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2014 SoCon Week 5 Preview: Gardner Webb at The Citadel

Gardner Webb continues their SoCon heavy non-conference schedule with a trip to Charleston to play The Citadel Bulldogs. GW has already played Furman (lost 13-3) and Wofford (won 43-36) with The Citadel and VMI still to play. The Citadel, ironically enough, has played a heavy Big South non-conference schedule with losses to Coastal Carolina and Charleston Southern already on the books. This is an interesting match-up simply for the contrast in style of play with the run heavy triple option attack of The Citadel vs. the spread attack of GW. Read more

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2014 SoCon Week 4 Recap

It was a difficult day for the SoCon as a whole going a combined 2-4 on the day, 1-3 in out of conference games. For those fans creeping toward the ledge, remember Furman was 1-3 outside the SoCon last season and was able to find some magic and reach the playoffs with a share of the Southern Conference title. I wouldn’t recommend putting yourself through that “back to the wall” kind of season, but it can be done. StandingsSeason Stats Read more

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Aaron MillerCitadel

2014 SoCon Week 4 Preview: The Citadel at Charleston Southern

The Citadel Bulldogs have played, without a doubt, the most difficult schedule of any SoCon squad so far in 2014. Coach Houston’s team has played FCS top 5 Coastal Carolina and FBS #1 Florida State. They will try to get into the win column on Saturday when they make the short trip to face cross town rival Charleston Southern. The Buccaneers got the win in the Bulldogs’ Johnson Hagood Stadium last year and will look to make it two in a row Saturday evening in front of the home fans. Read more

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2014 SoCon Week 3 Recap

Rhapsody TrialAfter two weeks of FBS money games and an overall challenging non-conference schedule, the SoCon entered week 3 with a combined record of 4-10. The schedule got a little softer in week 3 where the conference was a clear favorite in all 7 match ups. The conference went 6-1 this week with the only loss coming in stunning fashion with Presbyterian knocking off #12 Furman 10-7. With one more week of primarily non-conference games before the SoCon season kicks into full gear Sept. 27, the overall conference record is now 10-11. (Full Standings) Read more

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2014 Week 2 SoCon Wrap Up

Another interesting week of SoCon football! Just one conference game on the slate this week with Furman moving to 1-0 with a hard fought win over Mercer. No conference games next week before things start to heat up later in the month.

SoCon Recruiting Players of the Week

Offense: Fr. Detrez Newsome, Western Carolina: 7 carries 88 yds, 2 catches 20 yds, 3 KOR 99 yds
Defense: Co-players of the week: Sr. DE Gary Wilkins, Furman – 10 tackles, 1 interception (TD)/So. LB Tyler Ward Mercer – 18 tackles, 1 interception
Special Teams: Fr. PK/P JC Hollingsworth, Furman – 4-5 FG (Long 50), 1-1 XP, 1 Punt 36 yds. (inside 20), 7 kickoffs 2 touchbacks, avg return 23 yards
Freshman: Lucas Webb, Chattanooga: 6 tackles, 1 INT returned for a TD, 1 pass breakup

Jacksonville State 26, Chattanooga 23 – BoxScore

The Chattanooga Mocs drop their 2nd consecutive close game to start the 2014 season. I considered this the game of the week in FCS and obviously it didn’t disappoint with a thrilling overtime win by the Gamecocks. The Mocs only lead of the game was 23-20 in OT but a 13 yard TD run by Jax St QB Eli Jenkins abruptly ended the game sending a large home crowd home unhappy.

UTC returned two interceptions for touchdowns in the first half just to stay in the game. The Mocs offense mustered just 111 total yards for an average of just 1.9 yards per play. I considered Chattanooga’s offensive woes at Central Michigan to be an anomaly, but after a dismal performance again on Saturday, Mocs’ fans must be worried with just one more game before the all important SoCon schedule begins.

