2014-15 Northern Arizona Football News
August 22, 2014
NAU Student-Athletes Welcome Incoming Lumberjack Freshmen
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Nearly 200 Northern Arizona student-athletes helped greet the incoming NAU Class of 2018 over the last two days in partnership with Welcome Back Jacks. The student-athletes along with a number of student groups at times battled the rainy Flagstaff weather and volunteered to assist the new freshmen and their families move into their new home for the upcoming school year.
August 22, 2014
Lumberjack Football to Hold Walk-On Meeting Aug. 25
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - The NAU Football Program will have a mandatory meeting for players interested in walking on to the team on Monday, Aug. 25 at 5 p.m. The meeting is for students currently enrolled at NAU only and will take place in the J.L. Walkup Skydome in the west side suites on the second mezzanine level in the football office area. Please bring a pen, a letter of recommendation (from a past coach), your NCAA ID # so we can verify that you are a full qualifier for Division 1 athletics and a highlight video link from your last year of competition - Not a DVD.
August 21, 2014
Fall Camp Preview: Tight Ends and Fullbacks
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona tight ends and fullbacks will have a familiar group of faces this season, after losing just one player. Position coach Craig Knoth returns an experienced core led by a group of upperclassmen.
August 21, 2014
Nine Days to go and Three Scrimmages Complete for NAU Football
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – With nine days left to go before the season opener, Northern Arizona conducted its final scrimmage of fall camp today at the Walkup Skydome.
August 20, 2014
Fall Camp Preview: Quarterbacks
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – When it comes to the quarterbacks for Northern Arizona, the line up will be very familiar. With an offensive line that is significantly improved from a year ago, the quarterbacks have a solid foundation in place to help improve its offense.
August 20, 2014
Get to Know The Trio of Butler, O'Georgia, and Marks
Get to know freshmen wide receivers Emmanuel Butler, Bryant O'Georgia, and Elijah Marks.
August 19, 2014
Fall Camp Preview: Defensive Line
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - The Northern Arizona football team is known for having a solid defense. Despite all but one starter returning on the line, coach Travis Baker believes that his group is ready for the season.
August 18, 2014
Fall Camp Preview: The Secondary
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona football team boasts one of the best secondary units in the Big Sky Conference. Under the guidance of veteran safeties coach David Reeves and new cornerbacks coach TJ Rushing, the Lumberjacks have showed solid progress in fall camp.
August 16, 2014
Two Weeks to Go and Two Scrimmages Down
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – With 14 days left until kickoff for the Northern Arizona football team, the Lumberjacks held their second scrimmage of camp at the Walkup Skydome.
August 15, 2014
Fall Camp Preview: Running Backs
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona run game may have lost a familiar face in the backfield, but running backs coach Jimmy Beal is confident that his returners have what it takes to keep NAU at a high level in the league.
August 14, 2014
Fall Camp Preview: Offensive Line
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – One of the key units for the Northern Arizona football team this season will be the offensive line. Led by new position coach Adam Stenavich, the offensive line returns three starters from a year ago and six players that have appeared in a total of 81 games.
August 14, 2014
Get to Know Marcus Alford in 20 Questions
Get to know junior cornerback Marcus Alford. He earned All-Big Sky Honorable Mention accolades, was named NAU Football’s Defensive Outstanding Sophomore of the Year, and started 11 of 12 games.
August 13, 2014
Checking In With The New Coaches: Part 2, TJ Rushing
For Rushing, his story was a little different. Before arriving at NAU, Rushing was a stellar cornerback at Stanford University. He was a First Team All-Pac-10 selection and finished his career as one of the top three kick returners in school history with 1,409 yards.
August 12, 2014
Fall Camp Preview: Linebackers
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona linebacker unit has a double bonus this season. Defensive coordinator Andy Thompson leads the group, plus they house the team’s leading tackler in Austin Hasquet.
August 12, 2014
Get to Know - Redshirt Freshman Running Back Corbin Jountti
Get to know running back Corbin Jountti. He redshirted last season...The Bakersfield, Calif. native was a two-time first-team all-league choice in high school, and is ready for his NAU debut.
