Citadel vs. Chattanooga

Dominique Allen is back for his senior season as The Citadel's starting quarterback. (File/Michael Pronzato/Staff)

Nine true freshmen dot The Citadel's two-deep depth chart for the season opener against Newberry on Saturday, including two starters on the offensive line.

Freshman Jon Barrett Lewis (6-2, 295) will start at left guard, and fellow rookie Jonathan Cole (6-1, 295) is the starter at right guard. Redshirt freshman Prince Howard-Whitaker (6-3, 250) is listed as the starter at left tackle and also will be making his first college start.

Another true freshman listed as a starter is punter Noah Cannon of Rabun Gap, Ga.

Other true freshmen are listed in backup roles, including slotback Keyonte Sessions of Myrtle Beach, center Haden Haas, nose guard John Wesley Whiteside, defensive end Aaron Brawley, cornerback Wally Wilmore and kicker Branden Glick.

Converted quarterback Brandon Rainey (6-0, 205), a redshirt freshman, will start at fullback, with sophomore Lorenzo Ward listed as the backup. True freshman Brandon Berry (5-11, 230) could see action this season.

With All-America cornerback Dee Delaney transferred to Miami, seniors Tyus Carter and Ben Roberts are the starting corners, backed up by senior Shy Phillips and Wilmore. A 5-11, 175-pounder from York, Wilmore is also listed as the backup punt returner to Curt Nixon.

Newcomer Jalen Stevens, a graduate of Goose Creek High School and grad-student transfer from UConn, is the backup at the KAT defensive end position behind junior Tre-Von White.

The Citadel, winner of two straight Southern Conference titles, hosts Division II Newberry at 6 p.m. Saturday.

Citadel Depth Chart

Offense

QB Dominique Allen , Jordan Black; A-back Cam Jackson, Keyonte Sessions; B-back Brandon Rainey, Lorenzo Ward; A-back Grant Drakeford, Rod Johnson; WR Raleigh Webb, Curt Nixon; WR Josh LeBlanc, Logan Bailey; LT Prince Howard-Whitaker, Attorney Gallman; LG Jon Barrett Lewis, Harry Easler; C Tyler Davis, Haden Haas; RG Jonathan Cole, Tristan Harkleroad; RT Drew McEntyre, Mark Weakland.

Defense

DT Joseph Randolph II, Jonathan King; NG Ken Allen, John Wesley Whiteside; DE Ja'Lon Williams, Aaron Brawley; KAT Tre'Von White, Jalen Stevens; LB Myles Pierce, Russell Hubbs; LB Noah Dawkins, Russell Hubbs; BAND Quinlan Washington, Chance Steverson; CB Tyus Carter, Wally Wilmore; FS Kailik Williams, Khafari Buffalo; ROVER Aaron Spann III, Sean Dumas; CB Ben Roberts, Shy Phillips.

Special Teams

PK Jacob Goudek, Branden Glick; LS Patrick Keefe; P Noah Cannon, Gage Russell; KR Quinlan Washington, Cam Jackson; PR Curt Nixon, Wally Wilmore.

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