2012 The Citadel Bulldogs football team

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2012 The Citadel Bulldogs football
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Conference Southern Conference
2012 record 7–4 (4–3 SoCon)
Head coach Kevin Higgins (8th year)
Offensive coordinator Bob Bodine
Offensive scheme Triple Option
Defensive coordinator Denny Doornbos
Base defense 4-2-5
Home stadium Johnson Hagood Stadium
(Capacity: 21,000)
Seasons
« 2011 2013 »
2012 Southern Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#6 Georgia Southern §^   6 2         10 4  
#9 Wofford §^   6 2         9 4  
#7 Appalachian State §^   6 2         8 4  
The Citadel   5 3         7 4  
Samford   5 3         7 4  
Chattanooga   5 3         6 5  
Furman   2 6         3 8  
Elon   1 7         3 8  
Western Carolina   0 8         1 10  
§ – Conference co-champions
^ – FCS playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network FCS Poll

The 2012 The Citadel Bulldogs football team represented The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina in the 2012 NCAA Division I FCS football season. The Bulldogs were led by eighth year head coach Kevin Higgins and played their home games at Johnson Hagood Stadium. They are a member of the Southern Conference. They finished the season 7–4, 4–3 in SoCon play to finish in a three way tie for fourth place.

Preseason[edit]

Recruiting[edit]

Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Harrison Davis
OG
Marietta, GA Walton High School 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 250 lb (110 kg) Oct 27, 2011 
Scout: N/A   Rivals: N/A   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 45
Preston Durham
OLB
Inman, SC Chapman High School 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 201 lb (91 kg)  
Scout: N/A   Rivals: N/A   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: NR
Brent O'Neal
ATH
St. Petersburg, FL Canterbury School 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Jan 22, 2012 
Scout: N/A   Rivals: N/A   247Sports: N/A    ESPN:2/5 stars   ESPN grade: 74
Overall recruiting rankings:
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

Polls[edit]

The Citadel was picked eighth in the nine team Southern Conference by both the media and coaches.[1]

All-SoCon selections[edit]

Five Bulldogs were selected to the All-Conference teams by the coaches. C Mike Cellars, P Cass Couey, and DE Chris Billingslea were named to the first team while DT Derek Douglas and FB Darien Robinson were second team selections.[1]

Schedule[edit]

For the second year in a row, home games in September are scheduled for a 6:00 p.m. kickoff rather than the traditional 2:00 p.m. kickoff.

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 1 6:00 PM Charleston Southern* Johnson Hagood StadiumCharleston, SC BI W 49–14   14,264
September 8 6:00 PM #3 Georgia Southern Johnson Hagood Stadium • Charleston, SC BI W 23–21   12,299
September 15 3:30 PM at #8 Appalachian State #21 Kidd Brewer StadiumBoone, NC W 52–28   24,137
September 22 6:00 PM at NC State* #10 Carter-Finley StadiumRaleigh, NC ESPN3 L 14–52   55,145
September 29 6:00 PM Chattanooga #11 Johnson Hagood Stadium • Charleston, SC BI L 10–28   13,878
October 6 3:00 PM at Samford #19 Seibert StadiumHomewood, AL L 7–38   5,872
October 13 2:00 PM Western Carolina Johnson Hagood Stadium • Charleston, SC BI W 45–31   12,578
October 27 1:30 PM at #7 Wofford Gibbs StadiumSpartanburg, SC ESPN3 L 21–24   9,658
November 3 2:00 PM Elondagger Johnson Hagood Stadium • Charleston, SC BI W 38–24   14,853
November 10 1:30 PM at VMI* Alumni Memorial FieldLexington, VA (Military Classic of the South) W 27–24   7,863
November 17 1:30 PM at Furman Paladin StadiumGreenville, NC (Rivalry) ESPN3 W 42–20   8,127
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from The Sports Network FCS Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.

