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Fallen Citadel graduate honored in classroom dedication

September 8, 2015

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CHARLESTON, S.C. – The legacy of U.S. Army Capt. Dan Eggers lives on at his alma mater after family, friends and alumni gathered to dedicate a classroom in his honor. Eggers, a member of the Class of 1997, was killed in action in Afghanistan on May 29, 2004, when his vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device while returning to his Kabul base. He was a Green Beret detachment commander assigned to the 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group in Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

Senior Army officials made sure that he would be remembered by naming the Kabul compound Camp Eggers in honor of his duty and sacrifice. Camp Eggers served as a pivotal base throughout its time in use from 2004-14 in the global war on terrorism and Operation Enduring Freedom with hundreds of Citadel graduates passing through the base.

“This is the tie between Camp Eggers and The Citadel. The plaque had to be brought home,” said Lt. Col. Rebecca Eggers, his widow. Now that the compound has closed, the plaque commemorating Eggers has been given to The Citadel. The ceremony held on Sept. 5 unveiled a new plaque, presented to the Eggers family, dedicating the senior Army ROTC classroom in the name of Eggers’ sacrifices. All senior Army ROTC cadets will pass through this room before commissioning in the footsteps of the late Eggers.

Attending the ceremony were Citadel President Lt. Gen. John W. and Mrs. Rosa, Senior Military Science Professor Col. Mark D. Raschke, Lt. Col. Rebecca Eggers, as well as members of the Eggers family and the Class of 1997.

This article was written by Cadet Brianna Young, 2015-16 Regimental Public Affairs Officer.

The Citadel’s Tevin Floyd named SoCon player of the week

September 8, 2015
Citadel's Tevin Floyd, Mariel Cooper, and Quinlan Washington celebrate Floyd's touchdown against Davidson during their game Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015 at Johnson Hagood Stadium. Paul Zoeller/P&CStaff

Citadel’s Tevin Floyd, Mariel Cooper, and Quinlan Washington celebrate Floyd’s touchdown against Davidson during their game Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015 at Johnson Hagood Stadium. Paul Zoeller/P&CStaff

Jeff Hartsell postandcourier.com
Sep 7 2015 2:48 pm

The Citadel linebacker Tevin Floyd has been named the Southern Conference defensive player of the week for his performance in a 69-0 win over Davidson. Floyd, a 6-1, 234-pound junior from Tallahassee, Fla., had eight tackles and returned an interception 28 yards for a touchdown, the third interception and second returned for a TD in his career.

Floyd’s performance highlighted the Bulldogs’ first shutout of an FCS opponent since 2005. The Citadel allowed only 104 yards of total offense against non-scholarship foe Davidson, the second-best mark in school history. Floyd’s interception was one of four for the Bulldogs, their most in one game since 2010.

Bulldogs win opener!

September 6, 2015

Staff Reports Postandcourier.com

Sep 6 2015 12:10 am

Dark clouds hung over Johnson Hagood Stadium just before kickoff Saturday night, much like the chief questions — quarterback and defense — that hung over The Citadel’s football team in preseason practice. The skies cleared up, and so did some of those questions as the Bulldogs romped to a 69-0 victory over Davidson in their season opener before 8,665 fans at Johnson Hagood. It was the most points The Citadel has ever scored in an opener.

First-time starter Dominique Allen acquitted himself well at quarterback, and a defense that coach Mike Houston promised would be more aggressive in his second season picked off four passes, surpassing its total of three from all of last year. Linebacker Tevin Floyd took one of those picks back 28 yards for a touchdown. Fullback Isiaha Smith rushed for 109 yards and three scores, and his backup, Evan McField, had 132 yards and a TD on 20 carries. Allen ran for two TDs and passed for another.

“The thing we harped on is that we wanted to come out and look sharp and do the things that good football teams do,” said Houston, who is now 6-7 at The Citadel. “That means no penalties, take care of the football, execute, play aggressively and fly around without busted coverages. We didn’t want the mistakes you commonly see in openers.” The Bulldogs were relatively clean, with only five penalties and one turnover, a borderline call on a fumble through the end zone by freshman slotback Rod Johnson.

Houston sat sophomore slotback Cam Jackson for most of the game, saving him for next week’s Southern Conference showdown against Western Carolina. Jackson tweaked “something” early in the game, according to Houston, and did not return, though he could have, the coach said.