August 11, 2014
Checking In With The New Coaches: Adam Stenavich, Part 1
For many in Flagstaff, the month of August means they’re one step closer to Northern Arizona football. The weather is just right and the smell of football is in the air. For two individuals in particular – Adam Stenavich and TJ Rushing – it is the first fall in which they are decked out in Lumberjack blue and gold.
August 10, 2014
NAU Media Day Recap
The 2014 NAU Media Day took place at the Walkup Skydome. Head coach Jerome Souers was in attendance, along with Austin Hasquet, Kyren Poe, Ify Umodu, Casey Jahn, Joe Gurski, Marcus Alford, Zach McDonnell, and Nick Butier.
August 9, 2014
First NAU Football Scrimmage Complete
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Today gave Northern Arizona football fans their first real look at the team, as the Lumberjacks held their first scrimmage of camp today at the Walkup Skydome. With plenty of fans in attendance, some even decided to tailgate before the scrimmage.
August 8, 2014
NAU Ranked No. 23 in The Sports Network FCS Top 25 College Football Poll
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – The Northern Arizona football team is ranked 23rd in The Sports Network FCS Top 25 College Football Poll released today. The Lumberjacks finished second in the Big Sky Conference last year, and earned an at-large bid to the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) Playoffs. The Lumberjacks finished the 2013 season ranked 15th in The Sports Network and FCS Coaches polls.
August 8, 2014
First Scrimmage for the Lumberjacks This Saturday
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – With five days of practice complete, the Northern Arizona football team will have their first scrimmage on Saturday, Aug. 9 at 2:30 p.m. in the Walkup Skydome.
August 8, 2014
Get to Know Senior Safety Rob Watson
Senior safety Rob Watson from Long Beach, Calif....In 2013, appeared in nine games…Tallied three tackles…Had one tackle against South Dakota, Sacramento State and Northern Colorado…Major is criminology and criminal justice…2011, 2012 and 2013 Golden Eagle Scholar-Athlete…Named to the 2011 Big Sky All-Academic team.
August 7, 2014
#StayInState...Your Dreams Can Come True
Northern Arizona head coach Jerome Souers is a big in-state recruiter. He believes that there’s no need to go too far for talent when there’s a plethora of it right here in the Grand Canyon State. In college, recruitment is a year-round job, whether it’s on site at the high schools or dissecting player film. For the Lumberjacks, their goal every year is to add as much talent from Arizona as possible.
August 5, 2014
20 Questions with Junior Quarterback Kyren Poe
Junior quarterback Kyren Poe from Mesa, Ariz. Poe started eight games and appeared in 11…Made his first career start against the University of Arizona…Notched his first career passing touchdown at UC Davis…Threw for a career single game high 242 yards in the win over Montana…Threw for 200-plus yards twice…Tallied 163 completions on 270 attempts with 10 interceptions for a total of 1,602 yards and six touchdowns...Big Sky Fall All-Academic.
August 4, 2014
Wine & Dine Tickets On Sale Now
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The 18th Annual Wine & Dine in the Pines will take place Sunday, August 17 at the Hart Prairie Lodge at Arizona Snowbowl. The event will run from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. with over 150 wines courtesy of Southern Wine & Spirits, 21 of the finest restaurants in Northern Arizona and craft beers courtesy of Northland Beverage. Tickets to this event are only $85 with 100 percent of the proceeds going to benefit Northern Arizona University student-athlete scholarships.
August 4, 2014
Lumberjack Football Opens Fall Camp
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - Northern Arizona football opened up fall camp 2014 at the Walkup Skydome this afternoon. The Lumberjacks are coming off a 9-3 record and a Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) Playoff appearance. NAU finished second in the Big Sky a year ago, and have been voted No. 25 in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision Coaches Poll released Monday.
