ACU focused on fixing running game during spring
ABILENE, Texas —
The ACU Wildcats have begun spring football practice and as Adam Dorrel begins his second year in Abilene he has a clear list of priorities to address after a 2-9 season in 2017.
"Number one our physicality. We feel like we have to be a lot more physical as a football program," said Dorrel. "We were last in the Southland in rush offense which is not acceptable."
The Wildcats were one of two teams in the conference that did not rush for at least 1,000 yards as a team last season. ACU also only scored seven touchdowns on the ground in 2017.
"If your offense can't run the football it directly impacts your defense because they're going against you every day. We gave up almost 200 yards a game rushing last year, so we've got to get that fixed.
"That's priority number one."
The Wildcat had consistent trouble slowing down opponents' ground attack, culminating with a 56-21 Homecoming loss in which Southeastern Louisiana ran for 443 yards.
ACU will also have to replace linebacker Sam Denmark who finished his career as the school's all-time leader in tackles.