Bequette Hopes to Continue Family Tradition

Little Rock Catholic offensive/defensive lineman Luc Bequette hopes to continue his family's tradition at Arkansas.

The same day he received an offer from Memphis, Little Rock Catholic’s Luc Bequette participated in Arkansas’ Elite Camp in Fayetteville.

Bequette, who is part of a three-generation Razorback family, had been on Arkansas’ radar as a defensive lineman, but worked out as an offensive lineman Thursday. He said he was unsure which position he would play if Arkansas offered.

“It’s kind of been going back and forth,” Bequette said. “Originally I thought I was for d-line and then (tight ends coach Barry) Lunney told me that (offensive line coach Sam) Pittman wanted to get me some more at o-line, so I’m not really sure.”

His father, Chris, and uncle, Jay, were offensive linemen for the Razorbacks during the 1980s, while his cousin, Jake, was a defensive end at Arkansas and is now on the New England Patriots’ roster.

Bequette’s grandfather, George, also played for the Razorbacks in the 1950s, while his mother, Debi Thomas, won a bronze medal at the 1988 Olympics for figure skating.

“(An offer) would mean a lot,” Bequette said. “It would be a real good offer for me.”

The Memphis offer was Bequette’s sixth. He already had offers from California, Louisiana-Monroe, Army, Navy and Air Force.

When he got to campus Thursday morning, Bequette measured at 6-foot, 1 1/4-inches and 279 pounds, but he said he usually weights more.

“I had a small bowl of cereal for breakfast,” Bequette said. “Normally I’m around 285. I struggle eating real early in the morning.”

During the individual drills, Bequette received praise from Pittman, as well as some advice.

“One thing he was saying was don’t cock your hands, just shoot them straight and work a little more on timing your punch,” Bequette said.

This season will be his first at Little Rock Catholic, his third school in as many years. Bequette played at St. Thomas More in Champaign, Ill., as a freshman and sophomore, before transferring to Centennial, which is also in Champaign, for his junior season.

In Illinois, he was primarily an offensive lineman, but also played on the defensive line, where he has grown into a defensive tackle’s body.

“Center is kind of my main position,” Bequette said. “I am real comfortable with both sides.”

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