2012 The Citadel Bulldogs football team

The 2012 The Citadel Bulldogs football team represented The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina in the 2012 NCAA Division I FCS football season. The Bulldogs were led by eighth year head coach Kevin Higgins and played their home games at Johnson Hagood Stadium. They are a member of the Southern Conference. They finished the season 7–4, 4–3 in SoCon play to finish in a three way tie for fourth place.

2012 The Citadel Bulldogs football
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ConferenceSouthern Conference
2012 record7–4 (4–3 SoCon)
Head coachKevin Higgins (8th season)
Offensive coordinatorBob Bodine (2nd season)
Offensive schemeTriple option
Defensive coordinatorDenny Doornbos (1st season)
Base defense4–2–5
Home stadiumJohnson Hagood Stadium
(Capacity: 21,000)
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2012 Southern Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#6 Georgia Southern +^   6 2         10 4  
No. 9 Wofford +^   6 2         9 4  
#7 Appalachian State +^   6 2         8 4  
The Citadel   5 3         7 4  
Samford   5 3         7 4  
Chattanooga   5 3         6 5  
Furman   2 6         3 8  
Elon   1 7         3 8  
Western Carolina   0 8         1 10  
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • ^ – FCS playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network FCS Poll



US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Harrison Davis
Marietta, GA Walton High School 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 250 lb (110 kg) Oct 27, 2011 
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   RivalsN/A   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 45
Preston Durham
Inman, SC Chapman High School 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 201 lb (91 kg)  
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   RivalsN/A   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: NR
Brent O'Neal
St. Petersburg, FL Canterbury School 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Jan 22, 2012 
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   RivalsN/A   247SportsN/A    ESPN:    ESPN grade: 74
Overall recruiting rankings:
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.


  • "ESPN – Citadel Football Recruiting 2012". ESPN.com. Retrieved November 20, 2011.
  • "2012 Team Ranking". Rivals.com. Retrieved November 20, 2011.


The Citadel was picked eighth in the nine team Southern Conference by both the media and coaches.[1]

All-SoCon selectionsEdit

Five Bulldogs were selected to the All-Conference teams by the coaches. C Mike Cellars, P Cass Couey, and DE Chris Billingslea were named to the first team while DT Derek Douglas and FB Darien Robinson were second team selections.[1]


For the second year in a row, home games in September are scheduled for a 6:00 p.m. kickoff rather than the traditional 2:00 p.m. kickoff.

September 16:00 PMCharleston Southern*BIW 49–1414,264
September 86:00 PMNo. 3 Georgia Southern
  • Johnson Hagood Stadium
  • Charleston, SC
BIW 23–2112,299
September 153:30 PMat No. 8 Appalachian StateNo. 21W 52–2824,137
September 226:00 PMat NC State*No. 10ESPN3L 14–5255,145
September 296:00 PMChattanoogaNo. 11
  • Johnson Hagood Stadium
  • Charleston, SC
BIL 10–2813,878
October 63:00 PMat SamfordNo. 19L 7–385,872
October 132:00 PMWestern Carolina
  • Johnson Hagood Stadium
  • Charleston, SC
BIW 45–3112,578
October 271:30 PMat No. 7 WoffordESPN3L 21–249,658
November 32:00 PMElon 
  • Johnson Hagood Stadium
  • Charleston, SC
BIW 38–2414,853
November 101:30 PMat VMI*W 27–247,863
November 171:30 PMat FurmanESPN3W 42–208,127


Game summariesEdit

Charleston SouthernEdit

1 234Total
Buccaneers 0 1400 14
Bulldogs 7 7287 49
Overall record Last meeting Result
4–1 2007 W 35–14

The Citadel's season opened at home against Charleston Southern. The Bulldogs and Buccaneers met for the sixth time, with The Citadel holding a 4–1 advantage in the all-time series. The Citadel won the last meeting 35–14 in the 2007 opener. Charleston Southern claimed its only victory over the Bulldogs in 2006, a double–overtime win that is also the only home-opener loss for The Citadel under coach Kevin Higgins. The cross-town rivals have squared off to open the season three previous times, with The Citadel winning all three games.[3]

