Archive for August, 2014

Citadel athletes chip in for new bike for longtime janitor

August 25, 2014
Citadel football, volleyball and soccer players present a new bike to longtime janitor Curtis Carter on Friday after his bicycle was stolen. (Jeff Hartsell/Staff)

Citadel football, volleyball and soccer players present a new bike to longtime janitor Curtis Carter on Friday after his bicycle was stolen. (Jeff Hartsell/Staff)

By Jeff Hartsell postandcourier.com
Friday August 22, 2014

Curtis Carter has been a janitor for The Citadel’s athletic facilities for some 25 years, dating back to the Charlie Taaffe era of Bulldogs football. Carter had a bad break recently, as the bicycle he used to get around campus was stolen. Friday morning, Citadel athletes did something about that.

Players from the football, soccer and volleyball teams chipped in some $250 to purchase a new bike for Carter. They presented Carter with his shiny new ride, complete with aluminum, rust-proof frame and pink handlebar basket, after football practice.

Cheers went up and players chanted Carter’s name as he took the bike for a ride on the practice field.
“This was entirely the players’ idea,” football coach Mike Houston said. “They got together with the volleyball and soccer teams and collected the money. It shows what kind of kids they are and what Curtis means to them and to all of us.”

Football Notes:
. The Citadel will wrap up fall camp on Saturday, take Sunday off and then begin game week preparations for the Aug. 30 season opener against Coastal Carolina.

. Linebacker Rah Muhammad did not practice Friday after suffering full-body cramps on Thursday. He should be ready to go next week.

. After being limited in practice with a sore shoulder, freshman cornerback Shy Phillips is back at full-go, Houston said. The two-sport standout — he’ll also play baseball at The Citadel — has shown athletic skill, but is a bit behind because of time missed with the shoulder, Houston said.

All you wanted to know about the class of 2018!

August 25, 2014

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Members of the class of 2018 have lived in three decades, two centuries and two millenniums even though most are only 18. More than 700 of them reported in at The Citadel on Saturday, Aug. 16. The freshmen (knobs) are from 31 states and five foreign countries. This year marks the eighth consecutive year that the military college has matriculated more than 700 freshmen.

Take a closer look at The Citadel Class of 2018 profile below:

Total applications 2,789
Total matriculants 712
From high schools 672
From transfers 40
From South Carolina 351 (49%)
Out-of-State/Int’l 361 (51%)
U.S. States represented 31
Top five states SC, NC, GA, FL & VA, PA
Top five SC counties (outside of Charleston) Richland, Lexington, Greenville, Horry, Spartanburg
Foreign countries 5

Men 656
Women 57
African American 63
Total minority 170
International cadets 8

Average SAT score 1089
Above 1100 167
Up to 1090 220
Average high school GPA 3.59
In top 25% of class 180

Most subscribed majors:
Pre-Business Administration 143
Criminal Justice 100
Mechanical Eng 90
Civil & Environmental Eng 86
Political Science 80
Biology 57
Electrical Eng 24
Exercise Science 23
History 20

The Citadel: Achieving excellence in the education and development of principled leaders

Citadel football preview: Tempo key for new-look Bulldogs

August 22, 2014
Coach Houston has us pointed in the right direction.

Coach Houston has us pointed in the right direction.

Jeff Hartsell postandcourier.com
Posted Aug 21 2014 11:31 am

Ask Citadel football players what is different under new coach Mike Houston, and most of them come up with one word. Speed.

It’s not as if all the Bulldogs are now running a 4.3 in the 40, though that would be nice. Rather, it’s the tempo at which things are done – especially in practice – that is markedly different. “It’s a lot faster than it used to be,” said junior wide receiver Alex Glover. “I like it a lot, because I feel like I’m shape. I think it will really help us in games, because it will keep teams on their heels. And it’s a good change-up from what we had been doing in the past.”

Houston and offensive coordinator Brent Thompson bring a no-huddle twist to the triple-option offense, one they used to take Lenoir-Rhyne to a 13-2 record and the NCAA Division II national title game last season. The no-huddle doesn’t necessarily mean a hurry-up pace for all four quarters. Lenoir-Rhyne averaged 68.5 plays per game last season, just a bit more than the Bulldogs’ 65.1 plays per game during a 5-7 season that closed out Kevin Higgins’ nine years as head coach.

