Freshmen make big impact for Citadel

Devan Robbins is averaging 19 yards per touch so far.

Devan Robbins is averaging 19 yards per touch so far. (Marjorie Maxon photo)

The Citadel’s 28-21 win at Western Carolina on Saturday might have had a much different result without the efforts of some true freshmen and redshirt freshmen.

To wit:

– Freshman slotback Devan Robbins carried three times for 38 yards, including a 15-yard TD that made the score 28-7. He’s touched the ball five times this season, avearging 19 yards per touch, including a 40-yard kickoff return against Wofford.

“Speed,” Citadel QB Ben Dupree replied when asked what Robbins brings to the offense. “You saw that, didn’t you?”

Bem Dupree carried 28 times vs. WCU (Marjorie Maxon photo)

Bem Dupree carried 28 times vs. WCU (Marjorie Maxon photo)

– Freshman fullback Tyler Renew made his college debut, carrying six time for 36 yards and showing he can give starter Darien Robinson some rest, and that he should be able to fill Robinson’s shoes next season.

“Tyler’s a beast,” Dupree said. “He’s going to be great for the program.”

– Freshman linebacker Tevin Floyd made the play of the day after WCU punter Clark Sechrest mishandled a low snap. As teammate Walker Smith tackled Sechrest, the punter tried to fling the ball in the air. Floyd grabbed the ball in midair and scored from eight yards out for a 14-0 lead.

“I think he was trying to punt it, but I’m not sure,” Floyd said. “I’ll take it, though.”

– Redshirt freshman punter Eric Goins got the better of Sechrest, a senior. On his own mishandled punt, Goins didn’t panic. He corralled the ball, headed up field and scrambled for seven yards and a first down, avoiding disaster and keeping alive a drive that led to The Citadel’s second TD.

“It was pretty much my fault,” Goins said. “The ball was pretty slippery and went right through my hands. I thought, I’ve got to make something out of this now. I played quarterback and safety in high school, so I’ve got some speed. Enough, I guess.”

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