After rewriting the ACU record books, two Wildcat football players are going bowling.
Quarterback Mitchell Gale and kicker Morgan Lineberry have been invited to participate in the Texas vs. The Nation All-Star Game and the FCS Senior Scout Bowl respectively.
Lineberry will leave ACU as the all-time leader in field goals made, and will be taking his golden leg to South Carolina to show the NFL scouts what he is made of.
“The natural tendency is to feel overly self-conscious, so fighting the urge to over perform is the challenge,” Lineberry said.
“My mindset is that I know what I am doing, and I have had success at it, so why change my approach? The only change I should make is to focus even more and maintain my poise.”
The FCS Senior Scout Bowl is scheduled for Dec. 15.
Gale will have to wait a little longer to show off his arm, as the Texas vs. The Nation All-Star Game will not be played until Feb. 2 in Allen.
The Wildcat’s quarterback will leave the Big Country with the most passing yards in Lone Star Conference history. Gale also threw for 97 touchdown passes and won 30 games as the starting quarterback.
“Mitchell was not a highly recruited guy out of high school,” head coach Ken Collums said. “He got a couple offers and that was it.”
“What he has done through his toughness, his resolve and his approach is grinded himself into a good quarterback. That says a lot about the guy, coming from Alva, Okla. and then bam; you are considered one of the best quarterbacks in the country. Somebody in the NFL is interested in him or he wouldn’t be getting this opportunity.”
With the NFL draft four months away, these games will provide a chance for Lineberry and Gale to show scouts everything they have to offer.
“I know that they are both really good guys, and that’s what will give them a chance in my opinion,” Collums said. “It speaks to them as people, just how hard they work and it speaks to this program and what we have been able to build here over the years.”
“They’ll be advocates of this place and they are quality people, so I don’t know that I could find better guys to send out there for our university.”