But it does mean that the Bulldogs – in theory, anyway – can vary their pace at will and force the issue in the second half of games. “Traditionally, if you look back at our scores at Lenoir-Rhyne, we had a lot of games against good teams that were close at the half,” said Houston, who had a 29-8 record in three seasons at Lenoir-Rhyne. “We pulled away and really put teams away in the middle of the third quarter, fourth quarter because of conditioning and the way we played. “Our hope is to develop that same identity here, to have that same conditioning and mentality to win close games in the second half.”

Being able to control tempo is key to that identity, Houston said. “It depends on who we are playing and how the game is flowing,” he said. “If we need to control the ball and have 30-plus minutes in time of possession, we want to be able to do that. When we get somebody on the ropes and we want to turn up the gas a little bit, we want to be able to do that.”

The Bulldogs’ offense has more question marks than the defense, though senior quarterback Aaron Miller has plenty of experience after sharing time with Ben Dupree the last three seasons. By all accounts, Miller – who was recruited at Lenoir-Rhyne by Houston – has stepped up quickly into a leadership role.

But at B-back – usually the top rusher in the triple-option – all-SoCon runner Darien Robinson is gone, leaving redshirt freshman Tyler Renew and true freshman Isiaha Smith (5-10, 220) to fill the job. Junior Vinny Miller could see time at B-back and slotback, where an array of backs are vying for carries.

The offensive line lost four starters and has been the focus of some shuffling in the preseason, with tackle Victor Hill the only senior in the starting unit. Ironically – since the Bulldogs won’t pass much – the wide-receiver corps is the most experienced and physically impressive part of the offense, led by Wando High School grads Glover (6-3, 235), Brandon Eakins (6-2, 195) and Rudder Brown (6-4, 215).

New coordinator Maurice Drayton’s defense might have to carry the load early, with a front seven that is the strength of the team – Justin Oxendine, Mitchell Jeter and sack specialist Mark Thomas are up front, with a stable of linebackers led by Carl Robinson and Carson Smith. Both starting cornersbacks must be replaced, with senior Walker Smith and athletic DeVonta Delaney top candidates.

Sophomores Eric Goins and Will Vanvick are competing at punter, with Goins and junior Austin Jordan vying for place-kicking duties.

Picked to finish sixth in the new-look Southern Conference, the Bulldogs face a tough early slate: 2013 FCS quarterfinalist (Coastal Carolina), defending FBS national champion (Florida State), a 10-win team (Charleston Southern) and nemesis Wofford (15 straight wins over The Citadel) in the first five games.

Citadel’s ‘Honor, Duty, Respect’ uniforms meet NCAA rules

August 22, 2014
Our 2014 Jerseys

Our 2014 Jerseys

By Jeff Hartsell postandcourier.com
Posted 8/20/14 @ 5:10pm

The Citadel’s plan to include the words “Honor, Duty, Respect” – the motto of the military school – on the back of football jerseys this season meets NCAA rules, school and Southern Conference officials said Wednesday.

The Bulldogs showed off the new navy blue jerseys from adidas at media day Sunday. One-third of the players will have “Honor” on the nameplate on the back of the jersey, with another third wearing “Duty” and the final third “Respect.”

There was some question as to whether the uniforms were legal under NCAA rules, especially after South Florida was forced to drop its plan to feature the words “The Team” on the back of its jersey. In the NCAA rulebook, Rule 1-4-5 says that other than the player’s number, the jersey may contain only the player’s name, school name, NCAA logo, sleeve stripes, the American and/or state flag and a logo for the school, conference, mascot, postseason game, memorial or the military.

The rule also states: “By interpretation, only military service academies may substitute words such as Honor, Integrity, etc., for the player’s name on the back of the jersey … civilian institutions may not substitute other words for the player’s name.”
For purposes of this rule, The Citadel is considered a military service academy, said Jack Childress, coordinator of officials for the Southern Conference.

“There have been a lot of questions about jerseys in recent years,” said Childress, who checked with the NCAA on the matter Wednesday. “A lot of schools want to put slogans on the jerseys, like ‘Rocky Top’ at Tennessee, or something like ‘Our House.’ Schools are not allowed to put those on jerseys.

“An exception has been made for military schools to replace the names with traditional words like ‘honor’ and ‘duty.’ The Citadel is considered a military college.” The Citadel plans to wear the navy blue jerseys “once or twice” this season, coach Mike Houston said.

This year's helmet.

This year’s helmet.

