Citadel Football Pads Up For First Time in 2014

Football

Charleston, S.C. – Several freshmen showcased their abilities on Friday as The Citadel football team took the field in pads for the first time this fall at the Maybank Triplets Practice Facility at Willson Field.

Aaron Miller looked sharp under center with sophomore B-back Tyler Renew behind him playing with the first team. Jonathan Dorogy and Jake Stenson were taking first-team reps at slot back with freshman Jauveer Hammond and sophomore DeAndre Schoultz also in the mix.

Freshman quarterback Dominique Allen and redshirt freshman Cam Jackson shared time at the No. 2 quarterback spot. Juniors Alex Glover and Brandon Eakins hauled in some impressive catches at wide receiver.

Coach Mike Houston talking about the offensive line:

We changed it up today, we had a different line. We were not happy with our tempo yesterday, and we did a good job with the new line today.

We had Harrison Davis at center, Victor Hill and Isaiah Pinson at tackle and Sam Frye and Kyle Weaver at the guard position.

Defensively, the experienced starting front line of seniors Justin Oxendine and Cam Mobley, along with juniors Mitchell Jeter and Mark Thomas, played well and found their way into the backfield on a few occasions.

Freshman defensive lineman Stephen Knowles highlighted the day with an impressive batted pass and interception.

Houston talking about the cornerbacks:

We shook it up a little today with DeVonta Delaney and Walker Smith playing with the ones. Cody Richardson, Tyus Carter, Ben Roberts and freshman Shy Phillips, who was battling a shoulder injury, will provide some good competition over the next few weeks.

Houston talking about who stood out the most to him:

Freshman safety Josh Massey out of South Pointe High School had three or four big hits and doesn’t back down from everyone. He’s going to be a darn good player.”

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FALL CAMP SCHEDULE

Aug. 9: 8-11 a.m. (full pads); 2-4 p.m. (shells)

Aug. 11: 8-11 a.m. (full pads); 2-4 p.m. (shells)

Aug. 12: 8:50-11 a.m. (shells)

Aug. 13: 8-11 a.m. (full pads); 2-4 p.m. (shells)

Aug. 14: 8:50-11 a.m. (full pads)

Aug. 15: 8-11 a.m. (full pads); 2-4 p.m. (shells)

Aug. 16: 11 a.m. Media Day, Meet the Bulldogs

The Citadel opens up the 2014 campaign on Aug. 30 at 6 p.m. at home against Coastal Carolina. To purchase single game or season tickets, call the ticket office at (843) 953-DOGS (3647).

Pat Conroy & Joe Riley Lead The Citadel Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2014

Mayor Riley  Conroy

CHARLESTON, S.C. – Famed author Pat Conroy and longtime Charleston Mayor Joseph P. Riley, Jr. lead a list of six individuals who make up The Citadel Athletic Hall of Fame’s Class of 2014.

Also entering the Hall is football player Mike Davitt ’71, baseball pitchers Rodney Hancock ’00 and Hank Kraft ’92, and wrestler Dan “Buddy” Thompson ’06. Conroy and Riley will be enshrined as honorary members.

The six will be inducted during a banquet on Friday, Nov. 14, at the Holliday Alumni Center on campus.

This year’s induction class increases the membership of the Hall of Fame to 178 individuals. The Hall, which originated in 1977, is located in the lobby of McAlister Field House on campus.

Pat Conroy ’67 (Honorary)

Perhaps the most famous former athlete in The Citadel’s storied history, Conroy was a member of the Mel Thompson-coached basketball teams from 1965-67 and was voted the team most valuable player his senior year when he averaged 11.8 points per game. One of America’s most renowned authors, Conroy served as The Citadel’s 2001 commencement speaker and received an honorary degree. While still a Cadet, he wrote and then published his first book, The Boo, which was a tribute to his beloved mentor, Col. Thomas N. Courvoisie. Other books include The Water is Wide (1972), The Great Santini (1976), The Lords of Discipline (1980), The Prince of Tides (1986), Beach Music (1995), My Losing Season (2002), South of Broad (2009) and The Death of Santini (2013) among others. In 2013, Conroy was named editor-at-large of Story River Books, a newly-created fiction division of the University of South Carolina Press.

Mike Davitt ’71 (Football)

A four-position performer for Coach Red Parker, Davitt played guard, center, tackle and end and earned first-team All-Southern Conference and All-South Carolina honors while being named second-team All-America by the Associated Press and honorable mention All-America by United Press International in 1971. A three-year letter winner who served as a team captain, Davitt was honored with an Outstanding Achievement Award by then-president Gen. James Duckett. Named in 1971 to Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities, Davitt earned a spot on the Brigadier Club’s All-Decade Team for the 1970s. Against rival VMI in 1969, Davitt caught 12 passes, three for touchdowns, and was the runner-up for national player of the week honors. He was an offensive lineman on the 1971 team that went 8-3 and whose offense was ranked fifth nationally with more than 450 yards per game. With Davitt leading the way, the ’71 offensive line was nicknamed the “Seven Cylinders.”

