NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Last season, the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks averaged over 208 rushing yards per game. Much of the credit goes to their offensive line. If they want to keep running that way, which they do, they're going to have to three new faces to step up for the challenge.
Only two starters are returning, in Anthony Pullins and Travis Wiggins, but head coach Clint Conque feels they have more than enough talent ready for the call. One of which is Oklahoma State transfer Jaxon Salinas. Clint also expressed confidence in some of the young underclassmen coming in.
What will offset the changes on the line, will be all the parts around them.
SFA has an offense is littered with experienced veterans. They'll be led by third-year starting quarterback, Zach Conque, and a deep pull of players in the back field.
"We feel we can go four or five deep with our running backs. So between their skill sets, the offensive line, and of course Zach's a dual threat who rushed over 500 yards last year, we feel like with the tempo, the experience at receiver, the ability in the back field to run the ball, we're going to be able to keep people off balance," said Clint.
"I think it's our duty as the experienced players to lift them up," said Zach. "We go to get those guys ready to go and get ready to play Week 1 at Texas Tech. Coach Best is doing a great job with the offensive line and really getting them coached up, so I have all the faith in the world in those guys."
The Lumberjack offense has the veteran addition of new offensive coordinator Gary Crowton. He has 30 years' worth of knowledge of the game, has coached at every level including the NFL, and has won a National College Football Championship with LSU.