2014-15 Northern Arizona Football News
March 28, 2015
Giving Back Any Way I Can – The Baldenegro Way
Tight end Patrick Baldenegro is prepping for his junior year. Baldenegro played for Northern Arizona as a true freshman, but standing 6-foot-5, you would have thought he redshirted a year. For the Chandler, Ariz. native, one of the things that puts a smile on his face is giving back. Whether it’s working a youth football camp, cleaning up around the community or participating in a march it all has the same effect on Baldenegro. It’s a privilege and opportunity that shouldn't be taken for granted.
March 25, 2015
Tim Davis Named NAU Offensive Line Coach
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Tim Davis, who has over 30 years of experience coaching including the NFL, Pac 12, SEC, and most recently SMU, has been named Northern Arizona’s offensive line coach announced Wednesday by head coach Jerome Souers.
March 24, 2015
First Day of Spring Football Practice in the Books
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Today was the first day of physical activity dedicated to preparing for the upcoming 2015 football season. Northern Arizona opened spring practice today on the upper fields and there were plenty of people in attendance to see what the Lumberjacks would have in store.
March 23, 2015
Lumberjack Football Begins Spring Drills This Tuesday
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Head coach Jerome Souers and the Northern Arizona football team are back at it this Wednesday as they begin spring practice. The Lumberjacks look to build upon their win total from last season, while assessing the areas that need to be improved.
March 5, 2015
NAU Football to Hold Pro Day March 9th
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona football program will hold its Pro Day on Monday, March 9. Check-in will begin at 8 a.m. with individual workouts in the weight room set to start at 9 a.m. in the Walkup Skydome. Fans are invited to come watch field workouts, which will begin after the weight room testing has been completed.
February 18, 2015
More Football Camp Dates Added
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – There’s still time to register for participation in Northern Arizona football’s summer camps. Dates have just been added for the Jerome Souers Youth Football Camp in July. For more information please contact Coach Jimmy Beal at 928-310-0023.
February 4, 2015
‘Jack Football Inks 21 With 11 In-State Products
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Northern Arizona football added 21 future Lumberjacks on National Signing Day. Continuing its strong tradition of “Stay In-State” head coach Jerome Souers signed 11 players from Arizona.
February 2, 2015
Register Today for Jerome Souers Football Camp
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – It’s time to register for Northern Arizona football summer camps. All camps will run during the month of June, but sign up now before it's too late. A combination of youth, high school and team camps will be ran by the NAU coaching staff. For more information please contact Coach Jimmy Beal at 928-310-0023. Dates for the Jerome Souers Youth Football Camp will be announced at a later date.
January 30, 2015
NAU Football Signing Day Party at Little America
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona football program will announce its 2015 recruiting class on Wednesday, Feb. 4 at its National Signing Day event at Little America Hotel. The event is open to the public. Complimentary appetizers and refreshments will be provided. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.
January 27, 2015
31 Lumberjacks Earn 2014 Big Sky Fall All-Academic Team Honors
OGDEN, Utah – The Northern Arizona football, volleyball, soccer and men's and women's cross country teams placed a total of 31 student-athletes on the fall 2014 Big Sky All-Academic Teams as recognized by the conference office.
January 21, 2015
Hasquet Named NFF Valley of the Sun Chapter Scholar Athlete of the Year
PHOENIX, Ariz. – A quartet of Northern Arizona football players will be honored at the 34th Annual Scholar Athlete Awards Banquet hosted by The Valley of the Sun Chapter. Leading the way for the Lumberjacks is senior linebacker Austin Hasquet who was named one of two College Scholar Athletes of the Year.
January 17, 2015
Former Lumberjack Frank Pollack Promoted to Offensive Line Coach with the Dallas Cowboys
IRVING, Texas – Former Northern Arizona Lumberjack Frank Pollack has been promoted to offensive line coach for the Dallas Cowboys, the organization announced this week. He previously held the role of assistant offensive line coach for the Cowboys. Pollack played for NAU from 1985-89, was an All-Big Sky First Team selection and All-American his final season.
January 13, 2015
NAU Football Announces 2015 Schedule
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Northern Arizona Football has released its 2015 schedule. Head coach Jerome Souers enters his 18th season with the Lumberjacks, as they embark on a new year.