The plans to use the words “Honor, Duty, Respect” on the uniforms, and to put the name of each player’s company on the back of the helmet, were the brainchild of Citadel equipment manager Kevin Yeager. “I thought his ideas were fantastic,” Houston said. “One of the things (school president Lt. Gen. John Rosa) and I talked about was to find ways to bring the Corps of Cadets and athletes a little closer together. I think Kevin’s ideas are a great way to tie the individual athletes back to the institution and to their company.”

2014 Citadel football Schedule

August 22, 2014
You know you love Citadel Football!

You know you love Citadel Football!

Date, Opponent & Time
Aug. 30 Coastal Carolina 6 p.m.
Sept. 6 at Florida State 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 20 at Charleston Southern 6 p.m.
Sept. 27 Gardner-Webb 6 p.m.
Oct. 4 at Wofford 1:30 p.m.
Oct. 11 Charlotte 2 p.m.
Oct. 18 Chattanooga 1 p.m.
oct. 25 at Western Carolina 2 p.m.
Nov. 1 at Mercer 4 p.m.
Nov. 8 Furman 2 p.m.
Nov. 15 Samford 1 p.m.
Nov. 22 at VMI 1:30 p.m.

Position report: Running the ball least of duties for slotbacks

August 21, 2014
Vinnie Miller

Vinnie Miller

Jeff Hartsell postandcourier.com
Aug 20 2014 4:12 pm

Craig Miller has yet to carry the ball during a game for The Citadel’s football team. But that hasn’t stopped the sophomore from Holly Hill from rocketing up the Bulldogs’ depth chart at slotback this fall. The reason: The 5-8, 185-pounder is ready, willing and able to block.

“Craig has been the darkhorse of this whole thing,” said slotbacks coach Lou Conte. “He’s always the guy who sticks out on film. We never really expected much from him coming in, but he’s always in the right place. He’s always doing a great job of blocking, and we really trust Craig to do the job on the play side at slotback.”

Conte, who coached running backs for new Citadel coach Mike Houston at Lenoir-Rhyne, likes to talk about “play side” and “back side” when discussing his slotbacks (or “A-backs.”)
The play-side slotback in the triple option is the slotback lined up to the side where the play is going. His job is to block. The back-side slotback is the one who might get the pitch from the quarterback and run the ball.

“I tell my guys, you can all run,” said Conte. “I’m not going to teach them a lot about running the ball. But it’s the play side, the guy who blocks for the quarterback and the back-side slotback. You’ve got to make me feel comfortable there.” And that’s why Miller has been running at first-team slotback along with redshirt freshman Jonathan Dorogy.

“Day-in and day-out, Craig is on point, and he can block,” Conte said. “He’s really boosted himself up the depth chart with his ability to block.” Dorogy, at 5-8 and 180 pounds, also will carry the ball as a Bulldog for the first time this season. “He’s the most level as far as doing it on both sides,” Conte said. “On the back side, he’s one of the fastest guys on the team. On the play side, he’s just tough. He goes to the right guy and digs and fights and scraps. You’d love to have eight of those kid of guys.”

Junior Vinny Miller, who led Citadel slotbacks with 357 yards and two touchdowns last season, spent the early part of camp working at fullback, and still is making the transition to slotback, Conte said. “Everybody knows he can carry the ball,” Conte said. “He knows it, we know it. He’s a great athlete. We’ve just got to get him caught up on the play side. We’ve kind of thrown him into it and he’s done a good job of picking things up on the run.”

Cam Jackson, a 6-2, 195-pound redshirt freshman, was moved from quarterback to slotback this week.
A couple of experienced slotbacks, seniors Dalton Trevino and Jake Stenson, are on the shelf with injury. Stenson, who caught three TD passes, is dealing with a neck issue, while Trevino (knee) is expected back around mid-season.

Among freshmen, Jauveer Hammond (5-8, 170) from Strom Thurmond High School has made an early impression. “I told Coach Houston the other day, we could throw Jauveer in there and he might light it up,” Conte said. “He never really disappoints you on film. On the back side, he does what he did on film in high school — runs the ball, makes plays. On the play side, he’s not afraid of anything. You never really know until the time comes, but he could push his way into the top three or four.”

Another freshman, Jalen Lampkin, scored on a 40-yard TD run during last Saturday’s scrimmage.

