NEW ORLEANS – Two of ACU's first three games of the 2014 football season will have a national viewing audience after it was announced Tuesday that the Wildcats' game at Troy (Ala.) will be broadcast on ESPN3.
The broadcast is part of a 13-game package between ESPN and the Sun Belt Conference for the 2014 campaign. ACU will open the season on Wednesday, Aug. 27, with a game against Georgia State in a contest that will be broadcast to a nationwide television audience on ESPNU. Then two weeks later, the Wildcats will be back in the south, this time taking on Troy in a game that will be Web cast on ESPN3.
ACU's only other football appearance on ESPN3 generated an exciting game as the Wildcats dropped a 34-29 decision to New Mexico State last October in Las Cruces, N.M. The Wildcats almost hit a miraculous 79-yard Hail Mary on the final play of the game to pull out the win, but Taylor Gabriel was knocked out of bounds six yards short of the end zone and the touchdown that would have won the game for ACU.
OTHER ACU FOOTBALL NOTES
Former ACU defensive back Craig Harris was killed Sunday night in a motorcycle accident near his hometown of Bellville. Reports from the Texas Department of Public Safety say that Harris was "traveling at a high rate of speed" on his late model motorcycle, on FM 949, about 10 miles southwest of Bellville, at 8:45pm, when he suddenly lunged across the centerline and struck the other vehicle head on. Harris was ejected from the motorcycle and declared dead at the scene. Harris played for the Wildcats in 2008 and 2009, helping them to the Lone Star Conference title in 2008 and back-to-back NCAA Division II playoff appearances. His best season was in 2008 when he tied for the team lead in interceptions (3) and had 30 tackles, five pass breakups and eight passes defended.He was voted second team all-Lone Star Conference in 2008
Former Abilene High running back Herschel Sims – who transferred to ACU prior to last season – got his old AHS number (23) from Jace Hudson, who is switching to No. 17 this season.
A few other number changes this year include Lynn Grady (32 to 7), Blake Rudd (13 to 45), Chris Summers (2 to 49), Will Harlos (27 to 32), Chuck Oputa (45 to 52), Josh Bloom (93 to 95), Travis Tarver (27 to 7) and Brandon Dornak (99 to 94).
Numbers assigned to freshmen include No. 2 to quarterback Dallas Sealey, No. 15 to quarterback Cody Ennis, No. 8 to redshirt freshman quarterback Kade Munden, No. 16 to redshirt freshman quarterback Will Weathers, No. 99 to defensive tackle Travaughn Moore, No. 13 to cornerback Terry Ausborne, No. 12 to linebacker Bryson Gates, and No. 82 to redshirt junior Cedric Gilbert.
ACU currently has three officially retired numbers – No. 10 for quarterback Jim Lindsey, No. 28 for running back Wilbert Montgomery, and No. 44 for wide receiver Johnny Perkins. One other number that is semi-retired is No. 11 for Danieal Manning. ACU has ordered two different sets of jerseys since Manning left after the 2005 season, but hasn't ordered a No. 11 in any of the uniform sets.