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Game notes[edit]

Charleston Southern[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Buccaneers 0 14 0 0 14
Bulldogs 7 7 28 7 49
Overall record Last meeting Result
4–1 2007 W 35–14

The Citadel's season opened at home against Charleston Southern. The Bulldogs and Buccaneers met for the sixth time, with The Citadel holding a 4–1 advantage in the all-time series. The Citadel won the last meeting 35–14 in the 2007 opener. Charleston Southern claimed its only victory over the Bulldogs in 2006, a double–overtime win that is also the only home-opener loss for The Citadel under coach Kevin Higgins. The cross-town rivals have squared off to open the season three previous times, with The Citadel winning all three games.[3]

As a result of six fumbles, two lost, the teams were tied at halftime despite The Citadel dominating all phases of the game. After the half, the Bulldogs scored four touchdowns in the third quarter to put the game out of reach. QB Ben Dupree rushed 17 times for 77 yards and two touchdowns, Rickey Anderson had 10 carries for 80 yards and 3 touchdowns, and Darien Robinson had 12 rushes for 120 yards and a touchdown. The Bulldogs passed just six times, completing three of them. QB Aaron Miller was 3 for 5 passing, completing passes to three different receivers. The Citadel did not punt in the game, missing one field goal. Charleston Southern QB Malcolm Dixon completed 6 of 14 passes for 123 yards, a touchdown and an interception. Chase Jones had two catches for 77 yards and a touchdown.

Georgia Southern[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#3 Eagles 7 7 0 7 21
Bulldogs 14 3 3 3 23
  • Date: September 8
  • Location: Johnson Hagood Stadium, Charleston, SC
  • Game start: 6:00 PM EST
  • Game attendance: 12,299
  • Game weather: Mostly Cloudy, 83°
  • Referee: Duane Heydt
Overall record Last meeting Result
4–17 2011 L 12–14

The Bulldogs hosted #3 Georgia Southern in the SoCon opener for both schools. The two teams return two of the top three rushing attacks in the country (and the conference as Wofford is the other) and run the same Triple Option scheme on offense. The Eagles entered with a commanding 174 record against The Citadel, including a pair of playoff victories over the Bulldogs in 1988 and 1990. Last year, Georgia Southern held off The Citadel 14–12 in Statesboro as the Bulldogs missed a field goal in a swirling wind with seconds remaining. The last Citadel victory in the series was a 24–21 win in Charleston in 2006. Georgia Southern had won five in a row, but four of those were by less than a touchdown. The Citadel had lost nine consecutive home conference games.[4]

The Citadel forced two turnovers in the first quarter, converting both fumbles into touchdowns for a quick 14–0 lead. Georgia Southern scored three touchdowns, while The Citadel kicked a pair of field goals to trail 21–20 late. Thomas Warren kicked a 37-yard field goal for a 23–21 lead with 35 seconds remaining, nearly the identical situation to the 2011 meeting when Warren missed a 37-yard attempt with 13 seconds left which would have won. Georgia Southern returned the ensuing kickoff into Bulldog territory, but missed their own 31-yard field goal attempt as time ran out, sealing The Citadel's win. The Bulldogs entered the 2012 NCAA Division I FCS football rankings for the first time since 2008.

Appalachian State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#21 Bulldogs 14 24 14 0 52
#8 Mountaineers 0 7 7 14 28
  • Date: September 15
  • Location: Kidd Brewer Stadium, Boone, NC
  • Game start: 3:30 PM EST
  • Game attendance: 24,137
  • Game weather: Partly Cloudy, 70°
  • Referee: Ted Pitts
Overall record Last meeting Result
11–29 2011 L 42–49

The Citadel made its first road trip of the season to Boone, NC, where the Bulldogs had not won since their last SoCon championship season of 1992. The Mountaineers entered claiming eight victories in a row and 17 of 18 against The Citadel. This was the second game of a daunting three game stretch for The Citadel, playing the teams picked to finish first and second in the league followed by a trip to FBS NC State. Last season, Appalachian State raced to a 49–14 lead in the third quarter before The Citadel stormed back with four unanswered touchdowns led by QB Aaron Miller before running out of time, losing 49–14.[5]

The Bulldogs raced to an early 24–0 lead, scoring touchdowns on their first three possessions before being limited to a field goal on their fourth while holding App State scoreless. The Mountaineers punted again on their fourth possession, but LB Carson Smith blocked the kick and returned it for a touchdown to extend The Citadel lead to 31–0. The Citadel added three more touchdowns before the end of the third quarter, while App State finally broke through against The Citadel's reserve defense late in the game, scoring a pair of touchdowns in the fourth quarter. The Citadel amassed 618 yards of offense, its most ever in a regulation game and just 23 yards short of the all-time record in an overtime game against Furman. The Bulldogs option offense gained 463 yards on the ground, with three backs each recording over 100 yards and WR Matt Thompson adding 123 yards receiving. App State's home win streak of 18 games was snapped, and The Citadel won in Boone for the first time since 1992.

