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The Cain family name has had a presence in the Coastal Carolina University football community since the 2003 inaugural season.
Travis Cain played defensive back for the Chanticleers in their first three seasons. Grant Cain served seven years under Coach David Bennett as an outside linebacker and defensive back coach. Current sophomore punter, Austin Cain, has carried on the football legacy of the Cain family with the Chanticleers.
The fourth Cain brother, Blake, was a member of the Western Carolina Catamounts football team during the 2008-2011 seasons. Blake’s final game came on November 19th of last year was against none other than the Chanticleers. “It was a pretty special moment, the whole family made the trip to Cullowhee. I was just glad that I was able to be apart of my brother’s final college game,” Austin said. Austin was also pleased that he was able to walk away with a 45-21 victory and, of course, bragging rights until they meet again in the back yard for some touch football in their hometown Kennesaw, Georgia.
This Saturday, Austin and the Chanticleers will be facing off against the Furman Paladins. This matchup once again will bring together the Cain family. The starting fullback for the Paladins’ is red shirt freshman Ernie Cain, Austin’s uncle. When asked about facing off against his uncle, Austin said, “I am really looking forward to it. During football season, we will give each other a call after the games to check in, but this week I will be able to just walk across the field.”
Both Austin and Ernie have had similar paths along their collegiate career. They both walked-on to their respective teams and red shirted their freshman year. They have each seen success in their sophomore year, both earning starting roles on their respective squads. In the Chanticleers home opener last week Austin punted three times for 135 yards (45) including a long of 49 and one downed inside the 20 in a 29-13 victory over North Carolina A&T.
Austin and the rest of the Chanticleers will be looking to improve their record to 2-0 on the road this Saturday, September 8th versus Ernie and the Paladins. With a Chanticleer victory, Austin will continue to sit on the throne of his family football bragging rights.
Written by, Tom Michienzi. Tom is a producer for ESPN Radio 100.3'The Team' and the beat report for Coastal Carolina Football for ESPN 100.3 and TheDigitel Myrtle Beach. You can follow Tom on Twitter @Tmichienzi18 or for questions call 774-254-4165.