DREAM ACHIEVED: Riley makes Citadel football team

August 21, 2014
Lee Riley, long snapper  (photo courtesy Marjorie Maxon photography)

Lee Riley, long snapper (photo courtesy Marjorie Maxon photography)

Former CPA and CCHS standout Lee Riley has landed on The Citadel’s football team as a long-snapping specialist after taking more than a year off from the sport.

By DREW TRIPP The Press & Standard 8/14/14

Divine intervention, happy accident, plain old good luck — the how’s or why’s of achieving a lifelong dream aren’t important to Lee Riley. He’s too busy relishing the joy of becoming a college football player. Riley, a former standout player for both Colleton Prep and Colleton County High School, has made The Citadel’s football team as a walk-on transfer, penciled in already as the team’s second-string long snapping specialist entering his first season.

Son of legendary former local coach Leroy Riley, Lee Riley took a rather off-beat route to becoming a college athlete, one that involved spending more than a year off the gridiron and first attending a college that doesn’t even have a football team. He dreamt of a college career, and worked toward that goal throughout high school, but as his senior year wound down, Riley says, no great opportunities or offers had materialized.

“I wasn’t really sure what I was going to do,” Riley said. “I was still kind of in a deciding phase at the end of my senior year, and I was thinking I would never play football again. I thought really hard, and visited a couple small colleges. A lot of them were really far off, though, and I think part of my problem was I didn’t want to travel too far from home for school. I eventually chose not to do anything with it.”

Riley soon found out he wasn’t immune to the bug that seems to hit all former players when they’re around a football field again for the first time after what was supposed to be their last game. He missed it.

“I came back to some of my little brother’s games, and it really hit me then,” said Riley, who chose to attend the University of South Carolina’s satellite campus in Bluffton with some high school friends as a freshman. “I had taken a couple of months off and thought I was done. Then I realized I missed it a lot, and it started getting to me.”

Riley decided to transfer to the The Citadel, where he decided he would continue his pursuit of a collegiate football career. The transfer went smoothly from an academic standpoint, but Riley was left floating without a paddle regarding his ambitions of returning to the football field. “I was thinking it was too late for me to do anything with football when I changed my mind and decided to go to The Citadel,” Riley said. “But I figured if I gave it a shot, anything was possible.”

That’s where his story takes a turn for the fortuitous. A chance encounter between former CCHS kicker Stewart Bailey and longtime Colleton County kicking instructor Carol White led to Riley’s name, transfer and plans to pursue football at The Citadel being mentioned. White then contacted him, Riley said, to make sure he was serious about his desire to play football, and later put in a word for him with coaches at The Citadel. It just so happened the Bulldogs would be down to only one long snapper on the roster for the next season and were looking to add another.

And so the tumblers all fell into place, suddenly unlocking for Riley the door to a future in football. His plan, he says, was to try out this fall and wish for the best, hoping maybe he could catch on at any available position, but with no guarantees he’d make the team.

“It’s almost a miracle how it worked out,” Riley said. “They really needed another snapper. Good thing I can long-snap, or I probably wouldn’t be where I am right now.” Long-snapping was something Riley specialized in during his sophomore and junior seasons at Colleton County High, but he didn’t snap as a senior at Colleton Prep because of injuries to both his shoulders, he says. As such, he was more than a little rusty when he began working on the skill again in December.

Since then, he says, he’s spent several hours a day a few times a week practicing either with White, by himself or with his college roommates to get back in shape and refine his form. Riley says he still needs to improve his consistency before the season starts. The Citadel begins its season Aug. 30 at Johnson-Hagood Stadium against Coastal Carolina.

Citadel position report: Offensive line looks to ‘find five and play five’

August 20, 2014
Coach Ron Boyd

Coach Ron Boyd

Jeff Hartsell Postandcourier.com
Aug 19 2014 5:41 pm

When Ron Boyd settled into his office at Seignious Hall last spring, The Citadel’s new offensive line coach turned on the video to check out what he had to work with. He saw a unit that would lose four senior starters, and a system that had a lot of players rotating in and out of the game.

“On my first day, that was the first meeting I had with our guys,” said Boyd, who spent the last nine years as offensive line coach at Lenoir-Rhyne, the last three under new Citadel coach Mike Houston. “I told them, we don’t rotate. We find five and we play five. That’s a lot different from what they’ve done here in the past.”

Much of The Citadel’s preseason camp has been devoted to finding those five guys, and in recent days a starting unit has begun to form.

