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2015 VMI Keydets football
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Conference Southern Conference
2015 record 2–9 (1–6 SoCon)
Head coach Scott Wachenheim (1st year)
Offensive coordinator Dustin Ward (1st year)
Offensive scheme Pro Style
Defensive coordinator Tom Clark (1st year)
Base defense 3–4
Home stadium Alumni Memorial Field
(Capacity: 10,000)
Seasons
« 2014 2016 »

Template:2015 Southern Conference football standings The 2015 VMI Keydets football team represented the Virginia Military Institute in the 2015 NCAA Division I FCS football season. It was VMI's 125th football season and the Keydets were led by first year head coach Scott Wachenheim. They played their home games at 10,000–seat Alumni Memorial Field at Foster Stadium, as they have since 1962. This was VMI's second season as a member of the Southern Conference, following 11 seasons in the Big South Conference, which followed 78 years in the Southern Conference. They finished the season 2–9, 1–6 in SoCon play to finish in last place.

PersonnelEdit

Coaching staffEdit

VMI will be led by first-year head coach Scott Wachenheim, a native of California and a 1984 graduate of the United States Air Force Academy.[1] Wachenheim was previously the offensive line coach at Virginia under head coach Mike London. He replaces Sparky Woods, who compiled a 17–62 record in seven seasons at VMI.[2] Shortly following a home loss to The Citadel, VMI chose not to renew Woods' contract, and several weeks later announced the hire of Wachenheim.

Wachenheim introduced an almost entirely new coaching staff his first year on post. Coordinating the offense is Dustin Ward, while the defensive coordinator is Tom Clark who served two stints at William & Mary as a defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach.[3] There were only two holdovers from Woods' staff: wide receivers and tight ends coach Brad Robbins, and linebackers coach Justin Hamilton, a 2006 graduate of Virginia Tech.[3] Also new to the staff is running backs coach Tim Maypray, who played football at VMI and graduated in 2010 before a brief stint in the Canadian Football League.

Name Position Seasons at
VMI
Alma mater
Scott WachenheimHead coach 1stAir Force (1984)
Dustin WardOffensive Coordinator1stIllinois (2003)
Tom ClarkDefensive Coordinator/Secondary1stMaryland (1986)
Tim MayprayRunning Backs1stVMI (2010)
Justin WoodInside Linebackers1stChristopher Newport (2006)
Justin HamiltonOutside Linebackers2ndVirginia Tech
Brad RobbinsWide Receivers3rdUVA–Wise (2010)
Gordon SammisOffensive Line1stVirginia (2007)
Mike Saint GermainDefensive Line1stLafayette (2007)
Josh ZidenbergAsst. Secondary/Special Teams1stVirginia (2008)
Jimmy WhittenStrength & Conditioning12thVirginia Tech (1991)
Reference:[3]

Returning startersEdit

OffenseEdit

Player Class Position
Al Cobb R–Sophomore Quarterback
Pat Doucette Sophomore Offensive Line
Bradley Hann R–Junior Offensive Line
Andrew Lewis Junior Offensive Line
Nate Murray R–Senior Offensive Line
Derrick Ziglar R–Senior Running Back
Matthew Nicholson Junior Wide Receiver
Sam Patterson Senior Wide Receiver
Aaron Sanders Junior Wide Receiver
Reference:[3]

DefenseEdit

Player Class Position
Damian Jones R–Junior Cornerback
Denton Ensminger Senior Defensive Line
Joe Nelson R–Sophomore Defensive Line
Ryan Francis R–Sophomore Linebacker
Allan Cratsenberg Sophomore Linebacker
Alex Keys R–Junior Safety
Alijah Robinson Junior Safety
Reference:[3]

Special teamsEdit

Player Class Position
Dillon Christopher Junior Placekicker
Hayden Alford R–Junior Punter
Dane Forlines Junior Punt returner
Taylor Stout
Dane Forlines
Junior
Junior
Kick returner
Reference:[3]

