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|Citadel junior anchors nice guys up front |
"It is true," said Billingslea, a redshirt junior from Fort Mill. "When I was young, my father told me that a person who cusses is at a loss for words. And I always want to have something to say, so I told myself I'd never curse."
Billingslea tempted some 10,000 people at Chattanooga's Finley Stadium to speak an oath last Saturday night, when he blocked a punt that turned into a Citadel touchdown, a key play in the Bulldogs' 28 27 comeback victory over the Mocs.
The 6 5, 249 pounder also has opposing offensive linemen muttering under their breath. Through four games, he's got 16 tackles (including 3 1/2 for loss and half <a href=http://www.cheap49ersjersey.org>49ers jersey</a> of a sack) and has batted down three passes for a Citadel defense that ranks first in the Southern Conference in scoring defense (17.5 ppg).
Those nice guys up front are a big reason why. Choirboy Sims (6 2, 278) has 20 tackles (three for loss) and 1 1/2 sacks. High school thespian Douglas (6 1, 262) leads the Bulldogs with four sacks.
"We're the nicest guys off the field," Sims said. "But when we put the helmet on, it's all business."
None of the guys are nicer, it seems, than Billingslea. Teammates back up his no cussing rep.
"That's definitely Chris," Sims said. "He's not the kind of guy to get mad and start slinging curse words. He's just a real humble guy."
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"Chris has really come into his own this season," Citadel coach Kevin Higgins said. "He came here with a lot of ability, but I think the adjustment to the Corps of Cadets and the structure of The Citadel, that was a little different for him."
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Clanton's example was a big influence.
"I saw Erik evolve from sort of just another guy on the sidelines to being a leader of the defense," Billingslea said. "I tried to gain from him as much as I can, and I still am."
The play of the nice guys has been key to the Bulldogs' success in their new 3 4 defense. They've been able to get pressure on opposing QBs without having to blitz too much, rushing three linemen and <a href=http://www.baltimoreravensproshop.org>cheap ravens jerseys</a> an outside linebacker and dropping seven players into pass coverage. And they've done it despite losing line depth such as Quintin Turner (ankle) and Keith Carter (moved to offense).
"Really, the last two quarters at Chattanooga, it was those guys getting pressure that helped us come back," <a href=http://www.baltimoreravensproshop.org>baltimore ravens jerseys</a> Higgins said. "We've asked them to do a lot, moving around a lot inside, and they've handled it well."
And with a minimum of bad words, it seems.
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