As a result of six fumbles, two lost, the teams were tied at halftime despite The Citadel dominating all phases of the game. After the half, the Bulldogs scored four touchdowns in the third quarter to put the game out of reach. QB Ben Dupree rushed 17 times for 77 yards and two touchdowns, Rickey Anderson had 10 carries for 80 yards and 3 touchdowns, and Darien Robinson had 12 rushes for 120 yards and a touchdown. The Bulldogs passed just six times, completing three of them. QB Aaron Miller was 3 for 5 passing, completing passes to three different receivers. The Citadel did not punt in the game, missing one field goal. Charleston Southern QB Malcolm Dixon completed 6 of 14 passes for 123 yards, a touchdown and an interception. Chase Jones had two catches for 77 yards and a touchdown.

Georgia SouthernEdit

1 234Total
#3 Eagles 7 707 21
Bulldogs 14 333 23
  • Date: September 8
  • Location: Johnson Hagood Stadium, Charleston, SC
  • Game start: 6:00 PM EST
  • Game attendance: 12,299
  • Game weather: Mostly Cloudy, 83°
  • Referee: Duane Heydt
Overall record Last meeting Result
4–17 2011 L 12–14

The Bulldogs hosted #3 Georgia Southern in the SoCon opener for both schools. The two teams return two of the top three rushing attacks in the country (and the conference as Wofford is the other) and run the same Triple Option scheme on offense. The Eagles entered with a commanding 174 record against The Citadel, including a pair of playoff victories over the Bulldogs in 1988 and 1990. Last year, Georgia Southern held off The Citadel 14–12 in Statesboro as the Bulldogs missed a field goal in a swirling wind with seconds remaining. The last Citadel victory in the series was a 24–21 win in Charleston in 2006. Georgia Southern had won five in a row, but four of those were by less than a touchdown. The Citadel had lost nine consecutive home conference games.[4]

The Citadel forced two turnovers in the first quarter, converting both fumbles into touchdowns for a quick 14–0 lead. Georgia Southern scored three touchdowns, while The Citadel kicked a pair of field goals to trail 21–20 late. Thomas Warren kicked a 37-yard field goal for a 23–21 lead with 35 seconds remaining, nearly the identical situation to the 2011 meeting when Warren missed a 37-yard attempt with 13 seconds left which would have won. Georgia Southern returned the ensuing kickoff into Bulldog territory, but missed their own 31-yard field goal attempt as time ran out, sealing The Citadel's win. The Bulldogs entered the 2012 NCAA Division I FCS football rankings for the first time since 2008.

Appalachian StateEdit

1 234Total
#21 Bulldogs 14 24140 52
#8 Mountaineers 0 7714 28
  • Date: September 15
  • Location: Kidd Brewer Stadium, Boone, NC
  • Game start: 3:30 PM EST
  • Game attendance: 24,137
  • Game weather: Partly Cloudy, 70°
  • Referee: Ted Pitts
Overall record Last meeting Result
11–29 2011 L 42–49

The Citadel made its first road trip of the season to Boone, NC, where the Bulldogs had not won since their last SoCon championship season of 1992. The Mountaineers entered claiming eight victories in a row and 17 of 18 against The Citadel. This was the second game of a daunting three game stretch for The Citadel, playing the teams picked to finish first and second in the league followed by a trip to FBS NC State. Last season, Appalachian State raced to a 49–14 lead in the third quarter before The Citadel stormed back with four unanswered touchdowns led by QB Aaron Miller before running out of time, losing 49–14.[5]

The Bulldogs raced to an early 24–0 lead, scoring touchdowns on their first three possessions before being limited to a field goal on their fourth while holding App State scoreless. The Mountaineers punted again on their fourth possession, but LB Carson Smith blocked the kick and returned it for a touchdown to extend The Citadel lead to 31–0. The Citadel added three more touchdowns before the end of the third quarter, while App State finally broke through against The Citadel's reserve defense late in the game, scoring a pair of touchdowns in the fourth quarter. The Citadel amassed 618 yards of offense, its most ever in a regulation game and just 23 yards short of the all-time record in an overtime game against Furman. The Bulldogs option offense gained 463 yards on the ground, with three backs each recording over 100 yards and WR Matt Thompson adding 123 yards receiving. App State's home win streak of 18 games was snapped, and The Citadel won in Boone for the first time since 1992.