August 1, 2014
NAU Football Season Preview – Fall Camp Begins Aug. 4
If you’re looking from the outside in, most people would think that the 2014 season would be a rebuilding year for Northern Arizona University Football; this is not the case on the inside. The Lumberjacks know that they have a big void to fill in the run game with the loss of All-American Zach Bauman to graduation, but they believe that they have multiple pieces to the puzzle to fill the gap.
July 30, 2014
Six Lumberjacks Recognized on College Sports Madness Big Sky Preseason All-Conference Football Teams
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Six Northern Arizona football players were selected to the College Sports Madness Big Sky Preseason All-Conference Football Teams, announced today by the website. NAU received four offensive honors and two on defense.
July 22, 2014
Alford Named to CFPA Kickoff Returner Award Watch List
CHARLESTON, S.C. – Northern Arizona junior cornerback Marcus Alford has earned a spot on the 2014 CFPA Kickoff Returner Award Watch List, as announced by College Football Performance Awards.
July 21, 2014
NAU Football Earns Five USA Football Preseason Honors
ROSELAND, NJ – Northern Arizona earned five selections to the 11th Annual USA College Football FCS (Division I-AA) Pre-Season All-American Teams. Seniors RJ Rickert, Roy Garcia, and Austin Hasquet, along with junior Nick Butier and sophomore Jacob Julian were all recognized with preseason honors.
July 18, 2014
Game Times Set for NAU Football
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Home game times for the 2014 Northern Arizona football team have been set. The Lumberjacks will play five games at the Walkup Skydome. NAU went undefeated at home during the regular season last year, including a sellout crowd of 12,640 in the win over Montana.
July 15, 2014
NAU Picked to Finish Fifth in the Big Sky Preseason Polls
OGDEN, Utah – Northern Arizona was picked to finish fifth in the Big Sky in both the coaches’ and the media polls released today at the Big Sky Kickoff.
July 14, 2014
Five Lumberjacks Named to Big Sky Preseason All-Conference Team
OGDEN, Utah – Northern Arizona earned five selections to the Big Sky Preseason All-Conference Team, announced today by the league office. Leading the way were seniors linebacker Austin Hasquet, offensive lineman Roy Garcia, and tight end RJ Rickert. Junior fullback Nick Butier and sophomore offensive lineman Jacob Julian round out the five.
July 2, 2014
Rickert Named to CFPA FCS Awards Tight End Watch List
CHARLESTON, S.C. – Northern Arizona's RJ Rickert has earned a spot on the 2014 College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) FCS Awards Tight End Watch List, announced the organization today.
July 1, 2014
Butier Named to The Sports Network FCS Preseason All-America Second Team
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – Northern Arizona junior fullback Nick Butier has been named to The Sports Network FCS Preseason All-America Second Team, announced today by the organization.
June 25, 2014
Trio of NAU Seniors Named to BSN Big Sky Football Preseason All-Conference Team
LEESBURG, Va. – A trio of Northern Arizona seniors were named to the Beyond Sports Network Big Sky Preseason All-Conference Team, announced by the organization. Linebacker Austin Hasquet received honors on the defensive side of the ball, while tight end RJ Rickert and lineman Roy Garcia were recognized on offense.
June 13, 2014
Lumberjack Football Ranked No. 20 in The Sporting News Preseason Poll
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona football team is ranked 20th in the Sporting News preseason poll. The Lumberjacks who finished second in the Big Sky Conference last year, and earned an at-large bid to the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) Playoffs ended the 2013 season ranked 15th in The Sports Network and FCS Coaches polls.
June 2, 2014
Former NAU Football Players Help Battle Slide Fire
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - With a treacherous wildfire less than 20 miles away from Flagstaff, volunteers from all over the state of Arizona have come out to lend a hand to contain the Slide Fire. Amongst the many people assisting with the Slide Fire are six former Northern Arizona football players – Drew Emanuel, Jake Hess, Andy Saldana, Bob Orrill, Nick Ragland-Johnsen and Parker Moore.
