Offense Takes Center Stage in Coke Zero “Meet the Bulldogs” Day Scrimmage
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Charleston, S.C. – The Citadel first and second team offenses scored on six of its nine drives, including long touchdown runs by Aaron Miller, Dalton Trevino and Ben Dupree, to highlight Saturday's scrimmage before an estimated crowd of 1,200 fans at the Willson Practice Field.
The gathering included some 750 Citadel freshmen and more than 400 family, friends and Citadel supporters. Prior to the scrimmage, fans feasted on grilled hamburgers and hot dogs inside McAlister Field House and were then treated to watermelon slices at the field while watching the Bulldogs in action.
Following the scrimmage, Bulldog players and head coach Kevin Higgins signed team posters in McAlister. The first 200 fans received a free car flag courtesy of Coke Zero.
In the scrimmage itself, The Citadel had two players rush for more than 100 yards. Trevino led the way with six carries for 109 yards and touchdown runs of 20 and 39 yards. Miller added 100 yards on 10 carries and scored from 26 yards out while Dupree electrified the crowd with a 57-yard touchdown run en route to 95 yards on seven carries.
While the top two units were on the field, the Bulldogs had a total of 52 rushing attempts for 420 yards and five touchdowns. Dupree completed 3 of 5 passes for 45 yards and a 25-yard touchdown strike to Greg Adams while Miller hit on 3 of 7 for 19 yards.
After defensive end Bay Amrhein recovered a Dupree fumble on the first series of the scrimmage, Miller proceeded to lead a 13-play, 75-yard drive. He scrambled for 12 yards after a bad snap in the newly-installed shotgun formation to convert a 3rd and 11, and VanDyke Jones capped the drive with an 11-yard touchdown run.
Two series later, Miller scored on the seventh play of a drive which included a 16-yard run by freshman Vinny Miller and a 13-yard pass from Dupree to Dominic Jones. Trevino was the star of the next series, tearing off runs of 12, 20 and 20 yards, the last of which resulted in a touchdown. Dupree had an 8-yard run on 4th and 2 to keep the drive alive.
Trevino added his second touchdown on the next drive which included third down conversions on a run by VanDyke Jones and a 10-yard pass from Miller to Douglas German.
Dupree spearheaded the final two touchdown marches of the scrimmage. On the first he dropped back to pass, eluded a rush and made two cutback moves on his way to the end zone from 57 yards out. On the next-to-last drive of the afternoon, Dupree ran for nine yards to convert a 3rd and 8 and capped the drive with his 25-yard scoring hookup to Adams.
The team went through special teams drills before the offense and defense took the field, with kicker Thomas Warren stealing the show. The senior, who has attempted only one kick in his career, nailed 6 of 7 field goal attempts, including two from 42 yards and one from 47. Cass Couey drilled a 64-yard kick on his only punt of the day.
Couey will also serve as the team's holder this season while Austin Wiles appears to have won the job as the long snapper.
Defensively, the Bulldogs forced only one turnover on the early Amrhein fumble recovery, but Justin Oxendine and Joe Phillips were credited with tackles for loss, Mark Thomas sacked Miller and forced a fumble and Akeem Garnett and Sadath Jean-Pierre broke up passes.
The Bulldogs wrap up fall camp with practices Monday afternoon and Tuesday morning before classes begin on Wednesday. The regular season gets under way on Sept. 1 when Charleston Southern visits Johnson Hagood Stadium for a 6 p.m. kickoff.