Hitting the ground running and executing from the word “go,” the Charlotte 49ers rolled to a 38-10 victory over in-state FCS foe Gardner-Webb on Saturday night, achieving their first 2-0 start to the season since 2015.
No beating around the bush, Will Healy’s group clocked in for work and took the proper steps to finish a job well done and get ready for the next one. Just like he’s done every morning at Jerry Richardson Stadium for the past four years, senior captain Chris Reynolds showed that the proof in the pudding is in the eating, becoming the program’s new all-time career leader in passing yards.
It’s hard to not to be romantic about football, especially when you consider the path so many must take in order to achieve the highest levels of success in this game. The chance to be a part of a Division I college football program is one that comes at a premium, even more so for the young men that join teams as walk-ons, the unsung heroes of the scout team.
Make no mistake about it, jersey number three had notches in his belt before he ever stepped foot in the Queen City.
Conference player of the year, Shrine Bowl participant, All-Region nominee, four-year letter winner in two sports, there’s not a soul in Mocksville, North Carolina that would’ve predicted any different of a result for the renaissance that has been his entire career.
Setbacks through injury, earning his role in practice, solidifying himself as the weekend warrior. Chris Reynolds has always been a humble assassin, crediting his teammates for giving him the power to kill your team with kindness.
“It’s not happening without guys like Grant Dubose, Ryan Carriere, and Taylor Thompson,” Reynolds said of his teammates. “Victor Tucker’s another one of those guys, and Cameron Dollar, we walked in together, we were on the scout team together. Just having that offseason work, that’s where the magic happens. How much work are you willing to put in during the offseason when nobody’s out there even when you don’t want to and you don’t feel like it? Those guys are all special humans, and I could never do this without them.”
Capping off his night to up the total to 5,469 career yards through the air, Chris joined former Washington State gunslinger Luke Falk as the only two FBS quarterbacks in history to begin their career without an athletic scholarship and finish their career as the program’s all-time career leader in passing yards.
The moment could never be too big for the man who was always too small.
Then again, that’s just your opinion.