All of that came against a struggling Davidson program that plays in the non-scholarship Pioneer League and has lost 23 of its last 24 games. Still, the opener was all Houston could hope for as the Bulldogs prepare for Western Carolina, which beat The Citadel by 25-19 last year. “Obviously, we have a huge ball game here next week, an early matchup with a very good program,” Houston said of the Catamounts, picked to finish second in the SoCon this season. “At least early on, it will give somebody a leg up in the SoCon.”

Allen, who played in three games as Aaron Miller’s backup last year, admitted to some nerves before his first start. But the 6-1, 214-pounder carried 11 times for 81 yards and hit all five of his passes for 67 yards, including a 17-yard TD to Jorian Jordan, as the Bulldogs totaled 602 yards, 535 on the ground. “I thought he did great,” Houston said. “He was good at the line of scrimmage pre-snap, recognizing the defense and the coverage and putting us in the right play. He distributed the ball very well and threw the ball well, too.”

On The Citadel’s first possession, Allen handed off to the 5-10, 230-pound Smith on the first four plays, Smith running for 39 yards to set up Allen’s four-yard TD. “That definitely helped me settle down,” Allen said. “We wanted to establish the fullback, but it also helped alleviate some of the pressure off me when I can hand off to guys like Isiaha and Evan McField.”

The Bulldogs’ first interception, by cornerback Dee Delaney, set up offense at the Davidson 45, and Allen threw for 24 yards to a wide-open Smith on second-and-1. That set up Smith’s 2-yard TD for a 14-0 lead with just 10 seconds left in the first quarter. That was enough time for Davidson to run a play, and Floyd made the Wildcats pay by stepping in front of a Taylor Mitchell pass and returning the pick 28 yards for a 21-0 lead after 15 minutes.

“We are more aggressive because we know what we are doing now,” said Floyd, who led the team with eight sacks along with linebacker James Riley. “We’ve got a year under our belt in the defense now, and it’s allowing us to play faster.” Bandit Dondray Copeland’s interception set up Allen’s 17-yard TD pass to Jorian Jordan for a 28-0 lead, and Smith scored from eight yards out to make it 35-0 at the half.

Freshman slotback Rod Johnson scored his first college TD on a 1-yard run for 42-0 early in the third quarter, and Allen’s second score made it 49-0. Smith and freshman slotback Rod Johnson added TD runs, and backup QB Shon Belton raced 48 yards for his first college score.

Citadel Notes: Isiaha Smith, Evan McField give Bulldogs 1-2 punch

September 6, 2015

Jeff Hartsell
Postandcourier.com

Sep 5, 2014

About a week ago, Citadel coach Mike Houston said that redshirt freshman Evan McField was slightly ahead of sophomore Isiaha Smith at the fullback position so crucial to the Bulldogs’ triple-option offense. This, even though Smith ran for 591 yards and five touchdowns a year ago while McField was on the scout team.
“But,” Houston said, “Isiaha is not going to just give it to him. It’s been a brutal competition.”

On the evidence of Saturday night’s 69-0 win over Davidson, the winner of that competition is the Bulldogs’ offense. Smith earned the start and ran for 109 yards and three touchdowns, while McField came off the bench and gained 132 yards with one score.
That’s 241 yards and four TDs on 37 carries from two players at one position. Smith chipped in a 24-yard catch to give the duo 265 total yards. That’s a big reason The Citadel piled up 535 rushing yards — third-most in school history — and 602 total yards (fifth-most).

Smith credited McField, from Goose Creek High School, with pushing him throughout the preseason. “I feel like competition brings out the best in everyone,” Smith said. “It definitely helped me a lot. We worked together a lot, and I’m definitely happy for him that he’s playing this year, and I know he’s happy for me.”

Houston said McField, 6-0 and 221 pounds, has come a long way since he signed with The Citadel last year after originally committing to South Carolina State.“We really challenged him last fall to change his body and really kind of develop himself,” Houston said. “He has bought in and had a great spring and summer, so we’re really glad to see him play the way he did tonight.”

Extra Points
Fifth-year senior Mariel Cooper, a transfer from South Carolina State, made an impact in his first Citadel game with an interception and a pass break-up. Tevin Floyd, Dee Delaney and Dondray Copeland also intercepted passes as the Bulldogs picked off four throws, more than they did all last season (three.)

The Citadel’s 69 points were its most ever in a season opener, and most in a game since a 70-28 win over VMI in 2007.

