“As one of the seniors on this team, I hope I did a good job of setting a positive example for the guys who will be on the varsity next year,” Gough said. “These guys didn’t experience the playoffs, of course, but I think they will be ready when they make the playoffs next year.
“I’m really looking forward to coming back to watch them, and be out there with them [on the sidelines].”
Hardin-Simmons came into the recruiting picture when Brock assistant football coach Marte Amrine sent the Cowboys’ staff a highlight film.
“I was being recruited by a couple of other schools,” Gough said. “I guess HSU liked what they saw in the film Coach Amrine sent them, and we set up a visit.
“I really liked the campus and the facilities, and it just all kind of came together after that.”
Planning to pursue a business major with designs on a vocation in finance, Gough is glad he will be furthering his football career and education just down the road from Brock.
“I like the fact that HSU is pretty close,” said the senior. It won’t be much of an ordeal to come home if I need to on short notice.
“We also have a ranch even closer to Abilene. It’s a good place to hang out with friends.”
In the books, and on the gridiron, where Slaten gained more than 1,750 yards for the Eagles last season, he knows there is a lot of hard work ahead of him.
“There are never any guarantees of playing time, he said. “I’m just planning to work hard when I get to Hardin-Simmons and earn myself a spot.”
And who knows if there may be some more history-making milestones for the Brock senior — there’s certainly been plenty of those so far, and he’s handled them splendidly.