The Matchup 
- Texas A&M-Kingsville and A&M-Commerce will face off in the 25th Annual Chennault Cup on Thursday, August 30, in Commerce, Texas, on ESPN3
- The Javelinas currently own a 16-9 edge in the Chennault Cup dating back to 1992
- The Lions won the most recent meeting between the programs in 2017, 38-7
- The Hogs currently own a 38-25-1 series advantage in a matchup that dates back to 1930, including a 16-14-1 mark in Commerce
- TAMUK won the first matchup on Nov. 17, 1930, in Kingsville, 25-6
- The longest streak belongs to the Hogs, who won seven straight from 1992 to 1998
- From 1992 to 2011, TAMUK went 16-3 against the Lions

Scouting the Lions 
- A&M-Commerce graduated 2018 Harlon Hill Trophy winner Luis Perez, Perez threw for 4999 yards in 2018 with 46 touchdowns
- The remaining quarterback staff accounted for 236 yards and one touchdown
- Carandal Hale returns to the backfield as he ended with 819 yards and five scores
- E.J. Thompson will return as well with 488 rushing yards and four scores
- A&M-Commerce had five wide receivers with at least 500 yards in 2018, but will return only three as Buck Wilson and D'Arthur Cowan moved on
- Wilson finished 2018 with 950 yards and 11 touchdowns, while Cowan had 779 yards and six touchdowns
- On the defensive side of the ball, the Lions will not return Brucks Saathoff, who finished last year with 100 tackles, five for a loss, four sacks and one interception
- A&M-Commerce had six players record at least four sacks in 2018 with only two returning in Michael Onuoha (five sacks) and Peyton Searcy (four sacks)
- Norman Moimoi led the team with 6.5 sacks, while Onuoha and Kieston Carter both had five
- The Lions will have Alex Shillow and Dominique Ramsey back in as the pair both had three picks in 2018

2018 Outlook for the Javelinas 
- The Hogs will return several familiar faces on both sides of the ball for the 2018 campaign, as Cade Dyal is back under center for the season opener against A&M-Commerce
- Dyal finished 2017 with 191 completions on 307 attempts for 2053 yards and 19 touchdowns
- Jeff Carr and Nick Pelrean both are returning to the backfield for the Javelinas as the pair combined for 1276 yards on 226 carries and nine touchdowns
- Pelrean was 26th in the nation in rushing yards per carry in 2017 at 6.36
- The Javelinas graduated 2017 LSC Receiver of the Year Jordan Thomas, who finished the year with 1073 yards and 13 touchdowns
- Thomas was 12th and 14th in the nation for receiving touchdowns and receiving yards, respectively
- The remaining receiving corps accounted for 1811 yards accross 17 different receivers
- On the defensive side, the Hogs will have 2016 LSC Defensive Player of the Year on the line in Brandon Jones as the senior finished 2017 with 41 tackles, 13.5 for loss, and 6.5 sacks
- Jones will be joined by Caleb Valentine who led the team with seven sacks and 15 tackles for loss last year
- As a unit, the Javelina defense was ranked third in the nation in sacks per game and 16th in tackles for loss per game at 3.73 and 8.4, respectively
- Devonte Williams will man the secondary as he returns as the leading tackler in the unit with 53 in 2017
- Julio De La Garza is back as the lone returning specialist for the Hogs as he has handled kicking duties the previous year
- De La Garza had 36 punts for an average of 38.36 yards per punt, converted on 73.3% of his field goals (11-for-15), and had 16 touchbacks on 54 kickoffs in 2017
- For his career, De La Garza is 32-for-43 (74.4) on field goal attempts
- Keith Whitely handled primary return duties on kickoffs and punts for the Javelinas in 2017 as he returned 13 punts for 128 yards and 10 kickoffs for 309 yards
- Carr returned 10 kickoffs for 256 yards, while Thomas had four for 143 and the lone return touchdown

Fourth Year under Wilkinson 
- This will be the fourth season for the Javelinas under the direction of head coach Daren Wilkinson
- The Hogs are 15-19 all-time under Wilkinson, including a 8-15 mark in the LSC
- TAMUK bested No. RV Southern Arkansas in 2016 at the Agent Barry Live United Bowl in Wilkinson's second year to finish the season 9-3

Rounding Out the Coaching Staff 
- Wilkinson will be joined on the sideline by several new and familiar faces in 2018
- Phil Serchia returns for his fourth year as the offensive line coach and run game coordinator
- Jaime Martinez is entering into his 13th year for the Hogs as the running backs and full backs coach
- Kevin May is back for his fourth season as the safeties coach and special teams coordinator
- Parker Cundiff moved into a full-time role with the Hogs as he was promoted to tight ends coach and assistant special teams coordinator in his fourth season
- Ryan Rodriguez is back for his second year as assistant safeties coach
- Haskel Buff will take over as defensive coordinator and linebackers coach in his first year back in the Blue and Gold
- Buff also coached for the Hogs from 2000-06 as defensive coordinator and special teams coach, helping the Javelinas capture four consecutive LSC Championships in that span
- Scott Brown brings over 44 years of experience to Kingsville as he takes over as defensive line coach
- Brown started his career as a coach for Central Catholic H.S. in Denver and was most recently a scout for the San Francisco 49ers from 2012-14 before becoming the defensive line coach in 2015
- Brown had made stops at several Division-I programs, including TCU (1983-91), Minnesota (1992-95), Duke (1996-2007) Colorado State (2008-10) and Arizona State (2011)
- Ross Fiegener was moved into a full-time role with the Javelinas as a defensive line and strength and conditioning coach for the 2018 season
- Eddie Moten returns to Kingsville to coach the cornerbacks for the 2018 campaign
- Moten graduated from TAMUK in 2003 and played for the Philadelphia Soul of the Arena Football league from 2005-08, winning the 2008 ArenaBowl XXII, and was a two-time First Team All-Arena selection
- Moten was also a member of the reality show 4th and Long, hosted by former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Michael Irvin
- While playing for TAMUK, Moten was a D2Football.com First Team All-American in 2003 in addition to a spot on the Football Gazette All-America Honorable Mention squad
- Moten was a two-time First Team All-LSC in the Blue and Gold as well as the 2003 LSC South Defensive Back of the Year, Daktroncis Second Team All-Region and Football Gazette First Team All-Region
- Beau Burleson and Luke Walters are both in their first year for the Javelinas
- Burleson (Sam Houston State, '16) will assist with the running backs and full backs, while Walters (Baylor, '17) will handle the wide receivers

Sixth in the LSC 
- The Javelinas were picked to finish sixth in the LSC by a poll of coaches, sports information directors and media members of the nine football schools in the Lone Star Conference