True freshmen who saw action for The Citadel included slotback Rod Johnson, defensive end Kevin Graham, defensive tackle Ken Allen, defensive back Aron Spann and center Tyler Davis, linebacker Phil Davis and defensive end Noah Dawkins.
Grant Drakeford, a redshirt freshman who transferred from Georgia State, played at slotback and on special teams.

Game captains for The Citadel were Joe Crochet, James Riley, Sam Frye and Alex Glover.

For The Citadel, getting Cam Jackson the ball will be key

September 4, 2015
photo by: Paul Zoeller, Post & CourierStaff

photo by: Paul Zoeller, Post & CourierStaff

Jeff Hartsell Postandcourier.com
Sep 3 2015 8:14 pm

On Cam Jackson’s first day of high school football, the coaches asked for a show of hands — who wants to play what position? “About five guys said they wanted to play running back, and about five guys said they wanted to play linebacker,” said Jackson, who had grown up in Mobile, Ala., playing those positions. “But only one guy raised his hand for quarterback. So I said, ‘Uh, quarterback, I guess.’”

Citadel coaches asked Jackson to raise his hand to play quarterback again in preseason practice, competing with sophomore Dominique Allen for the starting job. For the 6-2, 197-pound Jackson, it was something of a no-lose proposition — if he didn’t beat out Allen for the QB job, Jackson knew he’d start at slotback, where he had a breakout season in 2014.

But still, he tried his best to win the QB job. “Of course, I wanted it,” he said. “First of all, I wanted to push Dom, so he’d be better than me and we could both be out there on the field together. Then I had to split reps at slotback, so I just tried to go hard at both positions.”

In the end, Allen did well enough that coach Mike Houston named him the starting QB for Saturday’s season opener against Davidson. Jackson, a redshirt sophomore, will start at slotback, where he rushed for 505 yards and three touchdowns last season, averaging 8.9 yards per carry. “It was coach’s decision,” said Jackson when asked if he was disappointed. “I’m happy either way. I know he made the right decision to have both of us on the field at the same time.”

Still, the decision leaves Houston and offensive coordinator Brent Thompson with something of a dilemma. How do they make sure that Jackson — whom Houston calls “the leader of the offense, no matter what position he plays” — gets enough touches during each game?

Last season, as the Bulldogs’ triple-option attack averaged a Southern Conference-best 347.2 rushing yards during a 5-7 campaign, quarterback Aaron Miller had a team-high 226 carries, averaging 18.8 rushes per game. Fullbacks Tyler Renew and Isiaha Smith carried a combined 299 times, giving the fullback about 25 carries per game. The most-used slotback was Jake Stenson, who averaged 7.5 carries in nine games. Jackson himself carried 57 times in nine games, an average of 6.3 carries.

Those numbers might break down a little differently this year, according to Houston. “I think with every year, no matter what offense and what school, you adapt,” Houston said. “Certainly, we recruit to our scheme. But still, you adapt your scheme to fit the abilities that you have. What we did last year revolved around what we had last year. Certainly, this year’s team has a different group of players with different abilities, and we’ll adapt our scheme to fit that.”

That could mean less pure option plays, where a correct read of the defense determines where the ball goes. “There are ways” to get a certain player the ball,” Houston said. “You can take the option out of it. There are a lot of pre-determined things in our offense, and if we choose to do that, that’s one way we could do it.”

Jackson also could figure more in the passing game, where he caught eight balls for 97 yards in 2014.

No matter how many touches he gets, Jackson said the Bulldogs’ offense — with 10 starters back, including all five linemen — will be better this season. “We’re going to be a lot more disciplined,” he said. “We had a lot of unnecessary penalties last year, and we’ve been working hard on ball security. I think with the guys we have now, at any given time, somebody can have a big day.”

Col. Tew’s long lost sword to be returned to The Citadel

September 3, 2015

Col. Charles Courtenay Tew

Col. Charles Courtenay Tew

Photo courtesy of NCpedia.com

Charles Courtenay Tew was among the first 26 cadets to report to what was originally called the Citadel Academy in 1843. He became the academy’s first honor graduate in 1846, the first president of the academy’s alumni association in 1852, and the first Citadel alumnus to be declared missing in action.

Tew’s sword, which was given to him by his fellow cadets and was engraved, was taken from him when he was mortally wounded at the Battle of Antietam near Sharpsburg, Maryland, on Sept. 17, 1862. It was one of the first battles of the American Civil War to be fought in the North. A Union soldier was said to have taken the sword, but its location was unknown for a century and a half.

