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Johnson Hagood

Athletic DE Noah Dawkins Commits to Citadel

Byrnes High School defensive end Noah Dawkins has committed to The Citadel Bulldogs. Dawkins is a big time pass rusher at 6-1, 220 with 4.46 speed. He broke most of the sack records at Byrnes and won the state strength meet two years running. With his speed he could play linebacker, but just as likely will stay at defensive end. Noah was talking to a few other programs but always felt like The Citadel was the best fit because… Read more

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Derrick Lott UTC

FCS Playoffs Round 3 Preview: Chattanooga at New Hampshire

The Mocs got their first playoff win last week at home but now have to visit the northwest into the freezing temperatures of Durham, NH to take on the top seeded New Hampshire Wildcats. Both are conference champions with terrific defenses and similar offenses although UNH will look to pass a bit more than Chattanooga.

What to Expect from New Hampshire

The Wildcats used a pair of quarterbacks this season until early November when junior Sean Goldrich returned from injury. He hits 2/3 of his passes mostly in the intermediate area of 10-20 yards but he does have some big plays. His favorite target is sophomore RJ Harris who averages over 100 yards per game with 13 total touchdowns, but TE Harold Spears is also a threat down-field. New Hampshire is fairly balanced between rushing and passing, however they have had very few close games this season so the numbers are somewhat misleading with a lot of mop-up rushes. I expect UNH to be very pass heavy early in this game as they try to take control.

Defensively, the Wildcats are similar to the Mocs in both scheme and results. UNH allows just 20 points per game and has racked up 37 sacks on the season good for 8th in the nation. The leading tackler is junior linebacker Akil Anderson with 70 on the season, but senior d-linemen Cody Muller and Matt Kaplan are also disruptive with 9 and 6 sacks respectively. This is a very experienced team with 6 seniors, 4 juniors, and 1 sophomore as starters. They’ll make UTC work for every yard.

SoCon Recruiting Prediction

This is going to be a great football game telecast nationally on ESPN2. I expect a really close game decided in the 4th quarter with both teams scoring in the 20’s. Both have outstanding defensive lines with NFL prospects, so yards are going to be hard to come by on the ground and not a lot of time in the pocket. I think this game will be all about field position, ball control, and limiting turnovers. Basically Mocs’ football.

Chattanooga 27, New Hampshire 23
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Stephen Houzah Mercer

Mercer Adds a Commitment from DB Stephen Houzah

Rhapsody TrialEvans, Georgia prospect Stephen Houzah has committed to Mercer. He is a do-it-all athlete for Lakeside playing offense, defense, and special teams. Stephen is 5-10, 167 with blazing 4.42 speed and expects to play cornerback for the Bears. Houzah racked up nearly 1,000 all-purpose yards, 9 TD, 64 tackles, 8 interceptions, and 4 blocked kicks for the Panthers. He also considered Charlotte along with former SoCon members Marshall and Appalachian State, but chose the Bears because he could… Read more

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Johnson Hagood

Athletic DE Noah Dawkins Commits to Citadel

Byrnes High School defensive end Noah Dawkins has committed to The Citadel Bulldogs. Dawkins is a big time pass rusher at 6-1, 220 with 4.46 speed. He broke most of the sack records at Byrnes and won the state strength meet two years running. With his speed he could play linebacker, but just as likely will stay at defensive end. Noah was talking to a few other programs but always felt like The Citadel was the best fit because… Read more

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Derrick Lott UTC

FCS Playoffs Round 3 Preview: Chattanooga at New Hampshire

The Mocs got their first playoff win last week at home but now have to visit the northwest into the freezing temperatures of Durham, NH to take on the top seeded New Hampshire Wildcats. Both are conference champions with terrific defenses and similar offenses although UNH will look to pass a bit more than Chattanooga.

What to Expect from New Hampshire

The Wildcats used a pair of quarterbacks this season until early November when junior Sean Goldrich returned from injury. He hits 2/3 of his passes mostly in the intermediate area of 10-20 yards but he does have some big plays. His favorite target is sophomore RJ Harris who averages over 100 yards per game with 13 total touchdowns, but TE Harold Spears is also a threat down-field. New Hampshire is fairly balanced between rushing and passing, however they have had very few close games this season so the numbers are somewhat misleading with a lot of mop-up rushes. I expect UNH to be very pass heavy early in this game as they try to take control.

Defensively, the Wildcats are similar to the Mocs in both scheme and results. UNH allows just 20 points per game and has racked up 37 sacks on the season good for 8th in the nation. The leading tackler is junior linebacker Akil Anderson with 70 on the season, but senior d-linemen Cody Muller and Matt Kaplan are also disruptive with 9 and 6 sacks respectively. This is a very experienced team with 6 seniors, 4 juniors, and 1 sophomore as starters. They’ll make UTC work for every yard.

