49ers Excited for FBS Debut
CONCORD, N.C. (WCCB Charlotte) — FBS football is finally here for the Charlotte 49ers.
Charlotte will make its FBS debut on Friday against Georgia State at The Georgia Dome in a game that will be played on ESPNu.
"It’s going to be very exciting," junior quarterback Matt Johnson said. "Our locker room is in a really good spot right now as far as emotionally and where we are right now. I think it will help in the big stage."
Georgia State made the jump to FBS in 2013 and has gone just 1-23 in its first two seasons at the elevated level. Charlotte enters the season with similar low-levels of expectations. Charlotte was picked last in the Conference USA preseason poll.
"Everyone has questions about Charlotte football," senior linebacker Clayton Caleb Molby said. "Us coming out for this first game will show people who we are and what we are all about."
Charlotte returns nine starters on offense and seven on defense from a team that finished last year with a (5-6) record. The team announced quarterback Matt Johnson, who played eight games in 2014 before his season was ended by an injury, beat out Lee McNeil and Brooks Barden in an open competition this fall.