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November 19, 2009

Football Celebrates Seniors Saturday, Plays Host to Eastern Washington

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona football team will play host to Eastern Washington on Saturday in the season finale. The Lumberjacks (5-5) will look to spoil the playoff hopes of the Eagles (8-3) and send their seniors off with a victory.

Head Coach Jerome Souers will celebrate the careers of 12 seniors who will be in uniform for the final time at the Walkup Skydome. They will participate in a pregame ceremony on the field prior to kickoff.

The game can be seen on www.bigskytv.org and heard on the Sodexo Lumberjack Radio Network in Flagstaff (KAFF AM 930).

#3 WR Ed Berry
San Mateo, Calif.
(Serra/College of San Mateo)

Berry has been a two-year starter since transferring from College of San Mateo. He has started all 21 games in his Lumberjack career, making at least one catch in every game. He was an All-Big Sky honorable mention selection in 2008, leading the team with 45 catches and 641 receiving yards. He has been one of the top receivers in the country this season, ranking 11th in receiving yards per game and 20th in receptions per game. He has a team-best 63 catches for 881 yards and five touchdowns this season. He is majoring in sociology with a minor in criminal justice.

#11 TE Shaun Fitzpatrick
Gilbert, Ariz. (Highland)

Fitzpatrick is a five-year contributor who has made 27 starts and seen action in xx career games. He was named to The Sports Network All-American honorable mention team and All-Big Sky Second Team in 2007 and garnered All-Big Sky second team honors in 2006. In his career he made 73 catches for 904 yards and four touchdowns. He is a three-time Big Sky All-Academic selection and four-time Golden Eagle Scholar-Athlete recipient (2006-09). Majoring in finance, he will graduate in December.

#30 RB Alex Henderson
Calabasas, Calif. (Calabasas)

Henderson will be making his 30th career start today and will finish his career as one of the top running backs in school history. He ranks second in school history with 3,274 career rushing yards and second in rushing attempts with 636 as one of three players in school history to reach 3,000 yards rushing in a career. He was named 2006 Big Sky Newcomer of the Year in 2006 and has 12 100-yard rushing games in his career. He has rushed for 983 yards and 11 touchdowns this season. Majoring in criminal justice, Henderson will graduate in December.

#62 OL Ryne Holstrom
West Linn, Ore. (West Linn)

Holstrom has made 31 starts over 35 games playing on the offensive line. He helped the Lumberjack rushing attack assist Alex Henderson gain over 3,000 yards in his career and rank among the top rushing attacks in NAU history during his career. A four-time Golden Eagle Scholar-Athlete recipient (2006-09), he is majoring in secondary education with an emphasis in biology and will graduate in May.

#23 DB Raphael Mack
Gilbert, Ariz. (Highland/Mesa CC)

Mack has been a major contributor since joining the program from Mesa Community College. He had 16 tackles in his initial season, playing in four games. In 2009, he has seen action in all 10 games with seven starts. He has 22 tackles with two interceptions and four pass deflections in 2009. He is studying business while majoring in BAILS and will graduate in May.

#45 LB Zac McNally
Brentwood, Calif. (De La Salle/
Boise State/Diablo Valley College)

A three-year starter who has made 24 career starts and played in 31 games, McNally has made 116 career tackles. He was named the newcomer of the year on defense by the coaching staff in 2006, ranking fifth on the team with 49 tackles with four tackles for loss. He has 37 tackles and two interceptions this season. He is majoring in health science/community health promotion and will graduate in the fall.

#13 WR Conrad Meadows
Moorpark, Calif.
(Moorpark College/Moorpark)

Meadows is a two-year starter who electrified the offense with his speed. He earned All-Big Sky honorable mention honors at wide receiver and return specialist in 2008, averaging 100.9 per game in all-purpose yardage. He ranked third on the team with 40 catches for 499 yards with a team-best four touchdowns in 2008. He ranks among the national leaders in receptions-per-game and receiving yards per game in 2009. He has 621 receptions for 742 yards and four touchdowns this season. He is majoring in criminal justice with a minor in sociology and will graduate in May.

#15 WR/P Ryan Rauschert
Junction City, Ore. (Junction City)

Rauschert is a four-year letterwinner who has seen action in 34 career games with nine starts. After beginning his career at quarterback, he has made 23 catches for 304 yards and a touchdown over the last three years. He has served as the team's punter this season, making 52 punts with a 36.8 per punt average. He has recorded 12 punts inside the 20 and recorded seven punts of 50 or more yards this season. He is majoring in marketing and will graduate in December.

#32 DB Matt Steinbach
Trabuco Canyon, Calif.
(Santa Margarita Catholic)

Steinbach is a three-year letterwinner who saw action in 25 games and has made 63 career tackles with three interceptions. He was sidelined with a season-ending injury in the fourth game this season. He made 16 tackles and had an interception against Arizona before the injury. He is majoring in criminal justice with a minor in business and will graduate in December.

#80 WR Curt Sweeney
Peoria, Ariz. (Sunrise Mountain)

Sweeney is a four-year letterwinner who has seen action in 41 career games and made 10 starts. He has recorded 85 catches for 1,215 yards with six touchdowns in his career. He had a career-best game against Montana this season with five receptions for 148 yards and three touchdowns. He is majoring in marketing and will graduate in May.

#4 LB Stevon Thomas
Norco, Calif. (Corco/Chaffey College)

Thomas has been a two-year starter since transferring from Chaffey College. He tied for third on the team with 48 tackles, earning All-Big Sky honorable mention selection in 2008. He is third on the team this season with 67 tackles and has 5.5 tackles for loss and two interceptions this season. Thomas was a 2009 Golden Eagle Scholar Athlete recipient and is majoring in criminology and criminal justice. He will graduate in May.

#27 DB Conrad White
Walnut, Calif. (Walnut/Fullerton)

White joined the program from Fullerton College and has seen significant action both seasons at NAU. He saw action in eight games and recorded 23 tackles in 2008. He has seen action in four games with eight tackles missing several games after suffering an injury against Montana State. He is majoring in sociology with a minor in criminal justice and will graduate in May.