SoCon Recruiting Prediction

This is going to be a great football game telecast nationally on ESPN2. I expect a really close game decided in the 4th quarter with both teams scoring in the 20’s. Both have outstanding defensive lines with NFL prospects, so yards are going to be hard to come by on the ground and not a lot of time in the pocket. I think this game will be all about field position, ball control, and limiting turnovers. Basically Mocs’ football.

Chattanooga 27, New Hampshire 23
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Stephen Houzah Mercer

Mercer Adds a Commitment from DB Stephen Houzah

Rhapsody TrialEvans, Georgia prospect Stephen Houzah has committed to Mercer. He is a do-it-all athlete for Lakeside playing offense, defense, and special teams. Stephen is 5-10, 167 with blazing 4.42 speed and expects to play cornerback for the Bears. Houzah racked up nearly 1,000 all-purpose yards, 9 TD, 64 tackles, 8 interceptions, and 4 blocked kicks for the Panthers. He also considered Charlotte along with former SoCon members Marshall and Appalachian State, but chose the Bears because he could… Read more

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michael bean utc

LB Michael Bean Commits to Chattanooga

Cherokee HS linebacker Michael Bean has committed to Chattanooga. At 6-2 225 with 4.7 speed, Bean will play middle linebacker for the Mocs. He holds the school record with 369 career tackles including 140 in 2014 to earn all-region honors. Michael chose UTC over Charlotte, Navy, and Middle Tennessee State along with fellow SoCon programs VMI and The Citadel. Read more

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UTC Jacob Huesman

FCS 2nd Round Preview: Indiana State at Chattanooga

Who are the Sycamores?

Offensively, Indiana State passes the ball about 60% of the time. Senior QB Mike Perish is a Western Michigan transfer with over 3,000 yards passing on the season. He uses several receivers led by 5-11 junior Gary Owens but followed closely by 6-5 sophomore Robert Tonyan. Senior RB Buck Logan gets around 14 carries per game and averages 4.7 yards per carry. It is a little surprising the Sycamores don’t run more with an offensive line that averages 6-4, 327. Despite the size, the line can give up a pass rush with 36 sacks against them on the season. The stats aren’t overwhelming at just over 26 points per game, but remember they played 5 FCS playoff teams and 2 FBS foes so they are battle tested.

Indiana State runs a 4-3 defense allowing just over 23 points per game. The Sycamores leading tackler is junior linebacker Kendall Walker at 9 tackles per game followed by junior DB Mark Sewell with 99 tackles on the season. Another player to watch is junior linebacker Connor Underwood, he is 3rd on the team in tackles with 89 but notched 24 tackles for loss including 13.5 sacks which is among the best in all of FCS football. This is a really good defense that created 81 plays for loss this season.

SoCon Recruiting Outlook

The Mocs and Sycamores both have terrific defenses with great pass rushers that create a lot of turnovers. The difference as I see it for this game is offensive production. Chattanooga averages better than 35 points per game on the season with athletic playmakers all over the field. I like the Mocs to hold serve and move on but after a closer look I think this will be much closer game.

SoCon Recruiting Prediction: Chattanooga 27, Indiana State 21
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Reid Huddleston Samford

OL Reid Huddleston is Committed to Samford

Rhapsody No TrialSamford has nabbed a commitment from Brentwood Academy’s Reid Huddleston. At 6-3 305 he has the size to play anywhere on the line, but certainly looks like a prototypical guard in college. Along with being a really good football player, Reid is a terrific student and very involved in his community. He looked at a few other schools, but chose Samford over Rhodes. Read more

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Isiaiah Hawkins Citadel

DE Isaiah Hawkins Commits to The Citadel

Gotta Go to Mo’s! - THE online store for All Your Footwear Needs! Modells.com – Shop Footwear, Running Gear, Sporting Goods, Licensed PRO apparel. Find hats, t-shirts, and collectibles from your favorite teams!Click Here!Milton HS prospect Isaiah Hawkins has committed to The Citadel Bulldogs. Hawkins is 6-1 235 with 4.82 speed and will likely play defensive end in college. He racked up over 150 tackles, 40 for loss, and 14 sacks over the least three seasons while playing defensive end and tackle. Isaiah was also considering Southern, Mississippi State, and UL-Lafayette but chose Coach Houston’s Bulldogs because… Read more

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DL Brandon Zamary Commits to Wofford