NC StateEdit

1 234Total
#10 Bulldogs 7 070 14
Wolfpack 21 21010 52
Overall record Last meeting Result
0–4 1983 L 0–45

The Bulldogs travel to Raleigh, NC for the fourth time, having once played NC State in Wilmington, NC. The Wolfpack has claimed victories in all four meetings between the schools, most recently a 1983 win by 45–0. The three previous meetings were all prior to World War II. The Citadel has not defeated an FBS opponent since 1992, when they stunned Arkansas and defeated Army. The Citadel has not defeated an Atlantic Coast Conference school since the conference was formed by seven Southern Conference schools in 1953. The Bulldogs have claimed seven wins over current ACC schools, with six of those wins coming against Clemson, most recently in 1931.


1 234Total
Mocs 0 1477 28
#11 Bulldogs 3 070 10
  • Date: September 29
  • Location: Johnson Hagood Stadium, Charleston, SC
  • Game start: 6:00 PM EST
  • Game attendance: 13,878
  • Game weather: Partly cloudy, humid, 82°
  • Referee: Ed Rhodes
Overall record Last meeting Result
17–26–2 2011 W 28–27


1 234Total
#19 Bulldogs (Cit) 0 070 7
Bulldogs (Sam) 7 71014 38
  • Date: October 6
  • Location: Seibert Stadium, Homewood, AL
  • Game start: 3:00 PM EST
  • Game attendance: 5,872
  • Game weather: Overcast, 65°
  • Referee: Thomas Graham
Overall record Last meeting Result
3–2 2011 L 14–19

Western CarolinaEdit

1 234Total
Catamounts 0 1777 31
Bulldogs 7 10721 45
  • Date: October 15
  • Location: Johnson Hagood Stadium, Charleston, SC
  • Game start: 2:00 PM EST
  • Game attendance: 12,578
  • Game weather: Partly Cloudy, 75°
  • Referee: Ted Pitts
Overall record Last meeting Result
20–15–1 2011 W 35–7


1 234Total
Bulldogs 7 707 21
#7 Terriers 14 1000 24
  • Date: October 27
  • Location: Gibbs Stadium, Spartanburg, SC
  • Game start: 1:30 PM EST
  • Game attendance: 9,658
  • Game weather: Mostly cloudy, 72°
  • Referee: Larry Saunders
  • TV announcers (ESPN3): Darren Goldwater, Paul Maguire
Overall record Last meeting Result
40–23–1 2011 L 14–43


1 234Total
Phoenix 3 3117 24
Bulldogs 14 1077 38
  • Date: November 3
  • Location: Johnson Hagood Stadium, Charleston, SC
  • Game start: 2:00 PM EST
  • Game attendance: 14,853
  • Game weather: Sunny, 65°
  • Referee: Ed Rhodes
Overall record Last meeting Result
6–5 2011 L 15–18 (OT)


1 234Total
Bulldogs 7 1073 27
Keydets 3 0714 24
Overall record Last meeting Result
35–30–2 2011 W 41–14


1 234Total
Bulldogs 14 7714 42
Paladins 14 330 20
  • Date: November 17
  • Location: Paladin Stadium, Greenville, SC
  • Game start: 1:30 PM EST
  • Game attendance: 8,127
  • Game weather: Sunny, 57°
  • Referee: Thomas Graham
  • TV announcers (ESPN3): Darren Goldwater, Doug Chapman
Overall record Last meeting Result
31–57–3 2011 L 6–16


The Bulldogs saw two coaches depart in the offseason, with Defensive Coordinator/safeties coach Josh Conklin departing for Tennessee[6] and Tight Ends coach Raleigh Jackson accepting the linebackers coach position at Division II Slippery Rock.[7] The Bulldogs added John Hauser from Wayne State to coach safeties.[8] Defensive line coach Denny Doornbos added Defensive Coordinator responsibilities.

