Saturday turned out to be a day the Conque family will never forget.
Not only did SFA head football coach, Clint Conque, witness one of his sons get married, he also celebrated his other son, Zach Conque, as he fulfilled his lifelong dream of making it to the NFL. Zach will get to stay close to home while living out his dream, now that he's signed as a free agent with the Houston Texans.
“It's been a dream of mine since I was five. To finally get the call, pull the trigger and pin point a team, it was really special,” said Zach.
Zach is among the newest Houston Texans selected in this year's NFL draft. Zach got the call during the reception of his brother's wedding day, and it was news that gave extra life to the after party.
“My sister-in-law made an announcement to the entire room and it was really special. It was a great night with a lot of family and a lot of support, a lot of family friends, and it was good to be with them to celebrate that night,” said Zach.
East Texas has only known Zach as a quarterback at SFA, but get used to seeing him as a tight end in the NFL. The Kansas City Chiefs, New York Jets, Jacksonville Jaguars and Houston Texans all inquired to see Zach as a tight end for their team.
“I just felt like the Texans were the best fit for me scheme wise and I have a great relationship with Coach Kelly down there. He’s their tight ends coach. They've been on me since day one with their scouting,” said Zach.
The Texans were at Zach's SFA and Baylor Pro Day showing, and even asked to have a private workout with the then NFL hopeful.
“I like the Texans program and the organization. Bill O'Brien, I think, does things right. He's a hard-nosed guy that demands discipline,” said Zach. “I'm really looking forward to it. I’m ready to get to work. The easy part’s over with.”
While he battled and played through injury at SFA, Zach recognizes the big transition ahead of him as a tight end without his usual line of defense.
“The physical aspect of putting my hand on the ground, coming off and hitting someone right there in your face, that's going to be the hardest thing for me to adjust to,” said Zach.
However, as far as the mental aspect of the game, his three years as a starting quarterback served him well to understand the route running ahead of him.
“Being a quarterback and having a quarterback background is going to help me out with that. I think it's just going to be a more physical aspect to get used to,” said Zach. “Without SFA, I wouldn't be where I’m at today. They gave me the opportunity and the chance to fulfill a dream and I've done that. I just wanted to say thank you.”
Zach will report to rookie mini-camp with the Texans on May 11th.
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