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December 21, 201249ers add two transfers
Air Force senior wide receiver Mikel Hunter, and Marshall red-shirt junior tight end CJ Crawford, will transfer to the Charlotte to begin playing football in the spring. Both players will compete as seniors with just one year of eligibility remaining.
"With the addition of these two guys we satisfied our need to continue to put age on our team," Lambert said via an official release. "We added some much needed senior leadership to our team."
The 5-foot-9-inch Hunter did not play in 2012. He made 14 starts during his sophomore and junior campaigns for the Falcons. He notched 19 catches in 39 games for 350 yards and three touchdowns. He also ran for 380 yards on 32 carries with three touchdowns.
"He's a senior wideout that brings a lot of speed to the table," Lambert said. "He has a lot of experience playing at a high level at Air Force. We can throw him the ball or hand him the ball - he's done both for them. We're excited to have him join our program."
Crawford is a 6-foot-2-inch tight end out of Huntington, West Va. He played in 12 games as a red-shirt junior where he recorded 11 catches for 107 yards. He graduated from Marshall in December and will pursue graduate school with the 49ers.
"CJ plays in the H-Back spot and we think we can move him around," Lambert said. "We can use him as a wideout, a tight end, a back. He's athletic and can stretch the field for us and he brings a lot of versatility to our offense."
49ers add future opponent
The 49ers announced this week that they'll play at Kansas State in 2016. "We know those guys out there and we've talked about scheduling a game and it's worked out," Lambert said. "Things really changed when we joined Conference USA. They had expressed interest when we were FCS, but I don't know if it would have happened without us going to Conference USA and the FBS. It will be a good homecoming for me and (Director of Operations) Trevor (Lambert)."
"What coach (Bill) Snyder has done there is beyond phenomenal," said Lambert, a 1987 graduate of Kansas State who was a second team all-Big Eight Defensive Back in 1984. "It will be a lot of fun. Talk about competing at the highest level. It will be a huge challenge for us, but it's something we'll look forward to. It will be exciting for our guys to go and compete at that level."
Charlotte signs one JUCO
Charlotte 49ers head football coach Brad Lambert announced the signing of 6-foot-2-inch 240 pound junior college linebacker transfer Caleb Clayton-Molby (Panama City Beach, Fla.) out of Georgia Military College in Milledgeville, Ga.
Clayton-Mobley will play inside linebacker while getting looks at H-back.
"Caleb really answers a couple questions for us," Lambert said. "First is age. We're looking for some older guys in this class to add some age to our team. He also brings alot of versatility. We're recruiting him as an H-back but we know he can play either side of the ball. What attracted us to him is his athleticism and that versatility that we've really looked for. On top of that is his ability to get here in January and get an early start in being a part of our program."
At Georgia Military College, Clayton-Molby was second on the team with 49 tackles with four sacks, four forced fumbles and an interception.