Rhapsody Trial Brandon ZamaryAurora, Ohio defensive lineman Brandon Zamary has committed to Wofford. At 6-0 250, Zamary could play inside or outside in the Terriers 3-4 scheme. He is a team captain and MVP his senior year as well as twice being named 1st Team all-Conference and all-District. Brandon also considered Dayton, Marist, Ohio Dominican, and Holy Cross but chose Wofford because… Read more

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UTC Jacob Huesman

2014 SoCon Week 13 Recap

The 2014 regular season concluded on Saturday with the Chattanooga Mocs cementing their place atop the final Southern Conference Standings with a road win at Furman. Samford and Western Carolina stepped out of the conference and represented the SoCon well against SEC foes while Wofford and Citadel wrapped up the season with SoCon wins to solidify themselves in the 4th and 5th position. Chattanooga will represent the conference in the upcoming FCS playoffs receiving a bye in the first round before hosting the winner of Eastern Kentucky and Indiana State on December 6th.

Players of the Week

Offense: Jr. QB Jacob Huesman (UTC): 360 total yards, 4 TD

Others: RB Lorenzo Long (Wofford)

Defense:So. DB Malik Diggs (Citadel): 9 tackles, 2 fumble recoveries

Others: DE Gary Wilkins (Furman), DB James Bradberry (Samford), DL John Washington (VMI)

Special Teams: Fr. WR Chandler Curtis (Mercer): 163 Return yards

Others: RB Richardre Bagley (UTC)

Freshman: RB Isiah Smith (Citadel): 134 rushing yards, TD

Others: WR Chandler Curtis (Mercer), QB Al Cobb (VMI)

SoCon Week 7 Recap

Wofford 34, Mercer 6 – Box Score

Woffod dominated this game from the start finding the end zone on their first 4 possessions to take a 27-0 lead to halftime. The Terriers’ rushing game was in full control totaling 374 yards on the ground including 105 yards and 4 touchdowns by sophomore Lorenzo Long. Equally impressive was the Wofford defense which completely shutdown the Bears allowing 151 yards on just 3 yards per play. This is a fantastic way to finish the season in which is even more notable given that Coach Ayers will return 20/22 of today’s starters next season. Mercer finishes the season at 6-6, but returns their entire roster next season along with a promising recruiting class. The future is bright for both of these programs as they turn their attention to 2015.

Wofford Top Performers

So. RB Lorenzo Long – 105 rushing yards, 4 TD; 43 return yards
Jr. QB Michael Weimer – 2-4 23 yards; 95 rushing yards, TD
Sr. LB Kevin Thomas – 6 tackles
So. DB Jaleel Green – 3 tackles, 1 for loss, 1 Int.
Jr. RB Will Gay – 50 rushing yards
Jr. RB Octavius Harden – 47 rushing yards

Mercer Top Performers

So. DB Zach Jackson – 9 tackles, 1 Int.
Fr. WR Chandler Curtis – 190 total yards
Fr. DE Kyle Williams – 9 tackles
Fr. RB Tee Mitchell – 46 rushing yards; 3 recs. 24 yards
So. LB Tripp Patterson – 7 tackles
So. LB Tyler Ward – 6 tackles
So. LB Corey Lockett – 4 tackles, 1 Int.
So. DB Lendell Arnold – 5 tackles, 1 for loss

The Citadel 45, VMI 25 – Box Score

The Bulldogs retain the Silver Shako trophy with a win in the Military Classic of the South. Citadel jumped out to a 21-0 lead behind a great first half by senior QB Aaron Miller finding the end zone on the ground and through the air. However the Keydets didn’t go away, scoring a pair of TD’s in the 2nd quarter to pull within 8 with Citadel tacking on a FG late to take a 24-13 lead into the half. VMI scored early in the 2nd half to pull within 5, but the Bulldogs scored 3 TD’s to finish the 3rd quarter with a commanding 45-19 lead. The Citadel won 3 of their final 4 to carry momentum into the off season while the question in Lexington will be whether Head Coach Sparky Woods is retained.

