Archive for August, 2012

Citadel guard Keith Carter is a leader of the band, and of the football team

August 31, 2012
By Jeff Hartsell, Charleston Post:Courier Thursday, August 30, 2012 12:06 a.m

Sometimes in his room in the barracks, Keith Carter will plug in his four-string bass guitar and slip on some headphones. “It’s really soothing,” says The Citadel’s junior offensive guard. “You get a little free time, you get to play and listen to the different sounds you can make. You put a few tabs together, get a riff going … It sounds good.”  Bass guitar, one of the foundations of any good band, makes sense for Carter, a 6-0, 280-pounder who in many ways is one of the foundational building blocks of the Bulldogs’ football team.

It was Carter’s move from the defensive line last season that helped shore up the offensive line during the transition to the triple-option offense, paving the way for what the Bulldogs hope is a breakthrough season in 2012, starting with Saturday’s season opener with Charleston Southern at Johnson Hagood Stadium.  Carter was also elected a team captain this year, and helped start and build a thriving Fellowship of Christian Athletes group on campus.  “Keith has really emerged as a team leader,” said Citadel coach Kevin Higgins. “I think his teammates saw the sacrifice he made in changing positions and respect him for that. And his leadership in the FCA has really brought a lot of guys into that group that otherwise might not be there.”

It all could have gone another way for Carter and the Bulldogs after his freshman year, when he came in as a defensive tackle and earned a starting job right away. His father, Keith Carter, was a standout linebacker at Florida State, so the younger Carter had some family heritage invested in playing defense.  But before spring practice in 2011, Higgins approached Carter about switching to the offensive line.

“I didn’t know how he would take it,” Higgins said. “Keith has a stoic, steely-eyed look about him sometimes. In typical Keith fashion, he said, ‘I’ll think about it.’ ”  It was not an easy decision.  “That was a very serious time for me, a very trying time,” Carter recalls now, with a smile. “I had started my first college game on defense, but by the end of the year, I was splitting reps. I went into spring with big plans about everything I was going to do to get my spot back.  “And then right before final exams, they told me they wanted me to change positions. When my head hit the pillow at night, I wasn’t thinking about exams, I was thinking about my position.”

Carter’s dad told him about how Florida State coaches wanted him to switch from linebacker to nose guard, but he refused and ended up starting at middle linebacker.  “But I knew our situation here at The Citadel was a little different,” he said. “I felt it was best for the team to make the switch.”  Carter started all 11 games at guard last year, making a team-high 104 knockdown blocks as the Bulldogs averaged 286.6 rushing yards per game, third in the Southern Conference and in FCS. Higgins said Carter has the ability to join junior center Mike Sellers as an All-SoCon level player.  “He definitely does,” Higgins said. “He’s still young at the position, so there are some things he’s still learning. But strength, athleticism, intelligence — he’s got all the tools.”

If Carter’s dad gets credit for his football smarts and size, mom Isis deserves credit for his faith and some of that athleticism, too; she played basketball at the University of Miami.   When Carter arrived at The Citadel in 2010 out of North Florida Christian School in Tallahassee, Fla., there really was no functioning FCA group on campus. Carter, an electrical engineering major, helped get one started and plays bass in the praise band. Monday meetings typically draw 60 to 70 students, who don’t have to be athletes to come.  He’s an FCA senior captain as well as a football team captain, two jobs he takes seriously.  “It’s humbling to know people look to you as a leader,” he said, “that they have enough confidence in your willpower and character to choose you. It’s an impetus for me to go even harder than I have before.” 

Citadel: Contrary to rumors, knob system still in effect

August 29, 2012

From: the Charleston City Paper

The Battery

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Posted by Paul Bowers on Tue, Aug 28, 2012 at 3:21 PM

Despite rumors to the contrary, freshman “knobs” at the Citadel are still subject to the rigorous Fourth Class System, according to a school spokesperson. In other words, freshman cadets can still expect a tough first year.

