On a day where almost all of the incoming freshmen started their lives as Cadets, better known as Matriculation Day in Citadel terms, Coach Mike Houston's incoming freshmen class saw ample playing time in Saturday's scrimmage at Johnson Hagood Stadium.
"I thought we had good intensity and the kids gave great effort," said Houston. "We don't play for two weeks and have a lot to work on, but it was a great effort."
Aaron Miller looked sharp running the first team offense which included redshirt freshman Jonathan Dorogy and junior Craig Miller as the starting slot backs and sophomore Tyler Renew at B-back.
"There was a lot that we did well and a lot we need to improve on," said [Aaron] Miller. "We had good downfield blocking and the younger guys ran the ball well."
Cam Jackson and freshman Dominique Allen both saw reps under center with the first- and second-team offense.
Redshirt senior Jake Stenson sat out the scrimmage with a slight pain in his neck, but will be cleared to return to the field next week.
The story throughout camp has been the battle for a spot on the offensive line's depth chart. Ryan Bednar handled the snapping, while Sam Frye, who played center last season, and Kyle Weaver flanked Bednar at the guard positions.
Redshirt senior Victor Hill and redshirt freshman Isaiah Pinson started at the tackle positions, while Harrison Davis rotated in with the first-teamers.
The Bulldogs used a four-man rotation at wide receiver which included juniors Brandon Eakins and Alex Glover, along with sophomores Rudder Brown and Jorian Jordan.
Defensively, the Bulldogs came out with a front four of Mark Thomas, Mitchell Jeter, Cam Mobley and Justin Oxendine. Joe Crochet also saw ample playing time with the first team at defensive end.
At linebacker, an experienced crew of Carl Robinson, James Riley, Tevin Floyd and Carson Smith rotated in, while senior Rah Muhammad started at the Bandit position.
Floyd scooped up a Jackson fumble and ran it back 40 yards for a score.
Smith, who missed all of last season due to a broken ankle, was happy to return to the playing field at 100%.
"It felt pretty good," said Smith. "I'm now over the one-year mark since the break and it felt good to get past it."
Julian Baxter and Nick Willis started at safety, while redshirt senior Walker Smith and redshirt freshman DeVonta Delaney handled the cornerback duties.
Freshman Jalen Lampkin played most of his time with the second-teamers at the slot back position and broke off a 40-yard touchdown run down the sideline.
"The biggest thing in a simulated game mode is communication, especially with a lot of new guys on the offensive side," finished Houston. "We are getting better every day and we have a lot more time to prepare for the game on the 30th."
COKE ZERO MEET THE BULLDOGS
The Citadel will host its annual Coke Zero Meet the Bulldogs Day in conjunction with Media Day on Sunday, Aug. 17 at Johnson Hagood Stadium.
The Bulldog football team, along with the volleyball team, will be in attendance to meet the fans and sign autographs on the second floor of the Altman Center beginning at 1 p.m.
During the two-hour event, fans will be provided with posters and schedule cards which can be signed by the players. A face painter and fan photos, along with a table where kids can sign up for The Citadel's KIDet Club, will also be available.
Prior to Meet the Bulldogs, The Citadel's players and coaches will take a team picture and talk with the local media about the upcoming season.
A full itinerary of the day's events can be found below:
10:30 am - Team Picture
11 am - Players and Coaches will be available to talk to the media.
COKE ZERO MEET THE BULLDOGS
1pm - 3 pm - Meet the Bulldogs in Altman Center
At 1:15 head volleyball coach Amir Khaledi and head football coach Mike Houston will address the fans about the upcoming seasons.
Football and volleyball athletes to sign autograph and socialize with fans
Live Bulldog mascots
KIDet Club sign up