NC State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#10 Bulldogs 7 0 7 0 14
Wolfpack 21 21 0 10 52
Overall record Last meeting Result
0–4 1983 L 0–45

The Bulldogs travel to Raleigh, NC for the fourth time, having once played NC State in Wilmington, NC. The Wolfpack has claimed victories in all four meetings between the schools, most recently a 1983 win by 45–0. The three previous meetings were all prior to World War II. The Citadel has not defeated an FBS opponent since 1992, when they stunned Arkansas and defeated Army. The Citadel has not defeated an Atlantic Coast Conference school since the conference was formed by seven Southern Conference schools in 1953. The Bulldogs have claimed seven wins over current ACC schools, with six of those wins coming against Clemson, most recently in 1931.

Chattanooga[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Mocs 0 14 7 7 28
#11 Bulldogs 3 0 7 0 10
  • Date: September 29
  • Location: Johnson Hagood Stadium, Charleston, SC
  • Game start: 6:00 PM EST
  • Game attendance: 13,878
  • Game weather: Partly cloudy, humid, 82°
  • Referee: Ed Rhodes
Overall record Last meeting Result
17–26–2 2011 W 28–27

Samford[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#19 Bulldogs (Cit) 0 0 7 0 7
Bulldogs (Sam) 7 7 10 14 38
  • Date: October 6
  • Location: Seibert Stadium, Homewood, AL
  • Game start: 3:00 PM EST
  • Game attendance: 5,872
  • Game weather: Overcast, 65°
  • Referee: Thomas Graham
Overall record Last meeting Result
3–2 2011 L 14–19

Western Carolina[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Catamounts 0 17 7 7 31
Bulldogs 7 10 7 21 45
  • Date: October 15
  • Location: Johnson Hagood Stadium, Charleston, SC
  • Game start: 2:00 PM EST
  • Game attendance: 12,578
  • Game weather: Partly Cloudy, 75°
  • Referee: Ted Pitts
Overall record Last meeting Result
20–15–1 2011 W 35–7

Wofford[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Bulldogs 7 7 0 7 21
#7 Terriers 14 10 0 0 24
  • Date: October 27
  • Location: Gibbs Stadium, Spartanburg, SC
  • Game start: 1:30 PM EST
  • Game attendance: 9,658
  • Game weather: Mostly cloudy, 72°
  • Referee: Larry Saunders
  • TV announcers (ESPN3): Darren Goldwater, Paul Maguire
Overall record Last meeting Result
40–23–1 2011 L 14–43

Elon[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Phoenix 3 3 11 7 24
Bulldogs 14 10 7 7 38
  • Date: November 3
  • Location: Johnson Hagood Stadium, Charleston, SC
  • Game start: 2:00 PM EST
  • Game attendance: 14,853
  • Game weather: Sunny, 65°
  • Referee: Ed Rhodes
Overall record Last meeting Result
6–5 2011 L 15–18 (OT)

VMI[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Bulldogs 7 10 7 3 27
Keydets 3 0 7 14 24
Overall record Last meeting Result
35–30–2 2011 W 41–14

Furman[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Bulldogs 14 7 7 14 42
Paladins 14 3 3 0 20
  • Date: November 17
  • Location: Paladin Stadium, Greenville, SC
  • Game start: 1:30 PM EST
  • Game attendance: 8,127
  • Game weather: Sunny, 57°
  • Referee: Thomas Graham
  • TV announcers (ESPN3): Darren Goldwater, Doug Chapman
Overall record Last meeting Result
31–57–3 2011 L 6–16

Coaches[edit]

The Bulldogs saw two coaches depart in the offseason, with Defensive Coordinator/safeties coach Josh Conklin departing for Tennessee[6] and Tight Ends coach Raleigh Jackson accepting the linebackers coach position at Division II Slippery Rock.[7] The Bulldogs added John Hauser from Wayne State to coach safeties.[8] Defensive line coach Denny Doornbos added Defensive Coordinator responsibilities.

