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Younger Players Display Abilities at The Citadel's Spring Football Game


The Citadel held its annual spring football game Saturday at Johnson Hagood Stadium and several youngsters played starring roles.

Freshman Vinny Miller rushed for a touchdown and caught a 35-yard scoring pass from Aaron Miller, and freshman quarterback Trey White, who redshirted in 2012, rushed 15 times for 85 yards and led a 16-play scoring drive that he ended himself with a one-yard sneak.

White also completed 3-of-5 passes for 44 yards. Aaron Miller threw for 76 yards and added a second touchdown pass when he hooked up with Matt Thompson on a five-yard score.

The Miller-to-Miller connection early in the second half gave the White team a 21-14 lead and proved to be the difference in its eventual 21-20 win. Another freshman, linebacker James Riley, produced the final score for the Blue team when he picked up a fumble and returned it 37 yards for a touchdown.

Riley moved into the starting lineup last season after injuries to Carl Robinson andRah Muhammad and was named to the Southern Conference All-Freshman team.

Shaunn Middleton led all running backs with 73 rushing yards on only seven carries. Also gaining significant rushing yards were Aaron Miller (7-51), Dalton Trevino (4-41) and Vinny Miller (9-34).

Joining Riley as defensive stars were junior Brandon McCladdie and freshmanDondray Copeland, who both came up with interceptions. Copeland returned his pick 37 yards to set up a touchdown.

Mitchell Jeter, who along with Riley and defensive end Mark Thomas was a member of the SoCon All-Freshman Team last year, was credited with a sack as was first-year player Austin Harrell, who redshirted a year ago.

The Blue team scored the first time two times it had the ball. Middleton had a 40-yard run to set up a one-yard touchdown run by Vinny Miller. White then led a 62-yard drive that included his 14-yard run to convert a long third down and a one-yard plunge into the end zone to give the Blue a 14-0 lead.

Trevino ran 26 yards to the Blue six and Miller hit Thompson for a touchdown on the next play to make it 14-7. Durham brought back his interception to the Blue 27, and Aaron Miller covered 16 of the yards with his feet including the final three to make it 14-14 at halftime.

The Citadel wraps up a month of spring practice with a final session on Tuesday. The Bulldogs open their 2013 regular season on Aug. 31 against Charleston Southern at Johnson Hagood Stadium. 

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