Next Game: Sept. 13 Chattanooga at Austin Peay – 5 pm

Furman 25, Mercer 20 – BoxScore

In one of the more highly anticipated games of the SoCon schedule, Furman beat Mercer 25-20 to move to 1-0 in the conference. The Paladins got everything they wanted and more from the Bears who fought and clawed to the very last second (including the 3 seconds the referees added for no apparent reason). The Bears’ home crowd was engaged, boisterous, and provided a definite home field advantage. I expect Macon, GA to become one of the more difficult places to win in the SoCon in the next few years.

On the field, both defenses were impressive, netting stops at key moments. The biggest play of the game was turned in by Furman’s star defensive end Gary Wilkins who read a screen perfectly and turned it around for a defensive touchdown. The play below took a game that could have gone either way and swung the pendulum firmly to the side of the Paladins. Despite the 2-0 record, Furman still has some consistency issues to work through offensively in the next few weeks before moving back into SoCon play Sept. 27.

Next Games: Sep. 13 Furman at Presbyterian 7 pm – Mercer at Stetson 6 pm

Florida State 37, The Citadel 12 – BoxScore

The Bulldogs deserve a lot of respect for this effort. It would be very easy to go into that environment against a team with that much NFL talent and lose by 50, but Coach Houston’s squad kept fighting despite falling behind 28-0 at halftime and scored twice in the 2nd half to lose 37-12. As I tweeted last night, absolutely no shame in that loss.

The Citadel ran the ball 56 times and averaged 4.5 yards per carry on the Seminoles defense. Several ACC coaches would take that right now. Nick Willis led the Bulldogs with 9 tackles along with Tevin Floyd’s 6 plus 1.5 for loss. Unfortunately, the positive has been mildly overshadowed by the unwise player tweet about cut blocking and the reaction from the media around FSU. I doubt there was any malice but this is another example of how social media is ever so dangerous in today’s environment.

Next Game: Sept. 20 The Citadel at Charleston Southern 6 pm

Western Carolina 45, Brevard 21 – BoxScore

Western Carolina was a heavy favorite against Brevard and they came through with a solid win. The Cats really controlled this game even more so than the score would indicate. Coach Speir’s Catamounts averaged 8.7 yards per play and only punted once. The bulk of the damage was on the ground, but Troy Mitchell was sharp completing 13-15 for 142 yards when the Cats did go to the air. The ground attack was paced by Darius Ramsey and Detrez Newsome who had 88 yards each with 3 and 2 touchdowns respectively.

The true test will come when the Catamounts get into conference play, but this team is off to a fantastic start and looks the part of a team that can compete for a Southern Conference Championship. A lot of football left to play, but the Cats have to be feeling as good about their squad as anyone in the conference.

Next Game: Sept. 23: Catawba at Western Carolina 3:30 pm

Bowling Green 48, VMI 7 – BoxScore

The Keydets entered Saturday as huge underdogs and the Falcons treated them as such racking up over 500 yards total offense. VMI once again struggled against both the run and pass allowing a balanced 260 yards rushing and 266 yards passing. The Keydets have some good players on defense but are not getting pressure on the QB essentially allowing their opponents to play pitch and catch while running anyway they like. If the VMI defensive front doesn’t improve soon it’s going to be a long season for the Keydets’ faithful.

A week after being named freshman of the week, QB Al Cobb was once again solid with 224 yards passing although he did have an interception. RB Derrick Ziglar did play but only 3 carries. Cobb has been better than expected, but to allow him to continue to grow as a QB, the VMI rushing attack must get it going behind this big offensive line.

Next Game: Sept. 13 Davidson at VMI 1:30 pm
Other Games this week: Sept. 11: Stillman at Samford 7:30 pm / Sept. 13 North Greenville at Wofford 7 pm
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Aaron Miller The Citadel

2014 SoCon Week 2 Preview: The Citadel at Florida State

Shop Adidas at Footlocker.com.Plus Free Shipping on over 10,000 Items. Contiguous US Only; Exclusions May ApplyThe Citadel Bulldogs have one of the more difficult schedules in the SoCon in 2014 and none tougher than Saturday’s trip to Tallahassee to face defending National Champion, and current #1 ranked, Florida State. The Seminoles are one of the more talented teams in the country with NFL prospects up and down the roster. I’m not going to bother discussing Florida State’s depth, it is sufficient to understand everyone on their depth chart is bigger, faster, and stronger than most anyone else the Bulldogs will face this season.