RosterEdit

2015 VMI Keydets football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
QB 4 Burton, JohnJohn Burton 10px Jr
QB 4 Paladino, JakeJake Paladino Fr
WR 6 Forlines, DaneDane Forlines Jr
QB 8 Cobb, AlAl Cobb 10px So
WR 9 Stout, TaylorTaylor Stout Jr
WR 11 Johnson, DarrianDarrian Johnson 10px Jr
TE 13 Swingle, RyanRyan Swingle 10px So
WR 15 Brown, JoeyJoey Brown 10px So
QB 16 Maher, JadeJade Maher 10px So
RB 17 Tucker, BriceBrice Tucker 10px So
QB 18 Coulling, AustinAustin Coulling Fr
WR 21 Sanders, AaronAaron Sanders Jr
WR 22 Mauck, DontaeDontae Mauck Fr
FB 23 Shirley, CodyCody Shirley 10px Jr
RB 24 Myers, QuanQuan Myers Fr
RB 26 Dermott, MasonMason Dermott Fr
RB 37 Gavin, ChrisChris Gavin Fr
FB 39 Ziglar, DerrickDerrick Ziglar 10px Sr
RB 40 Marshall, HunterHunter Marshall 10px So
WR 43 Harrell, KyleKyle Harrell 10px So
TE 47 Royston, ZanderZander Royston Fr
WR 48 Wilkins, JohnJohn Wilkins 10px Jr
RB 49 Vardo, KyleKyle Vardo 10px So
C 50 Smith, ChaseChase Smith 10px So
OG 57 Hann, BradleyBradley Hann 10px Jr
OT 61 Miller, StephenStephen Miller 10px So
C 62 Doucette, PatrickPatrick Doucette 10px So
OG 63 Murray, NateNate Murray 10px Sr
OG 65 Milner, MattMatt Milner 10px So
OT 66 Roseborough, IyanIyan Roseborough 10px Jr
OT 71 Williams, ChristianChristian Williams 10px So
OT 72 Lewis, AndrewAndrew Lewis Jr
OL 73 Brummit, ColeCole Brummit Fr
OL 76 Morris, WillWill Morris Fr
OL 77 Thacker, TylerTyler Thacker Fr
OG 78 Reed, ChadChad Reed 10px Jr
OL 79 Barker, GarrettGarrett Barker Fr
WR 80 Patterson, SamuelSamuel Patterson Sr
TE 81 Jacob, ChadChad Jacob 10px Jr
WR 82 Nicholson, MatthewMatthew Nicholson Jr
WR 83 Parker, IsaiahIsaiah Parker Fr
TE 85 Carson, KevinKevin Carson So
TE 86 Mobley, JohnJohn Mobley 10px So
WR 89 Wampler, WillWill Wampler Fr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
CB 1 Furlow, CalebCaleb Furlow 10px Sr
LB 2 Lipscomb, BradleyBradley Lipscomb 10px Jr
LB 3 Richardson, TonyTony Richardson So
LB 5 Ashton, DarnellDarnell Ashton Jr
CB 7 Jones, DamianDamian Jones 10px Jr
S 14 Sanders, GregGreg Sanders So
CB 19 Moore, DougDoug Moore Sr
S 20 James, AlexAlex James Sr
S 25 Keys, AlexAlex Keys 10px Jr
DB 28 Porter, JohnJohn Porter Fr
DB 29 Carter, KareeKaree Carter Fr
DB 30 Sutherland, GabeGabe Sutherland 10px So
DB 31 Stawowczyk, EddieEddie Stawowczyk 10px So
DB 32 Strozyk, JohnJohn Strozyk 10px So
CB 33 Trotman, TyruigTyruig Trotman Fr
LB/P 34 Hogan, BillBill Hogan 10px So
DB 35 Frazier, ScottScott Frazier 10px So
CB 36 Williams, MichaelMichael Williams 10px So
S 38 Robinson, AlijahAlijah Robinson Jr
DB 41 Kpaduwa, UzomaUzoma Kpaduwa Fr
LB 42 Barden, TroyTroy Barden 10px So
LB 44 Francis, RyanRyan Francis 10px Jr
LB 45 Fedison, TylerTyler Fedison Fr
LB 46 Cratsenberg, AllanAllan Cratsenberg So
DE 52 Baker, ZackZack Baker So
LB 53 Roots, ArnoldArnold Roots Fr
DL 55 Rader, DanielDaniel Rader 10px So
LB 56 Ellis, BrianBrian Ellis 10px Jr
LB 58 Lipscomb, BrianBrian Lipscomb 10px So
LB 59 Copeland, ChrisChris Copeland 10px Sr
DL 60 Stevenson-Panchisin, ThadThad Stevenson-Panchisin Fr
LB 67 Wilson, DerekDerek Wilson Fr
LB 68 Mallory, BradBrad Mallory Fr
LB 69 Donahue, JamesonJameson Donahue Fr
DL 73 Mildrum, ConnorConnor Mildrum 10px Jr
DB 84 Kabi, MandelaMandela Kabi Fr
LB 87 Peregoy, CodyCody Peregoy Fr
DE 88 Garvin, J. C.J. C. Garvin 10px Jr
DE 90 de Wolff, RobertRobert de Wolff 10px Jr
DL 91 Greenfield, XavierXavier Greenfield So
DT 92 Hays, WalkerWalker Hays Jr
DT 93 Ensminger, DentonDenton Ensminger Sr
DT 94 Clay, Amon-RaAmon-Ra Clay 10px So
DL 95 Henderson, ShavonShavon Henderson 10px So
LB 96 Mallory, SethSeth Mallory 10px Jr
DE 97 Richmond, JarrodJarrod Richmond Fr
DL 98 Phillips, CaseyCasey Phillips Fr
DE 99 Nelson, JoeJoe Nelson 10px Jr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
P/QB 12 Alford, HaydenHayden Alford 10px Jr
PK 27 Christopher, DillonDillon Christopher Jr
PK 64 Smith, TommyTommy Smith Fr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches
  • Dustin Ward (Offensive Coordinator – 1st year
  • Tom Clark (Defensive Coordinator/Secondary) – 1st year
  • Tim Maypray (Running Backs) – 1st year
  • Justin Wood (Inside Linebackers) – 1st year
  • Justin Hamilton (Outside Linebackers) – 2nd year
  • Brad Robbins (Wide Receivers) – 3rd year
  • Gordon Sammis (Offensive Line) – 1st year
  • Josh Zidenberg (Secondary) – 1st year
  • Mike Saint Germain (Defensive Line) – 1st year
  • Jimmy Whitten (Strength & Conditioning) – 12th year

