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

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
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.


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