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Lumberjacks begin football camp Thursday

Source: SFA Athletics Source: SFA Athletics

From SFA Athletics

NACOGCOCHES, Texas – Football officially returns to the campus of Stephen F. Austin Thursday, Aug. 3, as the Lumberjacks begin their final preparations for the 2017 season with fall camp. The preseason camp will feature a total of 18 practices, including three, full-pad scrimmages, spanned over the course of three weeks.  
 
"We're certainly very excited and anxious to get started", said fourth-year head coach Clint Conque. "Players report back on Wednesday and just making sure we have all the "I's" dotted and the "T's" crossed, and all the details from an administrative standpoint have been covered", continued Coach Conque on the coaches' preparation for fall camp. "Our schedules are organized that when the players get here we can hit the ground running. We just want to make sure that all the preparation that needs to be done from a detail standpoint is covered. I feel like we've done that and now we're pretty much just waiting on the arrival of the young men to come back to campus."
 
The first practice of fall camp will begin at 3:45 p.m. Thursday afternoon on the practice fields behind the athletics fieldhouse after the team's official report date Wednesday. Fall camp will continue each day for the 'Jacks until Wednesday, Aug. 23, with the exception of Tuesday, Aug. 8; Monday, Aug. 14; and Sunday, Aug. 20, when there will be no team practice.
 
After two practices with just helmets, SFA will move to shoulder pads and helmets on the third day of practice Saturday, Aug. 5. The 'Jacks will take part in their first night practice inside Homer Bryce Stadium the next day on Sunday, Aug. 6, and will continue with shells, before moving back to the practice fields on Monday, Aug. 7. The team will experience full pads for the first time of fall camp Thursday, Aug. 10, and will hold one more practice behind the fieldhouse in helmets, before hosting one of three full-pad scrimmages.
 
The full-pad scrimmages will highlight fall camp as Lumberjack fans will get their first opportunities to watch their team in action preparing for the 2017 season. The first scrimmage takes place Saturday, Aug. 12, at 4 p.m. in Homer Bryce Stadium.
 
The 'Jacks continue with a night practice inside Homer Bryce Sunday, Aug. 13, but will dress down to shells. Following its second day off from practice, SFA will return to the practice fields Tuesday and Wednesday, Aug. 15-16, and will remain in shoulder pads and helmets. Thursday, Aug. 17, the 'Jacks will practice inside Homer Bryce once more in shells, before going with helmets on the practice fields Friday, Aug. 18.
 
The second of the three full-pad scrimmages will take place Saturday, Aug. 19, at 4 p.m. in Homer Bryce. Following their third off day, the 'Jacks will suit up in shells for their final fall camp practice behind the athletics fieldhouse Monday, Aug. 21. Tuesday, Aug. 22, the team will remain in shells but will take to Homer Bryce for their final practice of camp.
 
Fall camp will officially break following SFA's final full-pad scrimmage on Wednesday, Aug. 23. The third scrimmage will be the 'Jacks' only night scrimmage as the purple and white get things underway at 7 p.m. inside Homer Bryce.
 
Practices will be held at 3:45 p.m. from Thursday, Aug. 3, through Friday, Aug. 11, with the exception of a 7:30 p.m. night practice on Sunday, Aug. 6. The second of the two night practices will also get underway at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 13. Morning practices at 9:15 a.m. will take place Tuesday, Aug. 15, through the end of camp with the exceptions of the final two scrimmages.
 
"What I'm really going to challenge the football team as I challenge our coaching staff is to take things in small bites day-by-day", Coach Conque remarked. "We want to become a more physical, more blue collar and more efficient football team. There is going to be a lot of competition as depth is going to be as good as it's been since we arrived here in 2014. With that said, there is a lot of youth involved in that process but our main objective is to become a more cohesive football team."
 
"Health has been an issue with this program for the last two years but we're super excited that all of the guys who had off-season surgery have been cleared", added Conque. "We just have to be smart how we ease those guys back into contact. We're anxious to get started and looking forward to shaping this team. Every team is different, the personalities, the leadership, and we're a really young team with only 10 seniors but I'm looking forward to seeing the competition play out."
 
Following fall camp, SFA will begin its regular in-season practice schedule Thursday, Aug. 24, as the 'Jacks prepare for their 2017 season opener at SMU on Saturday, Sept. 3. The home portion of the 2017 schedule will begin the following weekend as SFA hosts Southern Utah in a non-conference tilt Saturday, Sept. 9.
 
2017 SFA FOOTBALL FALL CAMP SCHEDULE
 
Thursday, Aug. 3 (Camp Opens) – Practice 1 (3:45 p.m.)
Location: Practice Field* | Attire: Helmets 
Friday, Aug. 4 – Practice 2 (3:45 p.m.)
Location: Practice Field* | Attire: Helmets 
Saturday, Aug. 5 – Practice 3 (3:45 p.m.)
Location: Practice Field* | Attire: Shells
Sunday, Aug. 6 – Practice 4 (7:30 p.m.)
Location: Homer Bryce Stadium | Attire: Shells 
Monday, Aug. 7 – Practice 5 (3:45 p.m.)
Location: Practice Field* | Attire: Shells
Wednesday, Aug. 9 – Practice 6 (3:45 p.m.)
Location: Practice Field* | Attire: Shells
Thursday, Aug. 10 – Practice 7 (3:45 p.m.)
Location: Practice Field* | Attire: Full Pads
Friday, Aug. 11 – Practice 8 (3:45 p.m.)
Location: Practice Field* | Attire: Helmets
Saturday, Aug. 12 (Scrimmage One) – Practice 9 (4 p.m.)
Location: Homer Bryce Stadium | Attire: Full Pads
Sunday, Aug. 13 – Practice 10 (7:30 p.m.)
Location: Homer Bryce Stadium | Attire: Shells
Tuesday, Aug. 15 – Practice 11 (9:15 a.m.)
Location: Practice Field* | Attire: Shells
Wednesday, Aug. 16 – Practice 12 (9:15 a.m.)
Location: Practice Field* | Attire: Shells
Thursday, Aug. 17 – Practice 13 (9:15 a.m.)
Location: Homer Bryce Stadium | Attire: Shells
Friday, Aug. 18 – Practice 14 (9:15 a.m.)
Location: Practice Field* | Attire: Helmets
Saturday, Aug. 19 (Scrimmage Two) – Practice 15 (4 p.m.)
Location: Homer Bryce Stadium | Attire: Full Pads
Monday, Aug. 21 – Practice 16 (9:15 a.m.)
Location: Practice Field* | Attire: Shells
Tuesday, Aug. 22 – Practice 17 (9:15 a.m.)
Location: Homer Bryce Stadium | Attire: Shells
Wednesday, Aug. 23 (Scrimmage Three) – Practice 18 (7 p.m.)
Location: Homer Bryce Stadium | Attire: Full Pads
 
* – Practice fields located behind the athletics fieldhouse

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