FU lost those two games by a total of 13 points — and frankly got jobbed on a terrible replay call against the Hokies, preventing a potential comeback.
The Paladins have triumphed over Charleston Southern an easy win in the season opener , East Tennessee State a tough defensive struggle , Mercer a blowout victory at home , and Samford a blowout victory on the road. North Dakota. That ranks 2nd in the SoCon.
The Bulldogs are in the bottom 20 in this statistic. The Citadel is 54th. The Citadel is tied for 57th.
VMI is 10th nationally, best in the league. Three conference squads Mercer, Samford, and Western Carolina are in the bottom The Citadel is 2nd just behind Yale; Wofford is 3rd. Samford is last, but you knew that already. What you may not have known is that Mercer is next-to-last.
It is uncanny.
Princeton leads the category nationally, but has played fewer games against decidedly lesser competition than every other team in the top 50 save its fellow Ivy League schools. The Citadel is in the bottom 30 in defensive yards allowed per play.
The Citadel is 7th, and may get its regular punter Matthew Campbell back this week. For the season, he is completing Grainger also averages a little over nine rushing attempts per game with a long of 33 yards.
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He has four rushing TDs. Last season, he played in four games for Furman, but did not see the field against The Citadel.
He had rushing yards against Samford, and added a yard TD reception just for good measure. Last season against the Bulldogs, Wynn had 86 rushing yards on just nine attempts. The senior from Charlotte leads the Paladins in receptions with 24, four of which have gone for touchdowns.
He is averaging almost 17 yards per catch. The line has a lot of experience, although there does appear to be some question as to who will start at center.
The native of Roswell, Georgia has made 28 starts during his career. Godwin is a redshirt senior from Neptune Beach, Florida.
The sophomore has four starts this season. As a result, he was a first-team all-conference choice, and not surprisingly the sophomore from Ocala, Florida was a preseason first team all-league pick this year. Gilby, a redshirt freshman from St. Petersburg not the one in Russia , ranks second in tackles for the Paladins.
The senior from Powder Springs, Georgia intercepted his first career pass earlier this season against Mercer. His career long is 53 yards. He is very good at those roles, too some may remember his yard punt against The Citadel last year.
Matthew Campbell and Atkins are the two best punters in the league. The possibility of rain during the game has steadily increased over the course of the week and the anticipated high temperature has fallen as well.
Samford is off this week. The Paladins are 15th. However, in what can only be described as a colossal error in recruiting, none of the Paladins are from legendary mega-gridiron superpower Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School.
In addition, there are two Bulldogs with listed hometowns in other countries — junior tight end Elijah Lowe Abaco, Bahamas , and freshman linebacker Hayden Williamson Okinawa, Japan. The only change is that Clay Harris now presumably healthy is again listed as the projected starter at B-back.
Gibson and Billy Folger each scored three touchdowns for The Citadel. There is no telling what he would have said if the contest had actually been close.
Fullback Ed Dzanis scored the other TD on a one-yard run. Dzanis also intercepted a pass, as did Barry Thomas who led the Bulldogs in rushing, with 85 yards on eight carries.
Arkansas State had taken the lead with 36 seconds to play, but four completed passes from Wade St. Tony Passander threw for one TD and ran for the other. The touchdown pass was an yarder to Tom Sanchez, and was at the time the longest in school history.
The Bulldogs surely feel better about themselves after a solid victory over Western Carolina, but the Paladins present a far more imposing challenge.
They just have to be outstanding.
I think a big key to the game is for The Citadel to control the clock on offense and avoid an early turnover. If the weather becomes a factor, as increasingly appears to be the case, ball security is paramount even more so than usual.
Finding a way to put pressure on Grainger, a mobile QB protected by a fine offensive line, will be very difficult. It will also be necessary. Are all of those points obvious? Then again, football is frequently obvious. I hope the Bulldogs play well on Saturday. I also think they will.
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