2015 VMI Keydets football team

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2015 VMI Keydets football
VMI Keydets logo.svg
Conference Southern Conference
2015 record 2–9 (1–6 SoCon)
Head coach Scott Wachenheim (1st season)
Offensive coordinator Dustin Ward (1st season)
Offensive scheme Pro Style
Defensive coordinator Tom Clark (1st season)
Base defense 3–4
Home stadium Alumni Memorial Field
(Capacity: 10,000)
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 VMI Keydets football team represented the Virginia Military Institute in the 2015 NCAA Division I FCS football season. It was VMI's 125th football season and the Keydets were led by first year head coach Scott Wachenheim. They played their home games at 10,000–seat Alumni Memorial Field at Foster Stadium, as they have since 1962. This was VMI's second season as a member of the Southern Conference, following 11 seasons in the Big South Conference, which followed 78 years in the Southern Conference. They finished the season 2–9, 1–6 in SoCon play to finish in last place.

Personnel[edit]

Coaching staff[edit]

VMI will be led by first-year head coach Scott Wachenheim, a native of California and a 1984 graduate of the United States Air Force Academy.[1] Wachenheim was previously the offensive line coach at Virginia under head coach Mike London. He replaces Sparky Woods, who compiled a 17–62 record in seven seasons at VMI.[2] Shortly following a home loss to The Citadel, VMI chose not to renew Woods' contract, and several weeks later announced the hire of Wachenheim.

Wachenheim introduced an almost entirely new coaching staff his first year on post. Coordinating the offense is Dustin Ward, while the defensive coordinator is Tom Clark who served two stints at William & Mary as a defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach.[3] There were only two holdovers from Woods' staff: wide receivers and tight ends coach Brad Robbins, and linebackers coach Justin Hamilton, a 2006 graduate of Virginia Tech.[3] Also new to the staff is running backs coach Tim Maypray, who played football at VMI and graduated in 2010 before a brief stint in the Canadian Football League.

Name Position Seasons at
VMI
Alma mater
Scott Wachenheim Head coach 1st Air Force (1984)
Dustin Ward Offensive Coordinator 1st Illinois (2003)
Tom Clark Defensive Coordinator/Secondary 1st Maryland (1986)
Tim Maypray Running Backs 1st VMI (2010)
Justin Wood Inside Linebackers 1st Christopher Newport (2006)
Justin Hamilton Outside Linebackers 2nd Virginia Tech
Brad Robbins Wide Receivers 3rd UVA–Wise (2010)
Gordon Sammis Offensive Line 1st Virginia (2007)
Mike Saint Germain Defensive Line 1st Lafayette (2007)
Josh Zidenberg Asst. Secondary/Special Teams 1st Virginia (2008)
Jimmy Whitten Strength & Conditioning 12th Virginia Tech (1991)
Reference:[3]

Returning starters[edit]

Roster[edit]

