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    Re: Southland Offseason Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by lionsrking2 View Post
    40 is not THAT unusual, especially for a new coach with history dealing with D2 scholarship limits.
    True. It's just unusual for ACU, especially when ACU is one of the most expensive schools in the country.

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    Re: Southland Offseason Thread

    Lots of changes at SFA heard during the one on one interview with Coach Conque...

    Redshirting quarterback Zach Smith is not a sure thing by any means. If he walks into fall camp and outplays the competition, it's not inconceivable that he plays. With that said, I get the feeling that it's probably unlikely. We could definitely see a situation at quarterback a lot like Joe Minden and Zach Conque had in the early part of Clint's inaugural season at SFA with Ryan Cottingame and Jake Blumrick splitting drives.

    Coach Conque seems optimistic that Sawyer could return earlier than expected but it remains highly unlikely that he'll take the field in Dallas on September 2nd.

    Arkansas graduate transfer Juan Day comes to SFA with two remaining years of eligibility and should be healthy enough to contribute right now. He's big, long and fast, and Conque seems confident that he's capable of helping the already deep position of running back. Conque remains very complimentary of Josh McGowen and Kijana Amous.

    The SFA staff spent a lot of time reflecting after last season and delved a bit into analytics to make some difficult decisions. One of those was to go a different direction on defense. Conque explains that it was necessary to focus more on some of the spread stuff that teams are throwing at them now while remaining versatile enough to revert to even-man fronts against run heavy teams. In short, SFA gave up way too many big plays last year. There were times where the defense was okay - good even - if you think back to that early season win in Lake Charles. But a defense that emphasizes cutting off the over-the-top passes was the goal and Conque found his man for that in Jeff Byrd.

    There are a number of true freshmen that have been very impressive so far in what the staff has seen. It's hard to point to any one in particular that has a chance to contribute immediately with redshirt decisions still more than a month away, but some names that were thrown out: tight end Allen Arclies (a big personnel need right now), defensive backs Trenton Gordon, Eli Jones, Caleb Lawton, and offensive lineman Jimmy Price.
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    Re: Southland Offseason Thread

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    FCS PLAYOFFS - 1988 1989 1993 1995 2009 2010 2014
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    WALTER PAYTON AWARD - 2010
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    Re: Southland Offseason Thread

    Love that last statement in the video.

    Looks like Sam Houston receiving all the votes from the SIDs and head coaches but they can't vote for themselves so they went to UCA.




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