining, and the Chants have taken advantage.
Once Tyler Keane went down on Thursday against Liberty, Chadwick came in, and threw his first college passes, going 6-9 for 71 yards. It's an unorthodox way of getting to play college football, but a dream come true nonetheless for the CWS champion that never thought he'd wear pads at the Division One level.
"I chose to play baseball because I'm 5'8", and (there's) not many 5'8" quarterbacks in the country," he said. "Never did I ever think this would happen, and I've got to say, it's pretty cool. It's living a dream, honestly."
Coastal finishes the 2016 season against Hampton on Saturday at 2:00. Tyler Keane won't play, and Tyler Chadwick is listed to start the game, per Coastal Carolina's depth chart released for the week.