2015 The Citadel Bulldogs football team

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2015 The Citadel Bulldogs football
The Citadel Athletics script.svg
SoCon co-champion
Conference Southern Conference
Ranking
STATS No. 13
FCS Coaches No. 15
2015 record 9–4 (6–1 SoCon)
Head coach Mike Houston (2nd season)
Offensive coordinator Brent Thompson
Offensive scheme Triple Option
Defensive coordinator Maurice Drayton
Home stadium Johnson Hagood Stadium
(Capacity: 21,000)
Seasons
← 2014
2016 →
2015 Southern Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#9 Chattanooga +^   6 1         9 4  
#13 The Citadel +^   6 1         9 4  
Western Carolina   5 2         7 4  
Samford   3 4         6 5  
Wofford   3 4         5 6  
Mercer   2 5         5 6  
Furman   2 5         4 7  
VMI   1 6         2 9  
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • ^ – FCS playoff participant
Rankings from STATS FCS Poll

The 2015 The Citadel Bulldogs football team represented The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina in the 2015 NCAA Division I FCS football season. The Bulldogs were led by second year head coach Mike Houston and played their home games at Johnson Hagood Stadium, they played as members of the Southern Conference, as they have since 1936. They finished the season 9–4, 6–1 in SoCon play to finish in a share for the SoCon title with Chattanooga. Due to their head to head loss to Chattanooga, they did not receive the SoCon's automatic bid to the FCS Playoffs. However, they received an at-large bid to the FCS Playoffs where they defeated Coastal Carolina in the first round before losing in the second round to Charleston Southern.

On January 18, head coach Mike Houston resigned to become the head coach at James Madison,[1] he finished at The Citadel with a two-year record of 14–11.

Before the season[edit]

Previous season[edit]

The Bulldogs finished 5–7 overall and 3–4 in the conference.

Returning starters[edit]

Ten starters returned on offense, with only QB Aaron Miller lost to graduation.

Outlook[edit]

The Bulldogs were picked to finish 7th in the 8 team Southern Conference. No players were named to national award watch lists or the preseason All-America teams, but OL Sam Frye and DL Mitchell Jeter were named to the preseason All-Conference first team.[2]

Schedule[edit]

The Bulldogs will host Wofford for their traditional Parents' Day game on October 10, and resume the Military Classic of the South against VMI for Homecoming, they will also travel to visit Georgia Southern in their first matchup since the Eagles departed the Southern Conference to upgrade their program to the FBS level.[3]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 5 6:00 p.m. Davidson* Johnson Hagood StadiumCharleston, SC ESPN3 W 69–0   8,665
September 12 6:00 p.m. Western Carolina Johnson Hagood Stadium • Charleston, SC ESPN3 W 28–10   8,048
September 19 6:00 p.m. at Georgia Southern* Paulson StadiumStatesboro, GA ESPN3 L 13–48   24,872
September 26 6:00 p.m. Charleston Southern* Johnson Hagood Stadium • Charleston, SC ESPN3 L 20–33   11,918
October 10 2:00 p.m. Wofford Johnson Hagood Stadium • Charleston, SC ESPN3 W 39–12   10,428
October 17 3:00 p.m. at Samford Seibert StadiumHomewood, AL ESPN3 W 44–25   4,927
October 24 1:30 p.m. at Furman Paladin StadiumGreenville, SC (Rivalry) ESPN3 W 38–17   12,124
October 31 2:00 p.m. Mercer Johnson Hagood Stadium • Charleston, SC ESPN3 W 21–19   10,006
November 7 2:00 p.m. VMIdagger No. 25 Johnson Hagood Stadium • Charleston, SC (Military Classic of the South) ESPN3 W 35–14   14,925
November 14 2:00 p.m. at No. 8 Chattanooga No. 21 Finley StadiumChattanooga, TN SDN L 23–31   11,594
November 21 12:00 p.m. at South Carolina* No. 25 Williams-Brice StadiumColumbia, SC SECN Alt. W 23–22   77,241
November 28 2:00 p.m. at No. 10 Coastal Carolina* No. 18 Brooks StadiumConway, SC (FCS Playoffs First Round) ESPN3 W 41–38   6,751
December 5 1:00 p.m. at No. 9 Charleston Southern* No. 18 Buccaneer FieldNorth Charleston, SC (FCS Playoffs Second Round) ESPN3 L 6–14   8,451
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from STATS FCS released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.