“I know that there’s a rumor going around that we’ve disbanded the Fourth Class System, and that is inaccurate,” said Citadel Media Relations Coordinator Charlene Gunnells, when asked if the incoming Class of 2016 was being treated any differently than previous freshman classes. At the Citadel, a senior military college, freshmen are famously called “knobs” due to the male cadets’ shaved heads, and in addition to completing a week of training known as Hell Week, they have restricted privileges and are required to obey any legal order given by an upper-class cadet.

The Guidon, a handbook for Citadel students, explains the Fourth Class System this way: 

“The purpose of the Fourth Class System at The Citadel is to provide a base upon which a fourth class cadet may develop those qualities essential to a good leader. It is dedicated to the principle that no one is fit to lead who has not learned to follow. The system requires mental preparedness, physical conditioning, and self discipline and is conducted with impartiality.”

 At times, upperclassmen have abused their authority, and the school has disciplined students for engaging in hazing over the years. Asked if there had been any unusual announcements made to cadets in regard to hazing, Gunnells said she did not know of any. “We don’t tolerate hazing. That’s not new,” Gunnells said. “I’m not aware of any new announcements.”

Press Conference with Coach Kevin Higgins, Derek Douglas and Rickey Anderson

August 28, 2012

 

 

Coach Higgins discusses fall camp

“We had a very good camp and were very fortunate to stay health. We had a couple of bumps and bruises, but we have everybody ready to go for the game Saturday night.”  “Dalton Trevino has had a very good camp running the football, blocking and catching.  Thomas Warren has been a very neat story.  Thus far he has done an outstanding job in all of our scrimmages.  We sent Warren to an elite kicking camp out in Wisconsin in July.  When he came back, we could tell it made a huge difference.”   “Nick Willis is a freshman at the safety position; he will probably be playing quite a bit on Saturday night. He has very good skills and is a bigger guy and we will need him in a number of positions.”

Coach Higgins discusses the upcoming game against Charleston Southern…

“Our players know that this is a huge game for Charleston Southern because it is an intercity rivalry. We played them in 2005, 2006 and 2007. We know they are going to play as hard as they possibly can and with great effort. Looking back on their season last year, they had a number of injuries. They have most of those guys back and looking at their lineup they have great speed at the skill positions. Historically they have always had very good wide receivers and this year is no different. They have a new defensive coordinator that came from Georgia Southern so he will be familiar with the triple option. ”

“One of the concerns going into this game is replacing our defensive starters from last year. As we went through camp, we realized that Joseph Boateng, Rod Harland and Tolu Akindele made a lot of plays for us last year. We are anxious to see which one of our guys is going to step up.”

“Offensively, we will have to make adjustments according to how they line up. Charles James, an All-American cornerback, will jump routes and our quarterbacks will have to keep an eye on him. Defensively, Malcolm Dixon is an outstanding quarterback with option reads. We will have to make adjustments to their formations and take into consideration that since the last time we played them head coach Jay Mills has taken the lead on calling offensive plays.”

“With a game like this, where there is going to be a lot of speed, special teams have an opportunity to make big plays and therefore we have to make sure we are sound in that area.”

“Bottom line, in the first game we are more concerned about ourselves and less about different schemes we will be seeing. We know we can control the things that we do offensively, defensively and on special teams.”

Coach Higgins discusses the position change for Cullen Brown…

“We made a major change in the depth chart over the weekend. Cullen Brown, who has been our starting tight end, has moved to the starting offensive right tackle position. We talked about this in the offseason and wanted to take time during camp to evaluate. The bottom line is we want Brown on the field 80-100% of the time. He is one of our best blockers and he is very physical. One of the nice things is when you play the triple option the tight end position has a large responsibility for blocking and can become very familiar with the rules of the tackle position. It says a lot about the unselfish nature of Brown. The same thing happened with Keith Carter with the move two years ago and he has turned out to be a stellar guard for us.”

“After practice on Saturday the staff discussed Brown. He felt real good about the change and making the transition. We have no major concerns about the change. He probably has caught only two balls during camp and we need his skills at the offensive line position. We weren’t going to make the change unless he agreed to it, and he just wanted to be on the field helping the team. We felt comfortable with the move because we know Alex Glover is ready to go. Glover is very athletic and he has gotten bigger and stronger. He is able to handle his role and this gives us the opportunity to get the best players on the field.”