If the Bulldogs had to play their season opener against Coastal Carolina today rather than Aug. 30, the starting unit would look like this:
. Tackle Isaiah Pinson (6-3, 250, redshirt freshman)
. Guard Kyle Weaver (6-2, 275, sophomore)
. Center Ryan Bednar (6-1, 280, sophomore)
. Guard Sam Frye (5-10, 270, junior)
. Tackle Victor Hill (6-2, 265, reshirt senior)

Harrison Davis, a 6-2, 260-pound sophomore, started camp at center but is now the prime backup at tackle. Mike Mabry, a 6-1, 220-pound junior, is the third guard right now, Boyd said, with true freshman Javion Duncan (6-0, 255) making a push there after moving over from defense.
Frye started all 12 games at center last season, while Bednar played in 11 games as his backup. Hill played in 12 games with the second unit, while Weaver did not play and Pinson took a redshirt season.

“We don’t have a lot of experience,” said Boyd, whose offensive lines at Lenoir-Rhyne produced the last four winners of the Jacobs Blocking Trophy in the South Atlantic Conference. “That’s why we’ve done a lot mixing and matching in camp. That unit really has to jell, and I think we’ve settled on a lineup that we can be pretty comfortable with and stick with.”

Boyd’s “no rotation” plan means his linemen must be in top physical condition. “They will be,” he said. “Slowly but surely, they will be. The good news is we’ve gotten better in that regard every day during camp, and we’ll be okay. We’ve got to keep pushing and grinding, because they’ve got to be in shape.” “It’s a new position for him, because he has been a guard,” Boyd said. “It’s understanding the offense, how and why to do what we want to do. There’s not a lot of ‘how and why’ understanding right now, even though they’ve run a similar (triple-option) offense. We do a lot of different things in technique, so right now we’re teaching ‘how and why’ on top of effort and technique.”

Frye — who has had older brothers play at The Citadel, Appalachian State and Army — is the “linchpin” of the line right now, Boyd said. “He understands that it takes to play four quarters in a ball game,” said Boyd, who played his college ball at West Virginia Wesleyan. “That’s a mindset, and they are starting to figure that out. We want to get after people in games, so we’ve got to practice like that.”

It’s too soon to tell if Duncan, from Woodmont High School in Simpsonville, will redshirt this season or get a chance to play. “He’s shown a lot of promise and will be in the mix all season,” Boyd said. “But even as the year goes on, we’ll be a work in progress because we don’t have a lot of veterans.”

Mike Legg becomes new voice of Citadel Bulldogs on radio

August 20, 2014

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The Citadel has hired Mike Legg as the new voice of the Bulldogs. Legg will assume the radio play-by-play duties for Citadel football, basketball and baseball. The Citadel and Kirkman Broadcasting announced the hire on Friday.

The 43-year-old Legg will also serve as director of broadcasting for The Citadel Sports Network and a marketing executive for Kirkman’s six Charleston-based radio stations. Legg will also host The Mike Houston Show and The Chuck Driesell Show which appear throughout the season on citadelsports.com
“I am excited to be a part of the rich tradition and extremely high standards of The Citadel,” Legg said. “From my new colleagues at Kirkman Broadcasting to the outstanding student-athletes, coaches and administrators at The Citadel, I am honored to be working with the best of the best on a daily basis.”

Legg has 17 years of play-by-play experience including 13 on the Division I level. He spent six seasons (2001-07) at Western Kentucky and was behind the mic when the Hilltoppers won the I-AA (now FCS) national championship in 2002. He also spent the 1994-01 seasons at Southeast Missouri State. A native of Fairfield, Ill., Legg attended Southern Illinois where he earned his bachelor’s degree in radio and television in 1994.

Prior to coming to Kirkman Broadcasting and The Citadel, Legg worked in sales and marketing in Memphis, Tenn., including a stint as an account executive for Tiger Sports Properties, tying companies to the athletic programs at the University of Memphis. Legg will be joined in the football booth by former Bulldog standout Lee Glaze (Class of 1986), who spent the past two seasons as the broadcast’s sideline reporter. Glaze starred in baseball and football at The Citadel, was the 1986 Southern Conference Athlete of the Year and was inducted into the school’s athletic hall of fame in 1996.

Ted Byrne will host the tailgate show two hours before each football game. Jay Harper will produce the broadcasts and report on other college football action from the studio.

Legg and his wife, Tricia, have a home in Summerville.

