Location: Davidson, NC
Coach: Scott Abell (6-5) 2nd season at Davidson
Stadium: Richardson Stadium (Capacity: 6,000)
14th: North Carolina
240th: Division I
2018 In A Sentence: Say what you want about the Wildcats and their feather-light schedule – Davidson was a mighty entertaining football team last year. Under first-year head coach Scott Abell, the Runnin’ Cats ran roughshod over opposing defenses, leading the FCS statistically in rushing yards per game (442.9 per game). Against D-III Guilford, Davidson set FCS records with 964 total yards and 685 rushing yards in a 91-61 victory. Their 6-5 record was their first winning season since 2007.
Biggest Shoes to Fill: One of the big bodies that carved out that running game was OL Nick Nolting, a 6’8 280 lb lineman that started 10 of 11 games last season and was a PFL honorable all-League mention.
Key Player: The Wildcats have a stable of running backs that run over their opposition, but the lead stallion of the stable is RB Wesley Dugger, who led Davidson with 1,246 yards and 16 touchdowns. Already a vocal leader, he’s actually in a position to expand his running game even further as the injury that sidelined him his senior year in high school becomes an even more distant memory.
Fearless Prediction: If Davidson can upset surprising Georgetown at home to start the season, the Wildcats will be in very good position to finish above .500 once again for the season. A home date against defending PFL champs San Diego in mid-October will definitely have title implications, something that even a couple years ago seemed utterly unbelievable.