Name Position Alma Mater Year
Kevin Higgins Head Coach West Chester 8th
Denny Doornbos Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Line Western Michigan 3rd
Bob Bodine Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line Tulane 3rd
Aashon Larkins Special Teams Coordinator/Linebackers Lehigh 7th
Craig Candeto Quarterbacks/Defensive Backs United States Naval Academy 2nd
Bill Mottola Slot Backs Springfield College 2nd
J.P. Gunter Wide Receivers/Recruiting Coordinator Lenoir–Rhyne 3rd
Scott Yielding Tight Ends The Citadel 1st
Gerald Dixon Cornerbacks Alabama 5th
John Hauser Safeties Wittenberg 1st
Chad Wheeler Assistant Defensive Coach Florida State 2nd
Cody Worley Offensive Quality Control Furman 2nd
Jesse Johnson Defensive Quality Control Michigan State 1st
Mickey McDermott Special Teams Quality Control Charleston Southern 2nd
Eli Crawford Assistant Special Teams Quality Control Valparaiso 1st
Donnell Boucher Strength & Conditioning Worcester State 6th

Roster[edit]

2012 The Citadel Bulldogs football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
QB 2 Dupree, BenBen Dupree Jr
WR 3 Jones, DomonicDomonic Jones Jr
QB 4 Gaston, ParkerParker Gaston Sr
WR 5 Thompson, MattMatt Thompson Jr
WR 6 Adams, GregGreg Adams Sr
RB 8 Trevino, DaltonDalton Trevino So
WR 11 German, DouglasDouglas German Sr
QB 12 Miller, AaronAaron Miller So
WR 14 McCluskey, DrewDrew McCluskey Fr
RB 16 Miller, VinnyVinny Miller Fr
QB 17 White, TreyTrey White Fr
RB 18 Busby, DylanDylan Busby Fr
QB 19 Walker, JulianJulian Walker Fr
RB 20 Mosley, Te'MyrickTe'Myrick Mosley Fr
RB 21 Anderson, RickeyRickey Anderson Sr
FB 22 Robinson, DarienDarien Robinson Jr
FB 23 Dallas, TerrellTerrell Dallas Sr
FB 24 Middleton, ShaunnShaunn Middleton So
RB 25 Martin, TerranceTerrance Martin Jr
RB 26 Stenson, JakeJake Stenson Jr
WR 29 Cyre, JohnJohn Cyre So
RB 32 Jones, Van DykeVan Dyke Jones Sr
OL 50 Sellers, MikeMike Sellers Jr
OL 51 Bonnette, BrooksBrooks Bonnette So
OL 53 Frye, SamSam Frye Fr
OL 54 Coleman, CharlesCharles Coleman So
OL 55 Carter, KeithKeith Carter Jr
OL 56 Mabry, MichaelMichael Mabry Fr
OL 57 Weaver, KyleKyle Weaver Fr
OL 63 Howle, EmmetEmmet Howle Fr
OL 65 Knowles, JimJim Knowles Jr
OL 67 Hill, VictorVictor Hill Jr
OL 68 Rudman, NickNick Rudman So
OL 71 Taylor, JackJack Taylor Fr
SR 73 Strange, NealNeal Strange Sr
OL 74 Finke, RobertRobert Finke Jr
OL 75 Davis, HarrisonHarrison Davis Fr
OL 76 Bice, DevinDevin Bice Jr
OL 78 Thomas, ElliottElliott Thomas So
TE 81 Glover, AlexAlex Glover So
WR 82 Eakins, BrandonBrandon Eakins Fr
WR 83 Butler, TrentTrent Butler Fr
TE 84 Brown, CullenCullen Brown Jr
TE 85 Williamson, CapersCapers Williamson So
WR 87 Brown, PaulPaul Brown Fr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DB 1 Jean-Pierre, SadathSadath Jean-Pierre Jr
DB 4 Garnett, AkeemAkeem Garnett So
DB 7 Gamble, KeithKeith Gamble Sr
LB 9 Smith, CarsonCarson Smith So
DB 10 Ranson, AdrianAdrian Ranson Fr
DB 13 Richardson, CodyCody Richardson Fr
DB 23 Adams, MikeMike Adams Jr
LB 26 Oyengunle, YemiYemi Oyengunle Sr
DB 27 Willis, NickNick Willis Fr
DB 28 Baxter, JulianJulian Baxter So
LB 29 Robinson, CarlCarl Robinson So
LB 31 Shepherd, HunterHunter Shepherd Fr
LB 33 Harris, DoyenDoyen Harris So
LB 34 Durham, PrestonPreston Durham Fr
LB 37 Crochet, JoeJoe Crochet Fr
DB 38 Fosberry, MartinMartin Fosberry Sr
DB 39 Copeland, DondrayDondray Copeland Fr
LB 40 Muhammad, RahRah Muhammad So
DB 41 Smith, WalkerWalker Smith So
DB 42 Boyle, AustinAustin Boyle Sr
DB 43 Boyle, DavisDavis Boyle Sr
JR 44 Amrhein, BayBay Amrhein Jr
DB 45 McCladdie, BrandonBrandon McCladdie Jr
LB 46 Thompson, IanIan Thompson So
LB 47 Bennett, CalebCaleb Bennett Fr
LB 48 Jurney, TaylorTaylor Jurney Fr
DB 48 Turner, WillWill Turner So
LB 49 Riley, JamesJames Riley Fr
LB 53 Minor, IsaacIsaac Minor So
LB 55 Rohrlack, StephenStephen Rohrlack So
LB 58 Harrell, AustinAustin Harrell Fr
DL 61 Kim, EdwardEdward Kim So
DL 62 Jeter, MitchellMitchell Jeter Fr
DL 72 Mobley, CameronCameron Mobley So
DL 77 Billingslea, ChrisChris Billingslea Sr
DL 87 Brown, PaulPaul Brown Fr
DL 88 Carter, ZachZach Carter Fr
DL 90 Knisley, AustinAustin Knisley So
DL 91 Douglas, DerekDerek Douglas Jr
LB 92 Thomas, MarkMark Thomas Fr
DL 93 Ojjeh, SammySammy Ojjeh So
LB 94 Perry, AaronAaron Perry Fr
DL 95 Parsons, ColinColin Parsons Fr
DL 96 Oxendine, JustinJustin Oxendine So
DL 97 Phillips, JoeJoe Phillips Fr
LB 98 Allen, KotyKoty Allen Fr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
K 30 Warren, ThomasThomas Warren Sr
K 35 Wachter, MasonMason Wachter So
P 36 Couey, CassCass Couey Sr
LS 51 Monteith, StilesStiles Monteith So
LS 52 Oswald, ThomasThomas Oswald Sr
LS 53 Wiles, AustinAustin Wiles Jr
LS 60 Morris, HunterHunter Morris Fr
P 86 Jordan, AustinAustin Jordan Fr
K 99 Goins, EricEric Goins Fr
Head coach

