"AQ7"


ABILENE CHRISTIAN CENTRAL ARKANSAS EASTERN KENTUCKY
"Wildcats" "Bears" "Colonels"
Abilene, TX Conway, AR Richmond, KY
JACKSONVILLE STATE LAMAR SAM HOUSTON STATE
"Gamecocks" "Cardinals" "Bearkats"
Jacksonville, AL Beaumont, TX Huntsville, TX
STEPHEN F. AUSTIN
"Lumberjacks"
Nacogdoches, TX

Comments

"AQ7" is the "conference name" given to a one-year scheduling alliance (the "WAC-ASUN challenge") among seven teams which will participate in two conferences in 2022 (the Western Athletic Conference, which will be sponsoring football for the first time since 2012, and the Atlantic Sun Conference, which will have football for the first time). The conference champion of AQ7 will receive an automatic bid to the FCS playoffs in 2021.

Abilene Christian, Lamar, Sam Houston State, and Stephen F. Austin will be in the Western Athletic Conference in 2022 (along with Southern Utah). Central Arkansas, Eastern Kentucky, and Jacksonville State will compete in the inaugural Atlantic Sun Conference football season in 2022 (along with Kennesaw State and North Alabama ).


Historical Helmets

ABILENE CHRISTIAN

? - 1960 1961 1962 - 1964
1965 - 1966 1966 - 1967 1968
1969 - 1978 1979 - 1984 1985 - 1986
1987 - 1990 1991 - 1992 1993 - 1994
1995 1996 - 1999 2000
'A' 'B'
2001 - 2012 2013 - 2017 2017
'C' 'D'
2018 - 2018 -
*see note 1 below

During recent years Abilene Christian has used the following sequences of helmet designs:

As for the "missing" Abilene Christian helmets:

Below are photographs of the missing helmets; additional information on these would be appreciated.

*1 Uniform numbers are worn on the left side only of this design; a logo is worn on the right side (as represented below).


CENTRAL ARKANSAS

c.1960s c.early 1970s 1974
1975 1976 1978
1973; 1977; 1979 1980 - 1990 1991 - 1999
2000 - 2009 2010 - 2012 2013 - 2014
'A' 'B'
2015 - 2016 2017 - 2017 -
*see note 1 below
'C' 'D' 'E'
2019 - 2020 - 2020 -
'F'
2021 -

During recent years UCA has used the following sequences of helmet designs:

This team used several interesting helmet designs during the mid-1970s for which I have only partial information; below are photographs of some of these, and the apparent logo worn on the last two:

Clear color photographs of any of these would probably enable me to add them to the website. The 1974 design had a red "bear head" logo beneath the letters "SCA" which were purple in color. The 1975 helmet had a cartoon bear logo of unknown color(s); the same logo was used in 1976 but greatly enlarged. There were apparently some red (or perhaps orange or brown) colors within the logo during at least 1975.

*1 The "bear" logo is worn on the left side only of this design; uniform numerals are worn on the right side (as represented below).


EASTERN KENTUCKY

1955 - 1961 1962 1963
1964 1965 - 1967 1968
1969 - 1970 1971 - 1976 1977 - 1978
1979 1980 - 2005 September 6, 2008;
September 13, 2008
*see note 1 below
'A' 'B'
2009 - 2015 2006 - 2008; 2016 - 2017 -
'C' 'D' 'E'
2017 - 2017; 2019 - 2018 -
'F' 'G'
2019 - 2019 -

During recent years EKU has used the following sequences of helmet designs:

EKU's team nickname was changed from "Maroons" to "Colonels" in 1963.

*1 This design was used at least during home games against Western Kentucky and Morehead State in 2008 (and perhaps during other games, also?).


JACKSONVILLE STATE

? - 1981 1982 - 1983 1984
1985 - 1996;
October 26, 2002
1997 - 1999 2000 - 2001
2002 (first 7 games) 2002 (last 3 games) November 9, 2013
'B' 'C'
November 23, 2013 2014 2014
*see note 1 below
'D' (and 'D1') 'E' 'A'
2014 - November 14, 2015 2003 - 2014
*see note 2 below
'F'
2017 -

During recent years JSU has used the following sequences of helmet designs:

JSU used three different helmet designs in 2002. The team began the season wearing white uniform numerals on their helmets; these were used for the team's first seven games. On October 26, the old oval-shaped logo was brought back for a single home game against Stephen F. Austin; this was done in recognition of the 10th anniversary of JSU's 1992 Division II National Championship season. The team used plain red helmets for its last three games in 2002 and then adopted a new design in 2003.

