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Citadel Football Begins Coach Houston Era with Spring Practice Opener



The Citadel football team began its first season under new head coach Mike Houston on Tuesday when it took Willson Field for the spring practice opener.

The spring schedule is comprised of 15 practices spanning one month which culminates with the annual Blue & White Spring Game, sponsored by Coke Zero, at Johnson Hagood Stadium on Saturday, March 15 at 1 p.m.

The allotted spring practices are scheduled for Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 4-6 p.m., while Saturday's sessions will begin at 10 a.m. and run until noon.

Houston, who was hired as the 24th coach in Citadel history on Jan. 9, assembled a staff of eight new assistants, including five who came with him from Lenoir-Rhyne.

A new fast-paced offense, run by offensive coordinator Brent Thompson, paired with a hard-nosed defense, was on display Tuesday as the Bulldogs got to strap on their helmets and begin learning the new playbook.

"Even though it's a similar offense, the terminology and the way things work will be drastically different," Houston said. "Schematically, it will probably be more different than people realize. The general fan might not see a lot of differences, but there are some nuances that will be significantly different."

Senior Aaron Miller, who is the lone Bulldog quarterback on the roster with game experience, is the frontrunner to be the team's signal caller in the fall.

"Aaron [Miller] can run the offense and people listen to him," said Thompson. "That is what you need in a no huddle offense which commands a fast pace and a presence to keep the offense under control."

Miller, who has played in 28 career games without a start, is excited about the change of pace on the field this season.

"I like the coaches' energy," said Miller. "We feed off of them and bring that energy to practice."


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