January 9, 2015
Austin Hasquet Named to FCS Academic All-Star Team
CLEVELAND, Ohio – Northern Arizona senior linebacker Austin Hasquet was named to the 17th Annual Football Championship Subdivision Athletics Directors Association (FCS ADA) Academic All-Star Team announced by the FCS ADA, today.
January 8, 2015
2014 NAU Football Recap
The 2014 Northern Arizona football season was a whirlwind. It was the 100th season for Lumberjack football, and that brought out the best of the Lumberjacks on-and-off the field, former and current.
January 6, 2015
Lumberjack Football to Hold Walk-On Meeting Jan. 12
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - The Northern Arizona Football Program will have a mandatory meeting for players interested in walking on to the team on Monday, Jan. 12 at 4 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.
December 24, 2014
Butier and Alford Named to BSN All-America Teams
LEESBURG, Va. – Northern Arizona football players Nick Butier and Marcus Alford earned Beyond Sports Network All-America honors, announced by the organization.
December 12, 2014
Twenty-One Student-Athletes Receive Degrees During Fall Commencement
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Northern Arizona University will hold its fall commencement ceremonies today in the Walkup Skydome and as part of the newest group of alumni, 21 Lumberjack student-athletes will officially earn their degrees.
December 11, 2014
Four Lumberjacks Earn College Sports Madness Accolades
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Four Northern Arizona football players were selected to the 2014 College Sports Madness All-Big Sky team.
December 4, 2014
Austin Hasquet Named A Two-Time Academic All-America First Team Honoree
AUSTIN, Texas – Northern Arizona senior linebacker Austin Hasquet has been named to the 2014 Capital One Academic All-America® Division I football team as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
December 3, 2014
The National Football Foundation and Fidelity Investments® Highlight the 2014 Faculty Athletics Representative Honorees
IRVING, Texas (Dec. 3, 2014) – The National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Hall of Fame announced today the names of the 17 faculty athletics representatives who will be honored as part of the 2014 NFF Faculty Salutes, presented by Fidelity Investments, honoring the significant contributions of faculty athletics representatives across the nation. NAU’s Dr. Debbie Craig is one of 17 FAR’s to be recognized.
December 2, 2014
NAU Athletics December Student-Athlete Spotlight
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Bridger Rodoni of the football team and Cassidy McLean of the soccer team are featured in Lumberjack Academics' monthly student-athlete spotlight for the month of December.
November 25, 2014
NAU Student-Athletes Give Back to the Community in Operation Christmas Child
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona student-athletes are always giving back to the community of Flagstaff and this past weekend, the freshmen class held Operation Christmas Child to start spreading the holiday cheer.
November 25, 2014
15 Lumberjacks Earn All-Big Sky Honors
OGDEN, Utah – Northern Arizona football had 15 Lumberjacks selected to an All-Big Sky team for a total of 17 honors, announced today by the league office.
November 24, 2014
Hasquet and Umodu Earn Top Honors at NAU Football Team Banquet
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona football program held its annual team banquet on Sunday at the High Country Conference Center. Fans, family, donors and support staff gathered to show support for the 2014 squad.
November 22, 2014
Football Falls to Southern Utah 22-14 in Regular Season Finale
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Northern Arizona (7-5, 5-3 Big Sky) fell to Southern Utah (3-9, 3-5) in the regular season finale. The victory gave the Thunderbirds possession of the HintonBurdick Grand Canyon Trophy, after NAU won it last year. Today’s loss snapped a nine-game regular season win streak at home for the Lumberjacks dating back to 2012.
November 18, 2014
Football Battles Southern Utah for the HintonBurdick Grand Canyon Trophy on Senior Day
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Saturday is Senior Day, as Northern Arizona (7-4, 5-2 Big Sky) hosts Southern Utah (2-9, 2-5 Big Sky) in the HintonBurdick Grand Canyon Trophy Game. Kickoff at the Walkup Skydome is set for 2 p.m.