Rodney Hancock ’00 (Baseball)

A third-team All-American by Collegiate Baseball after his junior season in 1999, Hancock was the Southern Conference Freshman of the Year in 1997 when he also earned Freshman All-America honors from Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball. Coached by Fred Jordan, he was a member of the 1999 regular-season championship team in addition to two SoCon Tournament championship squads (1998-99) that also participated in a pair of NCAA Regionals. The 1999 SoCon Tournament’s most valuable player and two-time SoCon and College Baseball player of the week, Hancock fired a no-hitter with 14 strikeouts against Furman on May 14 of that year as the Bulldogs triumphed, 24-0. Five days later, he fanned 20 against the Paladins in the SoCon Tournament. Hancock was selected in the 29th round (872nd overall pick) by the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Hank Kraft ’92 (Baseball)

The closer for The Citadel’s 1990 World Series team, Kraft remains the college’s leader in career saves with 29 while making 87 appearances. Playing for coaches Chal Port and Fred Jordan, he led the team in appearances and saves in 1990, ’91 and ’92. A two-time Southern Conference pitcher of the week, Kraft was the winning pitcher when the Bulldogs defeated Cal State-Fullerton in the College World Series in Omaha. In that game, Kraft threw 2.2 innings, surrendered two hits and struck out three. He played on teams that captured the 1990 and ’91 Southern Conference championship along with the 1990 league tournament and Atlantic Regional as the Bulldogs defeated the University of Miami at Mark Light Field to advance to the World Series.

Joseph P. Riley, Jr. ’64 (Honorary)

The longest-serving mayor in Charleston history (10 four-year terms), Riley, through his visionary leadership, has led Charleston to become the No. 1 destination city in the world. Fostering tremendous relationships between The Citadel and City of Charleston, Riley was the driving force for the construction of Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park, home of The Citadel baseball team that has hosted many Southern Conference Tournaments. He also supported The Citadel’s formal relationship with the US Army National Guard to create the tower at Johnson Hagood Stadium while re-incorporating an Armory on the peninsula area. His support of Citadel athletics as a graduate and mayor has been consistent, and he possesses vivid memories of great Citadel teams and players from years gone by and current players and teams.

Dan “Buddy” Thompson ’06 (Wrestling)

Thompson upset opponents seeded seventh, ninth and 10th to become The Citadel’s first wrestling All-American, placing seventh in the 165-pound bracket at the 2006 NCAA Championships in Oklahoma City. Thompson was the 2004 Southern Conference champion at 157 pounds with a record of 25-10 and was also the league titlist at 165 in 2006, earning all-conference honors both years while helping lead the Bulldogs to the 2004 SoCon team championship. A four-time placer at the league tournament, he was a team captain who earned The Citadel’s Most Outstanding Wrestler Award in 2003. A four-year letter winner, Thompson served as an assistant coach at The Citadel in 2008-09.

 

Bulldogs Return to the Practice Field for the First Day of Fall Camp

Glover, Alex

Charleston, S.C. – The Citadel football team kicked off fall camp on Monday morning with the first official practice at the Maybank Triplets Practice Facility at Willson Field.

The squad, led by first-year head coach Mike Houston, returns 35 lettermen from last year’s team including 13 starters. Among the starters returning are preseason all-conference members Justin Oxendine and Carl Robinson.

“We are here trying to establish an identity of what we want to be,” said Houston. “And that is a well-disciplined, high-intensity squad that makes you work for every inch you are going to get.”

Monday’s rainy weather offered moderate temperatures in the low 80s. No injuries were reported for the two-and-a-half hour workout.

Aaron Miller enters the season as the team’s starting quarterback after playing behind four-year signal caller Ben Dupree, and the coaching staff is very excited to see the senior take the field in 2014. Dupree closed out his career second all-time in rushing yards by a quarterback while finding the end zone 36 times, including 18 in 2013.

Miller has played in 28 games in his career, but will be making his debut as the starter when the Bulldogs face Coastal Carolina.

Junior Vinny Miller, who made the move from slot back in the offseason, and Tyler Renew, who played in eight games as a freshman in 2013, have big shoes to fill with the departure of Darien Robinson. The duo entered fall camp as the only two players at the position with game-day experience.

A ton of talent and athleticism is expected to be showcased in 2014 on the defensive front as the Bulldogs return senior all-conference defensive end Justin Oxendine along with interior linemen Cam Mobley (senior) and Mitchell Jeter (junior).

Without a doubt the most experienced crew entering 2014 are the linebackers. Senior Carl Robinson, who earned second team all-conference honors last season, was back in action and is fully healed following an ACL tear which kept him out of the season finale against Clemson.

Also returning to the playing field today was junior Carson Smith who is at 100 percent following a fractured ankle suffered in fall camp last season which kept him out the entire 2013 campaign.

Smith, Carson

Two more solid athletes in junior James Riley and sophomore Tevin Floyd will play outside. Floyd had a huge debut campaign in 2013, recording 38 tackles and two interceptions en route to being named to the SoCon All-Freshman squad.

The special teams responsibilities will be decided in camp as Coach Houston and his staff expect stiff competition at punter, placekicker and in the return game.

FALL CAMP SCHEDULE

Aug. 5: 7:30-10 a.m. (helmets)

Aug. 6: 8:50-11 a.m. (shells)

Aug. 7: 8:50- 11 a.m. (shells)

Aug. 8: 8-11 a.m. (full pads)

Aug. 9: 8-11 a.m. (full pads); 2-4 p.m. (shells)

Aug. 11: 8-11 a.m. (full pads); 2-4 p.m. (shells)

Aug. 12: 8:50-11 a.m. (shells)

Aug. 13: 8-11 a.m. (full pads); 2-4 p.m. (shells)

Aug. 14: 8:50-11 a.m. (full pads)

Aug. 15: 8-11 a.m. (full pads); 2-4 p.m. (shells)

Aug. 16: 11 a.m. Media Day, Meet the Bulldogs

The Citadel opens up the 2014 campaign on Aug. 30 at 6 p.m. at home against Coastal Carolina. To purchase single game or season tickets, call the ticket office at (843) 953-DOGS (3647).