Col. Tew's Sword

Col. Tew’s Sword

In early 2015, the college was contacted by the 33 Signals Regiment Foundation of Ottawa, Canada, and was informed that the sword had been identified. The Canadian regiment wanted to return it to The Citadel. As a result, members of the group will travel from Ottawa to Antietam National Battlefield Park in Maryland for a commemorative event, and then on to Charleston and The Citadel for a reception and sword presentation. Details are as follows:

• 1 – 1:45 p.m., Wed., September 16, Antietam National Battlefield, Maryland – Col. Charles C. Tew Sword Ceremony.
• 6:30 p.m., Thurs., Sept. 17, Daniel Library, The Citadel – Reception with the Tew Sword on display, and reciting of the story of the sword.
• 3:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 18, Summerall Field, The Citadel – The official transfer of the sword to be held just prior to the college’s traditional Friday dress parade.

Want to know more about Col. Tew? go to:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_C._Tew

SWORD GOES HOME

September 3, 2015
 Michael Martin of the Ottawa-based 33 Signal Regiment with a Civil War sword that once belonged to Confederate States Army Col. Charles Courtenay Tew. Photo by PATRICK DOYLE/OTTAWA CITIZEN


Michael Martin of the Ottawa-based 33 Signal Regiment with a Civil War sword that once belonged to Confederate States Army Col. Charles Courtenay Tew. Photo by PATRICK DOYLE/OTTAWA CITIZEN

Civil War relic returned

By: PETER ROBB , Ottawa Citizen
2 Sep 2015

An Ottawa-based military regiment will return a Civil War sword and scabbard belonging to a famous Confederate officer to the military academy where he studied and worked in the mid-19th century. The sword, belonging to Col. Charles C. Tew, has been “missing ” for 153 years since the Battle of Antietam in 1862. Tew was killed in that battle and his sword was taken as a trophy from the battlefield by a Canadian serving with the Union Army. About 40,000 Canadians served with the Union during the U.S. Civil War, which ended 150 years ago.

The sword will be handed back to The Citadel in a ceremony on Sept. 18, said Michael Martin, chairman of the charitable arm of 33 Signal Regiment, an organization that dates back to 1913.

The sword was given to Tew by his students at the Arsenal Academy, a prep school he founded that serves as an entry point to The Citadel, Martin says. The story behind the sword remained unknown, he says, until the unit was moving from its former headquarters at Wallis House on Rideau Street to a new location on Walkley Road. It had hung in the Wallis House mess since its arrival in 1963, after a resident of Utica, N.Y., gave the sword to her last known relative, an officer with the 33 Signal Regiment (then known as 703 Signals Squadron).

It was taken down from the wall and Tew’s name was noted during a review of the regiment’s property. And an investigation and valuation began, Martin says, that has taken until now to complete.

The story starts in 1862 at Antietam, one of the bloodiest battles of the war. The general in command of the Southern side was hit in the leg and his femoral artery was cut. Knowing he was dying, he transferred command to Tew. To receive the news Tew stood up and was immediately shot in the head by a Northern sniper, just three days before his commission would have ended and he would go home.

At the time one Capt. Matthew Manly wrote: “During the battle in this bloody lane Colonel Charles Courtenay Tew was killed, his body falling into the hands of the enemy … He was shot through the head and placed in the sunken road … Here he was found, apparently unconscious, the blood streaming from a wound in the head, with his sword held in both hands across his knees. A Federal soldier attempted to take the sword from him, but he drew it toward his body with his last remaining strength, and then his grasp relaxed and he fell forward, dead” on what became known as The Bloody Road.

That Federal soldier was one Capt. Reid, who is said to have spoken with a British accent and was a Canadian serving with the North. He prised the sword from Tew’s hands after the colonel expired. Reid, who was known as a bit of a scoundrel, took the sword to Norwalk, Ohio, where it somehow passed to the local Odd Fellows Lodge. The weapon stayed in Norwalk for a time, eventually making its way into the hands of Amelia Blythe, Martin says. Blythe was a descendant of a prominent family connected to the lodge.

Confederate artifacts are often valuable because of rarity, but also because of the interest in the Civil War in the U.S. For a lesser known officer, a sword could fetch about $30,000, Martin says, but because it belonged to a commandant of The Citadel, who was killed leading an army on a famous battlefield, it is “priceless.”