November 17, 2014
Hasquet and Rochin Receive NAU's Gold Axe Award
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Austin Hasquet of the NAU Football team and Tatum Rochin of the NAU Women’s Tennis team were among 22 graduating seniors to receive the prestigious Gold Axe Award at a ceremony last Thursday recognizing their achievements in the classroom, in competition and service to the university and community.
November 15, 2014
NAU Stunned on the Road at North Dakota, 30-28
GRAND FORKS, N.D. – No. 22 Northern Arizona (7-4, 5-2 Big Sky) was stunned on the road when it fell to North Dakota (4-7, 2-5 Big Sky) 30-28 after a last second field goal by the home team. UND hit a 35-yard field goal with four seconds left in the game to halt NAU’s comeback attempt at the Alerus Center.
November 13, 2014
NAU Athletics Inducts the 2014 Hall of Fame Class
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona Athletics Department held its annual Hall of Fame Banquet on Friday, Nov. 7. This year’s inductees included All-American football player Dan Finn, national champion and Olympian Lopez Lomong, Big Sky Soccer Player of the Year and three-time all-conference honoree Cee Cee Odorfer and the Big Sky Tournament Champion 1999-2000 men’s basketball team.
November 11, 2014
No. 22 NAU Set for Big Sky Road Finale at North Dakota
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The No. 22 Northern Arizona Lumberjacks (7-3, 5-1 Big Sky) will embark on its final Big Sky road game as it rides a four-game win streak into Grand Forks, N.D. Kickoff versus North Dakota is (3-7, 1-5 Big Sky) is at 11 a.m. AZ time.
November 10, 2014
Lumberjacks Tabbed No. 22 in National Poll
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – Northern Arizona football was voted No. 22 in The Sports Network FCS Top 25 Poll released today. The Lumberjacks are coming off their fourth straight Big Sky victory with a win over UC Davis.
November 10, 2014
Ryan Hawkins Named The Sports Network and ROOT SPORTS Big Sky Co-Special Teams Player of the Week
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Northern Arizona junior kicker Ryan Hawkins was named The Sports Network and ROOT SPORTS Big Sky Co-Special Teams Player of the Week, announced today by the organization. It is the first national weekly accolade of Hawkins’ career and the third straight conference honor.
November 8, 2014
Lumberjacks Hold On for 23-21 Victory Over UC Davis
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – No. 25 Northern Arizona (7-3, 5-1 Big Sky) led by as many as 13 points in the first half, as it held on for a 23-21 victory over UC Davis (1-8, 0-5 Big Sky) at the Walkup Skydome in the Lumberjacks’ Hall of Fame Game.
November 6, 2014
Hasquet and Baldenegro Named to CoSIDA All-District 8 Team
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Senior linebacker Austin Hasquet and sophomore tight end Patrick Baldenegro have been named to the 2014 Capital One Academic All-District 8 team, announced today by the organization. The award honors student-athletes success in the classroom and on the field.
November 4, 2014
No. 25 Northern Arizona Hosts UC Davis in Hall of Fame Game
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – No. 25 Northern Arizona (6-3, 4-1 Big Sky) rides a three-game win streak into its Hall of Fame Game this Saturday versus UC Davis (1-7, 0-5 Big Sky). Kickoff at the Walkup Skydome is set for 2:05 p.m.
November 3, 2014
NAU Football Tabbed No. 25 in Latest Poll
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – Northern Arizona football was voted No. 25 in The Sports Network FCS Top 25 Poll released today. The Lumberjacks are coming off their third straight Big Sky victory, after a 29-22 win on the road at Weber State.
November 3, 2014
Ryan Hawkins Earns Second Big Sky ROOT SPORTS Special Teams Player of the Week Honor
OGDEN, Utah – Northern Arizona junior kicker Ryan Hawkins was named the Big Sky ROOT SPORTS Special Teams Player of the Week for the second straight week, announced today by the league office. The honor is the second of Hawkins’ career.
November 1, 2014
Wet and Wild Game in Ogden Sees NAU Capture 29-22 Comeback Win Over Weber State
OGDEN, Utah – With winds blowing over 20 miles per hour, plus a dose of rain in the second half Northern Arizona (6-3, 4-1 Big Sky) was able to overcome a 22-0 deficit to start the game to capture the 29-22 win over Weber State (0-9, 0-5 Big Sky) at Stewart Stadium.
