ACU Today sports editor Lance Fleming (’92) has started a blog for Wildcat fans at acusports.blogspot.com. He and others are writing almost daily about preparations for the upcoming year at ACU. If you’re a football practice junkie and want to know who looked good in shorts and pads this week, this is the blog for you.
Hopes are particularly high for the football team, which is favored to win the Lone Star Conference and is ranked No. 5 in the nation (by The Sporting News). Featuring one of the most prolific offenses in college football, the Wildcats are coming off two consecutive years of appearances in the NCAA national playoffs.
Last year’s team set more than 70 ACU, LSC and NCAA records, and the statistical carnage could be as great this season as last. If you have been putting off catching a Wildcat game in person, this is the year to fix that. You can follow the team on acusports.com each week, but the excitement of watching players such as quarterback Billy Malone, runningback Bernard Scott and wide receiver Johnny Knox, and a host of others, should not be missed.
Standing out among all the typical pre-season college football stories you’ll find on the Web is one at www.promisekeepers.org/news/072808/football-team-joins-pks-manhood-movement chronicling the ACU football team’s plans to take a break from preparation for the season by attending an Aug. 15-16 Promise Keeper’s conference in Dallas. Head coach Chris Thomsen is to be commended for his emphasis on developing much more than his student-athletes’ time in the 40-yard dash or weight room. I think you will be moved by what you read there.
You can get a similar insight into the ACU football program by watching the video clip, “Paying it Forward” I helped put together back in February with Martin Perry (’81) of Phillips Productions Inc. of Dallas. It profiles Wildcat defensive backs coach Desmond Gant who uses his faith and football knowledge to influence student-athletes on the ACU team. The story was part of a longer film produced for The President’s Circle at ACU.
Watch it at www.youtube.com/watch?v=cgiuH7_nPeI