For Citadel football, Jeter’s motor running (and scrimmage notes)

August 18, 2014
#62 Mitchell Jeter has impressed the new staff

#62 Mitchell Jeter has impressed the new staff

Jeff Hartsell Postandcourier.com
Aug 17 12:36 am

As a defensive lineman at Rock Hill High School, Mitchell Jeter had more than one encounter with a football player named Jadeveon Clowney. Then a budding superstar at rival South Pointe High, Clowney would occasionally play running back for the Stallions.
“It was my job to hit him,” said Jeter, now a junior at The Citadel. “But it would usually turn into a group tackle. Somebody would hit his legs, somebody would hit him high. It took more than one guy to bring him down.”

While Clowney now plies his trade as a defensive end/linebacker in the NFL, Jeter is still working to perfect the art of the tackle with the Bulldogs. And if his performance in the Bulldogs’ spring game and in fall practice are any indication, the 6-0, 280-pounder could be poised for a breakout season. Jeter started only five games last year and finished with 37 tackles, 3½ for loss and 1½ sacks. But with All-Southern Conference defensive tackle Derek Douglas gone, Jeter should breeze past those numbers in 2014.

“Our guys have a real hard time with his quickness and explosiveness,” said first-year Citadel coach Mike Houston. “Mitchell’s motor and intensity are pretty special. He’s worked really hard, and I hope he can give us the same kind of season that he’s had in spring practice and in the fall.” New defensive line coach Roy Tesh, who came with Houston from Lenoir-Rhyne, teaches a “tilted three” technique that could help Jeter wreak more havoc on opposing backfields.

In the “tilted three,” Jeter lines up at a 45-degree angle to the opposing lineman, making it harder for that lineman to get his hands on the defensive tackle. “I love it,” says Jeter, who made the SoCon all-freshman team in 2011. “Last year, we were not tilted and it was harder to deal with blocks. With the tilt technique, it’s more ‘Get after it.’ You can see the lineman better and read the blocks. You are firing off to one side, so you’re not giving them your chest to block.”

Jeter makes up for a lack of height with tremendous strength. Strength coach Donnell Boucher calls him “the strongest guy on the team,” with a bench press of 470 pounds.
“He’s over 270 pounds and can dunk a basketball,” Boucher said. “His vertical leap is over 30 inches, pretty amazing for a guy his size.”

Tesh said Jeter has taken on a leadership role on the D-line, despite the presence of seniors such as end Justin Oxendine and tackle Cam Mobley. “He’s adapting to the way we teach things, which is a little bit different than what we’ve done in the past,” Tesh said. “I really think that’s freed him up a little bit and allow him to do what he does well, which is explode off the ball and really attack linemen.”

Notes:
Freshman slotback Jalen Lampkin broke off a 40-yard TD run, and sophomore linebacker Tevin Floyd scooped up a fumble and went 40 yards for another score to highlight the Bulldogs’ first preseason scrimmage Saturday morning. “I thought we had good intensity and the kids gave great effort,” said Houston. “We don’t play for two weeks and have a lot to work on, but it was a great effort.”

Joining QB Aaron Miller in the first-team backfield were slotbacks Jonathan Dorogy and Craig Miller, with sophomore Tyler Renew at B-back. Cam Jackson and freshman Dominique Allen both saw reps at QB with the first- and second-team offense. Slotback Jake Stenson sat out with neck pain, but should return next week.

On the offensive line, Ryan Bednar handled the snapping, while Sam Frye, who played center last season, and Kyle Weaver flanked Bednar at guard. Redshirt senior Victor Hill and redshirt freshman Isaiah Pinson started at tackle, while Harrison Davis rotated in with the first-teamers.

The Bulldogs used a four-man rotation at wide receiver, with juniors Brandon Eakins and Alex Glover, along with sophomores Rudder Brown and Jorian Jordan.
Defensively, the Bulldogs came out with a front four of Mark Thomas, Jeter, Mobley and Oxendine. Joe Crochet also saw time with the first team at defensive end.

At linebacker, an experienced crew of Carl Robinson, James Riley, Tevin Floyd and Carson Smith rotated in, while senior Rah Muhammad started at the Bandit position.
Julian Baxter and Nick Willis started at safety, while redshirt senior Walker Smith and redshirt freshman DeVonta Delaney handled the cornerback duties.

“The biggest thing in a simulated game mode is communication, especially with a lot of new guys on the offensive side,” said Houston. “We are getting better every day and we have a lot more time to prepare for the game on Aug. 30.”