Scouting The Citadel Offense

The Citadel is a proud, accomplished institution that has produced scholars, military leaders and other professionals. But it appears that their most accomplished sports product is Mr. Two Bits. Well that's overstating it. The Bulldogs have sent a few players on to pro football, most notably running back Stump Mitchell who had a ten-year career with the Cardinals.

The Citadel is 4-7 with losses to Wofford, Samford and Elon among others. They have given up 44 or more points three times. They would lose to every team on Florida's schedule.

Citadel Offense ----- The Citadel runs a spread offense with a tight end and four speedy guys serving as runners and receivers. They average 28 points and gain 241 yards a game through the air. The top runner is Asheton Jordan who has 674 yards and three touchdowns. His backup Terrell Dallas has scored four times.

They have one truly outstanding receiver in No. 5 Andre Roberts who has Big 12 type numbers (90-1,268,14). He caught nine passes in their loss to Clemson, so he can play at a high level. Joshua Haney (33-407) is another decent receiver and the TE Taylor Cornett (22-209,3) and Alex Sellars (3-22,3) have caught six TD passes between them. You gotta like Sellars – three catches, three touchdowns.

Quarterback Bart Blanchard is not bad (60%,2,420 19/10) and an okay runner (+344, -171). He has to run for cover a lot of the time, playing behind an offensive line that has plenty of issues. Like a lot of small college lines or military academy lines The Citadel lacks size and mobility. Of course in a spread offense, you don't need an overpowering line. You really just ask them to get in the way. Still they have allowed 21 QB sacks and 52 other TFL. They certainly have not faced any defensive front even close to what the Gators offer up.

Overall I think this is an interesting offense that'll give Florida a decent test on defending the spread. That spread just might turn out to be a good preview should they run into Texas Tech down the road.


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