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August 11, 2011

Practice Report: Preseason All-America Honors, Skydome, NFL Update

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Several Lumberjacks were chosen to two Preseason All-America teams announced on Tuesday.

Punter/kicker Drew Zamora was selected for the Beyond Sports Network (BSN) 2011 Preseason All American Team, a team made up of the top players from the FCS, Division II, Division III, and NAIA levels.   He was selected for the third team.

Zamora, who is from Colorado, Springs, Colo., had a 42.2 per punt average with 16 inside-the-20 with a long of 70 in 2010. He was the second punter in school history to record two punts of 70 yards or more in the same season, finishing the season ranked third in the Big Sky and 12th in the nation in punting average. He also handled kickoff duties with 57 kickoffs with 31 touchbacks.

Three players were named to the 2011 FCS Senior Scout Bowl Preseason All-American Football Team. The FCS Senior Scout Bowl is a post season all-star game showcasing the talent of senior players from the NCAA FCS Division football level.  This Bowl game is presented by the Collegiate Development Football League (www.playCDFL.com) and will be held December 17, 2011 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.  Player selections for this showcase game begin with the announcement of the FCS Senior Scout Bowl All-American team.  This team recognizes the football achievements of senior players who are entering their final season on the FCS level. 

Senior offensive lineman Alex Mott was named to the South Offensive First Team, while senior defensive lineman Isaac Bond and kicker Matt Myers were named to the South Defense Second Team.

Mott, a senior from Troutdale, Ore., was an All-Big Sky Honorable Mention selection in 2010, starting all 11 games at left guard.

Bond, who is from Vancouver, Wash., was an All-Big Sky first-team choice in 2010. He ranked tops among defensive lineman with 32 tackles, recording six tackles for loss and listing fourth in the Big Sky in sacks per game.

Myers, who hails from Corona, Calif., was a finalist for the award as a junior. He was second on the team in 2010 scoring with 76 points from 14 of 18 field goals and 34 of 36 point-after attempts. He earned honorable mention All-Big Sky Conference honors, tying for 16th in the nation with 1.27 field goals per game.

Sky is the Limit…

The excitement building around the program about the renovated Walkup Skydome is growing.

Eastern Washington Head Coach Beau Baldwin is familiar with what major facility changes can do for a program. A year ago, the Eagles installed red turf and completed a press box renovation to their facility. They rode the momentum of the facility improvements to a FCS National Championship.

"Everyone saw the red turf last year," said Baldwin on the Big Sky Coaches Teleconference. "It gave our student-athletes something to really grab onto as theirs. Other teams did not like playing their and went as far as 'I hate your red turf'. But our guys loved it and gave up a home field to protect that was different in our conference."

The Lumberjacks will open the renovated Walkup Skydome on Sept. 10 against Fort Lewis College.

NFL Updates…

Former All-American K.J. Gerard was signed by the Miami Dolphins earlier this week after being cut by the Chicago Bears on Aug. 2. The Dolphins are his third NFL team after originally signing as a free agent with the Baltimore Ravens in 2009.

Daiveun Curry-Chapman will make his professional debut tonight against the Oakland Raiders. The game can be seen on ABC 15 in Phoenix and Flagstaff and heard on KVNA 104.7 Your Major League FM in Flagstaff. Matt Estrada will play for the Jacksonville Jaguars at New England on Friday night.

Video of the Day…

Junior quarterback Cary Grossart about the start of practice via the NAU Athletics You Tube page.