Personnel[edit]

Roster[edit]

2015 The Citadel Bulldogs football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
WR 2 Schoultz, DeAndreDeAndre Schoultz Jr
WR 3 Jordan, JorianJorian Jordan Jr
QB 6 Anderson, DaneDane Anderson Jr
QB 10 Black, JordanJordan Black Fr
QB 12 Belton, ShonShon Belton Redshirt.svg Fr
RB 13 Lampkin, JalenJalen Lampkin Redshirt.svg Fr
RB 16 Miller, VinnyVinny Miller Sr
QB 18 Jackson, CamCam Jackson So
QB 19 Allen, DominiqueDominique Allen So
RB 25 Williams, ReggieReggie Williams So
RB 26 Dorogy, JonathanJonathan Dorogy So
RB 28 Miller, CraigCraig Miller Jr
RB 29 Drakeford, GrantGrant Drakeford Redshirt.svg Fr
RB 30 Hammond, JauveerJauveer Hammond Redshirt.svg Fr
RB 31 Johnson, RodRod Johnson Fr
FB 34 McField, EvanEvan McField Redshirt.svg Fr
FB 36 Renew, TylerTyler Renew Jr
FB 37 Ward, DonovanDonovan Ward Fr
FB 39 Smith, IsiahaIsiaha Smith So
OL 52 Bednar, RyanRyan Bednar Jr
OL 53 Davis, TylerTyler Davis Fr
OL 56 Mabry, MichaelMichael Mabry Sr
OL 57 Weaver, KyleKyle Weaver Jr
OL 61 Frye, SamSam Frye Sr
OL 63 Howle, EmmetEmmet Howle Jr
OL 64 McFaddin, HughHugh McFaddin So
OL 67 VanAlstine, ZackZack VanAlstine Fr
OL 69 Ford, MaxMax Ford Redshirt.svg Fr
OL 70 Scott, LovequanLovequan Scott Redshirt.svg Fr
OL 71 Jeffreys, NickNick Jeffreys Jr
OL 73 Pinson, IsaiahIsaiah Pinson So
OL 74 Martin, SydneySydney Martin Redshirt.svg Fr
OL 76 Laulusa, AndrewAndrew Laulusa Fr
OL 77 Harkleroad, TristanTristan Harkleroad Redshirt.svg Fr
OL 79 DiCocco, GregGreg DiCocco Sr
WR 80 Clark, CharlesCharles Clark Jr
WR 81 Glover, AlexAlex Glover Sr
WR 82 Eakins, BrandonBrandon Eakins Sr
WR 83 Brown, RudderRudder Brown Jr
WR 84 Scott, CameronCameron Scott Jr
WR 88 Riggs, JakeJake Riggs So
WR 89 Miller, WhitWhit Miller Redshirt.svg Fr
OL Evans, KirkKirk Evans Redshirt.svg Fr
RB Pascoe, DavidDavid Pascoe Redshirt.svg Fr
OL Rentz, MikeMike Rentz Redshirt.svg Fr
QB Vandiver, AJAJ Vandiver Fr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DB 1 Phillips, ShyShy Phillips So
DB 4 Delaney, DeeDee Delaney So
DL 5 Crochet, JoeJoe Crochet Jr
DL 7 Thomas, MarkMark Thomas Sr
LB 8 Battle, IsraelIsrael Battle So
DB 9 Buffalo, KhafariKhafari Buffalo Fr
DB 11 Roberts, BenBen Roberts So
LB 17 Massey, JoshJosh Massey So
DB 20 Cooper, MarielMariel Cooper Redshirt.svg Sr
DB 21 Diggs, MalikMalik Diggs Jr
LB 22 Copeland, DondrayDondray Copeland Jr
DB 23 Carter, TyusTyus Carter So
DB 24 Spann III, AronAron Spann III Redshirt.svg Fr
DB 27 Willis, NickNick Willis Sr
LB 32 Davis, PhilPhil Davis Fr
LB 33 Washington, QuinlanQuinlan Washington Redshirt.svg Fr
DB 38 Baldwin, J.J.J.J. Baldwin Jr
DB 40 Williams, KailikKailik Williams So
DB 41 Greer, SethSeth Greer So
LB 42 Nelson, TreyTrey Nelson So
LB 43 Floyd, TevinTevin Floyd Jr
LB 44 Thomas, JordanJordan Thomas Fr
DB 45 Nixon, CurtCurt Nixon Fr
DB 46 Cunningham Jr., CarlCarl Cunningham Jr. Redshirt.svg Fr
LB 47 Bennett, CalebCaleb Bennett Jr
DL 48 Graham, KevinKevin Graham Fr
LB 49 Riley, JamesJames Riley Sr
LB 50 Pierce, MylesMyles Pierce So
LB 54 Daniels, DaSeanDaSean Daniels So
LB 54 Pappas, GregoryGregory Pappas So
LB 55 Hubbs, RussellRussell Hubbs Redshirt.svg Fr
DL 58 Harrell, AustinAustin Harrell Jr
DL 62 Jeter, MitchellMitchell Jeter Sr
DL 68 Allen, KenKen Allen Fr
DL 78 Hester, CalebCaleb Hester Redshirt.svg Fr
DL 91 White, Tre'VonTre'Von White Redshirt.svg Fr
DL 92 Johnson, TravisTravis Johnson So
DL 93 Wawrzynski, AdamAdam Wawrzynski Fr
DL 94 Gallman, AttorneyAttorney Gallman Fr
DL 95 Dawkins, NoahNoah Dawkins Fr
DL 96 Williams, Ja'LonJa'Lon Williams Fr
DL 97 King, JonathanJonathan King So
DL Carter, BradleyBradley Carter Fr
LB Deaver, TraddTradd Deaver Fr
LB Floyd, CodyCody Floyd Redshirt.svg Fr
DB Jackson, TylerTyler Jackson Fr
LB Jurney, TaylorTaylor Jurney Jr
DB Peeples, NathanNathan Peeples Redshirt.svg Fr
DB Rutledge, DonaldDonald Rutledge Fr
LB Whitaker, Za'VonZa'Von Whitaker Fr
LB Williams, JordanJordan Williams Fr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
LS 59 Riley, LeeLee Riley Redshirt.svg Fr
LS 60 Morris, HunterHunter Morris Jr
LS 85 Keefe, PatrickPatrick Keefe Fr
K 86 Jordan, AustinAustin Jordan Sr
P 90 Vanvick, WillWill Vanvick Jr
K 99 Goins, EricEric Goins Jr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches
  • Brent Thompson – Offensive Coordinator / Quarterbacks
  • Blake Harrell – Special Teams Coordinator / Inside Linebackers
  • Maurice Drayton – Defensive Coordinator / Cornerbacks
  • J. P. Gunter - A-Backs / Recruiting Coordinator
  • Ron Boyd - Offensive Line
  • Brian Rucker - Wide Receivers
  • Roy Tesh - Defensive Line
  • Joel Taylor - Defensive Passing Game Coordinator / Safeties
  • John Ward - Tackles
  • Tripp Weaver - Outside Linebackers
  • P. G. Standard - Offensive Quality Control
  • Price Blagg - Defensive Quality Control
  • Jimmy Long - Special Teams Quality Control
  • Donnell Boucher - Strength and Conditioning
  • Floris Mendonca - Video Coodinator
  • Kate Yeager - Director of Personnel