“We believe it is only fitting to see that the sword is returned to the hands from whence it came. It is an amazing story. It’s an artifact that has passed through many hands from south to north. It is a story of heroes and scoundrels, prominent families on both sides of the divide and a mystery spanning 150 years,” Martin says.

Lt.-Col. David Goble of The Citadel said everyone at the academy is excited about the return of Col. Tew’s sword. “(He) was our first Honour Graduate and was accordingly the first person to ever receive a diploma from our institution. He was also the first president of The Citadel Alumni Association. We are extremely honoured by the 33 Signal Regiment’s decision to repatriate the sword and very appreciative of the lengths they have gone to make it happen,” Goble said. “At the bloodiest one-day battle in American history, 23,000 soldiers were killed, wounded or missing after 12 hours of savage combat on Sept. 17, 1862,” he added.

Citadel’s Mike Houston: The winning is going to come

September 2, 2015
The Citadel coach Mike Houston was “not real fired up” about last year’s 5-7 record in his first season with the Bulldogs. photo:Paul Zoeller/P&CStaff

The Citadel coach Mike Houston was “not real fired up” about last year’s 5-7 record in his first season with the Bulldogs. photo:Paul Zoeller/P&CStaff

Jeff Hartsell Postandcourier.com
Sep 1 2015 2:26 pm

Nineteen months after he was hired as The Citadel’s football coach, Mike Houston believes he’s improved the talent and the toughness of the program. “Our talent has improved over what it was when I got here, as a whole,” Houston said Tuesday at the first weekly news conference of his second season as the Bulldogs’ coach. “I think the work ethic and the attitude is maybe a little more hard-nosed and tougher than when I got here, and our style of play is much more physical than when I got here.”

Citadel players agree with their coach’s assessment.
“It’s a lot different, and in a lot of good ways,” said senior offensive lineman Sam Frye. “These coaches push us real hard, and the whole team is a bunch of hard workers now. Everybody is expected to be tough and hard-nosed all the time, 110 percent.”

Now, Citadel coaches and players are eager to see their results match that progress in a way that last year’s 5-7 overall mark (and 3-4 record in the Southern Conference) did not. “Last year was the first losing season I’ve had as a football coach, so I’m not real fired up about it,” said Houston, who posted records of 7-3, 9-3 and 13-2 in three seasons at Division II Lenoir-Rhyne. “And I’m not real patient.“But at the same time, I understand that we are building a program. I thought we made great strides last year … The winning is going to come as long as the players and coaches stick to the plan, and it’s going to come in time and when we start closing out close games like the ones we had last year.”

If Saturday’s season opener against Davidson — a non-scholarship FCS program that went 1-11 last year, including an 0-8 mark in the Pioneer League — is close, then Houston’s plan might not be as far along as he hopes. The real tests begin with the SoCon opener Sept. 12 against Western Carolina. Houston expects more nail-biters like last year’s, when the Bulldogs had six games decided by a touchdown or less, going 3-3 in those games.
“We were close to winning eight games,” he said. “But we were close to winning three games, too … You are going to see the same thing throughout the conference this year. You are going to see us and everybody else in close, tight ball games, and that’s why I keep saying that we need to do the things that good football teams do, and control what we can control. “If we do those two things, with the way we play, we’ll have a chance to win most of our ball games.”

The answers to two major questions will begin to reveal themselves against Davidson — how will new starting quarterback Dominique Allen perform, and how much will the defense improve over last year’s unsatisfying performance?

Houston is confident in both. “Dominique is our starter, and with him being fairly inexperienced, he’s not going to be perfect,” Houston said. “But I think he’s got enough weapons around him to take some of the pressure off him. I’d be surprised if he does not play well Saturday.”
The Citadel’s defense ranked seventh in the SoCon last year in total defense, and seventh in scoring defense.“I feel like we have a group this year that plays with less hesitation,” Houston said. “I hope we see a defense that plays with a lot of speed and aggression, with confidence and attitude. I hope we see something Saturday night that we did not see all last year on that side of the ball.”

Notes
Houston said freshman slotback Rod Johnson has been slowed by a hamstring pull in practice and might not play Saturday. Defensive end Travis Johnson and linebacker Russell Hubbs, both backups, also are likely out.

Kevin O’Rourke and former Citadel player Sadath Jean-Pierre will work the game for the ESPN3 broadcast, with Mike Legg, former Bulldog Lee Glaze and Jay Harper on the call for The Citadel Radio Network (1450-AM in Charleston).

