ABILENE – The ACU Wildcats will wrap up the first week of fall camp Saturday morning with a 90-play scrimmage at Anthony Field at Wildcat Stadium. The special teams units will go out first at 9:30 p.m. with the scrimmage portion of the day getting started at approximately at 9:45 a.m.
When the scrimmage beings, the No. 1 offense will go against the No. 1 defense for five plays before the second units take over. After five more plays, the third team units will take the field, and the rest of the scrimmage will follow that format. Officials will be present for the scrimmage, the first time officials have been at an ACU practice this fall. Second-year head coach Adam Dorrel said each unit will get around 30 plays, approximating one half of football for each unit.
“We’re not quite in game shape yet, so this will give us a good gauge of where we are with our conditioning,” Dorrel said. “We’re going to see a lot of situational football, which will be good for us. I’m also anxious to see how our young guys compete with officials on the field.”
Dorrel also said he’ll be intently watching the special teams units when they take the field, especially the battle between freshmen kickers Taylor Williamson and Blair Zapeda. Each has been solid throughout camp and are “neck-and-neck” in the race to replace four-year starter Nik Grau as the Wildcats’ placekicker.
One week into practice and still three weeks from the Sept. 1 season-opener at Baylor, Dorrel said he’s liked what he’s seen so far from his team.
“We’re doing some good things in every area,” he said. “When we correct something – whether that be on the field or in a life decision – our guys are buying into it and making the desired fix. That’s very rewarding as a coach to see stuff like that.”
And aside from the placekicking battle, Dorrel said the depth chart along both lines still has to be worked through and settled before the opener.
“There are some guys on the top two units along both the offensive and defensive lines with some things to prove,” he said. “We’ve still got some work to do in both of those positions, and I’m anxious to see how those guys perform.”