Citadel Top Performers

So. DB Malik Diggs – 9 tackles, 2 fumble recoveries
Fr. RB Isiah Smith – 134 rushing yards, TD
Sr. QB Aaron Miller – 3-7 91 yards, TD; 38 rushing yards, TD
Sr. RB Jake Stenson – 120 rushing yards, TD
Sr. RB Carl Williams – 8 tackles
So. LB Tevin Floyd – 5 tackles, 1.5 for loss
So. DL Joe Crochet – 4 tackles, 2 forced fumbles
So. RB Tyler Renew – 54 yards rushing, TD
Sr. DB Walker Williams – 7 tackles
Fr. DB DeVonta Delaney – 6 tackles
Jr. WR Alex Glover – 1 rec. 32 yards, TD
Fr. RB Reggie Williams – 21 rushing yards, TD

VMI Top Performers

Sr. DL John Washington – 13 tackles, 1.5 for loss, sack
So. DL Joe Nelson – 10 tackles, 2 for loss, sack
Fr. QB Al Cobb – 27-43 396, 2 TD; 26 rushing yards
Fr. LB Allen Cratsenberg – 11 tackles
Jr. DB Alex James – 9 tackles, 1 for loss
Sr. LB Miller Williams – 8 tackles, 1 sack
Sr. LB Logan Staib – 10 tackles
Sr. RB Deon Watts – 52 rushing yards, 2 TD; 7 recs. 52 yards
So. WR Aaron Sanders – 7 recs. 165 yards, TD
So. WR Dane Forlines – 3 recs. 56 yards, TD
So. DB Alijah Robinson – 7 tackles
Sr. WR Doug Burton – 4 recs. 44 yards
Fr. DB Ryan Francis – 6 tackles

Chattanooga 45, Furman 19 – Box Score

The Mocs complete the undefeated SoCon season for the first time in school history with a road win at Furman. The teams exchanged TD’s in the 1st quarter, but Chattanooga scored 17 unanswered in the 2nd quarter taking a 24-7 lead into the half. The Mocs continued their offensive onslaught in 2nd half with the Paladins adding a couple of scores as well, but never having an opportunity to get close enough to put pressure on UTC. Furman will now hope to get healthy heading into spring practice after a disappointing season, while the Mocs await their draw in the FCS Playoffs.

Chattanooga Top Performers

Jr. QB Jacob Huesman – 17-23 257 yards, 2 TD; 103 rushing yards, 2 TD
Sr. RB Keon Williams – 97 rushing yards, 2 TD
Sr. LB Muhasibi Wakeel – 10 tackles
Sr. WR Tommy Hudson – 4 recs. 84 yards
Sr. TE Faysal Shafaat – 3 recs. 32 yards, TD
Fr. DB Lucas Webb – 6 tackles, 1 for loss
Fr. DB Trevor Wright – 7 tackles
Fr. WR Alphonso Stewart – 5 recs. 63 yards
So. LB Nakevion Leslie – 6 tackles

Furman Top Performers

Sr. DE Gary Wilkins – 7 tackles, 3 for loss
Sr. LB Marcus McMorris – 8 tackles, 1.5 for loss, 1 FF, 1 FR
Sr. RB Hank McCloud – 59 rushing yards, 2 TD
Fr. QB PJ Blazejowski – 14-24 127 yards; 67 rushing yards, TD
Jr. WR Jordan Snellings – 6 recs. 80 yards
So. WR Andrej Suttles – 5 recs. 65 yards
So. DB Trey Robinson – 9 tackles
So. LB TJ Warren – 7 tackles
So. LB Byron Johnson – 6 tackles, 1 for loss

Next Game

Chattanooga: FCS Playoffs TBD

Alabama 48, Western Carolina 14 – Box Score

The Cats had eyebrows raising all over the country with a pair of 1st half TD’s leaving them within a FG of Alabama at 17-14. Reality set it in, however, as the Crimson Tide quickly stretched the lead to 24 by halftime and added 10 3rd quarter points for the final margin. As you might expect, the difference was on the lines with Bama rushing for over 6 yards per carry and the Cats totally shutdown (-8 rushing yards) making Western completely one dimensional. Even so, Catamount fans have to be eagerly awaiting next season after improving from 1 conference win in 2013 to 5-2 this season and a strong nucleus returning in 2015.

Western Carolina Top Performers

So. WR Spearman Robinson – 5 recs. 45 yards, 2 TD
So. DB Trey Morgan – 10 tackles, 1 Int.
Sr. LB Christon Gill – 10 tackles, 1 for loss
Jr. QB Troy Mitchell – 23-39 221 yards, 2 TD
Jr. WR Karnorris Benson – 9 recs. 118 yards
So. DB Fred Payne – 9 tackles
Jr. DB Terrance Green – 6 tackles, 1 for loss
Fr. LB Daniel Riddle – 6 tackles
Jr. DE Caleb Hawkins – 5 tackles, 1 for loss

Auburn 31, Samford 7 – Box Score

Auburn averages 476 yards total offense per game playing in the SEC, Samford held the Tigers 386 total yards. The Bulldogs actually took a 7-0 lead into the 2nd quarter, but the Tigers took control leading 17-7 at the half. Samford’s defense continued to impress allowing just 14 points in the 2nd half keeping Auburn’s starters in the game till the end. The Bulldogs weren’t able to muster enough offense to really challenge for the win, but this could have been a much closer game as Samford had 2 failed red zone visits and another trip into Auburn territory which ended in an interception. I believe this team should be in the playoffs, but their scheduling of two FBS opponents and two non-D1 opponents left them little room for error to become eligible. The schedule effectively gave this team only 7 FCS games and virtually no shot to qualify for the playoffs. The Samford athletic department owes their athletes more than D2 wins and money games outside the conference.