2015 VMI Keydets football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
QB 4 John Burton Redshirt.svg Jr
QB 4 Jake Paladino Fr
WR 6 Dane Forlines Jr
QB 8 Al Cobb Redshirt.svg So
WR 9 Taylor Stout Jr
WR 11 Darrian Johnson Redshirt.svg Jr
TE 13 Ryan Swingle Redshirt.svg So
WR 15 Joey Brown Redshirt.svg So
QB 16 Jade Maher Redshirt.svg So
RB 17 Brice Tucker Redshirt.svg So
QB 18 Austin Coulling Fr
WR 21 Aaron Sanders Jr
WR 22 Dontae Mauck Fr
FB 23 Cody Shirley Redshirt.svg Jr
RB 24 Quan Myers Fr
RB 26 Mason Dermott Fr
RB 37 Chris Gavin Fr
FB 39 Derrick Ziglar Redshirt.svg Sr
RB 40 Hunter Marshall Redshirt.svg So
WR 43 Kyle Harrell Redshirt.svg So
TE 47 Zander Royston Fr
WR 48 John Wilkins Redshirt.svg Jr
RB 49 Kyle Vardo Redshirt.svg So
C 50 Chase Smith Redshirt.svg So
OG 57 Bradley Hann Redshirt.svg Jr
OT 61 Stephen Miller Redshirt.svg So
C 62 Patrick Doucette Redshirt.svg So
OG 63 Nate Murray Redshirt.svg Sr
OG 65 Matt Milner Redshirt.svg So
OT 66 Iyan Roseborough Redshirt.svg Jr
OT 71 Christian Williams Redshirt.svg So
OT 72 Andrew Lewis Jr
OL 73 Cole Brummit Fr
OL 76 Will Morris Fr
OL 77 Tyler Thacker Fr
OG 78 Chad Reed Redshirt.svg Jr
OL 79 Garrett Barker Fr
WR 80 Samuel Patterson Sr
TE 81 Chad Jacob Redshirt.svg Jr
WR 82 Matthew Nicholson Jr
WR 83 Isaiah Parker Fr
TE 85 Kevin Carson So
TE 86 John Mobley Redshirt.svg So
WR 89 Will Wampler Fr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
CB 1 Caleb Furlow Redshirt.svg Sr
LB 2 Bradley Lipscomb Redshirt.svg Jr
LB 3 Tony Richardson So
LB 5 Darnell Ashton Jr
CB 7 Damian Jones Redshirt.svg Jr
S 14 Greg Sanders So
CB 19 Doug Moore Sr
S 20 Alex James Sr
S 25 Alex Keys Redshirt.svg Jr
DB 28 John Porter Fr
DB 29 Karee Carter Fr
DB 30 Gabe Sutherland Redshirt.svg So
DB 31 Eddie Stawowczyk Redshirt.svg So
DB 32 John Strozyk Redshirt.svg So
CB 33 Tyruig Trotman Fr
LB/P 34 Bill Hogan Redshirt.svg So
DB 35 Scott Frazier Redshirt.svg So
CB 36 Michael Williams Redshirt.svg So
S 38 Alijah Robinson Jr
DB 41 Uzoma Kpaduwa Fr
LB 42 Troy Barden Redshirt.svg So
LB 44 Ryan Francis Redshirt.svg Jr
LB 45 Tyler Fedison Fr
LB 46 Allan Cratsenberg So
DE 52 Zack Baker So
LB 53 Arnold Roots Fr
DL 55 Daniel Rader Redshirt.svg So
LB 56 Brian Ellis Redshirt.svg Jr
LB 58 Brian Lipscomb Redshirt.svg So
LB 59 Chris Copeland Redshirt.svg Sr
DL 60 Thad Stevenson-Panchisin Fr
LB 67 Derek Wilson Fr
LB 68 Brad Mallory Fr
LB 69 Jameson Donahue Fr
DL 73 Connor Mildrum Redshirt.svg Jr
DB 84 Mandela Kabi Fr
LB 87 Cody Peregoy Fr
DE 88 J. C. Garvin Redshirt.svg Jr
DE 90 Robert de Wolff Redshirt.svg Jr
DL 91 Xavier Greenfield So
DT 92 Walker Hays Jr
DT 93 Denton Ensminger Sr
DT 94 Amon-Ra Clay Redshirt.svg So
DL 95 Shavon Henderson Redshirt.svg So
LB 96 Seth Mallory Redshirt.svg Jr
DE 97 Jarrod Richmond Fr
DL 98 Casey Phillips Fr
DE 99 Joe Nelson Redshirt.svg Jr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
P/QB 12 Hayden Alford Redshirt.svg Jr
PK 27 Dillon Christopher Jr
PK 64 Tommy Smith Fr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches
  • Dustin Ward (Offensive Coordinator – 1st year
  • Tom Clark (Defensive Coordinator/Secondary) – 1st year
  • Tim Maypray (Running Backs) – 1st year
  • Justin Wood (Inside Linebackers) – 1st year
  • Justin Hamilton (Outside Linebackers) – 2nd year
  • Brad Robbins (Wide Receivers) – 3rd year
  • Gordon Sammis (Offensive Line) – 1st year
  • Josh Zidenberg (Secondary) – 1st year
  • Mike Saint Germain (Defensive Line) – 1st year
  • Jimmy Whitten (Strength & Conditioning) – 12th year

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

Roster
Last update: August 27, 2015

Projected depth chart[edit]

[4]

Schedule[edit]

VMI released its schedule on February 3, 2015. The schedule features six home games and five road contests. VMI will face Ball State on the road in the season opener on a Thursday night. The home opener will be September 12 against Pioneer League member Morehead State. The Keydets will play one team from the commonwealth of Virginia, Richmond, after not playing a team from Virginia in 2014. VMI will host conference rivals Samford, Chattanooga, Wofford, and Western Carolina, and will travel to Furman, Mercer, and The Citadel.

Date Time Opponent Site TV Result Attendance
September 3 7:00 PM at Ball State* Scheumann StadiumMuncie, IN ESPN3 L 36–48   10,473
September 12 1:30 PM Morehead State* Alumni Memorial FieldLexington, VA ESPN3 W 43–40   5,016
September 19 6:00 PM at No. 22 Richmond* Robins StadiumRichmond, VA (Rivalry) CSN MA+ L 10–42   8,700
September 26 3:00 PM at Furman Paladin StadiumGreenville, SC ESPN3 L 21–24   7,915
October 3 1:30 PM Bucknell* Alumni Memorial Field • Lexington, VA ESPN3 L 22–28 OT  3,713
October 10 1:30 PM Samforddagger Alumni Memorial Field • Lexington, VA ESPN3 L 13–49   4,875
October 17 1:30 PM No. 6 Chattanooga Alumni Memorial Field • Lexington, VA ESPN3 L 27–33   6,104
October 24 3:00 PM at Mercer Moye ComplexMacon, GA ESPN3 W 28–21   9,754
October 31 1:30 PM Wofford Alumni Memorial Field • Lexington, VA ESPN3 L 20–41   4,437
November 7 2:00 PM at No. 25 The Citadel Johnson Hagood StadiumCharleston, SC (Military Classic of the South) ESPN3 L 14–35   14,925
November 21 1:30 PM Western Carolina Alumni Memorial Field • Lexington, VA ESPN3 L 20–24   4,523
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from STATS FCS Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.

