NACOGDOCHES — After spending the past two seasons believing in the process — and the plan for future growth — by head coach Colby Carthel and his staff, Stephen F. Austin senior quarterback Trae Self and his teammates have endured the growing pains of back-to-back young squads that featured three-quarters of the squad being freshmen and sophomores.

After back-to-back Top 5 recruiting classes in the FCS, could this be the break-through season for the Lumberjacks as they begin play as first-year members of the Western Athletic Conference? Only time will tell.