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 DeAndre Schoultz Jr
WR 3 Jorian Jordan Jr
QB 6 Dane Anderson Jr
QB 10 Jordan Black Fr
QB 12 Shon Belton Redshirt.svg Fr
RB 13 Jalen Lampkin Redshirt.svg Fr
RB 16 Vinny Miller Sr
QB 18 Cam Jackson So
QB 19 Dominique Allen So
RB 25 Reggie Williams So
RB 26 Jonathan Dorogy So
RB 28 Craig Miller Jr
RB 29 Grant Drakeford Redshirt.svg Fr
RB 30 Jauveer Hammond Redshirt.svg Fr
RB 31 Rod Johnson Fr
FB 34 Evan McField Redshirt.svg Fr
FB 36 Tyler Renew Jr
FB 37 Donovan Ward Fr
FB 39 Isiaha Smith So
OL 52 Ryan Bednar Jr
OL 53 Tyler Davis Fr
OL 56 Michael Mabry Sr
OL 57 Kyle Weaver Jr
OL 61 Sam Frye Sr
OL 63 Emmet Howle Jr
OL 64 Hugh McFaddin So
OL 67 Zack VanAlstine Fr
OL 69 Max Ford Redshirt.svg Fr
OL 70 Lovequan Scott Redshirt.svg Fr
OL 71 Nick Jeffreys Jr
OL 73 Isaiah Pinson So
OL 74 Sydney Martin Redshirt.svg Fr
OL 76 Andrew Laulusa Fr
OL 77 Tristan Harkleroad Redshirt.svg Fr
OL 79 Greg DiCocco Sr
WR 80 Charles Clark Jr
WR 81 Alex Glover Sr
WR 82 Brandon Eakins Sr
WR 83 Rudder Brown Jr
WR 84 Cameron Scott Jr
WR 88 Jake Riggs So
WR 89 Whit Miller Redshirt.svg Fr
OL Kirk Evans Redshirt.svg Fr
RB David Pascoe Redshirt.svg Fr
OL Mike Rentz Redshirt.svg Fr
QB AJ Vandiver Fr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DB 1 Shy Phillips So
DB 4 Dee Delaney So
DL 5 Joe Crochet Jr
DL 7 Mark Thomas Sr
LB 8 Israel Battle So
DB 9 Khafari Buffalo Fr
DB 11 Ben Roberts So
LB 17 Josh Massey So
DB 20 Mariel Cooper Redshirt.svg Sr
DB 21 Malik Diggs Jr
LB 22 Dondray Copeland Jr
DB 23 Tyus Carter So
DB 24 Aron Spann III Redshirt.svg Fr
DB 27 Nick Willis Sr
LB 32 Phil Davis Fr
LB 33 Quinlan Washington Redshirt.svg Fr
DB 38 J.J. Baldwin Jr
DB 40 Kailik Williams So
DB 41 Seth Greer So
LB 42 Trey Nelson So
LB 43 Tevin Floyd Jr
LB 44 Jordan Thomas Fr
DB 45 Curt Nixon Fr
DB 46 Carl Cunningham Jr. Redshirt.svg Fr
LB 47 Caleb Bennett Jr
DL 48 Kevin Graham Fr
LB 49 James Riley Sr
LB 50 Myles Pierce So
LB 54 DaSean Daniels So
LB 54 Gregory Pappas So
LB 55 Russell Hubbs Redshirt.svg Fr
DL 58 Austin Harrell Jr
DL 62 Mitchell Jeter Sr
DL 68 Ken Allen Fr
DL 78 Caleb Hester Redshirt.svg Fr
DL 91 Tre'Von White Redshirt.svg Fr
DL 92 Travis Johnson So
DL 93 Adam Wawrzynski Fr
DL 94 Attorney Gallman Fr
DL 95 Noah Dawkins Fr
DL 96 Ja'Lon Williams Fr
DL 97 Jonathan King So
DL Bradley Carter Fr
LB Tradd Deaver Fr
LB Cody Floyd Redshirt.svg Fr
DB Tyler Jackson Fr
LB Taylor Jurney Jr
DB Nathan Peeples Redshirt.svg Fr
DB Donald Rutledge Fr
LB Za'Von Whitaker Fr
LB Jordan Williams Fr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
LS 59 Lee Riley Redshirt.svg Fr
LS 60 Hunter Morris Jr
LS 85 Patrick Keefe Fr
K 86 Austin Jordan Sr
P 90 Will Vanvick Jr
K 99 Eric 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 234Total
Wildcats 0 000 0
Bulldogs 21 142014 69
Overall record Last meeting Result
31–21–4 1985 W 31–0

Western Carolina[edit]

1 234Total
Catamounts 0 370 10
Bulldogs 0 7714 28
Overall record Last meeting Result
22–16–1 2014 L 15–29

Georgia Southern[edit]

1 234Total
Bulldogs 0 076 13
Eagles 10 21107 48
Overall record Last meeting Result
5–18 2013 L 21–28

Charleston Southern[edit]

1 234Total
Buccaneers 0 61017 33
Bulldogs 7 1030 20
Overall record Last meeting Result
5–3 2014 L 18–20

Wofford[edit]

1 234Total
Terriers 0 660 12
Bulldogs 14 7153 39
Overall record Last meeting Result
40–26–1 2014 L 13–17

Samford[edit]

1 234Total
Bulldogs (CIT) 7 2863 44
Bulldogs (SAM) 7 738 25
Overall record Last meeting Result
4–4 2014 L 17–20

Furman[edit]

1 234Total
Bulldogs 7 1777 38
Paladins 7 0100 17
Overall record Last meeting Result
33–58–3 2014 W 42–35

Mercer[edit]

1 234Total
Bears 10 036 19
Bulldogs 0 1407 21
Overall record Last meeting Result
7–4–1 2014 W 28–26

VMI[edit]

1 234Total
Keydets 7 070 14
#25 Bulldogs 14 669 35
Overall record Last meeting Result
38–30–2 2014 W 45–25

Chattanooga[edit]

1 234Total
#21 Bulldogs 0 0149 23
• #8 Mocs 14 737 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 234Total
#25 Bulldogs 14 009 23
Gamecocks 3 676 22
Overall record Last meeting Result
7–40–3 2011 L 20–41

[4]

FCS Playoffs[edit]

First Round–Coastal Carolina[edit]

1 234Total
#18 Bulldogs 14 01413 41
#10 Chanticleers 7 14710 38
Overall record Last meeting Result
0–1 2014 L 16–31

Second Round–Charleston Southern[edit]

1 234Total
#18 Bulldogs 3 003 6
#9 Buccaneers 0 1400 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.