October 30, 2014
Austin Hasquet Named 2014 NFF National Scholar-Athlete
IRVING, Texas – Northern Arizona's Austin Hasquet has been selected as a 2014 NFF National Scholar-Athlete, presented by Fidelity Investments, and a finalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy. Hasquet was chosen from among 169 semifinalists for this award and will be honored at the NFF Annual Awards Dinner, alongside the 2014 College Football Hall of Fame Class, on Tuesday, December 9th. Hasquet is the first honoree in NAU history to receive the honor.
October 29, 2014
NAU Athletics Posts 85 Percent Graduation Success Rate
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The Northern Arizona Athletics Department posted a school-best 85 percent Graduation Success Rate, as released by the NCAA national office Tuesday. It was the highest of the three state universities, and tied for the best in the Big Sky Conference.
October 28, 2014
NAU Looks to Capture Win on the Road at Weber State
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Northern Arizona (5-3, 3-1 Big Sky) looks for its second straight road win on Saturday when it travels to Weber State (0-8, 0-4 Big Sky). Kickoff at Stewart Stadium is set for 12 p.m. AZ time.
October 27, 2014
NAU Student-Athletes Spread Message During Red Ribbon Week
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Northern Arizona University Athletics participated in the annual Red Ribbon Week throughout the community last week, from Oct. 20-24. A total of 134 student-athletes participated in Red Ribbon Week visiting local schools, speaking with Flagstaff’s youth and interacting with them in athletic activities.
October 27, 2014
Ryan Hawkins Named Big Sky ROOT SPORTS Special Teams Player of the Week
OGDEN, Utah – Northern Arizona junior kicker Ryan Hawkins was named the Big Sky ROOT SPORTS Special Teams Player of the Week, announced today by the league office. The honor is the first of Hawkins’ career and the first player of the week accolade for the Lumberjacks this season.
October 26, 2014
Austin Hasquet Named College Sports Madness Big Sky Defensive Player of the Week
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Northern Arizona senior linebacker Austin Hasquet was named the College Sports Madness Big Sky Defensive Player of the Week announced today.
October 25, 2014
NAU Knocks Off No. 2 Eastern Washington in Last Second Thriller
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Backup quarterback Jordan Perry let the ball sail with 12 seconds left on the clock, and it landed in the hands of true freshman Dan Galindo for the game winning touchdown that lifted Northern Arizona (5-3, 3-1 Big Sky) over No. 2 Eastern Washington (7-2, 4-1 Big Sky) 28-27.
October 25, 2014
Mike Nesbitt - More than an Athletic Trainer
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - It is commonly understood that time and change are directly correlated. Few things remain the same as time passes.
October 22, 2014
Show Your Lumberjack Pride at Homecoming This Saturday
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Homecoming is a celebration and the Northern Arizona Athletics Department is bringing the noise and excitement to you this Saturday when the NAU football team hosts No. 2 Eastern Washington in the Skydome at 12:40 p.m.
October 21, 2014
Lumberjack Football Hosts No. 2 Eastern Washington on Homecoming
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Northern Arizona (4-3, 2-1 Big Sky) will put its regular season home win streak on the line this Saturday, Oct. 25 when it hosts No. 2 Eastern Washington (7-1, 4-0 Big Sky) for Homecoming. The ROOT SPORTS Game of the Week will kick off at the Walkup Skydome at 12:40 p.m.
October 18, 2014
Lumberjacks Spoil Portland State’s Homecoming, Win 21-17
PORTLAND, Ore. – Northern Arizona (4-3, 2-1 Big Sky) topped Portland State 21-17 to win its first Big Sky road game of the season. The Vikings (2-5, 1-2 Big Sky) were the first to score, but the Lumberjacks recorded a pair of touchdowns in a span of four minutes to take the lead, as they never looked back.
October 13, 2014
Football Travels to Portland State for ROOT SPORTS Game of the Week
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Northern Arizona (3-3, 1-1 Big Sky) looks to capture its first Big Sky road win this Saturday, when it heads to Portland State (2-4, 1-1 Big Sky) for the ROOT SPORTS Game of the Week. Kickoff at Providence Park is set for 4:05 p.m.
