OGDEN, Utah – Northern Arizona football had 19 Lumberjacks selected to an All-Big Sky team for a total of 21 honors, announced today by the league office. NAU and Eastern Washington both placed a league-best five players on the first team.
Leading the way for NAU is three-time selection senior running back Zach Bauman, who was named to the first team. The Chandler, Ariz. native leads NAU with 1,355 rushing yards on 248 carries. He ranks third all-time in Big Sky history with 5,031 career rushing yards. He is one of nine players in FCS history to rush for 1,000 yards four times. Bauman also has a total of 1,632 all-purpose yards.
Junior tight end R.J. Rickert was named to the first team, as he picked up the first All-Big Sky honors of his career. The Gilbert, Ariz. native has been a solid blocker for Bauman all season and has picked up 215 yards on 20 catches.
Senior cornerback Anders Battle is a two-time All-Big Sky first team pick. The Phoenix, Ariz. native ranks fifth on the team in tackles with 47. He has 2.5 tackles for loss, one sack, one quarterback hurry, one forced fumble, one pick-six for 49 yards and 10 pass breakups.
Senior safety Lucky Dozier, a native of Sacramento, Calif., earned first team all-conference honors for the second straight season. He ranks second on the team in tackles with 72. He has one forced fumble, one recovered fumble, nine pass break ups and three interceptions for a total of 85 yards.
Senior defensive lineman Tim Wilkinson was named to the All-Big Sky first team, after earning second team honors a year ago. The Las Vegas, Nev. native has 27 tackles with seven and a half tackles for loss. He has a team-high 5.5 sacks for a total of 23 yards. He has also been credited with four quarterback hurries.
Five Lumberjacks were selected to the All-Big Sky third team. Freshman tackle Jacob Julian was the lone NAU player on offense, while senior tackle Chima Ike, senior linebacker Mike Dosen, junior linebacker Austin Hasquet and senior punter Andy Wilder were voted to the defensive third team.
Honorable mention accolades went to senior wide receiver Nick Cole, senior wide receiver Jesse Brantley, senior kicker Andy Wilder, senior return specialist Lucky Dozier, senior defensive end Steven Garcia, senior safety Blair Wishom, sophomore cornerback Marcus Alford, senior linebacker Ryan Reardon and senior Anthony Hughes for his play on special teams.
Three-Time First Team All-Conference
Zach Bauman, Sr., Northern Arizona, RB
Anders Battle, Sr., Northern Arizona, CB
Lucky Dozier, Sr., Northern Arizona, S
First Team Offense
Tight End R.J. Rickert, Jr., Northern Arizona
Running Back !Zach Bauman, Sr., Northern Arizona
First Team Defense
Tackles Tim Wilkinson, Sr., Northern Arizona
Cornerbacks $Anders Battle, Sr., Northern Arizona
Safeties $Lucky Dozier, Sr., Northern Arizona
Second Team Offense
Center Roy Garcia, Jr., Northern Arizona
Fullback Nick Butier, so., Northern Arizona
Third Team Offense
Tackles Jacob Julian, Fr., Northern Arizona
Third Team Defense
Tackles Chima Ike, Sr., Northern Arizona
Outside LBS Mike Dosen, Sr., Northern Arizona
Inside LBS Austin Hasquet, Jr., Northern Arizona
Punter Andy Wilder, Sr., Northern Arizona
Honorable Mention Offense
Wide Receiver – Nick Cole, Sr., Jesse Brantley, Sr., Kicker – Andy Wilder, Sr., Return Specialist - Lucky Dozier, Sr.
Honorable Mention Defense
End – Steven Garcia, Sr., Safety - Blair Wishom, Sr., Cornerback - Marcus Alford, So., Linebacker – Ryan Reardon, Sr.
Honorable Mention Special Teams
Anthony Hughes, Sr.
!Three-Time First Team Selection
$Two-Time First Team Selection