NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - As the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks gear up for the season, they're looking to make some critical improvements- especially in the red zone.
SFA had no problem last year getting towards the end zone, but when it came to capitalizing their chances in the red zone, that's where they fell short.
The Lumberjacks ranked dead last in the conference in red-zone offense, converting just 71% of their chances. They were 27-38 in the red zone.
"That's been an emphasis for us coming into two-a-days. That's a stat that we knew coming into fall camp. That's something we got to work on is execution down there," said quarterback Zach Conque. "You got to take care of the football, protect the ball and you have to come out with some type of points, either it's three or seven."
The responsibility to put points on the board fell short on special teams too. SFA's kickers struggled to stay healthy and it showed.
"We feel good about the kicking situation we're developing there. We got two young men in here that are competing really hard, but at the end of the day it's about the offense getting back down there, valuing the football and punching it in," said head coach Clint Conque. "Schematically, we'll probably do a few things different things but at the end of that day it's about holding onto the football and getting it across the goal line. We didn't do that last year."
Lumberjack fans will have a chance to watch the offense improve in the red zone when they host their first scrimmage of the season on Saturday, August 13. The scrimmage will be at Homer Bryce Stadium starting at 4 p.m.