Name Position Alma Mater Year
Kevin Higgins Head Coach West Chester 8th
Denny Doornbos Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Line Western Michigan 3rd
Bob Bodine Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line Tulane 3rd
Aashon Larkins Special Teams Coordinator/Linebackers Lehigh 7th
Craig Candeto Quarterbacks/Defensive Backs United States Naval Academy 2nd
Bill Mottola Slot Backs Springfield College 2nd
J.P. Gunter Wide Receivers/Recruiting Coordinator Lenoir–Rhyne 3rd
Scott Yielding Tight Ends The Citadel 1st
Gerald Dixon Cornerbacks Alabama 5th
John Hauser Safeties Wittenberg 1st
Chad Wheeler Assistant Defensive Coach Florida State 2nd
Cody Worley Offensive Quality Control Furman 2nd
Jesse Johnson Defensive Quality Control Michigan State 1st
Mickey McDermott Special Teams Quality Control Charleston Southern 2nd
Eli Crawford Assistant Special Teams Quality Control Valparaiso 1st
Donnell Boucher Strength & Conditioning Worcester State 6th


2012 The Citadel Bulldogs football team roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Class
QB 2 Ben Dupree Jr
WR 3 Domonic Jones Jr
QB 4 Parker Gaston Sr
WR 5 Matt Thompson Jr
WR 6 Greg Adams Sr
RB 8 Dalton Trevino So
WR 11 Douglas German Sr
QB 12 Aaron Miller So
WR 14 Drew McCluskey Fr
RB 16 Vinny Miller Fr
QB 17 Trey White Fr
RB 18 Dylan Busby Fr
QB 19 Julian Walker Fr
RB 20 Te'Myrick Mosley Fr
RB 21 Rickey Anderson Sr
FB 22 Darien Robinson Jr
FB 23 Terrell Dallas Sr
FB 24 Shaunn Middleton So
RB 25 Terrance Martin Jr
RB 26 Jake Stenson Jr
WR 29 John Cyre So
RB 32 Van Dyke Jones Sr
OL 50 Mike Sellers Jr
OL 51 Brooks Bonnette So
OL 53 Sam Frye Fr
OL 54 Charles Coleman So
OL 55 Keith Carter Jr
OL 56 Michael Mabry Fr
OL 57 Kyle Weaver Fr
OL 63 Emmet Howle Fr
OL 65 Jim Knowles Jr
OL 67 Victor Hill Jr
OL 68 Nick Rudman So
OL 71 Jack Taylor Fr
SR 73 Neal Strange Sr
OL 74 Robert Finke Jr
OL 75 Harrison Davis Fr
OL 76 Devin Bice Jr
OL 78 Elliott Thomas So
TE 81 Alex Glover So
WR 82 Brandon Eakins Fr
WR 83 Trent Butler Fr
TE 84 Cullen Brown Jr
TE 85 Capers Williamson So
WR 87 Paul Brown Fr
Pos. # Name Class
DB 1 Sadath Jean-Pierre Jr
DB 4 Akeem Garnett So
DB 7 Keith Gamble Sr
LB 9 Carson Smith So
DB 10 Adrian Ranson Fr
DB 13 Cody Richardson Fr
DB 23 Mike Adams Jr
LB 26 Yemi Oyengunle Sr
DB 27 Nick Willis Fr
DB 28 Julian Baxter So
LB 29 Carl Robinson So
LB 31 Hunter Shepherd Fr
LB 33 Doyen Harris So
LB 34 Preston Durham Fr
LB 37 Joe Crochet Fr
DB 38 Martin Fosberry Sr
DB 39 Dondray Copeland Fr
LB 40 Rah Muhammad So
DB 41 Walker Smith So
DB 42 Austin Boyle Sr
DB 43 Davis Boyle Sr
JR 44 Bay Amrhein Jr
DB 45 Brandon McCladdie Jr
LB 46 Ian Thompson So
LB 47 Caleb Bennett Fr
LB 48 Taylor Jurney Fr
DB 48 Will Turner So
LB 49 James Riley Fr
LB 53 Isaac Minor So
LB 55 Stephen Rohrlack So
LB 58 Austin Harrell Fr
DL 61 Edward Kim So
DL 62 Mitchell Jeter Fr
DL 72 Cameron Mobley So
DL 77 Chris Billingslea Sr
DL 87 Paul Brown Fr
DL 88 Zach Carter Fr
DL 90 Austin Knisley So
DL 91 Derek Douglas Jr
LB 92 Mark Thomas Fr
DL 93 Sammy Ojjeh So
LB 94 Aaron Perry Fr
DL 95 Colin Parsons Fr
DL 96 Justin Oxendine So
DL 97 Joe Phillips Fr
LB 98 Koty Allen Fr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
K 30 Thomas Warren Sr
K 35 Mason Wachter So
P 36 Cass Couey Sr
LS 51 Stiles Monteith So
LS 52 Thomas Oswald Sr
LS 53 Austin Wiles Jr
LS 60 Hunter Morris Fr
P 86 Austin Jordan Fr
K 99 Eric Goins Fr
Head coach

