Charleston, S.C. – Citadel redshirt freshman defensive tackle Colin Parsons has been honored by the College Football Performance Awards for his efforts in last Saturday's 49-14 win over Charleston Southern.
Parsons, making his college debut, tied for second on the team with six tackles, including two tackles for loss and a sack. He also forced and recovered a fumble to help lead a defensive effort that limited the Buccaneers to 263 yards of total offense and just 70 in the second half of the season-opening victory.
The 6-3, 275-pound product of Butler (N.C.) High School played a key role in The Citadel's 28-point outburst in the third quarter that enabled the Bulldogs to pull away from a halftime tie. With The Citadel in front 28-14, Parsons sacked and stripped the ball free from Buccaneer quarterback Malcolm Dixon and made the recovery at the Charleston Southern 24, leading to a touchdown that made it a 21-point lead.
Parsons made all six of his tackles in the second half as The Citadel outscored Charleston Southern 35-0 over the final 30 minutes.
The Citadel is back in action Saturday at 6 p.m. against Georgia Southern at Johnson Hagood Stadium in the Southern Conference opener for both teams. The third-ranked Eagles are also 1-0 after a 58-0 victory over Jacksonville at home.