Samford Top Performers

Jr. DB James Bradberry – 5 tackles, 2 for loss, 1 Int.
Jr. DB Trey Wesley – 9 tackles, 1 FF
So. DB Jamerson Blount – 9 tackles
Sr. DE Brandon Wilkinson – 5 tackles, 2 for loss, 1 sack
Sr. DE Brinson Porter – 5 tackles, 1.5 for loss, 1 sack
Jr. LB Justin Cooper – 7 tackles, 1 sack
So. WR Karel Hamilton – 5 recs. 67 yards
So. LB Tonne Osaigbovo – 6 tackles
Jr. LB Josh Killett – 6 tackles
Jr. TE Tony Philpot – 1 rec. 7 yards, TD

Final Southern Conference Standings

SoCon Overall Power
Chattanooga 7-0 9-3 1
Samford 5-2 7-4 2
Western Carolina 5-2 7-5 3
Wofford 4-3 6-5 4
The Citadel 3-4 5-7 5
Furman 2-5 3-9 6
Mercer 1-6 6-6 7
Virginia Military 1-6 2-10 8
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2014 SoCon Week 13 Preview

The Citadel at VMI, 1:30

The Military Classic of the South is once again a Southern Conference game with the Bulldogs visiting Lexington, VA. The Citadel has won the last 7 meetings dating back to 2003 including a 31-10 victory last season in Charleston. The Bulldogs have the overall talent advantage but the Keydets are playing at home and have already snapped a long losing streak to Furman. Regardless of the outcome, it is always exciting when these two fan bases get together.

SoCon Recruiting Prediction: The Citadel 34, VMI 20

Mercer at Wofford, 1:30

The Terriers and Bears are each playing for an overall winning record with Wofford also vying to finish above .500 in the SoCon. On the field this is an extremely interesting match up as Mercer boasts 1 of only 2 1,000 yard rushers in the conference in freshman RB Alex Lakes, but the Terriers have the best rushing defense in the SoCon. If Wofford can force Mercer to be one dimensional by shutting down the run, they will have a chance to finish 6-5. On the other side Mercer struggled in the first half against Citadel’s option attack, but made adjustments in the 2nd half nearly pulling out the win. I think we will see a fairly even game which will be decided by which offense can avoid turnovers.

SoCon Recruiting Prediction: Wofford 27, Mercer 20

Chattanooga at Furman, 3:30 pm

The Mocs have clinched the conference title and a trip to the playoffs, but need the win to solidify their chances of a first round bye and a second round home game. Furman is limping to the finish line, but did break an 8-game losing streak last week against nearby rival Wofford. Chattanooga seems to be clicking on all cylinders with great line play on both sides of the ball. The Paladins have struggled to run the ball and I expect UTC will bring the house against true freshman QB PJ Blazejowski and force him into turnovers. The Mocs certainly should win, but can’t afford to take Furman lightly on the road,

SoCon Recruiting Prediction: Chattanooga 38, Furman 13

Western Carolina at Alabama, 4 pm

The Catamounts finished the SoCon schedule on a high note knocking off VMI to finish 5-2 in the conference. Western wraps up a terrific 2014 with a money game at 9-1 Alabama. The Tide traditionally do not “run up” the score on FCS foes usually landing in the 41-0, 45-7 range. I will be interested in seeing how the Cats’ receivers fare against SEC corners after exceptional conference seasons. Alabama will certainly rest some guys heading into their regular season finale with rival Auburn, but it would be un-Saban-like to have a let down in November.

SoCon Recruiting Prediction: Alabama 38, Western Carolina 10

Samford at Auburn, 7 pm

Samford is in a similar position as Western Carolina having finished conference play at 5-2 making the two hour drive south to face SEC foe Auburn. The Tigers have underperformed to their standards this season, but are still loaded with speed and talent. Likewise, they will surely rest many of their key players, but I think their up tempo approach will offer a unique to challenge to a very capable Bulldogs’ defense.

SoCon Recruiting Prediction: Auburn 48, Samford 17
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