Coach Higgins discusses the freshmen…

“We have had many freshmen step up during camp. We will have about eight of them in the two deep. In the defensive line position, we have three freshmen in the three deep. Mark Thomas is a guy who just set a person record in the power clean with 340. It was incredible because we haven’t introduced power clean to our freshmen yet. Thomas will be the backup defensive end.”

Joe Philips is big physical defensive end from Pittsburgh, Pa., and he will have a chance to compete. Nick Willis is a backup at the safety position and has performed well. Sam Frye is a center who will be the backup to Mike Sellers. At the backup nose guard is Mitchell Jeter. He will have an opportunity to get in the mix. Vinny Miller also has done as a great job. He ran for 2,700 yards in high school and he is going to be a very good running back for us. Joe Crochet is a backup outside linebacker from Atlanta who will also be able to help us this season.”

Coach Higgins discusses the linebackers (Rah Muhammad, Carson Smith, Carl Robinson)…

“There is always a concern when you are starting three sophomores who have had little experience playing together, but these guys have great character. In terms of the Corps, academics and the passion for football these guys have it all. All three were elected for the leadership counsel. It is hard to get that combination from all three guys and they have it all. In terms of on the field, these guys are smart and have all of the intangibles.”

Coach Higgins discusses quarterback experience

“Experience is incredibly important especially when you are running the triple option. The more repetitions you get, the better you will be at game time. Both of our quarterbacks (Ben Dupree and Aaron Miller) have been working really hard and are great competitors. We will need both of these guys to be successful.”

Rickey Anderson discusses the triple option…

“The option is running a lot smoother. The theory has been that in the third year the option will run as smoothly as it is capable of running. That has shown itself in camp this year. During the first two years we had a lot of trouble with quarterback and center exchanges, but this year we have hashed out many glitches. The blocking by the receivers has been incredible this camp and the unselfishness of all the running backs and receivers have helped it run even smoother.”

“This is the closet I’ve seen the team since I started in 2007. We have a great on and off the field camaraderie. I feel healthy going into the season. The coaches have done a great job with conditioning in camp and this upcoming week is critical to getting our bodies ready for the game on Saturday.”

Derek Douglas discusses his role on the team…

“This injury has been a blessing in disguise. I had to really take a step back and think about the positives from this situation. I have been able to watch the younger guys on defense. I have taken on a mentor type role. After practice I meet with some of the guys who aren’t preforming up to their level and I get on them for it. I just can’t wait to get back on the field.”

Mike Sellers is Bulldogs’ man in the middle

August 27, 2012

By Jeff Hartsell

The Charleston Post-Courier 8/24/12

 

Junior center Mike Sellers, who played fullback at Fort Dorchester High School, is now an all-Southern Conference center for The Citadel’s football team. (Photo provided). 

 

Junior center Mike Sellers, who played fullback at Fort Dorchester High School, is now an all-Southern Conference center for The Citadel’s football team. (Photo provided).
 
 Mike Sellers wasn’t sure what to believe.   He was a freshman at The Citadel two years ago, fresh off a standout football career as a fullback at Fort Dorchester High School. He’d already been moved to the defensive line before playing a college snap, and now Bulldogs coach Kevin Higgins was telling him he was switching again, to center on offense.  “I thought to myself, ‘I’m a running back,’ ” Sellers recalled. “Playing the O-line, you get no glory.”

After all, this was a guy whose own father — Michael, who helped legendary Summerville High School coach John McKissick win two state titles as a hard-hitting safety — moved his son to rival Fort Dorchester after the Green Wave ‘C’ team tried to make Mike a lineman.  “My dad didn’t like that,” he said. “He said, ‘I want you to play in the backfield, we’re going to Fort Dorchester.’ ” 

As part of his pitch, Higgins told young Sellers he’d be an all-Southern Conference center one day.  “I kind of didn’t believe it,” Sellers admitted.   Two years and a lot of extra snaps later, Higgins’ judgment has been validated. Sellers, now 6-0 and a solid 301 pounds, was picked to the all-SoCon first team by league coaches after his sophomore year. He’s on the preseason team this year, and has also made some All-American lists. “That means a lot,” says Sellers, now a junior. “It’s not just my coaches telling me I can do it, but other coaches around the SoCon. And the All-America thing, that was really big for me. It gives me a lot of confidence.”

