Know Thy Enemy: Stephen F. Austin Mike Tufano August 25, 2014 Features, Gameday, Know Thy Enemy 2014 SCHEDULE 9/30 @ K-State 9/6 Incarnate Word 9/13 Texas A&M Commerce 9/20 Weber State 10/4 Central Arkansas 10/11 @ Nicholls State 10/18 @ Houston Baptist 10/25 SE Louisiana 11/1 Sam Houston 11/8 @ McNeese State 11/15 Abilene Christian 11/22 Northwestern State Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks Location: Nacogdoches, Texas Enrollment: 12,999 Colors: Purple and White Conference: Southland Stadium: Bryce Stadium (14,575) 2013 Overall Record: 3-9 2013 Conf. Record/Finish: 1-6/t7th Postseason: None Twitter: @SFA_Athletics; @SFA_Football Head Coach Clint Conque Clint Conque Overall Record (Yrs): 105-59 (14) Record at School: First Year Record vs. K-State: 0-0 After 14 seasons as head coach at Central Arkansas, including 3 conference titles, and overseeing their move from NCAA Division II to NCAA Division I FCS and joining the Southland Conference, Conque resigned to take the head coaching position at Stephen F. Austin this year, moving just 5 hours southwest across state lines and within the conference. He’s even still wearing purple. Conque played linebacker at Nicholls State (1981-82) and had many stops as an assistant in high school and college before his first head coaching job at Central Arkansas. He was Gulf South Conference Coach of the Year in 2005 and Southland Conference Coach of the Year in 2008 and 2012. Senior RB Gus Johnson Lumberjack Offense QB Battle: #2 Zach Conque vs #10 Joe Mindon Yup. It’s the coach’s son fighting for the starting QB position. Joe Mindon was the heir apparent going into this year, but Conque followed his father to SF Austin, and the even battle lasted through spring ball into the fall. Conque takes most of the snaps with the first team, and is likely to be the starter, but that has not yet been announced. They know offense… In 2013 Stephen F. Austin, despite being a 3-9 team, was 1st in passing offense and 2nd in overall offense in FCS. Their quarterback, of course, is gone, but a lot of that had to do with #6 and #1 on the field. The Jacks averaged 38.5 points and 389 yards a game. #6 Gus Johnson – Running Back No, not that Gus Johnson, but, bam, he’s in shape! Their leading rusher from a year ago is without a question the star of the ‘Jacks. He’s a 2 time All-SLC selection that ran for 1,061 yards last season. He’s got 28 career touchdowns as well. #1 Tyler Boyd – Wide Receiver Their senior wide receiver is a the leading receiver from a year ago on a strong wide receiver corps. He caught 8 TDs last year, AND he threw for 3 more, so K-State’s defense will have stay locked alert on him when he has the ball behind the line of scrimmage. He threw a 75 yard TD pass against Texas Tech last season. Senior LB Collin Garrett Lumberjack Defense Defense? What Defense? As good as their offensive stats were, their defensive were essentially the mirror opposite. A season ago they gave up 49.3 points and 338 yards per game. Snyder is going to keep it plenty vanilla, but that shouldn’t stop K-State from moving the ball. #40 Collin Garrett- Linebacker There’s going to be one man an the field who knows what it’s like to get thrashed by K-State already. That’s Collin Garrett, a former linebacker from Kansas. After citations for battery and interference with a police officer he was kicked off of Charlie Weis’ team in 2011 and transferred to Stephen F. Austin for the remaining 3 years of his career. He’s the leading returning tackler for the Jacks, and, for the record, he did have one stop against K-State in the 2011 game. #33 Trey Vallier – Defensive Back Led the team with 4 interceptions a year ago. He also had some tackles. Ok, it’s a little bit of a stretch to find much impressive to talk about on this defense, so we had to mention someone to watch for. Head Basketball Coach Brad Underwood And then there’s this… 25 players on the 70 man roster are suiting up for the first time with the Jacks on Saturday. That includes 10 true freshmen, and 14 of the 25 players listed on their two-deep. Former K-State basketball player, and assistant coach, Brad Underwood is entering his second year as head coach at Stephen F. Austin. In his first year he won a conference title, and led the Lumberjacks to an upset over VCU in the NCAA Tournament. Former TCU defensive end Devonte Fields was set to transfer to Stephen F. Austin in hopes of being immediately eligible, but was not granted his release. TCU has since “permanently separated” from Fields, but at this time there has been no word on where he will end up. Two other transfers from FBS: A.J. Jones is a wide receiver who redshirted at Iowa a year ago, and Michael Boddie is an offensive lineman who spent the last 3 years at Missouri and is now at Stephen F. Austin with 2 remaining years of eligibility. Almost the entire roster is filled with players from the state of Texas. 74 Texans, 6 others. Stephen F. Austin, who wears purple, will play 5 teams this season that also wear purple. 3 of those are Wildcats.