SFA Athletics Release
Former Stephen F. Austin quarterback Zach Conque’s football career will continue as Conque has signed an undrafted free agent contract with the Houston Texans. With his signing, Conque becomes the 76th Lumberjack to sign a contract with an NFL team.
The 6-5, 237 pound quarterback/tight end caught the attention of NFL scouts at SFA’s Pro Day, posting impressive numbers in the drills while working out at both the quarterback and tight end position. The performance earned him an invitation to Baylor’s Pro Day in Waco, followed by a private workout from the Texans in the weeks leading up to the NFL Draft.
A three year starter at quarterback, Conque ended his SFA career ranking among the all-time top-10 in seven statistical categories for the Lumberjacks, including second in both career rushing touchdowns (34), third in touchdowns responsible for (81) and career pass completions (611) and fourth in career passing yards (6,867) and career total offense (8,476).
Conque also ranked sixth in career passing touchdowns (46) and eighth in career scoring (214) and goes down as the Lumberjacks’ all-time top rushing quarterback, finishing with 1,602 career rushing yards and ranking 14th all-time.
The 2014 Southland Conference Newcomer of the Year, Conque was a three-time honorable mention All-SLC performer, including leading the league in touchdowns responsible for (27) in 2015. He was named the SLC Offensive Player of the Week three times during his SFA career, earning National Player of the Week honors from three different media outlets following SFA’s victory over sixth-ranked McNeese in 2014.
With Conque signing a free agent contract, it marks the third-straight year a Lumberjack has been an undrafted free agent signee following the conclusion of the NFL Draft. The previous two were done by the Oakland Raiders, signing Conque’s former teammates Gus Johnson in 2015 and Terran Vaughn in 2016. He will also become the fifth Lumberjack to don the blue and red of the Texans, joining Josh Aubrey, KaRon Coleman, Willie Jefferson and Chad Stanley.
The road to an NFL roster spot begins when Conque reports to the Texans’ rookie minicamp in May before taking part in the team’s training camp later in the summer. It will also mark Conque’s return to a venue he has become quite familiar, playing at NRG Stadium in each of the last three seasons in the Battle of the Piney Woods.