The Citadel defensive lineman wins SOCON Defensive Player of the Week


CHARLESTON, S.C. - Citadel junior defensive tackle Derek Douglas was honored as the Southern Conference Defensive Player of the Week and the College Football Performance Awards National Defensive Performer of the Week for his efforts in Saturday's 27-24 win at VMI.

Douglas had four tackles including two sacks and took a Keydet fumble 21 yards for his first career touchdown that helped the Bulldogs retain the Silver Shako trophy and improve to 6-4 to clinch their first winning season since 2007.

The Garland, Texas, native had a sack of VMI quarterback Eric Kordenbrock midway through the third quarter and on the following play picked up a fumble that was the result of a sack by Mark Thomas and went in for the touchdown that gave The Citadel a 24-3 lead.

Douglas had his first sack of the game and forced a fumble that VMI was able to recover in the second quarter. The 2011 first team All-SoCon selection and Citadel team MVP has five sacks on the season despite missing the first three games while still recovering from a torn ACL suffered during spring practice.

Douglas increased his career sack total to 12, tied for seventh in school history, and moved into 16th place with 29 career tackles for loss. A year ago he ranked fifth in the SoCon with 14.5 tackles behind the line of scrimmage among his 43 total stops.

The Citadel wraps up its regular season Saturday at rival Furman with an opportunity to finish above .500 at 5-3 in the SoCon and keep alive its hopes for a berth in the FCS playoffs.