2011 The Citadel Bulldogs football team

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2011 The Citadel Bulldogs football
The Citadel Wordmark.png
Conference Southern Conference
2011 record 4–7 (2–6 SoCon)
Head coach Kevin Higgins (7th season)
Offensive coordinator Bob Bodine
Offensive scheme Triple Option
Defensive coordinator Josh Conklin
Base defense 4-2-5
Home stadium Johnson Hagood Stadium
(Capacity: 21,000)
Seasons
← 2010
2012 →
2011 Southern Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#3 Georgia Southern $^   7 1         11 3  
#12 Wofford ^   6 2         8 4  
#9 Appalachian State ^   6 2         8 4  
Furman   5 3         6 5  
Samford   4 4         6 5  
Chattanooga   3 5         5 6  
Elon   3 5         5 6  
The Citadel   2 6         4 7  
Western Carolina   0 8         1 10  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – FCS playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network FCS Poll

The 2011 The Citadel Bulldogs football team represented The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina in the 2011 NCAA Division I FCS football season. The Bulldogs were led by seventh 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 4–7, 2–6 in SoCon play to finish in eighth place.

Preaseason[edit]

The Bulldogs returned a total of 22 starters from last year's team, losing only 6 players. On offense, ten starters returned, while eight return on defense and four on special teams. SoCon coaches picked The Citadel to finish eight in the conference, ahead of only Western Carolina. Media covering the conference picked The Citadel to finish last. Only one Bulldog was picked to the preseason All-Conference team, with senior LB Tolu Akindele on the second team.

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent Site TV Result Attendance
September 3 6:00 PM Jacksonville* Johnson Hagood StadiumCharleston, SC BI W 31–9   12,099[1]
September 10 6:00 PM Furman Johnson Hagood Stadium • Charleston, SC (Rivalry) ESPN3 L 6–16   13,414
September 24 1:30 PM at Elon Rhodes StadiumElon, NC L 15–18 OT  10,883
October 1 6:00 PM at No. 15 Chattanooga Finley StadiumChattanooga, TN W 28–27   10,727
October 8 1:00 PM No. 5 Wofford Johnson Hagood Stadium • Charleston, SC BI L 14–43   12,316
October 15 2:00 PM No. 7 Appalachian State Johnson Hagood Stadium • Charleston, SC BI L 42–49   14,154
October 22 3:00 PM at Western Carolina E. J. Whitmire StadiumCullowhee, NC W 35–7   7,277
October 29 1:00 PM VMI* Johnson Hagood Stadium • Charleston, SC (Military Classic of the South) BI W 41–14   11,184
November 5 2:00 PM at No. 5 Georgia Southern Paulson StadiumStatesboro, GA BI L 12–14   18,408
November 12 2:00 PM Samforddagger Johnson Hagood Stadium • Charleston, SC ESPN3 L 14–19   13,591
November 19 12:00 PM at No. 14 (FBSSouth Carolina* Williams-Brice StadiumColumbia, SC ESPN3 L 20–41   76,816
*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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Awards[edit]

After placing only one player on the preseason team, the Bulldogs placed four players on the postseason All Conference teams, along with two on the All Freshman team.

Season[edit]

Derek Douglas, DL - 1st Team All Conference (Coaches and Media)
Cass Couey, P - 1st Team All Conference (Coaches and Media)
Mike Sellers, OL - 1st Team All Conference (Coaches), 2nd Team All Conference (Media)
Chris Billingslea - 2nd Team All Conference (Coaches and Media)
Aaron Miller - All Freshman (Coaches) Rah Muhammad - All Freshman (Coaches)[3][4]

Weekly[edit]

Rob Harland (LB) - SoCon Defensive Player of the Week, Week 5[5]

Game summaries[edit]

Jacksonville[edit]

1 2 34Total
Jacksonville 9 0 009
The Citadel 0 14 10731

at Johnson Hagood Stadium (Charleston, SC)

  • Game time: 6:00 PM
  • Game attendance: 12,099
  • Referee: Ted Pitts

Furman[edit]

1 2 34Total
Furman 6 7 0316
The Citadel 0 6 006

at Johnson Hagood Stadium (Charleston, SC)

  • Game time: 6:00 PM
  • Game attendance: 13,414

Elon[edit]

1 2 34OTTotal
The Citadel 0 7 08015
Elon 0 6 63318

at Rhodes Stadium (Elon, NC)

  • Game time: 1:30 PM
  • Game attendance: 10,883
  • Referee: Steve Marlowe

Chattanooga[edit]

The Citadel trailed 27-0 in the third quarter before rallying to score four touchdowns, taking a 28–27 lead. DB Davis Boyle intercepted a pass from B.J. Coleman in the final minutes to seal the upset over #15 Chattanooga.

