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ACU defensive coordinator leaving for job at Texas State

ACU defensive coordinator Tremaine Jackson is leaving for a job at Texas State.

After two seasons on staff as the ACU football team's defensive coordinator Tremaine Jackson confirmed he is leaving Abilene to become the defensive line coach at Texas State.

National college football reporter Bruce Feldman was the first to report the news on Sunday, which ACU said was premature and that nothing had been agreed to between Jackson and Texas State.

Jackson himself tweeted a lengthy farewell message on Tuesday morning.

In the tweet, Jackson thanked his players at ACU for accepting him and buying into his defensive philosophy.

"You have changed my life and in such a positive way that me saying thank you would not suffice," said Jackson.

"I am indebted to you and I truly thank you for allowing me to be the leader of the UNIT!"

Jackson joined the ACU football staff with then-new head coach Adam Dorrel. Jackson had been a defensive assistant at the University of Sioux Falls from 2013-2016.

He worked as the defensive coordinator during his final three seasons at Sioux Falls and helped lead the team to the NCAA Division II playoffs each year.

The Houston-native played football at Texas Southern University after transferring from Louisiana-Monroe.

ACU ranked fourth in scoring defense in the Southland Conference with 26.9 points allowed per game, and third in total defense with 385 yards surrendered per contest.

The Wildcats made the biggest jumps in the rushing game.

Jackson's defense cut their average running yards allowed from 195 to 113 from 2017 to 2018.

ACU also nearly doubled its sack production in Jackson's two years, going from 19 in 2017 to 34 in 2018.

The Wildcats went 6-5 last season for their first winning mark since 2013.

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