The old coaching bromide says that the triple-option offense is only as good as the players up the middle — the center, the quarterback and the fullback. With Sellers at center, junior Ben Dupree and sophomore Aaron Miller at QB and fullbacks Darien Robinson and Terrell Dallas, the Bulldogs believe they are ready for a breakthrough in their third season in the triple option.  

“Your best players have to be the center, quarterback and fullback,” says Bob Bodine, the Bulldogs’ line coach and offensive coordinator. “How good your surrounding cast is determines whether you are average or really good, but you have to have that foundation.”

Sellers’ background as a running back — “I had nice feet. I could hit the hole, make a cut and go,” he said — helps him at center, where he is often tasked with getting to the “second level” of a defense and chopping down linebackers. He recorded 45 knockdown blocks last year.

But the fundamentals of the position did not come easily. During his freshman year, Sellers started and the Bulldogs committed 44 fumbles during a 3-8 season.  “I’m going through knob year, and the coaches are in my ear, telling me I’ve got to do this,” he said. “Bobbling snaps, hearing that The Citadel can’t even get the ball to the QB … I was like, man, is this really for me?”   Those problems got much better during last year’s 4-7 season, when the Bulldogs averaged 287 rushing yards per game, third in the SoCon and in the nation. The scary part — Sellers, and the offense, have plenty of room for improvement.

“It’s remarkable how far he’s come,” Bodine said.  “But he can still get better. There are times you see the lack of experience in playing offensive line, the fact he’s only done it since he’s been here at The Citadel. You still get those moments every other day.  “But his development as an emotional leader is really encouraging, on and off the field. He holds himself to a pretty high standard and expects that of everyone else.”

Sellers’ standard this year is for the Bulldogs to lead the SoCon in rushing.  “We have so much depth and experience at each position,” he said. “Wofford and Georgia Southern, they are known for leading the SoCon in rushing, but they both have new quarterbacks.  “We have the same guys back at center, quarterback and fullback,” Sellers said. “With that experience, we should lead the SoCon in rushing.”

Spoken like a true running back — turned center.

Higgins hopes Citadel’s triple-option offense finds stride

August 24, 2012
From the Orangeburge Times-Democrat 08/23/12

CHARLESTON — Kevin Higgins can’t wait for former Air Force coach Fisher DeBerry to be right about The Citadel’s ’ triple-option offense.

DeBerry visited Higgins two years ago before the Bulldogs’ coach switched to the run-based scheme and flatly told him the Bulldogs offense would be disastrous its initial season. The second year, things would improve dramatically with the attack taking off in season three.

“Really, what he said has taken place thus far. We struggled year one. Year two we made great strides,” Higgins said. “We feel this year, our guys will execute much better and I think we’ll be a much more potent offense because of that.”

Higgins switched to the triple option in 2010 because its discipline and execution better fit a school whose students undergo daily military training.

Like DeBerry said, things were awful that first season as the Bulldogs often couldn’t get past the line of scrimmage and struggled to 3-8, their worst season under Higgins.

The attack began to click last year and the Bulldogs finished as the country’s third best rushing team in the Football Championship Subdivision, trailing only Southern Conference rivals Wofford and Georgia Southern.

Now, Citadel has eight players back on offense, including the top three rushers from a year ago in Darien Robinson, Ben Dupree and Rickey Anderson. The trio accounted for 2,005 yards and 19 touchdowns.

“All of us on this team feel like it’s our time to take the Southern Conference by storm,” Citadel defensive end Derek Douglas said.

The Bulldogs have been seeking that for some time, now.

The Citadel and its run-based offense was a regular contender in the late 1980s and early 1990s. It’s 10-3 upset at Arkansas in 1992 was every bit as ground shaking then as Appalachian State’s victory at Michigan 15 years later. But the Bulldogs have only had three winning seasons in the two decades since.