1 2 34Total
The Citadel 0 0 141428
Chattanooga 7 17 3027

at Finley Stadium (Chattanooga, TN)

  • Game time: 6:00 PM
  • Game attendance: 10,727
  • Referee: Ted Pitts

Wofford[edit]

1 2 34Total
Wofford 14 14 8743
The Citadel 0 0 01414

at Johnson Hagood Stadium (Charleston, SC)

  • Game time: 1:00 PM
  • Game attendance: 12,316
  • Referee: Ed Rhodes

Appalachian State[edit]

1 2 34Total
Appalachian State 14 21 14049
The Citadel 7 7 141442

at Johnson Hagood Stadrium (Charleston, SC)

  • Game time: 2:00 PM
  • Game attendance: 14,154
  • Referee: Larry Saunders

Western Carolina[edit]

1 2 34Total
The Citadel 14 7 01435
Western Carolina 0 0 077

at Bob Waters Field at E. J. Whitmire Stadium (Cullowhee, NC)

  • Game time: 3:00 PM
  • Game attendance: 7,277
  • Referee: Thomas Graham

VMI[edit]

In the first Military Classic of the South since 2007, The Citadel defeated VMI 41–14. The Bulldogs blocked three Keydet punts, returning one for a touchdown. The Citadel rushed for 358 yards and four offensive touchdowns, with two each by QB Ben Dupree and RB Denard Robinson. VMI's passing game was largely held in check with only 68 yards in the air, although RB Chaz Jones carried 16 times for 112 yards and a touchdown. The Citadel now leads the series 35–30–2, winning each of the last five meetings. The Citadel also holds a 22–10 record when meeting VMI in Charleston.[6]

The Citadel and VMI agreed to renew their series for six years beginning in 2011, alternating home fields. The series dates to 1920, and they have played every year since 1946, with the exception of 1956, 2004, and 2008–2010.[7]

1 2 34Total
VMI 7 0 0714
The Citadel 14 7 17341

at Johnson Hagood Stadium (Charleston, SC)

  • Game time: 1:00 PM
  • Game attendance: 11,184
  • Referee: Steve Marlowe

Georgia Southern[edit]

The Bulldogs had two extra points blocked and a missed field goal with 12 seconds remaining as Georgia Southern held on for a 14–12 win.

1 2 34Total
The Citadel 6 6 0012
Georgia Southern 7 7 0014

at Paulson Stadium (Statesboro, GA)

  • Game time: 2:00 PM
  • Game attendance: 18,408

Samford[edit]

1 2 34Total
Samford 0 10 3619
The Citadel 14 0 0014

at Johnson Hagood Stadium (Charleston, SC)

  • Game time: 3:00 PM
  • Game attendance: 13,591
  • Referee: Ted Pitts
  • TV: ESPN3

South Carolina[edit]

1 2 34Total
The Citadel 7 6 0720
South Carolina 7 13 71441

at Williams-Brice Stadium (Columbia, SC)

  • Game time: 12:00 PM
  • Game attendance: 76,816
  • TV: ESPN3

NFL Draft selection[edit]

Year Round Pick Overall Name Team Position
2011 4 31 128 Cortez Allen Pittsburgh Steelers CB

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Jacksonville Dolphins vs Citadel Bulldogs - Box Score". ESPN. September 3, 2011. Retrieved November 28, 2011. 
  2. ^ "2011 Citadel Football Schedule". The Citadel Department of Athletics. Retrieved December 11, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Football All-Conference Awards & Honors Announced" (Press release). Southern Conference. November 22, 2011. Retrieved December 11, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Southern Conference All-Freshman Honors Announced" (Press release). 
  5. ^ "SoCon Weekly Release" (PDF). Southern Conference. October 3, 2011. Retrieved October 3, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Virginia Military Institute Keydets vs. The Citadel Bulldogs - Box Score". ESPN. October 29, 2011. Retrieved December 11, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-04-01. Retrieved 2011-10-27.