Baseball star Chadwick joins CCU football team

Former Coastal Carolina infielder Tyler Chadwick prepares to throw a pass after joining the football team to provide depth at quarterback.
Former Coastal Carolina infielder Tyler Chadwick prepares to throw a pass after joining the football team to provide depth at quarterback.

MYRTLE BEACH – Coastal Carolina is so thin at quarterback, they’re turning to a baseball player for help.

Tyler Chadwick, who played infield on the Chanticleers national championship team, joined the team this week to provide additional depth at a position that’s been plagued by injuries.

“Ever since I got here, I just fell in love with this community and everything that’s been here,” Chadwick said. “And being able to do what we did in baseball was just unbelievable, and the community support we had, and just to be able to help out a little more for a school that’s given me so much, I’m glad I could do it.”

Chadwick played quarterback in high school, but at 5-feet-9, 195 pounds, he didn’t have the ideal size to play football in college, so he chose baseball instead. Last fall he began volunteering as an assistant on the football team and was elevated to offensive intern this fall. So when the Chanticleers lost their top three quarterbacks to injuries, he joked that he could play, if needed.

Coaches took him seriously, and he practiced with the team Wednesday.

Chadwick doesn’t expect to play much, but he plans to be ready. Myrtle Beach product Tyler Keane was named the starter for Saturday’s game at Furman.

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