Game summaries[edit]

Ball State[edit]

1 2 34Total
VMI 0 10 71936
Ball State 3 17 141448

at Scheumann Stadium (Muncie, IN)

  • Date: September 3, 2015
  • Game time: 7:00 PM
  • Game weather: Temperature: 85 • Wind: WNW 5 mph • Weather: Sunny
  • Game attendance: 10,473
  • Referee: Tony Cannella
  • TV: ESPN3

Morehead State[edit]

1 2 34Total
Morehead State 14 3 131040
VMI 8 15 101043

at Alumni Memorial Field (Lexington, VA)

  • Date: September 12, 2015
  • Game time: 1:30 PM
  • Game attendance: 5,016
  • Referee: Thomas Graham
  • TV: ESPN3

Richmond[edit]

1 2 34Total
VMI 3 7 0010
#22 Richmond 7 14 14742

at Robins Stadium (Richmond, VA)

  • Date: September 19, 2015
  • Game time: 6:00 PM
  • Game attendance: 8,700
  • Referee: Hank Johns
  • TV: CSN MA+

Furman[edit]

1 2 34Total
VMI 7 7 0721
Furman 0 7 14324

at Paladin Stadium (Greenville, SC)

  • Date: September 26, 2015
  • Game time: 3:00 PM
  • Game weather: Temperature: 66 • Wind: SW 13 mph • Weather: Light Rain
  • Game attendance: 7,915
  • Referee: Marshall Lewis
  • TV: ESPN3

Bucknell[edit]

1 2 34OTTotal
Bucknell 7 0 015628
VMI 7 6 09022

at Alumni Memorial Field (Lexington, VA)

  • Game time: 1:30 PM
  • Game weather: Temperature: 52 • Wind: 8 mph • Weather: Cold, Rainy, Ick
  • Game attendance: 3,713
  • Referee: Bob Johnson
  • TV: ESPN3

Samford[edit]

1 2 34Total
Samford 7 14 72149
VMI 0 10 3013

at Alumni Memorial Field (Lexington, VA)

  • Game time: 1:30 PM
  • Game weather: Temperature: 51 • Wind: 6–8 mph • Weather: Vintage fall day
  • Game attendance: 4,875
  • Referee: Edwin Lee
  • TV: ESPN3

Chattanooga[edit]

1 2 34Total
#6 Chattanooga 3 17 31033
VMI 7 14 0627

at Alumni Memorial Field (Lexington, VA)

  • Game time: 1:30 PM
  • Game weather: Temperature: 58 • Wind: 8–12 MPH • Weather: Cool and gorgeous
  • Game attendance: 6,104
  • Referee: Marshall Lewis
  • TV: ESPN3

Mercer[edit]

1 2 34Total
VMI 14 14 0028
Mercer 0 14 7021

at Moye Complex (Macon, GA)

  • Game time: 3:00 PM
  • Game weather: Temperature: 81 • Wind: 4 mph • Weather: Partly Sunny
  • Game attendance: 9,754
  • Referee: Larry Saunders
  • TV: ESPN3

Wofford[edit]

1 2 34Total
Wofford 7 7 21641
VMI 7 3 7320

at Alumni Memorial Field (Lexington, VA)

  • Game time: 1:30 PM
  • Game attendance: 4,473
  • TV: ESPN3

The Citadel[edit]

1 2 34Total
VMI 7 0 7014
#25 The Citadel 14 6 6935

at Johnson Hagood Stadium (Charleston, SC)

  • Game time: 2:00 PM
  • Game attendance: 14,925
  • TV: ESPN3

Western Carolina[edit]

1 2 34Total
Western Carolina 0 7 71024
VMI 7 6 0720

at Alumni Memorial Field (Lexington, VA)

  • Game time: 1:30 PM
  • Game attendance: 4,523
  • TV: ESPN3

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Scott Wachenheim Named VMI Head Football Coach". Virginia Military Institute Department of Athletics. December 14, 2014. Retrieved July 26, 2015. 
  2. ^ King, Randy (November 24, 2014). "VMI Declines to Extend New Contract to Football Coach Sparky Woods". The Roanoke Times. Retrieved July 26, 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f "2015 VMI Football Quick Facts" (PDF). Virginia Military Institute Department of Athletics. July 6, 2015. Retrieved July 27, 2015. 
  4. ^ "2015 VMI Football Game Notes" (PDF). Virginia Military Institute Department of Athletics. Retrieved September 10, 2015.