Higgins hopes the team’s less conventional scheme — at least in this pass-happy, spread offense era of college football — gives them a chance to turn things around and rediscover consistent winning in the Southern Conference.

The coach points to last year’s 41-20 loss at South Carolina when his team gained 241 yards rushing, had two long scoring drives in the second quarter and went to half trailing just 20-13 and making about 80,000 fans at Williams-Brice Stadium nervous.

If the Bulldogs were in a spread formation, there would be no way they could block the fast, big linemen their Southeastern Conference opponents had. Instead, the triple option gives the Citadel a chance to surprise.

“We actually have an advantage because they don’t get to see it that often,” Higgins said.

Douglas said more players than ever hung around this offseason for conditioning drills and informal workouts. It gave the team a fuller sense of camaraderie he thinks they can bring to the field this fall.

“The guys understand it’s time to work,” he said.

Douglas and the defense will have to do their share, too. The Bulldogs were second in the Southern Conference in points allowed and yards given up. Douglas said while last year’s team was strong, this unit must be even sharper for the Bulldogs to move up. “That’s what we’re pushing for,” he said.

Higgins says there’s plenty of improvement to make before the season starts.

“Now, if we’ll better learn our assignments, have a better understanding of the system … think about how much better we can be,” he said.

Homecoming 2012 kicks off with gala and awards banquet

August 23, 2012

The Homecoming 2012 celebration begins on Thursday, Nov. 1, with the first Homecoming Gala and Awards Dinner at the Holliday Alumni Center and runs through Sunday, Nov. 4, with on campus church services that are open to students, families and visitors.

Here’s the complete schedule:

Thursday, Nov. 1  
6 p.m. Homecoming Gala Reception and Awards Dinner (CAA members only), Holliday Alumni Center. $50 per person. Coat and tie.
   
Friday, Nov. 2  
10 a.m. Annual Meeting (Members Only) of The Citadel Alumni Association and presentation of Gold Star Club Awards: Holliday Alumni Center.
1-5 p.m. Sale of football tickets
McAlister Field House and at etix.com
1:30 p.m. Alumni Information Center opens
Ring resizing/reordering and sale of luncheon tickets
Holliday Alumni Center
2 p.m. School of Business Administration alumni reception
Presentation of Business Alumnus of the Year award
Bond Hall, Room 295
3 p.m. Herb Day Memorial Dedication: Northeast corner of Summerall Field.
3:30 p.m. Performance by the Cadet Chorale and Alumni Memorial Service
Summerall Chapel
5:10 p.m. Memorial Parade
Summerall Field
5:45-7 p.m. Citadel Young Alumni (CYA) reception for Classes of 1998-2012
Renken Room and Courtyard, Holliday Alumni Center
Admission is free
7-11 p.m. Alumni Jamboree
$75 per person. Open to reunion classes, sponsors and Stray Dog Society members
Charleston Visitors Center Bus Shed
Saturday, Nov. 3  
8 a.m. Annual breakfast for past presidents of The Citadel Alumni Association
Holliday Alumni Center
8:30-11 a.m. Alumni Information Center and Visitors’ Coffee
Sale of luncheon tickets and souvenirs and ring resizing/reordering
Holliday Alumni Center
8:30-10 a.m. Barracks and facilities open to visitors
Regimental Pipe Band plays in all barracks, which close promptly at 10 a.m.
8:50 a.m. Summerall Guards Performance
Summerall Field
9 a.m. Sale of football tickets
Johnson Hagood Stadium and at etix.comHimelright Scholarship presentation
LeTellier Hall
11 a.m. Homecoming Review
Recognition of Arland D. Williams Society inductees and 2012 CAA award recipients. All alumni to take review
Summerall Field
Noon Homecoming Luncheon. Cost is $9 (free for cadets), Coward Hall
Noon School of Engineering Alumni Luncheon
Behind Grimsley Hall
Noon – 2 p.m. Pre-game Tailgate Party
Holliday Alumni Center
12:30 p.m. Stadium gates and stadium concessions open
23 p.m. Bulldogs vs. Elon University
Tickets at Johnson Hagood Stadium ticket windows and at etix.com
Regimental Band and Pipes to perform at halftime
Sunday, Nov. 4
 