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Cruz Roja.svg Injured
  • Redshirt.svg Redshirt

Roster
Last update: August 27, 2015

Projected depth chartEdit

Defensive Starters


FS
Greg Sanders
Alex Keys


WLB ILB ILB SLB
Tony Richardson Allen Cratsenburg Ryan Francis Brian Lipscomb
Alex James Darnell Ashton Arnold Roots Chris Copeland
SS
Alijah Robinson
Jon Strozyk
CB
Caleb Furlow
Doug Moore


DE NT DE
J. C. Garvin Amon-Ra Clay Joe Nelson
Seth Mallory Shavon Henderson Robert de Wolff
CB
Damian Jones
Michael Williams
Offensive Starters
WR
Dontae Mauck
Matthew Nicholson
LT LG C RG RT
Andrew Lewis Nate Murray Bradley Hann Chad Reed Iyan Roseborough
Christian Williams Chase Smith Walker Hays Matt Milner Stephen Miller
TE
Sam Patterson
Chad Jacob
WR
Aaron Sanders
Isaiah Parker
QB
Al Cobb
Hayden Alford
RB
Derrick Ziglar
Quan Myers
FB
Ryan Swingle
Cody Shirley
Special Teams
PK Dillon Christopher
P Hayden Alford
P Bill Hogan
KR Dontae Mauck
Greg Sanders
PR Dane Forlines
LS Ryan Swingle
Walker Hays
H Ryan Swingle

[4]

ScheduleEdit

VMI released its schedule on February 3, 2015. The schedule features six home games and five road contests. VMI will face Ball State on the road in the season opener on a Thursday night. The home opener will be September 12 against Pioneer League member Morehead State. The Keydets will play one team from the commonwealth of Virginia, Richmond, after not playing a team from Virginia in 2014. VMI will host conference rivals Samford, Chattanooga, Wofford, and Western Carolina, and will travel to Furman, Mercer, and The Citadel.

