Scouting the 2021 LA Tech football foes: Charlotte

With the start of football season around the corner, here is the 10th of a 12-part series of season previews on the Louisiana Tech opponents for the upcoming season. Tech will host the 49ers on Nov. 13 at Joe Aillet Stadium. Kickoff time is 2:30 p.m. CT and the game will be live on Stadium.

2020 Record: 2-4 (2-2 in C-USA)

2020 Bowl Appearance: None

Head Coach: Will Healy (3rd season)

Last Meeting: Louisiana Tech and Charlotte have never met on the gridiron as this year’s game will be the first between the two programs. The 49ers football program is only eight years old after playing its first ever season in 2013. Charlotte began competition as a C-USA member in 2015.

Charlotte Outlook: After playing just six games in 2020, Charlotte puts its hopes on quarterback Chris Reynolds, who passed for 1,305 yards and eight scores in the Covid19-shortened season. Reynolds has been a mainstay under center for the 49ers since 2018, setting school record with 22 passing scores in 2019 when he led Conference USA in passing efficiency. Defensively, Charlotte struggled last year, allowing 32 points per game and more than 420 yards of total offense. Linebacker Tyler Murray returns to lead the 49ers defense after leading the team with 49 tackles and two interceptions. Charlotte was picked in the middle of the pack in the 7-team East Division in the preseason Coaches Poll. Charlotte is just one year removed from a 7-win season that saw the 49ers earn a spot in the Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl (L, 31-9 to Buffalo). It was the program’s first ever bowl appearance.

What Coach Will Healy is Saying About QB Chris Reynolds: “He’s done an unbelievable job all spring. The steps he’s taken to become the face of our program have been just as impressive to me as what he’s done on the field. He’s a competitor, He’s a winner. We’re so lucky to have him back again.”

Season/Single Game Tickets: LA Tech fans can purchase season tickets for the 2021 year by calling 318-257-3631 or going to LATechSports.com/tickets. The Bulldogs host six home games this year, including a marquee non-conference match-up against SMU. Tech fans can also called the ticket office for information on road game tickets.

Up Next: Southern Miss


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