On Wednesday, the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjack football team had an open conference in Lake Charles, Louisiana for the Southland Conference Media Day.
There are several story lines entering the 2014 season.
Clint Conque will be entering his first season with the Lumberjacks as the head coach. He has brought an entire new coaching staff, which is expected out of any new coach making changes.
What was not as expected was when Clint’s son, Zach Conque, joined the team last spring. At the conference, Zach was announced as the starting quarterback for SFA. He is expected to play over former backup quarterback, Joe Minden.
Zach is a sophomore, UTSA quarterback transfer. It turned out to be great timing for the transfer, as SFA graduated their former quarterback, Brady Attaway, after the 2013 season.
“Zach has great size. He's got a big arm, very explosive. He can run for a big guy, he really can run,” said Clint. “He brings some very tangible elements, but I do know this that he and Joe Minden are both young men we are going to depend on a lot. It's a little extra pressure having your son out there, but at the end of the day he's got to make his own way. So far, he's done an excellent job at that.”
Clint admits he is coming into a program that needs a little “pick me up.” The team won back-to-back SLC Championships in 2009, and 2010, but have struggled for the past two seasons after that. Last year, the overall record for the Lumberjacks was 3-9.
At the SLC Media Day, Clint didn’t promise championships. He made it clear there was a lot to rebuild within the Lumberjack football program
“We inherited a little bit of a wounded program and everybody here recognizes that. That's part of the challenge,” said Clint. “Teammates back at home have bought into the cultural changes that we have put in place, the expectation level of how we want to go about and do our business, the processes, and it is a process. We have to respect each phase, and each part of that process.”
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