9 a.m. Protestant Service: Summerall Chapel.
10 a.m. Protestant Reception: Mark Clark Hall Reception Room
10:45 a.m. Catholic Mass: Summerall Chapel.
Noon Catholic Reception: Mark Clark Hall Reception Room

Citadel Bulldogs wrestling welcomes 13 to the 2012-13 roster

August 22, 2012
 
August 20, 2012
 
Charleston, S.C. – Head Coach Rob Hjerling announced the addition of 13 wrestlers to the 2012-13 Bulldog roster on Monday. Four of the incoming cadets are nationally ranked and National High School Coaches Association (NHSCA) All-Americans. The group covers eight states including four from South Carolina.
“We have a talented and good sized recruiting class this year that have been successful on the national level,” said head coach Rob Hjerling who is entering his 14th season. “We have good depth and we are really happy with the 13 newcomers to add to the roster this year.”

2012-13 Recruiting Class

Austin Brown – St. James High School – Myrtle Beach, S.C.
* 2012 state champion at 220 … named all-state for wrestling during his senior year … two-time regional champion … accumulated a record of 44-5 during his senior season.

Caleb Brack – Lexington High School – Lexington, S.C.
* Placed third in the state tournament at 152 during his senior year … two-time regional champion … named team captain two consecutive years.

Drew Ferguson – Collins Hill High School – Suwanee, Ga.
* Nationally ranked … two-time NHSCA All-American … national champion as a sophomore and placed fourth as a senior … two-time Georgia state AAAA Champion … three time Georgia state finalist … Toshiba Classic champion … finished his high school career with a 170-20 record with 100 pins.

Matt Frisch – Northern Illinois University – Oxford, Mich.
* Redshirted for one season at Northern Illinois before transferring to The Citadel … collected 206 wins during his high school career … earned all-state and NHSCA All-American honors … four-time state placer and state champion … team won the 2011 state championship.

Nicholas Grossi – Germantown Academy – Philadelphia, Pa.
* Nationally ranked … three time prep national qualifier … two time Prep National All-American … placed third at the Beast of East tournament.

Nathaniel Harper III – Columbia High School – Columbia, S.C.
* Holds the all-time career wins record at Columbia HS with 144 … 2A/1A state champion in 2012 at 145 … state runner up in 2011 at 140.

Charles Johnson – Ware County High School – Waycross, Ga.
* Compiled 115 career wins with 101 pins and tech falls … three-time state qualifier, two-time region runner-up and one-time state placer.

Nick Kiter – Forbush High School – Yadkinville, N.C.
* North Carolina state champion during his senior year … three time state qualifier and two time state placer … accumulated a 47-1 record during his senior.

Michael Nelems – Lambert High School – Suwanee, Ga.
* Accumulated a record of 167-28 with 98 pins … three-time state qualifier … AAAA state runner up … named Lambert High School’s Most Dominant Wrestler, Coaches Award.

Tom Scerbo – Hunterdon Central High School – Whitehouse Station, N.J.
* New Jersey wrestling standout who accumulated 24 wins during his senior year … member of the 2011 and 2012 sectional champion wrestling team.

Aaron Walker – Judson High School – Walker, Texas
* Nationally ranked … NHSCA All-American … two time state champion and three time state qualifier … went undefeated in Texas his Junior and Senior Year.

Jordan Wigger – Summerville High School – Summerville, S.C.
* Nationally ranked … four time state champion … NHSCA All-American … seven time ASICS/Vaughan Freestyle/Greco All-American … undefeated from sophomore to senior year, compiling a career record of 160-2.

Zachary Young – Bremen High School – Bremen, Ga.
* Three time state champion (freshman, sophomore and senior) … four time state finalist … accumulated 186 career wins … received the Wendy’s High School Heisman award.

For information on Bulldog wrestling, visit the official website of The Citadel Athletics at http://www.citadelsports.com.