DateTimeOpponentSiteTVResultAttendance
September 37:00 PMat Ball State*ESPN3L 36–4810,473
September 121:30 PMMorehead State*ESPN3W 43–405,016
September 196:00 PMat No. 22 Richmond*CSN MA+L 10–428,700
September 263:00 PMat FurmanESPN3L 21–247,915
October 31:30 PMBucknell*
  • Alumni Memorial Field
  • Lexington, VA
ESPN3L 22–28 OT3,713
October 101:30 PMSamforddagger
  • Alumni Memorial Field
  • Lexington, VA
ESPN3L 13–494,875
October 171:30 PMNo. 6 Chattanooga
  • Alumni Memorial Field
  • Lexington, VA
ESPN3L 27–336,104
October 243:00 PMat MercerESPN3W 28–219,754
October 311:30 PMWofford
  • Alumni Memorial Field
  • Lexington, VA
ESPN3L 20–414,437
November 72:00 PMat No. 25 The CitadelESPN3L 14–3514,925
November 211:30 PMWestern Carolina
  • Alumni Memorial Field
  • Lexington, VA
ESPN3L 20–244,523

Game summariesEdit

Ball StateEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
VMI 0 10 7 19

36

Ball State 3 17 14 14

48

at Scheumann Stadium (Muncie, IN)

  • Date: September 3, 2015
  • Game time: 7:00 PM
  • Game weather: Temperature: 85 • Wind: WNW 5 mph • Weather: Sunny
  • Game attendance: 10,473
  • Referee: Tony Cannella
  • TV: ESPN3

Morehead StateEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Morehead State 14 3 13 10

40

VMI 8 15 10 10

43

at Alumni Memorial Field (Lexington, VA)

  • Date: September 12, 2015
  • Game time: 1:30 PM
  • Game attendance: 5,016
  • Referee: Thomas Graham
  • TV: ESPN3

RichmondEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
VMI 3 7 0 0

10

#22 Richmond 7 14 14 7

42

at Robins Stadium (Richmond, VA)

  • Date: September 19, 2015
  • Game time: 6:00 PM
  • Game attendance: 8,700
  • Referee: Hank Johns
  • TV: CSN MA+

FurmanEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
VMI 7 7 0 7

21

Furman 0 7 14 3

24

at Paladin Stadium (Greenville, SC)

  • Date: September 26, 2015
  • Game time: 3:00 PM
  • Game weather: Temperature: 66 • Wind: SW 13 mph • Weather: Light Rain
  • Game attendance: 7,915
  • Referee: Marshall Lewis
  • TV: ESPN3

BucknellEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Bucknell 7 0 0 15

28

VMI 7 6 0 9

22

at Alumni Memorial Field (Lexington, VA)

  • Game time: 1:30 PM
  • Game weather: Temperature: 52 • Wind: 8 mph • Weather: Cold, Rainy, Ick
  • Game attendance: 3,713
  • Referee: Bob Johnson
  • TV: ESPN3

SamfordEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Samford 7 14 7 21

49

VMI 0 10 3 0

13

at Alumni Memorial Field (Lexington, VA)

  • Game time: 1:30 PM
  • Game weather: Temperature: 51 • Wind: 6–8 mph • Weather: Vintage fall day
  • Game attendance: 4,875
  • Referee: Edwin Lee
  • TV: ESPN3

ChattanoogaEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
#6 Chattanooga 3 17 3 10

33

VMI 7 14 0 6

27

at Alumni Memorial Field (Lexington, VA)

  • Game time: 1:30 PM
  • Game weather: Temperature: 58 • Wind: 8–12 MPH • Weather: Cool and gorgeous
  • Game attendance: 6,104
  • Referee: Marshall Lewis
  • TV: ESPN3

MercerEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
VMI 14 14 0 0

28

Mercer 0 14 7 0

21

at Moye Complex (Macon, GA)

  • Game time: 3:00 PM
  • Game weather: Temperature: 81 • Wind: 4 mph • Weather: Partly Sunny
  • Game attendance: 9,754
  • Referee: Larry Saunders
  • TV: ESPN3

WoffordEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Wofford 7 7 21 6

41

VMI 7 3 7 3

20

at Alumni Memorial Field (Lexington, VA)

  • Game time: 1:30 PM
  • Game attendance: 4,473
  • TV: ESPN3

The CitadelEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
VMI 7 0 7 0

14

#25 The Citadel 14 6 6 9

35

at Johnson Hagood Stadium (Charleston, SC)

  • Game time: 2:00 PM
  • Game attendance: 14,925
  • TV: ESPN3

Western CarolinaEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Western Carolina 0 7 7 10

24

VMI 7 6 0 7

20

at Alumni Memorial Field (Lexington, VA)

  • Game time: 1:30 PM
  • Game attendance: 4,523
  • TV: ESPN3

ReferencesEdit

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