Citadel coach Higgins hopes offense will take off

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) -- Citadel coach Kevin Higgins can't wait for former Air Force coach Fisher DeBerry to be right about the Bulldogs' triple-option offense.

The ex-Falcons coach visited Higgins two years ago before the Citadel coach switched to the run-based scheme and flatly told him the Bulldogs offense would be disastrous its initial season. The second year, things would improve dramatically with the Bulldogs' attack taking off in season three.

Higgins said DeBerry was right about the Citadel the past two seasons, the team finding its footing on offense as the 2011 season progressed. The Bulldogs finished as the third best rushing team in the Football Championship Subdivision.

Higgins switched to the triple option in 2010 because its discipline and execution better fit a school whose students undergo daily military training.