June 4, 2012

Bulldog Defensive Duo Named to CFPA Preseason Watch List

Senior defensive end Chris Billingslea and junior defensive tackle Derek Douglas have been named to the College Football Performance Awards watch list for the upcoming 2012 season.

The duo joins junior fullback Darien Robinson as Bulldogs gaining preseason CFPA recognition. The watch list for linebackers, defensive backs, punters and kickers will be announced later this month.

Douglas will miss the opening portion of the 2012 season after suffering a torn ACL in his right knee during spring practice.

Billingslea (pictured) is a three-year letterman and was selected second team All-SoCon last season after leading Citadel defensive linemen and ranking third on the team overall with 53 tackles. Eleven of his tackles, including two sacks, came behind the line of scrimmage, and he added five pass breakups and three fumble recoveries while blocking two kicks.

The Fort Mill High School product scored the first touchdown in a 41-14 win over VMI last fall when he scooped up a blocked punt and raced 19 yards into the end zone.

Billingslea has started 28 consecutive games entering the 2012 campaign and has career totals of 129 tackles, 20 tackles for loss, 6.5 sacks, nine passes defensed, five fumble recoveries and three blocked kicks to go along with one interception.

Douglas was named to the All-SoCon first team by both the coaches and media a year ago after a sophomore season which saw him rank fifth in the conference with 14.5 tackles for loss, including 3.5 sacks, and make a total of 43 stops.

Douglas, from Garland, Texas, and a graduate of Sachse High School, was chosen as The Citadel's Defensive Player of the Year for the 2011 season. He has played in all 22 games over his first two seasons on the active roster, moving into the starting lineup a year ago, and has made 84 tackles with 22 tackles for loss and seven sacks over that time.

The Bulldogs open the 2012 season on Sept. 1 against Charleston Southern at Johnson Hagood Stadium and begin Southern Conference play the following week against Georgia Southern, also at home. Both of those games kick off at 6 p.m.

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