Citadel offensive lineman admits to 'going for knees' of FSU defense
An offensive lineman for The Citadel who wrote a online comment detailing his team's strategy to intentionally block Florida State defensive linemen in the knees wrote an apology Sunday to the Florida State community, and could face disciplinary measures.
Victor Hill, an offensive lineman for The Citadel, posted the following comment Sunday morning on the online comment section of an article by the Post and Courier, a South Carolina newspaper:
The comments prompted intense reaction from other readers and according to Florida State website Tomahawk Nation, elicited apologies from Bulldogs coach Mike Houston as well as Hill.
Houston's official statement expressed disappointment in ill (via Tomahawk Nation):
"In no way does one player's words reflect the philosophy and mindset of our program, player and coaches. I am very disappointed in Victor [Hill]'s choice of words and the matter is being addressed appropriately. The Citadel football program strives to do things in a 1st Class manner. Disciplinary action will be handled accordingly"
Hill then followed his coach's comments with a statement of his own.
"I would like to sincerely apologize for my statements this morning. I am both embarrassed and ashamed of my comments. They reflect in no way, shape or form how I am taught or coached to perform. I am truly sorry for my immature comments that were made out of frustration. It was senseless on my part and I will accept the consequences for my actions and hope to grow from the experience moving forward. I apologize to Coach Jimbo Fisher, his players and the FSU fans for my negative remarks."
While Hill says he will accept the consequences of his actions, three Florida State defensive lineman are accepting the consequences of low blocks. Eddie Goldman, Justin Shanks and Nile Lawrence-Stample each sustained leg injuries in the game.
Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher expressed exasperation after the game at the injuries, noting he'd prefer not to play notoriously low-blocking, triple option teams such as The Citadel in the future.
The Seminoles have a bye this weekend before facing Clemson on Sept. 20. Florida State beat The Citadel 37-12.
- Will Green