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    Conque Announces Spring Award Winners
    Running back Gus Johnson earned three awards during SFA's Offseason and Spring Football Awards ceremony
    Running back Gus Johnson earned three awards during SFA's Offseason and Spring Football Awards ceremony

    May 5, 2014

    NACOGDOCHES, Texas - Stephen F. Austin football closed out the spring semester with an Offseason and Spring Awards ceremony Sunday evening. The event will become a yearly occurrence as head coach Clint Conque begins to build his culture among the Lumberjack football program.

    "It was a great offseason and spring season and this was our way of recognizing those who bought in to our system and gave it their all," Conque said. "We named each of the awards after key figures in the SFA football program with the intention of tying the tradition of the past to the players of today and it is something I'm excited to begin here at SFA."

    Each of the awards were voted on by the members of the Lumberjack coaching staff and were presented at the final team meeting of the spring semester Sunday evening. A number of the award namesakes were on hand to present their respective honor, something Conque hopes to grow in future years.

    A full list of the 2014 SFA Football Offseason/Spring Award winners follows, with a brief bio of the award namesakes:

    Krazy Jacks
    Recognition for excellence in the SFA 2014 spring special teams competition:
    Demundre Freeman
    Eugene Wright
    Rodney Young
    Nick Bryant
    Travaine Strong
    Aaron Doddy
    Chase Curry
    Braxton Bearden

    Mike Wilhite Elite Jack Award
    Wilhite played three seasons at SFA, earning both his bachelors and masters degrees. A highly successful businessman that has served on many boards, including the SFA letterman and alumni foundation and board of regents, Wilhite is the son-in-law of the late Homer Bryce and has been a significant financial donor to the program for many years. The award honors the top performers of the 2014 offseason:
    Gus Johnson
    Bradley Krall
    Ishmiah Miles
    Zach Conque
    Robert Sylvester

    Dan Eason Award
    Eason has been with the SFA strength and conditioning department for 14 seasons, training and developing scores of Lumberjacks that went on to play in the NFL. Eason also holds a BCS title for his work at the University of Tennessee. The award recognizes outstanding performances in the 2014 offseason:
    Cameron Washington
    Anthony Pullins
    Collin Garrett
    • Aaron Piper
    • Demundre Freeman
    Justice Liggins
    Keavon Madison
    Lance Skyler
    Marquis Mosley
    • Nick Bryant
    • Rodney Young
    Terran Vaughn

    Robert Hill Award
    Hill has become synonymous with SFA Athletics, being associated with the department for over 25 years and serving as Athletic Director since 2005. During his tenure, SFA has won 35 Southland Conference titles and multiple Commissioners Cups and was named the Under Armour Athletic Director of the Year in 2011. This award recognizes outstanding leadership among offensive players during the 2014 spring practice schedule:
    Zach Conque
    Gus Johnson
    Joe Minden

    Steve McCarty Award
    McCarty is the long-time Athletic Director at SFA who currently serves as the chairman of the SFA board of regents. Having spent over 20 years associated with the department, McCarty forged SFA Athletics into the modern era of Division I athletics and has a leadership award presented annually in the Southland Conference to a student-athlete from a member institution. This award recognizes outstanding leadership among defensive players during the 2014 spring practice schedule:
    Collin Garrett
    Keavon Madison

    Larry Centers Award
    Centers was a two-time All-SLC performer at running back for the `Jacks and was selected in the fifth round of the Phoenix Cardinals in the 1990 NFL Draft. He played 15 seasons in the NFL, being selected to three Pro Bowls and won a Super Bowl championship with New England in 2004, and has 827 career receptions, the most in NFL history for a fullback. The award recognizes outstanding achievements among the offense during the 2014 spring practice schedule:
    Aaron Thomas
    Byron Williams
    Gus Johnson
    Travis Wiggins

    Jeremiah Trotter Award
    Trotter was an All-American linebacker for SFA before being selected in the third round of the 1998 NFL Draft by the Philadelphia Eagles. He played 12 seasons in the NFL, being selected to four Pro Bowls and was a two-time All-Pro selection, accumulating 636 tackles and 12.5 sacks while establishing a reputation as one of the most feared defensive players in the league. The award recognizes outstanding achievements among the defense during the 2014 spring practice schedule:
    Collin Garrett
    Keavon Madison
    Lance Skyler

    Mark Moseley Award
    Moseley was a three year letterwinning kicker at SFA before being selected by the Philadelphia Eagles in the 14th round of the 1970 NFL Draft. He would go on to play 17 seasons in the NFL, being named to the Pro Bowl three times and was the AP NFL MVP in 1982. Moseley won a Super Bowl title with the Washington Redskins in 1983 and ended his career as the Redskins all-time leading scorer, being inducted into the Redskins Ring of Fame. The award recognizes outstanding achievements among the special teams during the 2014 spring practice schedule:
    Demundre Freeman
    Joshawa West
    Nick Bruno

    Jabara Williams Award
    Williams was a two-time All-American during his time at SFA, helping lead the `Jacks to a pair of Southland Conference championships. Williams was named the conference's Defensive Player of the Year in 2010 before being drafted in the seventh round of the NFL Draft by the St. Louis Rams and currently plays for the Dallas Cowboys. The award recognizes the most improved player over the course of the 2014 spring football practice schedule:
    Rodney Timmons
    Donald Bryant
    • Nick Bryant
    Robert Sylvester
    Terran Vaughn

    Max Holmes Award
    After transferring from LSU in 2008, Holmes started every game at center for SFA. An All-SLC selection, Holmes was also an All-SLC Academic selection before being named the conference's male Scholar Athlete of the Year in 2009 and currently serves as the director of admissions of SFA. The award recognizes outstanding performances among newcomers during the 2014 spring football practice schedule:
    • Cameron Washington
    Zach Conque
    Maurice Poullard

    Jim Hess Award
    Hess was the former head coach and athletic director for SFA, compiling a 47-30-2 record on the Lumberjack sidelines and remains the all-time winningest coach in program history. Helping make SFA transition from a Division II to a Division I-AA program, Hess went on to become the head coach at New Mexico State as well as a scout for the Dallas Cowboys. This award recognizes the top overall performer during the course of the 2014 spring football practice schedule, selected by head coach Clint Conque:
    Robert Sylvester (offense)
    Trey Vallier (defense)

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