May 27, 2014
Register Now for June Summer Camps at NAU
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Summer time is here, and what way better to spend your afternoons then at a Northern Arizona Athletics Summer Camp. Kids from all ages can register now to take part in the various camps that will be conducted in the month of June, including football, men’s and women’s basketball, and soccer. Don’t wait, register today!
May 27, 2014
Austin Hasquet Earns Spot on 2014 CFPA Linebacker Watch List
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Northern Arizona’s Austin Hasquet has earned a spot on the 2014 College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) FCS Awards Linebacker Watch List. The Academic All-American started all 12 games this past season and led the team with 91 tackles.
May 20, 2014
Wilder Looking For A Place to Land
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Northern Arizona has been known to produce some very talented football players, and this past season isn’t any different. The NFL Draft was a little over a week ago, but there are still some former Lumberjacks looking for a home with a professional team.
May 14, 2014
Women’s Tennis and Swimming & Diving Rank in Top 10 Percent
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Northern Arizona women’s tennis and swimming & diving were both honored by the NCAA for earning Public Recognition Awards, based on their most recent multi-year Academic Progress Rate. These awards are given each year to teams with APRs in the top 10 percent in each sport. This is the second straight year women’s tennis has received the honor.
May 10, 2014
Bauman Inks Deal with the Arizona Cardinals
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – NAU’s all-time leading rusher Zach Bauman is headed to the National Football League after signing a free agent contract with the Arizona Cardinals on Saturday, keeping the star running back in-state. The Chandler, Ariz. native will ensure that his professional career begins in his home state after starring at Hamilton High School prior to his illustrious Lumberjack career.
May 6, 2014
NAU Football to Have Two Games Televised on ROOT SPORTS
SEATTLE, WA – Northern Arizona will have a pair of games televised by DIRECTV SPORTS Networks and the Big Sky Conference, as it announced its telecast schedule for the upcoming 2014 season with a total of 11 games to be televised on ROOT SPORTS™. This will mark the third year of a multi-year partnership between DIRECTV Sports Networks and the Big Sky Conference.
April 29, 2014
Emanuel and Walker Named to NFF Hampshire Honor Society
IRVING, Texas – Seniors Drew Emanuel and Kyle Walker received academic recognition today, as they became members of the National Football Foundation (NFF) 2014 Hampshire Honor Society, which is comprised of college football players from all divisions of play who each maintained a cumulative 3.2 GPA or better throughout their college career.
April 27, 2014
NAU Football Ends Spring Ball with Makeup Scrimmage
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – After having yesterday’s Blue-Gold Spring Game postponed due to inclement weather, Northern Arizona football hit the fields today to make up for it. The final spring scrimmage was highlighted by both offensive and defensive plays that got the crowd going.
April 26, 2014
NAU Football Spring Game Cancelled Due to Snow
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona Football Blue-Gold Spring Game that was scheduled for 2 p.m. today at Lumberjack Stadium has been cancelled due to inclement weather. The game was originally scheduled to be aired live on FOX Sports Arizona and FOX Sports College Pacific. The fan fest activities will go on as scheduled, but have been moved inside the Health and Learning Center (HLC). Fan fest will run from 12-4:30 p.m.
April 25, 2014
NAU Athletics Gives Logo and Louie a Bold New Look
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Northern Arizona University Athletics will publicly unveil a new look during its spring football game at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 26, at Lumberjack Stadium.
April 24, 2014
NAU Blue-Gold Spring Game This Saturday
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona football team has one spring practice left and it just so happens to be the regionally televised NAU Blue-Gold Spring game. Saturday’s game is set to begin at 2:07 p.m. and will be televised on both FOX Sports Arizona and FOX Sports College Pacific.
April 22, 2014
It’s Coming…The World’s Best Party at 7,000 Feet – NAU Football Blue-Gold Spring Game
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Northern Arizona Athletics is throwing the world’s best party at 7,000 feet, and it’s happening this Saturday, April 26 #NAU42614 at the football Blue-Gold spring game. The festivities kick off at noon at Lumberjack Stadium with the game set to begin at 2 p.m.
