The Family Business

Arkansas has had its share of football-playing Bequettes and 2015 defensive end prospect Luc Bequette (6-2, 250) - whose mother is former Olympic figure skater Debbie Thomas and dad is former Razorback OL Chris Bequete - hopes to get a chance to follow in the footsteps of his relatives.

When your dad, uncle, great grandfather and cousin all played football for Arkansas and your mother was a medal-winning Olympic figure skater, there are bound to be some expectations.

Luc Bequette (6-2, 250) embraces those while maintaining he has a ways to go before jumping into the family business at an elite level.

Luc's great grandfather George, dad Chris Beuqette, uncle Jay and cousin Jake all played football for the Razorback and his mom Debbie won the bronze in the 1988 Winter Olympics in Alberta, Canada.

"I've been very fortunate to have parents who not only had great athletic ability, but also have really guided me from a mental and maturity standpoint as well," Bequette said. "They just always pushed me to be my best.

"My dad helped me as much as possible with my athletic career and worked me hard and my mom has always been part of the mental game," Bequette said. "I'm just trying to get better in all phases every day and follow their lead."

Jake Bequette, the former Razorback defensive end now playing for the New England Patriots, has been a big influence on Luc.

"He (Jake) is a hard, hard worker and to be honest he is probably the reason that I am getting better and am able to do the type of workouts I can now to the best of my ability," Bequette said. "He really has been a big help to me and pushes me to be the best I can be."

The Arkansas camp he attended last week was Bequette's first ever foray into summer camps.

"It was great," Bequette said. "I learned a lot from the coaches that helped me - things as simple as developing a left-handed stance. It was just a big help overall and a thrill playing alongside and against guys like (Arkansas 2014 defensive tackle commit) Bijohn) Jackson.

"My dad wanted me to get down here, check it out and get a chance to work with the coaches, especially with (Arkansas defensive line) Coach (Charlie) Patridge," Bequette added. "It's been a real plus for me. I really hope to get the chance to play football for Arkansas, too."

Bequette is an accomplished baseball player and wrestler, but wants to play football in college.

"Nobody has been looking at me yet, but hopefully this camp will get my name out there," Bequette said. "Football is definitely my favorite and then wrestlng and baseball are probably tied for second."

Bequette competed last season at St. Thomas More in Champaign, Illinois, but he and his dad are likely on the move this summer.

"It looks like I am going to transfer either to Centennial High School in Champaign or we might move to Little Rock and I would go to Little Rock Catholic," Bequette said.





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