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Hopes to continue the high standards of reliability and consistency that the deep snapping position has provided the East Carolina kicking game since 2005 following the steady contributions of Wilson Raynor (2005-08) and William Smith (2009-11) ... Earned the designation as the program's top snapper after spring drills, but is expected to be challenged by C.J. Struyk during fall camp and throughout the season ... Arguably ranks as one of the lightest deep snappers on the FBS level, but coaches cite strong fundamental execution, assignment detail and mental preparation as key strengths ... Initially earned roster position as a walk-on during Ruffin McNeill's first fall as the Pirates' head coach ... Strength and conditioning flexibility rating of 16.0 ranks among the best in the program.
2011 Game-by-Game Statistics
2010: Officially joined the ECU program in the fall and was redshirted, thus did not experience game day action.
High School: A three-sport standout who collected a total of 11 varsity letters during prep career at Albemarle High School ... A four-year football letterman who helped the Bulldogs to a combined 51-8 record, which included a Rocky River Conference title in 2008 (14-2) and Yadkin Valley Conference and state (IAA) championships in 2009 (16-0) ... A three-time all-conference selection as a center for coach Baxter Morris ... Also chosen to the All-Charlotte Observer squad after completion of senior campaign ... Finished prep career converting a perfect 100 percent of his PAT snaps ... Served as AHS's team captain as a sophomore, junior and senior ... Also amassed four wresting letters and was chosen to the all-conference unit on four occasions and named to the all-state squad twice ... Was the state runner-up in the 189-pound division ... Picked up three additional letters as a catcher and first baseman on the Bulldogs' baseball team ... Garnered Yadkin Valley Athlete-of-the-Year honors in the spring of 2010 ... Excelled in the classroom with membership in the National Honor Society, National Technical Honor Society and VICA ... Graduated among the Top 10 of class (4.4 grade point average).
Personal: Full name is Charles Thomas Coggins ... Born November 21, 1991 at Albemarle, N.C. ... Son of Buck (and Kristi) Coggins and Joanne (and Jim) Hesley ... Major is business (finance) ... Earned selection to ECU's Honor Roll (3.0 grade point average or higher) for both the fall and spring semesters during the 2011-2012 academic year ... Lists golf, hunting and woodworking as hobbies of choice ... Says Brett Favre, Cam Newton and former Cal and current Washington Redskins' snapper Nick Sundberg are favorite NFL players ...Credits his grandfather, brother Daniel and football coaches Jim Wentz and Dexter Morris as people most influential on career ... Identified Albemarle City Council Member Jack Neel as the most impressive person he's ever met ... Picks his high school state title as the most memorable football moment to date ... Favorite all-time Pirate is former deep snapper Wilson Raynor ... Toughest obstacles to overcome have been people dismissing abilities because of size and handling ECU strength coach Jeff Connors' 300s test ... Says best thing about the ECU football program are the relationships with teammates ... Plays the guitar ... Bears a facial resemblance to pro wrestler Randy Orton ... Stepmother (Kristi Coggins) served as South Carolina's longtime head women's golf coach (1994 to January, 2008) after guiding the TCU program for nine seasons, beginning in 1985.