Kevin Higgins

Coordinators/assistant coaches

Denny Doornboos (DC)
Bob Bodine (OC)
Aashon Larkins (ST)

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

Last update: August 15, 2012

Awards and honorsEdit

SoCon Players of the WeekEdit

Week One

  • Chris Billingslea, Defense

Week Two

  • Thomas Warren, Freshman

Week Three

  • Ben Dupree, Offense
  • Carson Smith, Defense


  • AFCA - Mike Sellers, C

Ranking MovementsEdit

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. т = Tied with team above or below. ( ) = First place votes.
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Final 
Sports Network RV RV 21 10 11 19 RV RV RV  
Coaches NR NR 23 14 15 22 RV RV RV


  1. ^ a b Hartsell, Jeff (July 27, 2012). "Picked 8th in SoCon, Citadel Seeks Breakthrough Football Season". The Post and Courier. Charleston. Retrieved July 30, 2012.
  2. ^ "2012 Football Schedule". The Citadel Department of Athletics. Archived from the original on March 4, 2012. Retrieved January 26, 2012.
  3. ^ "The Citadel Kicks Off 2012 Season Saturday Against Charleston Southern" (PDF). The Citadel Department of Athletics. August 30, 2012. Archived from the original (PDF) on June 6, 2013. Retrieved December 11, 2014.
  4. ^ "The Citadel Hosts Nationally-Ranked Georgia Southern in SoCon Opener". The Citadel Department of Athletics. September 6, 2012. Retrieved December 11, 2014.
  5. ^ "Bulldogs Hit the Road for Tough Test at Appalachian State". The Citadel Department of Athletics. September 13, 2012. Retrieved December 11, 2014.
  6. ^ "Josh Conklin Accepts Position on University of Tennessee Coaching Staff". The Citadel Department of Athletics. March 9, 2012. Archived from the original on October 11, 2012. Retrieved April 21, 2012.
  7. ^ "Raleigh Jackson Accepts Coaching Position at Slippery Rock". The Citadel Department of Athletics. March 27, 2012. Archived from the original on October 12, 2012. Retrieved April 21, 2012.
  8. ^ "John Hauser Joins Citadel Football Coaching Staff". The Citadel Department of Athletics. April 2, 2012. Archived from the original on October 8, 2012. Retrieved April 21, 2012.