NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - It's the first day of what the Stephen F. Lumberjacks are calling their fall camp.
Naturally, a lot of excitement is brought to the field in gearing up for the season, but it's the details in perfecting their craft that's the challenging part.
"I thought our energy was really good. We didn't have too many missed assignments, but we have an awful lot of work to do, and a long way to go. It's just day one, but it's good to get started," said head coach Clint Conque.
Clint stressed the importance of these players not getting ahead of themselves, as it's just day one of an almost 3 week long camp
"I really encouraged and challenged the team to focus on the details and to respect this part of the process. With camp, it's a grind 24/7. It starts with everything on how we eat, how we sleep, rest and recovery, our meetings, our lifting sessions, our walkthroughs, so we're really locked in right now and focusing on ourselves." said Clint.
The turnover rate in college football is inevitable as new players come in trying to adapt to the speed of the game that comes with college.
"Some of the freshmen are playing at Friday night speed and we got to catch them up to Saturday night," said Clint.
With that turnover rate, former players grow up and it's seniors like running back Gus Johnson that are leading the team.
"We're out here doing something we love to do so why not have fun with it? I just try to stress that to everybody, stay in a positive attitude no matter if we're doing bad or doing good, just always stay positive," said Johnson.
The Lumberjacks are leaning on a new leader this year, starting quarterback Zach Conque, who transferred from UTSA this spring. For the sophomore, day one of fall camp started on a positive note for the team.
"It's always nice to get into fall camp, get into the routine of things, the habits, the late nights, and the early mornings," said Zach. "We got to learn how to practice. Obviously the first day, everybody's going to be a little tired, a little out of shape, but we got to get in the practice shape. I think we did very well."