RB Dalton Trevino star of Citadel football scrimmage

August 21, 2012

Another fine article by: Jeff Hartsell
From the Charleston Post-Courier 8/19/12

For the casual Citadel fan, Dalton Trevino’s performance during Saturday’s “Meet the Bulldogs” scrimmage prompted a lot of “Who’s that guy?” questions.   After all, the sophomore running back changed his number from last year (No. 4 to No. 8), and played in only four games in 2011 before breaking his collarbone.

But Trevino’s teammates not were surprised by his breakout performance. He ran for 109 yards and a pair of touchdowns on just six carries before a crowd of about 750 fans, including Citadel “knobs”, freshman cadets who circled the practice field.“People forget about Dalton,” said junior quarterback Ben Dupree. “Before he got hurt last year, he was doing real well. It’s nothing to new to us, because we know what he can do.”

Sophomore quarterback Aaron Miller joined Trevino in the 100-yard club Saturday, gaining 100 yards on 10 rushes, including a 26-yard TD run. And Dupree just missed, totaling 95 yards on 7 tries, including a 57-yard TD scamper.

All in all, it was a good day for the Bulldogs’ triple-option offense as it heads into its third season. The Nos. 1 and 2 units scored on six of nine drives, including Dupree’s 26-yard TD pass to Greg Adams.

“For the most part, the offense executed well,” coach Kevin Higgins said. “We had a couple of new wrinkles that we put in, and that was encouraging. We threw the ball a little bit better, and that also was encouraging.”

Trevino, a 5-10, 200-pounder from Canton, Ga., was effective on a new inside handoff play, and the Bulldogs also ran more plays from the shotgun. Trevino ran for 110 yards on 20 carries before being injured last year.

“He’s our best running back,” Higgins said. “He’s had a really good camp and had a good spring. He runs hard, he’s physical and he’s got deceptive speed.”

Trevino says he “tries to be relentless “ when he runs, and it shows.

“It takes five or six people just to bring him down,” Miller said. “Sometimes it takes the whole defense.”

The passing game has been a fall focus after the Bulldogs averaged just 32 yards per game last season, and that was a mixed bag Saturday. Both QBs missed some open receivers downfield, overthrowing on the post pattern. But Dupree did hit Adams for a TD on the post, finishing 3 of 4 for 45 yards. Miller was 3 of 8 for 19 yards, and neither QB threw an interception.

“I’ve got to hit those,” Miller said of the deep balls. “We work on it every day in practice. I’ve just got to get my footwork down, make the read and throw it.”

The season opens Sept. 1 against visiting Charleston Southern.

Notes

• Kicker Thomas Warren made 6 of 7 field goals in pre-scrimmage drills, with a long of 47 yards … All-SoCon punter Cass Couey got off a 64-yard effort in his only try … It looks like freshman Austin Jordan will be handling kickoffs, with Trevino and Keith Gamble deep on returns.

• DE Bay Amrhein recovered a Dupree fumble on the second play, and DTs Justin Oxendine and Joe Phillips and DE Mark Thomas had tackles for loss … DT Derek Douglas (knee) and OG Jim Knowles (death in family) did not play in the scrimmage.

• Starting offense: LT Devin Bice, LG Keith Carter, C Mike Sellers, RG Robert Finke, RT Charles Coleman, QB Ben Dupree, FB Darien Robinson, SB Rickey Anderson, SB Dalton Trevino, WR Matt Thompson, WR Greg Adams, TE Cullen Brown.

• Starting defense: DE Bay Amrhein, DT Cam Mobley, DT Justin Oxendine, DE Chris Billinglea, LB Carson Smith, LB Carl Robinson, LB Rah Muhammad, CB Brandon McCladdie, S Austin Boyle, S Julian Baxter, CB Sadath Jean-Pierre.

Three & Out: Cortez Allen

August 20, 2012
Friday, 17 August 2012 16:15

Written by Dan Gigler

The Pittsburg Post-Gazette
 

Part of a semi-regular series of short interviews with Steelers players. Today: Second-year cornerback Cortez Allen. 

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Having only played one year of varsity football, the Ocala, Fl. native Allen was recruited by such noted college football powerhouses as Bethune-Cookman and Colgate before enrolling at The Citadel, the storied and academically elite military academy in Charleston S.C., where he initially aspired to be an engineer.

