Scouting The Citadel Defense and Special Team

The Bulldogs are pretty balanced on defense. They can't tackle and they can't cover. They give up 170 yards a game on the ground and another 190 through the air. While that pass defense number is not all that bad, the other numbers are.

The Citadel has allowed opposing quarterbacks to complete 62 percent of their passes, good for 22 touchdowns and only three interceptions. They play the old type of 50-front most of the time with three down linemen and four linebackers, but will mix it up. The problem is their outside linebackers are built like high school kids (5-10/180).

The three-down linemen are not bad players. Nose guard Terrence Reese leads the team with 8.5 tackles for loss. The defensive ends are pretty decent players. Dewitt Jones has 60 tackles with four sacks while Kevin McCaskill chips in with 52 stops and three sacks. They are pretty mobile, but not very big and will be hard pressed to hold up against Florida's offensive line.

The middle linebacker Jordan Gilmore is one of the few guys on their defense with major college size (6-0/220). He is The Citadel's top tackler (89). The outside guys as I mentioned above are very small, but they make a lot of plays. Mel Capers is credited with 60 tackles while Jonathan Vest adds 47 more.

The secondary is in a word, dreadful. I pointed out the stats up above, but here's another. Of the three interceptions The Citadel defense has, only one was made by a defensive back. And that guy doesn't start!

Simply put, Florida's offense can do anything it wants to do at any time. Clemson scored 45 on this team, Appalachian State scored 47 and Georgia Southern put 44 on the board. On the year they give up 29.5 a game and the Gators are obviously far more talented and explosive at every position than anyone they have faced.

Citadel Special Teams ---- Finally something the Gators can be concerned about. The Citadel has returned three punts for touchdowns – all by that receiver Andre Roberts. They have also blocked four punts, all by speedy outside linebacker Mel Capers. So those two guys are players to watch; IF the Gators have to punt. Their kickoff and punt coverage is not bad at all. However, their kicker is not very good. Sam Keeler had made just 12-of-19 field goals and is 3-of-9 from beyond 30 yards. He has also had three kicks blocked.


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