Family Weekend: DeBoskie Brothers Playing Together Again
TV AND RADIO COVERAGE: The game can be seen live on Fox Sports Arizona Plus (DISH: SD 442, HD 9580, DTV: SD 695, HD: 695-1), NAU-TV (Ch. 4/104) and joined in progress on Fox College Sports Pacific at 3:30 p.m. Fans also watch the game online via NAU-TV or Big Sky TV. Fans can also listen to the game on the Big Talker on 105.1 FM The Big Talker in Flagstaff, Prescott and Sedona and online on The Big Talker website and via their mobile app on your phone.
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - Saturday's crowd will feature families from around the country visiting their sons, daughters, brothers and sisters for the annual Family Weekend game. The Lumberjacks feature a family connection as well that will be showcased on the field with the DeBoskie brothers against Portland State.
Ca'leve, a redshirt junior, joined the program in 2009 out of Chandler High School, while his older brother Covaughn played collegiately at California. After graduating last spring, Covaughn saw an opportunity to reunite with his brother at NAU and play his final season. He transferred this summer to NAU after playing in 23 games for the Bears over three seasons.
"It means a lot," said Covaughn, who totaled 321 rushing yards and two touchdowns on the ground, averaging 5.1 yards per rush on 62 carries at California. "There have only been certain times in our lives where we have played together: our first year in tackle football, my senior year of high school and my senior year in college."
Football started early for the DeBoskie brothers, a trio that includes the youngest male sibling Kaelin, a standout player at Heritage High School in Texas.
"I can remember playing flag together," said Covaughn. "We always played tackle football especially with our little brother. We played in the street. Kaelin is better than both of us."
The Lumberjack brothers are making an impact this season for Head Coach Jerome Souers.
"I can't imagine any greater feeling than two brothers being able to be on the same team," said Souers. "Sharing the passion for the sport of football, the game that we all love, and be able to share it with your own flesh and blood is an opportunity that will create memories for a lifetime."
Ca'leve entered the season challenging for time at wide receiver before switching to defensive back. He also contributes on special teams on kickoff returns to utilize his speed. He has four kick returns for a 20.8 yard average, including two last week in the win over Montana.
"It is good," said Ca'leve. "I think corner is a better position for me because I have good corner size, hips and good recovery speed. I love to hit."
The younger DeBoskie obviously is also a good recruiter.
"We have known about Covaughn for a long time and always teasingly told Ca'leve to get his brother to come here," said Souers. "It didn't happen until late but it did happen. We are excited to have them both. They are great kids that work hard and have great attitudes. They are great members of the NAU football family."
Covaughn is backing up junior Zach Bauman and has shown his ability to make an impact in the first four games. He rushed for 82 yards in his debut against Arizona State and added 81 yards versus Fort Lewis with two touchdown receptions. Last week, he had nine carries for 42 yards w1ith a big touchdown at Montana.
"Coming from a big program to another big program it means a lot to even be on the field," said Covaughn. "A lot of people do not get that chance. I am thankful for every chance I get."
Covaughn motivated Ca'leve to get the chance to play at the Division I level and they help each other with every post-practice conversation. Like any brothers, especially siblings close in age, they have their own battles. But they realize how fast this season will go by and are not missing any opportunities while they are together again. They are focusing every day of this season on the field for the Lumberjacks.
"We did not have a championship season (in high school)," said Covaughn. "So we are pushing for a championship season this year."
Sat., Sept 29: NAU Football vs. Portland State, 2:00 p.m.
at the Walkup Skydome - "Family Weekend"
Lumberjack FanFest Pre-game: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - (located on Pine Knoll in lot P64). Beer Garden featuring New Belgium Beers, Food from Sodexo, US Army rock climbing wall & interactive zone, pictures with Louie, live music, face painting & much more!
NAU Blue & Gold Shuttle Service - Six shuttles will run on each game day to allow fans who do not have a tailgate pass to park for FREE and take the FREE Shuttle service. Shuttle service will run from 10am to 30 minutes post-game.
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