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

Roster
Last update: January 1, 2016

Depth Chart[edit]

Game summaries[edit]

Davidson[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Wildcats 0 0 0 0 0
Bulldogs 21 14 20 14 69
Overall record Last meeting Result
31–21–4 1985 W 31–0

Western Carolina[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Catamounts 0 3 7 0 10
Bulldogs 0 7 7 14 28
Overall record Last meeting Result
22–16–1 2014 L 15–29

Georgia Southern[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Bulldogs 0 0 7 6 13
Eagles 10 21 10 7 48
Overall record Last meeting Result
5–18 2013 L 21–28

Charleston Southern[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Buccaneers 0 6 10 17 33
Bulldogs 7 10 3 0 20
Overall record Last meeting Result
5–3 2014 L 18–20

Wofford[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Terriers 0 6 6 0 12
Bulldogs 14 7 15 3 39
Overall record Last meeting Result
40–26–1 2014 L 13–17

Samford[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Bulldogs (CIT) 7 28 6 3 44
Bulldogs (SAM) 7 7 3 8 25
Overall record Last meeting Result
4–4 2014 L 17–20

Furman[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Bulldogs 7 17 7 7 38
Paladins 7 0 10 0 17
Overall record Last meeting Result
33–58–3 2014 W 42–35

Mercer[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Bears 10 0 3 6 19
Bulldogs 0 14 0 7 21
Overall record Last meeting Result
7–4–1 2014 W 28–26

VMI[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Keydets 7 0 7 0 14
#25 Bulldogs 14 6 6 9 35
Overall record Last meeting Result
38–30–2 2014 W 45–25

Chattanooga[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#21 Bulldogs 0 0 14 9 23
• #8 Mocs 14 7 3 7 31
  • Date: November 14, 2015
  • Game start: 2:00 PM EST
  • Game attendance: 11,594
Overall record Last meeting Result
17–28–2 2014 L 14–34

South Carolina[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#25 Bulldogs 14 0 0 9 23
Gamecocks 3 6 7 6 22
Overall record Last meeting Result
7–40–3 2011 L 20–41

[4]

FCS Playoffs[edit]

First Round–Coastal Carolina[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#18 Bulldogs 14 0 14 13 41
#10 Chanticleers 7 14 7 10 38
  • Date: November 28, 2015
  • Location: Brooks Stadium, Conway, SC
  • Game start: 2:00 p.m. EST
  • Game attendance: 6,753
  • Television network: ESPN3
Overall record Last meeting Result
0–1 2014 L 16–31

Second Round–Charleston Southern[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#18 Bulldogs 3 0 0 3 6
#9 Buccaneers 0 14 0 0 14
Overall record Last meeting Result
5–4 September 26, 2015 L 20–33

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 Final 
STATS FCS NR NR RV NR NR NR RV RV RV 25 21 25 18 13 
Coaches NR NR NR NR NR NR NR RV RV 22 20 24 18 15

Honors and awards[edit]

Preseason All-Southern Conference

  • Sam Frye (1st team)
  • Mitchell Jeter (1st team)

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.postandcourier.com/article/20160118/PC20/160119341
  2. ^ "Football Preseason All-Conference Team Announced". Southern Conference. July 22, 2015. Retrieved January 1, 2016. 
  3. ^ "The Citadel Bulldogs - 2015 Football Schedule". The Citadel Bulldogs. Retrieved January 21, 2015. 
  4. ^ Josh Kendall (November 21, 2015). "Gamecocks shocked again by FCS Bulldogs". The State. Columbia, SC. Retrieved November 21, 2015.