Coach Houston’s team dropped their season opener to Coastal Carolina last week, but certainly had positives to look at including rushing for over 300 yards and slowing down a very strong Chanticleer offense. The option can be effective in these games because FSU only sees the option once a year (Georgia Tech) and its more about execution than athleticism. That being said, it is unlikely the Bulldogs will be able to consistently move the ball against the Seminoles.

Defensively, The Citadel is very talented particularly up front with DE Justin Oxendine and LB’s Carl Robinson and Tevin Floyd. Florida State is very balanced between running and passing which makes them very difficult to defend because they will take what the defense gives them. I wouldn’t expect Jimbo Fischer to purposely run up the score, but once again the Seminoles should have little trouble.

Honestly, I don’t think there is a team in all of FCS that can really match up with Florida State. Hopefully, the Bulldogs can come home healthy with a big check.

SoCon Recruiting Prediction: Florida State 55, The Citadel 6
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SoCon Football 2014 Week 1 Wrap-up

Strictly in terms of wins and losses it was a tough week for the SoCon with a 2-6 record, but I think most teams have a lot of positives to take from their games. The teams you’d expect to win won and those with formidable opponents came close in several instances but came up short. The Conference will release the official players of the week tomorrow, but here are those I’d give the nod to based on my observations:

Week 1 SoCon Recruiting Players of the Week

Offense: QB Troy Marshall – Western Carolina (46-66 374 yards passing, 21 rushing, 3 touchdowns, 0 turnovers
Defense: S Jamerson Blount – Samford (10 tackles, 1 Interception (returned for TD), 1 Fumble Recovery)
Special Teams: P/K JC Hollingsworth – Furman (2-2 FG 28,47; 4-4 touchbacks on kickoffs, 9 punts 39 yards per punt, 2 inside the 20)
Freshman: QB Al Cobb – VMI (27-40 308 yards, 5 total TD’s)

Socon Football Week 1

Mercer 45, Reinhardt 42 – BoxScore

The Mercer Bears kicked off their first official season in the Southern Conference with a shootout victory over Reinhardt. The Bears and Eagles were a seesaw affair with 49 first downs and nearly 1,000 yards total offense.

  • Top Performer: QB John Russ racked up just shy of 300 yards total offense along with RB Alex Lakes’ 110 yards at 2 touchdowns.
  • Other Notable performers: WR JT Palmer led the way with 5 recs. 76 yds 1 TD. LB Tyler Ward led the way with 14 tackles (2 for loss)
Next Game: Furman at Mercer Sept. 6 – 6 pm
SoCon Recruiting Notes: I am a little surprised the Eagles were able to keep up with Mercer offensively. I think we’ll have a much better point of reference after next week’s game with Furman who struggled offensively last night, but was outstanding on defense. I just don’t have a good read on how much of this game is a gauge of Mercer’s ability and how much is a reflection of the competition.

Central Michigan 20, Chattanooga 16 – BoxScore

The Mocs jumped out to a 16-0 1st half lead but were stymied after that point. The Chippewas took the lead midway through the 3rd quarter and both teams went scoreless from that point forward. The 4 interceptions from all-SoCon QB Jacob Huesman were very costly with 1 setting up the go ahead score and two others late in the 4th as the Mocs were trying to come from behind.

  • Top Performer: LB Muhasibi Wakeel is ready to be the man with 17 tackles.
  • Other Notable performers: WR Tommy Hudson with two TD catches, DT Derrick Lott 3 tackles for loss including a sack
Next Game: Jacksonville State at Chattanooga Sept. 6 – 6 pm
SoCon Recruiting Notes: If you’re looking for positives, you have to feel pretty good about your defense when you turn the ball over 4 times and are still one possession from beating an FBS team on their field. If this were a first year starter at QB you may be concerned, but this is a proven player who just had a rough game and some passes got away from him at the wrong time.

