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    2018 Southland Offseason Thread

    Hope everyone had a good holiday time. Things are fairly quiet now, but will begin picking up soon and wanted to get your feel for your teams going into the spring and summer. ACU came off of early signing with 13-14 good JUCO transfers on both offense and defense. None of the players were highly ranked recruits, but some had been given interest by FBS and FCS schools. From what I see of our recruit's size and speed, they should be ready to play and offer some help for us. I am happy with our signing class so far, but want to see more long term emphasis included. Most of the Juco players will have 2+ years to play. Dorrel was really focused on making us more competitive for the 2018 season. From the beginning I think he wanted to bring in and redshirt more HS players, but saw more immediate needs for us. Still, I am hoping our coaches get some good HS signed LOIs that stick around. We have saved some schollies for that. We are expecting there to be a couple of FBS dropdowns as well. We have one so far. All in all- it should be interesting to see the old and new mix it up come spring.

    Old players gone for sure is our QB, Sealey. He is moving on to other places and should get better and more play time there. Whether Luke Anthony ends up with the #1 or another beats him out will become known later. Either way, I know Anthony can do the job fine. We lost a CB to PSU earlier on in the season but we remain soundly deep for our defensive backfield. I know there are others, but can't remember off the top of my head.So, we didn't have a huge graduating class and we are bringing in decent help. How much that translates into wins for us next year... we'll see. I think we are on track to be improved over this past season for sure. How much I don't know. I still know beating each of you will still take a lot week in and week out.

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    Re: 2018 Southland Offseason Thread

    UCA football went through a tough transition In the coaching ranks as a bigger school bought our head coach and most of his staff.

    Our New Staff:

    Head Coach: Nathan Brown was promoted from OC. Former UCA QB.
    Assistant Head Coach/ TE coach: Brooks Hollingsworth from Conway High School. Previous UCA coach.
    QB Coach/ OC- Ken Collums. Former UCA QB and former ACU head coach.
    DC/Linebackers coach: Max Thurmond
    RB Coach- Taylor Reed Former UCA QB and coached H.S. level
    Safeties/ Nickel backs coach- Chad Williams
    WR coach/ Special teams coordinator- Ryan Howard. Former UCA QB and TE. Kept on in transition.
    OL coach/ recruiting coord.- Gunnar Boykin
    D Line coach- Tony Davis



    This off- season we learned UCA’s future OOC schedules:

    2018- Murray State
    2018- @Tulsa

    2019- @Western Kentucky (FBS)
    2019- @Hawaii (FBS)
    2019- Austin Peay

    2020- @ Austin Peay
    2020- @ Missouri (SEC)

    2021- @Arkansas State (FBS)
    2021- Missouri State

    2022- @Ole Miss (SEC)
    2022- @Missouri State

    UCA also signed 12 players in the Dec. 20 – 22nd signing period:

    The newcomers include:

    offensive linemen
    Alex Bridges, 6-5, 310 pounds Cisco C.C. Texas
    Will Burgess, 6-4, 330 Hot Springs H.S.
    Dylan Desper 6-4, 290 Jones County C.C.
    Jacob Ingram; 6-3, 305 West Monroe H.S.

    TE Austin Eldridge; 6-3, 240 Plant City Fl. H.S.

    RB Cameron Myers; 6-1, 200 Durant H.S. Plant City Fl.

    WR Bennie Smith; 5-8, 170 Klein Oak H.S. Spring, TX

    DT Alejandro Ramirez; 6-2, 300 Springdale Har-ber H.S. Ark.

    CB Duke Upshaw; 6-0, 180 East Miss. C. C.

    punter Taylor Wallace, 6-1, 200 Jones C. C.

    long snapper Raleigh Wood. 6-2, 205 East Miss. C. C.

    DL Jon Campbell- 6-1, 285 Klein Oak H.S. Spring, TX.
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    Re: 2018 Southland Offseason Thread

    I was happy to see Ken go back to UCA. I think he is good at the OC position. Our OOC schedule was completed by getting DII Angelo State to play us, but hey, we open with Baylor

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    Re: 2018 Southland Offseason Thread

    2018 ACU Commits-
    WR Floyd Connell, 6'2 165, Copperas Cove: Stats- 46 catches for 517 yards and 3 tds with 18 tackles on defense

    WR Dequavas Sneed, 5'9 160, Lancaster: Stats- 1 catch for 49 yards and 1 td

    QB Cole Klayman, 6'0 210 El Camino JUCO:Stats- 65.7% completion percentage, 2309 yards passing with 21 tds

    TE Jordan Bruner, 6'4 235, Pasadena JUCO:Stats- 15-249 with 4 tds

    TE Kevin Ventura-Cortes, 6'6 220, Cerritos JUCO: Stats- 20-180 with 3 tds

    CB Jeremiah Baltrip, 6'2 190, Coffeyville JUCO: Stats- 23 tackles and 2 ints

    WR Torin Justice, 6'3 200, Trinity Valley JUCO: Stats- 46-579 and 3 tds

    RB Robert McKnight, 5'11 195 Independence JUCO: Stats- was red-shirted this year

    CB Byron Robinson, 5'11 190, Kilgore JUCO: Stats- 22 tackles, 1 int and 15 pass break-ups

    DT Douglas Nyandika. 6'5 270, Navarro JUCO: Stats-

    CB Alexander Lofton, 6'2 190, Butler JUCO: Stats- 16 tackles, 1 int and 4 pass break-ups

    LB Jack Lechman, 6'1 220, Trinity Valley JUCO: Stats- 65 tackles

    DE Brian Miller Jr, 6'4 260, Coffeyville JUCO: Stats- 31 tackles and 4.5 sacks

    OL Tylor Lovett, 6'2 290, Butler JUCO:

    OL- Dakota Napierkowski, 6'4 259, Snow College

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    Re: 2018 Southland Offseason Thread

    The biggest question of the offseason for SHSU is who win the quarterback position. We have two pretty good quarterbacks in Griffen and Brock, but they have yet to show much on the field. I think that if the right person is at that position, we should make the playoffs. Nicholls will be good again.

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    Re: 2018 Southland Offseason Thread

    After UCA and SHSU have a combined 34-2 record the past two years, I predict a pendulum swing back toward McNeese, SLU, and SFA side of the field. Reason: Both lost 2 very good QBs. But this conference does this every few years. No biggie. That's why we play....
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    Re: 2018 Southland Offseason Thread

    I am trying to remember how many returning seniors McNeese, SLU, SFA and Nichols will have. Wasn't McNeese fairly young this past season? I am still expecting a lot from SHSU and UCA.

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    Re: 2018 Southland Offseason Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by Outsider1 View Post
    I am trying to remember how many returning seniors McNeese, SLU, SFA and Nichols will have. Wasn't McNeese fairly young this past season? I am still expecting a lot from SHSU and UCA.
    I think McNeese has a few key guys back. Their defensive unit is top 10 in the FCS, if not top 5. Nicholls should be good again. The Kats lost some key guys, but we should be okay. The defense will actually be better despite the loss of PJ. We should make the playoffs at least.

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    Re: 2018 Southland Offseason Thread

    For us a big loss defensively is Sam Denmark graduating. We have built some depth there, but he will be missed.

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    Re: 2018 Southland Offseason Thread

    I think our offense will be fine, regardless of the fact we lost maybe our GOAT receiver in Yedi Louis, as well as Briscoe and RB Avery. The defense lost a few good players (and the GOAT d-lineman in Hall) but we have a lot of young talent, especially in the defensive backfield. I'm hoping with Briscoe moving on that we have a more mobile QB that can exploit the RPO with his legs...
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