NACOGDOCHES, Texas (Press Release)– For three seasons, the overwhelming majority of offensive snaps at Stephen F. Austin involved the senior combination of center Anthony Pullins and quarterback Zach Conque. The duo will get one last chance to take the field together as both have been invited to the College Gridiron Showcase All Star Event, being held January 7-11, 2017, in Bedford, Texas.
“Obviously we’re very proud of both Anthony and Zach to receive this opportunity to represent Stephen F. Austin,” said head coach Clint Conque. “They’ll be out there on a big stage in front of NFL scouts and management from all 32 teams, getting to showcase their respective skill sets against top players from across the country. Both Anthony and Zach were significant starters for us during their time here and we’re excited for them to have the chance to extend SFA’s reputation in the NFL.”
• 2017 College Gridiron Showcase All-Star Information
Pullins and Conque will participate in the four-day event, having the opportunity to receive professional coaching, mentoring and one-on-one evaluations from former NFL coaches and All-Pro players. The Lumberjack duo are two of 160 collegiate players invited to the showcase, going head-to-head against some of the top players from conferences such as the American, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 and SEC.
Conque finished his SFA career ranking among the top-10 Lumberjacks all-time in seven statistical categories. A three-time honorable mention All-Southland Conference performer, Conque finished his SFA career with 6,867 passing yards and 1,602 rushing yards, accounting for 81 touchdowns for the Lumberjacks. He recently signed with KRS III Sports Management and has been training in the Dallas area.
Pullins closed out his time in Nacogdoches as a four year starter on the offensive line, playing in 42 games with 37 starts at the center position. An honorable mention All-SLC selection in 2014, Pullins helped pave the way for a number of record-setting performers for the Lumberjacks, including Conque and all-time leading rusher Gus Johnson from 2013-14.
The College Gridiron Showcase and Symposium is quickly becoming one of the premiere events for collegiate seniors, now in its third season of providing exposure and education for players across all levels of college football. It is the first all-star event to implement a format for football professionals, showcasing participants through practices and a controlled scrimmage to representatives from both the NFL and CFL. To date, the Showcase has produced 13 NFL Draft picks with 106 participants signing undrafted free agent contracts.
Invitees were selected by a panel of football experts and the experience consists of many off-field activities as well. Athletes have the opportunity to have personal interviews with team representatives, as well as seminars relating to financial education, media and social media training as well as first-hand accounts from former NFL players and coaches.
Conque and Pullins head to Bedford looking to add to SFA’s ever-growing reputation at the NFL level. To date, the Lumberjacks have had 76 former players signed to NFL active or practice team rosters, including three in the past two seasons. Running back Gus Johnson is currently a member of the San Diego Chargers’ practice squad after spending time with the Dallas Cowboys and Atlanta Falcons with offensive linemen Terran Vaughn spending the 2016 preseason with the Oakland Raiders.