Bucknell 42, VMI 38 – BoxScore

The Keydets battled to the end behind a brilliant debut by freshman QB Al Cobb, but fell just short in a shootout with the Bison. Bucknell jumped out to a 14-0 lead, before a pair of Cobb TD passes evened the score at 14-14. From there, the Keydets continue to match the Bison TD for TD, but couldn’t get the defensive stop they needed and fell just short. The difference in the game was the rushing game, VMI struggled to run in their offense and could not stop the run from Bucknell on defense.

  • Top Performer: Cobb passed for over 300 yards and 4 touchdowns as well as rushing for another TD.
  • Other notable performers: WR Doug Burton 7 rec. 109 yds 1 TD – Deon Watts 22 carries, 97 yds. – LB Logan Staib, DB Damian Jones 6 tackles each
Next Game: VMI at Bowling Green, Sept. 6 – 3:30 pm
SoCon Recruiting Notes: I felt like VMI would struggle to run the ball without Ziglar and it was too much to ask a freshman QB to carry the team. I was half right, had you told me Cobb would perform in this manner I would have expected a Keydet win. In my mind this bodes very well for the future of VMI football.

Georgia Tech 38, Wofford 19 – BoxScore

Wofford did the SoCon proud with a valiant effort at Georgia Tech trailing just 24-19 with under 10 minutes to play before two late scores stretched the margin of victory to 38-19. Defensively, the Terriers were outstanding for 3.5 quarters before fatigue set in and the Jackets punched in those late scores to pad the victory.

  • Top Performer: QB Evan Jacks rushed for 89 yards and passed for another 26 yards.
  • Other Notable Performers: DB Chris Armfield led the way with 5 tackles, RB Ray Smith topped 100 yards with a TD including a long scamper which gave the Terriers a brief lead just before halftime.
Next Game: North Greenville at Wofford, Sept. 13 – 7 pm
SoCon Recruiting Notes: I was only able to watch the first half of this game. My impressions were the Terriers’ lines on both sides of the ball were stellar. I am still concerned with the inability to pass effectively, but this was a great effort

Coastal Carolina 31, The Citadel 16 – BoxScore

A very good Coastal Carolina squad came into Charleston scoring two early touchdowns and took a 14-0 lead into halftime, The Chanticleers added two more TD’s in the 2nd half to plunge out to a commanding 28-3 lead before the Bulldogs notched a couple of 4th quarter scores to pull within the final 31-16 margin. The Citadel’s rushing attack was potent topping 300 yards total rushing yards. In fact, the Bulldogs were out-gained by only 56 yards and won the time of possession. The inability to convert on third down (5-13) or keep Coastal off balance with the pass (1-8 for 19 yards) ultimately proved too much to overcome.

  • Top Performances: Jake Stenson and Tyler Renew both topped 100 yards rushing with Aaron Miller and Vinny Miller both just shy of 50 yards. Extremely balanced attack.
  • Other notable performers: LB Tevin Floyd led the way with 12 tackles including a sack (just a sophomore)
Next Game: The Citadel at Florida State, Sept. 6 – 7:30 pm
SoCon Recruiting Notes: I don’t like the term moral victories, but I do believe you learn more by looking at losses and shortcomings than from patting yourself on the back after wins. When I looked at the offensive depth chart earlier this week I was amazed at the complete revamping from last year with only one returning starter and even he was in a new position. I think the Bulldogs showed that this is still an offense to be reckoned with and this team is very capable of building off last year’s 4-4 conference finish. Fans should be very encouraged.

South Florida 36, Western Carolina 31 – BoxScore

After a 1 hour, 15 minute weather delay the Catamounts jumped on the Bulls early taking a 14-3 lead into the 2nd quarter and leading 17-16 at halftime. South Florida pulled ahead in the 2nd half but Western continued to fight before falling short 36-31. Troy Mitchell was sensational with nearly 400 yards total offense and 3 touchdowns. Sports fans are big on stats, in my mind Troy’s best stat is 0 as in 0 turnovers!