Davidson is 1-22 in two seasons under coach Paul Nichols, a former Wildcats quarterback. The lone win was by 56-0 last year against College of Faith, a team the NCAA has ruled does not meet requirements to be a countable opponent in NCAA statistics. Davidson played one SoCon team last year, losing by 52-24 to VMI.

The Citadel welcomes the Class of 2019

September 2, 2015

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Most of the members of the class of 2019 were born in 1997, the same year as the McCaughey septuplets. For them, Google has always existed. They expect Wi-Fi to be present. They are younger than the Nintendo Gameboy and the McDLT, and since they have been on the planet, hybrid vehicles have always been mass produced.
More than 675 of them reported in at The Citadel on Saturday, Aug. 15. The freshmen are from 34 states and 6 foreign countries.

Take a closer look at The Citadel Class of 2019 profile below:

Total matriculates 678
From high schools 639
From transfers 39
From South Carolina 344 (51%)
Out-of-State/International 334 (49%)
U.S. states represented 34
Top five states SC, NC, GA, FL, VA, TX
Top five SC counties (outside of Charleston) Greenville, Berkeley, Aiken, Dorchester, Florence
Foreign countries 6

Women 58 (9%)
African-American 65 (10%)
Total minority 161 (24%)
International cadets 12 (2%)

Average SAT score 1085
Above 1100 147
Up to 1090 205
Average high school GPA 3.61
In top 25% of class 165

Most subscribed majors:
Pre-Business Administration 147
Mechanical Engineering 113
Criminal Justice 72
Political Science 72
Civil & Environmental Engineering 65
Electrical Engineering 24
Biology 34
History 26

At Citadel, fullback job still up for grabs on game-week depth chart

September 1, 2015
Vinny Miller (with ball) and Cam Jackson (on ground) will start at slotback for The Citadel in Saturday’s season opener against Davidson (Paul Zoeller/Staff)

Vinny Miller (with ball) and Cam Jackson (on ground) will start at slotback for The Citadel in Saturday’s season opener against Davidson (Paul Zoeller/Staff)

Jeff Hartsell Postandcourier.com
Aug 31 2015 6:17 pm

The best battle for a starting job in The Citadel’s preseason camp has been at fullback, and it’s still not over. That job is still up for grabs, but most other starting positions seem settled as The Citadel released its depth chart Monday for Saturday’s season-opening football game against Davidson.

Redshirt freshman Evan McField from Goose Creek High School and sophomore Isiaha Smith are both listed as starters at fullback (or B-back). McField (6-0, 221) did not play last season, while the 5-10, 230-pound Smith rushed for 591 yards and five touchdowns. No matter who starts, both are likely to get plenty of carries this season.

There are eight true freshmen on the two-deep, none listed as starters. More true freshmen are likely to see playing time on defense, coach Mike Houston has said, including ends Kevin Graham and Noah Dawkins, tackle Ken Allen and safety (rover) Aron Spann, all listed as backups.

Though 10 players with starting experience return on offense, it’s still something of a new-look backfield for the Bulldogs, who were 5-7 overall and 3-4 in the Southern Conference last season in Houston’s first year.

With quarterback Aaron Miller and slotback Jake Stenson graduated and fullback Tyler Renew now a backup slotback, the top three rushers from last year’s team are not starting this year.
Sophomore Dominique Allen, who played sparingly a year ago, was named the starting QB last week. Redshirt sophomore Cam Jackson will back him up at QB, and start at slotback along with senior Vinny Miller. Jackson ran 57 times for 505 yards and three TDs last year, while Miller carried 75 times for 466 yards and two scores.

The receiver group is packed with experience, with senior Alex Glover and junior Jorian Jordan backed up by junior Rudder Brown and senior Brandon Eakins.

Two true freshmen — center Tyler Davis and left tackle Andrew Laulusa — are listed as backups on the offensive line, which returns all five starters. Davis (6-1, 280) is the more likely to see the field.

On defense, South Carolina State transfer Mariel Cooper is starting at one cornerback, and the fifth-year senior should bolster a young group that includes sophomore Dee Delaney at the other corner and backup sophomores Shy Phillip, Ben Roberts and Tyus Carter.

The starting job at the rover safety spot also is up for grabs, between senior Nick Willis and sophomore Kailik Williams.

Redshirt freshman Quinlan Washington and Delaney will return kicks, while junior receiver DeAndre Schoultz and Delaney are listed at punt return.