Kevin Higgins

Coordinators/assistant coaches

Denny Doornboos (DC)
Bob Bodine (OC)
Aashon Larkins (ST)


Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Injured Injured
  • Redshirt Redshirt

Roster
Last update: August 15, 2012

Awards and honors[edit]

SoCon Players of the Week[edit]

Week One

  • Chris Billingslea, Defense

Week Two

  • Thomas Warren, Freshman

Week Three

  • Ben Dupree, Offense
  • Carson Smith, Defense

All-Americans[edit]

  • AFCA - Mike Sellers, C

Ranking Movements[edit]

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Final 
Sports Network RV RV 21 10 11 19 RV RV RV  
Coaches NR NR 23 14 15 22 RV RV RV


References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Hartsell, Jeff (July 27, 2012). "Picked 8th in SoCon, Citadel Seeks Breakthrough Football Season". The Post and Courier (Charleston). Retrieved July 30, 2012. 
  2. ^ "2012 Football Schedule". The Citadel Department of Athletics. Retrieved January 26, 2012. 
  3. ^ "The Citadel Kicks Off 2012 Season Saturday Against Charleston Southern". The Citadel Department of Athletics. August 30, 2012. Retrieved December 11, 2014. 
  4. ^ "The Citadel Hosts Nationally-Ranked Georgia Southern in SoCon Opener". The Citadel Department of Athletics. September 6, 2012. Retrieved December 11, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Bulldogs Hit the Road for Tough Test at Appalachian State". The Citadel Department of Athletics. September 13, 2012. Retrieved December 11, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Josh Conklin Accepts Position on University of Tennessee Coaching Staff". The Citadel Department of Athletics. March 9, 2012. Retrieved April 21, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Raleigh Jackson Accepts Coaching Position at Slippery Rock". The Citadel Department of Athletics. March 27, 2012. Retrieved April 21, 2012. 
  8. ^ "John Hauser Joins Citadel Football Coaching Staff". The Citadel Department of Athletics. April 2, 2012. Retrieved April 21, 2012.