  • Other notable performers: WR Terryon Robinson 15 rec. 121 yds. 1 TD; LB Tyson Dickson led the team with 6 tackles
Next Game: Brevard at Western Carolina, Sept. 6 – 3:30 pm
SoCon Recruiting Notes: Mitchell was sensational first and foremost. Obviously, the Cats would prefer to run more but the Bulls took that away and the coaches and players did a magnificent job of taking what was available. On the defensive side, that big USF line really had their way with Western so I know the Cats will look to address their run defense moving forward. Western now has two games to work out the kinks before an off week and huge game in Greenville against Furman on Sept. 27.

TCU 48, Samford 14 – BoxScore

The Horned Frogs came out firing leading 24-7 at the half and taking a 48-7 lead late into the fourth quarter before a Samford pick six brought us to the final margin. One quick question, why was TCU passing with a 41 point lead with under 6 minutes to play in the 4th quarter? Low class move Frogs…

  • Top performer: Jamerson Blount with 10 tackles, and INT returned for a TD and a fumble recovery. Have a game why don’t you?
  • Other notable performers: All-SoCon safety Jaquiski Tartt and LB Justin Cooper led the team with 11 tackles each
Next Game: Stillman at Samford, Sept. 11 – 6:30 pm
SoCon Recruiting Notes: TCU is known for playing great defense over the years. I believed Samford has the talent to play with them on a given day, but the Horned Frogs defense completely dominated the Bulldogs offense. On the other side, TCU rolled up yards rushing and passing. Either I have Samford overrated which we won’t know unti Sept. 27 when they visit Chattanooga or TCU is much better than expected.

Furman 13, Gardner Webb 3 – BoxScore

If you enjoy defensive football, this was the game for you. Furman broke through for a 3-0 lead late in the 1st quarter and led 10-3 after a late 1st half touchdown pass from Reese Hannon to Jordan Snellings put Furman up 10-3 at the half. The Paladins added a 47 yard FG by freshman JC Hollingsworth in the third for the final margin. The Furman defense allowed just 194 total yards and allowed just 4-17 on third down conversions. The big story out of Greenville is starting QB Reese Hannon going down with a season ending injury. R-Fr. Dillon Woodruff will take over heading into the conference opener next weekend at Mercer.

  • Performers of Note: LB Corey Magwood led the team in tackles with 11, DE Gary Wilkins notched 2.5 sacks
Next Game: Furman at Mercer Sept. 6 – 6 pm
SoCon Recruiting Notes: A tough situation for the Paladins who battled through injuries at the QB position last season as well. Back to this game, the big concern has to be the inability to run the ball effectively. Bottom line is Furman moves to 1-0 as the only SoCon team with a division 1 win.
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SoCon Preview Week 1: Coastal Carolina at The Citadel

The Citadel Bulldogs will host the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers at 6 pm today in the first ever meeting between the two institutions. I was shocked to read that these two teams have never played despite the relative proximity between the two campuses. Better late than never however as this is one of the more compelling games of the opening weekend.

The Bulldogs have a new leader in head coach Mike Houston. He promises an aggressive style which I believe players and fans will appreciate. The changes are not isolated to the coaching staff however, Read more

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Reese Hannon Furman

2014 Southern Conference Preview

Rhapsody Music ServiceAppalachian State, Georgia Southern, and Elon are gone; enter Mercer and VMI with East Tennessee State following in 2016. A lot of debate over the relative strength of the conference with the changes. Let’s be honest, right now VMI and Mercer are not as good as App St and Ga Southern so there is no question the conference is a little weaker top to bottom. That being said, from an FCS playoffs perspective, I believe the top 3 are very much still nationally relevant. So the change is really a weakened middle of the conference with a big drop from Chattanooga, Furman, and Samford to the rest of the conference. Based on my assessment of the teams with an emphasis on the schedule, here is how I see 2014 shaking out: Read more

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2014 Preseason All-SoCon Selections

2014 Preseason First Team All-Southern Conference

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