Abilene Christian (1-5) struggled during an abbreviated fall season, dropping a game to D-II Angelo State, and playing three FBS opponents.
It is a disappointing trend for a program that cleared the .500 mark in 2018.
Quarterback Peyton Mansell emerged as a capable option under center, completing 62 percent of his passes for 1,237 yards in six games. Adam Dorrel added several high-profile transfers, including former Texas offensive lineman Reese Moore, Texas State running back Anthony Smith and linebacker John Brannon.
WR Kobe Clark: Had 26 catches for 362 yards and four touchdowns last fall.
RB Jermiah Dobbins: Had 42 carries for 222 yards and five touchdowns in six games a year ago.
DE Jordan Paup: ACU’s top returning pass-rusher with 27 tackles and 2.5 sacks.
Key Game: November 13 vs. Tarleton
Worst Case: The many transfers Adam Dorrell are bringing in fail to come together, and by the time the Central Arkansas game rolls around, a reeling Wildcat team streaks to the bottom of the ASUN-WAC challenge.
Best Case: A feather-light out-of-conference schedule, including two sub-D-I’s and a non-conference tilt against Lamar, allow the team to come together and challenge Central Arkansas and Eastern Kentucky in back-to-back weeks.
Rob Butler is a lifelong Texas A&M football fan – his family is full of A&M graduates. He graduated from Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas with two degrees – a BBA in Finance and an MBA. His hobbies include jogging and reading books pertaining to college football.