College Sports

Coastal-Furman game features former area standout

The Rock Hill area will be well-represented when Coastal Carolina visits Furman Saturday.

David Martin, a sophomore quarterback from Fort Mill, sophomore fullback Vince Starr (Clover) and redshirt freshman linebacker Kent Harper (York) are Chanticleers.

Martin, a transfer from USC Lancaster, hasn't seen any action at quarterback.

Starr, a 6-1, 230-pounder, has one tackle in three games for the Chants (1-3).

The 6-foot-1, 210-pound Harper, brother of former Chants defensive lineman Sam Harper, has appeared in three games, recording four tackles, including a half-sack for minus-4 yards.

The Furman (1-3) roster features ex-Northwestern standout lineman Thomas Slaughter and ex-Westminster Catawba stalwart Adam Sanders, a fullback.

Slaughter, a 6-4, 281-pound junior, is a backup offensive tackle and the Paladins' long snapper.

Sanders is a 6-foot, 230-pound senior but hasn't carried the ball this season.

• THE CITADEL: Former Northwestern quarterback Bart Blanchard, a 6-2, 185-pound redshirt freshman, is the backup for senior starter Duran Lawson.

Blanchard has appeared in two games for the Bulldogs (3-1), rushing twice for 20 yards and completing 2-of-3 passes for 22 yards, all coming in a 76-0 victory over Webber International.

The Bulldogs are No. 25 in the FCS, Football Gazette's Top 40 and the Any Given polls after a 41-16 victory at Tennessee-Chattanooga last week.

The Bulldogs entertain highly-regarded Wofford (4-1) at 2 p.m. Saturday at Johnson Hagood Stadium. The game will be televised by SportSouth (cable channel 32 in Rock Hill).

• CLEMSON: Ex-Clemson and Rock Hill High School athlete Ian Davidson came up a little short last week in his bid to win a fourth straight title in the Xterra Triathlon National Championships.

Davidson finished fifth in the 50-54 division at Incline Village, Nev.

The 53-year-old Davidson ran track and cross country at Rock Hill, where he was the Bearcats' captain from 1970-72.

Davidson went on to Clemson and earned six letters in track and cross country. He was inducted into the York County Sports Hall of Fame in 2001.

• OKLAHOMA: The Sooners feature the Big 12's third-leading rusher in senior halfback Allen Patrick, a 6-1, 196-pound native of Conway who attended Independence (Kan.) Community College prior to transferring to Oklahoma.

Patrick is third in the Big 12 in rushing, averaging 100.2 yards a game. He has 401 yards on 52 carries and scored five TDs in four games.

• SOUTH CAROLINA: Basketball coach Dave Odom's Gamecocks will be part of the inaugural Pizza Hut Big East/SEC Invitational Dec. 5-6. The two-night event will be held in Philadelphia and Birmingham, Ala.

The Gamecocks face Providence at 7 p.m. Dec. 6 in Philadelphia's Wachovia Center. The game will be televised by ESPN2 (cable channel 28 in Rock Hill). LSU meets Villanova at 9:30 p.m.

At 7 p.m. Dec. 5, West Virginia plays Auburn at the Birmingham Jefferson Convention Center and Georgetown takes on Alabama at 9:30 p.m.

Fans wanting to attend the Dec. 6 doubleheader in Philadelphia may purchase tickets at, by calling 1-800-298-4200 or at the Wachovia Center box office. Prices range from $25-60, depending on seat location.