April 17, 2014
Amerson Earns Another Spot on the Big Sky’s 50 Greatest Men’s Moments
OGDEN, Utah – All-American and Northern Arizona Hall of Famer Archie Amerson is one of seven Big Sky Conference players that earned the Walter Payton Award, as the group ranks sixth on the Big Sky’s list of "50 Greatest Men's Moments.'' Amerson also earned the 14th best moment on the list for winning the Walter Payton Award.
April 15, 2014
NAU Spring Football - Practice Report – Week 4
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Northern Arizona football is past the halfway point of its spring season, as they have two weeks left before the spring game on Saturday, April 26.
April 14, 2014
Catching Up with Stenavich and Rushing
With the addition of two new coaches, the Northern Arizona University football team looks to build upon their success from the past two seasons.
April 11, 2014
Jerome Souers Earns Salute to Excellence Award
NEW YORK, N.Y. - Northern Arizona head football coach Jerome Souers was one of the recipients of the Johnnie L. Cochran, Jr., Salute to Excellence Award presented by the Fritz Pollard Alliance. Souers was honored along with 14 other NCAA head coaches. In his 16th season with the Lumberjacks, Souers led NAU to a 9-3 overall record and 7-1 Big Sky finish to place second in the conference. The Lumberjacks earned an at-large bid to the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) playoffs to advance to the post season for the first time in 10 years.
April 8, 2014
Spring Football - Breaking Down the Special Teams
During the 2014 season, the NAU football team will have to deal with the losses of some key players, in all aspects of the game. On the special teams front, the Lumberjacks start their spring season without Andy Wilder, who has been one of the best kickers/punters in the nation over the past couple of years.
April 8, 2014
NAU Spring Football – Practice Report - Week 3
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – With one scrimmage down and Northern Arizona nearing the halfway point of its spring practice schedule, the Lumberjacks are working hard and getting ready for another successful season in the Big Sky Conference.
April 1, 2014
NAU Spring Football – Practice Report - Week 2
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Four practices into spring ball and the Northern Arizona football team is continuing to work hard to be prepared for the upcoming season. The Lumberjacks have a total of 15 practices scheduled for the fall, as they look to compete once again for the Big Sky Conference title in the fall.
March 31, 2014
Spring Football - Breaking Down the Defense
Losing NAU's all-time leading rusher, Zach Bauman, is one thing. When you lose eight starters on defense, it's another. For head coach Jerome Souers and defensive coordinator Andy Thompson, that's what they must face entering the 2014 season.
March 26, 2014
Lumberjack Football Adds Abilene Christian to 2014 Slate
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona football team has announced the addition of Abilene Christian to their 2014 schedule. NAU’s addition of Abilene Christian gives the Lumberjacks a 12-game fall schedule; seven on the road and five at home.
March 25, 2014
Spring Football - Breaking Down the Offense
For the first time in four years, the Northern Arizona football team will go into their spring season without running back Zach Bauman, who finished his collegiate career last season as NAU's all-time leading rusher and one of the best players in NAU history.
March 25, 2014
New Faces All Around …Spring Football Has Arrived
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Today marked the beginning of the 2014 season for Northern Arizona football as they completed the first day of spring practice. The Lumberjacks battled the cool, but sunny weather for two hours as they got adjusted to what the team will begin to look like come fall.
March 24, 2014
NAU Football Opens Spring Practice on Tuesday
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona football team will begin spring practice on Tuesday, March 25. Tuesday marks the first of 15 scheduled practices for NAU this spring, as the Lumberjacks begin preparation for the 2014 season.
NAU Athletics Announces Hall of Fame Class
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Northern Arizona University and Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics Dr. Lisa Campos is proud to announce the 2014 NAU Athletics Hall of Fame Class who will be honored at this year’s Hall of Fame Football Game on Nov. 8 versus UC Davis. Comprising this year’s class is two-time All American football player Dan Finn, three-time All-Big Sky First Team soccer selection Cee Cee Odorfer and the 1999-2000 men’s basketball team who advanced to the NCAA Tournament.