*1 Numerals were used only on the left side of each helmet; the right side featured an enormous "gamecock" logo (as shown below) which partially spilled over to the left hemisphere.

*2 Helmet design 'D' has the "JSU" logo on its left side only; the right side has white uniform numerals (as represented below). Design 'D1' has the "JSU" logo on both the left and right sides.


LAMAR

1962 1963 1966 - 1967
1968 - 1969 1958 - 1961;
1964 - 1965; 1970
1971
1972 - 1974 1975 - 1976 1977 - 1978
1979 - 1980 1981 1982
1983 - 1984 1985 1986 - 1989
'A'
September 27, 2014;
November 1, 2014
2010 - 2014 2015 -
*see note 1 below
'B' 'C'
2018 - 2018 -

During recent years Lamar has used the following sequences of helmet designs:

Lamar did not have a football team from 1990 through 2009. The name of the school was Lamar State College of Technology prior to 1971; hence the "LT" logo on the 1966-1967 helmet design.

*1 Worn during home games against Sam Houston State and Houston Baptist in 2014.


SAM HOUSTON STATE

1976 1975; 1977 1979
1978; 1980 1981 1982 - 1985
*see note 1 below *see note 2 below
1986 - 1988 1989 - 1993 1994 - 1996
1997 (first 2 games) 1997 (last 9 games) 1998? - 2004
2005 (first game or two); 2010 2005 - 2009; 2011 - 2019 2020* -
2021 -

I have not received any information about pre-1975 SHSU helmets. In 1979 the team used white helmets with a "bearkat head" logo (photo below); I would appreciate a clear color photograph of this helmet. It was reported to me that not enough of these decals were ordered, and that towards the end of the season about half the team were using "blank" helmets.

I received some contradictory reports about the decals used by SHSU in 2010; apparently both the orange and white versions of the most recent helmet decal were used in 2010, occasionally at the same time by different players. Can anyone clarify how these were used in 2010? Did one version eventually supersede the other? The white version was apparently used by the entire team during the 2011 season.

*1 The logo shown on this design was actually worn only on the right sides of the helmets; the left sides were "blank".

*2 The 1982-1985 design has been described as being identical to the one shown as "1986-1988" with the exception that there was a blue stripe between the orange and white stripes on each side (in other words the stripe sequence was white-blue-orange-blue-white). I would appreciate a photograph from the 1982-1985 period which clearly shows the width of the blue stripe relative to the others.


STEPHEN F. AUSTIN

1958 - 1962 1963 - 1970 1971
1972 - 1975 1976 1977 - 1981
1982 - 1985 1986 - 1988 1989 - 1991
'A'
2002 1992 - 2001; 2003 - 2010 2011 -
*see note 1 below
'B' (and 'B1' & 'B2') 'C' 'D'
2015; 2020 - 2016 - 2019 -
*see note 2 below *see note 3 below
'E' 'F' 'G'
2019 - 2020 - 2020 -
*see note 4 below *see note 5 below *see note 6 below

During recent years Stephen F. Austin has used the following sequences of helmet designs:

*1 Prior to 2015 this design had the SFA/Texas state outline logo on both sides; beginning in 2015 the logo was worn on the left side only; white uniform numerals were worn on the right side (as depicted below).

*2 Helmet design 'B' has uniform numbers on both sides; 'B1' has uniform numbers on the left side only with a logo adorning the right side (as represented below); 'B2' has uniform numbers on the left side only with the "SFA"/state outline logo (as shown on the left side of 'C' above) on the right side. .

*3 The logo is present on the left side only of this design; purple uniform numbers like those worn on both sides of design 'B' adorn the right side.

*4 The 'JACKS' logo is present on the left side only of this design; white uniform numbers are worn on the right side (so the appearance is like that of the right side of design 'A').

*5 The logo is present on the left side only of this design; white uniform numbers are worn on the right side (as shown on the right side of 'A' in note 1 above).

*6 The logo is present on the left side only of this design; white uniform numbers are worn on the right side (as represented below).