Drafted in the fourth-round by the Steelers in 2011, Allen was regarded as a ‘sleeper’ pick and saw action in 15 games during his rookie season, primarily on special teams, and helped keep the Patriots’ potent passing attack in check by being a thorn in the side of tight end Rob Gronkowski (as seen above).

This season, Allen is challenging Keenan Lewis to be the starting cornerback across from Ike Taylor, but figures to be the Steelers’ primary nickel back.

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1: The Citadel isn’t exactly a charm school – do you ever tell the guys you play with that they were too pampered at whichever major colleges they played? How did that disciplined environment shape you?

ALLEN: (Laughs) Nah, I never tease the guys about that but it does prepare you as far as being mentally tough. I feel like just coming from that type of situation, I handle things a lot differently than some other guys on the team. I deal with adversity a little different. I feel like I’ve benefited a lot from that.

I don’t take much for granted, and I’m no stranger to hard work. Coming from a small school and a military school like that you learn how to appreciate the smaller things in life and everyday I’m out here working, I take that into account that it’s a blessing to be here just coming from that situation. I give everything I’ve got in everything I do.

It’s not for everybody. But being there you develop a certain mental toughness just to deal with things – it’s a military school as you can imagine – uniforms, formations, drills, stuff like that. Its just something that you have to wake up in the morning and say, OK I have to get this done – A, B & C – and manage your time. There’s a lot of skills that you learn that carry over into football.

2. Citadel graduates talk about earning their ring. Can you talk about what that means?

ALLEN: That’s what you work for. You graduate with that ring. It’s a symbol for all the cadets that have been through that process – anyone whose graduated from there recognizes that ring. It’s the thing that brings us together. That’s what you fight for. That’s what you push through all the nonsense that you might go through there.

It’s a big sigh – once you put it on, it’s like ‘I made it’ then everything that you’ve gone through – all the times that you may have wanted to quit or may have been like what am I doing here – you look at the ring and that achievement of getting that and you’re like, its was all worth it.

It’s not for everybody, but its worth it.

3. Ike Taylor is another fourth-round draft pick from a small southern school — has he shown you the ropes on being an NFL cornerback?

ALLEN: In the offseason I actually trained with Ike, and I talk to Ike quite a bit about football in general – how to get better, things like that – he’s a guy that I look up to on the team as far as in my development. He’s very influential and beneficial to me in my growth, so I attribute a lot of that to him.

& OUT: Is there anything behind your first name?

ALLEN: It’s just a name that my mom fell in love with out in San Diego and I think she said she got it off of a building. There’s nothing behind it, it’s not the explorer.

(Have you visited this building?)

No — I need to. I should put it on my [bucket list].

Profile of the Class of 2016

August 16, 2012

More than half of this year’s freshman class of 779 students hails from South Carolina. The Class of 2016 reported on Aug. 13 and broke previous admissions records to total applications and women who matriculated.

It is the 6th consecutive year that The Citadel has matriculated more than 700 freshmen. Here’s a closer look at the Class of 2016.

Total Applications 2,758
Total matriculated 779
   
States represented 36
Top 9 states South Carolina Georgia, North Carolina, Virginia, Florida,
New Jersey, Pennsylvania, California and Massachusetts.
Foreign countries 4
   
Percent transfers  6.5 percent (51)
Percent from high school 93.8 percent (726)
   
Women 64 (8.2 percent of the class)
African American 60 (7.7 percent of the class)
Total minority 160( 20.5 percent of the class
International students 6 (.7 percent of the class)
   
South Carolina residents 398 (51.2 percent)
Out of state/international 379 (48.8 percent)
   
Average SAT score 1089
Above 1100 208
Up to 1090 257
   
Average high school GPA 3.5
Top 25 percent of high school class   196 (34 percent)
   
Most subscribed majors  
Business Administration 133
Civil and environmental engineering 106
Criminal Justice 105
Political Science 70
History 67
Electrical engineering 60
Biology 59
Physical education 53
Computer science 26
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