October 4, 2014
Turnovers Aid in Road Loss at Northern Colorado
GREELEY, Colo. – Turnovers proved costly today for No. 25 Northern Arizona (3-3, 1-1 Big Sky), as it fell on the road, 24-17, to Northern Colorado (2-3, 1-1 Big Sky) at Nottingham Stadium. The Bears snapped a nine-game Big Sky losing streak, as NAU fell to UNC for the first time since 1978.
September 30, 2014
Lumberjacks Headed to Northern Colorado This Weekend
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – No. 25 Northern Arizona (3-2, 1-0 Big Sky) won its fifth-straight Big Sky opener, as it continues league play this weekend on the road at Northern Colorado (1-3, 0-1 Big Sky). The Lumberjacks look to earn their 12th straight win over the Bears when they kickoff at Nottingham Stadium Saturday, Oct. 4 at 12:30 p.m. AZ time.
September 29, 2014
Lumberjacks Crack Top 25 With Family Weekend Victory
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Northern Arizona’s comeback thriller over Cal Poly on Saturday, launched the Lumberjacks into the No. 25 spot on the FCS Coaches Poll released Monday. The ranking gives NAU its third in the top 25 this season.
September 27, 2014
No. 9 Archie Amerson – The Walter Payton Award Winner, The Hall of Famer, The NCAA Record Holder, The Lumberjack
When it comes to elite running backs, Archie Amerson is in a class of his own. The California native only played two seasons with Northern Arizona football, but it was the best two-year career by any Lumberjack to date.
September 27, 2014
‘Jacks Complete Comeback With 38-35 Victory Over Cal Poly
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – It was another thrilling game for Northern Arizona (3-2, 1-0 Big Sky) and Cal Poly (1-3, 0-1 Big Sky), but it was the Lumberjacks who came away with the 38-35 win today at the Walkup Skydome in front of a crowd 11,545. Both teams exchanged leads throughout the game, but NAU stayed composed to pull out the win.
September 25, 2014
Hasquet Named a Semifinalist for the 2014 William V. Campbell Trophy
IRVING, Texas – Northern Arizona senior linebacker Austin Hasquet has been named a semifinalist for 2014 William V. Campbell Trophy, presented by The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF). In the 25th anniversary of the award, Hasquet is one of 167 semifinalists.
September 23, 2014
Football Welcomes Cal Poly to Open Big Sky Play
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Big Sky Conference play begins this weekend for Northern Arizona when it welcomes Cal Poly to the Walkup Skydome. Kickoff for the Lumberjacks versus the Mustangs is set for 4 p.m.
September 22, 2014
Family Weekend FAQs
Are you ready for Family Weekend. Here's some FAQs that you should know.
September 20, 2014
Comeback at South Dakota Falls Short for NAU Footbal
VERMILLION, S.D. – No. 22/23 Northern Arizona (2-2) was unable to overcome a pair of early interceptions in the first quarter, as they fell to South Dakota 28-21 at the DakotaDome.
September 16, 2014
Lumberjacks Travel to South Dakota for Noon Matchup
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – No. 22 Northern Arizona will head to South Dakota to play the Coyotes on Saturday, Sept. 20. Kickoff at the DakotaDome is slated for 12 p.m. Arizona Time/2 p.m. Central Time.
September 15, 2014
Football Ranked No. 22 in Latest National Poll
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – Northern Arizona football was voted No. 22 in The Sports Network FCS Top 25 Poll released today. The Lumberjacks recorded a 62-23 win over New Mexico Highlands in their home opener on Saturday. NAU was ranked 23rd in the FCS Coaches Poll and 21st in the College Sports Madness Weekly Poll.
September 13, 2014
‘Jacks Roll in 62-23 Home Opening Win Over New Mexico Highlands
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Northern Arizona football opened home play with a bang, as they captured a 62-23 win over New Mexico Highlands at home in the Walkup Skydome. The victory gave the Lumberjacks their sixth straight regular season home win dating back to last season.
September 9, 2014
Lumberjack Football Welcomes New Mexico Highlands in Home Opener
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – No. 24 Northern Arizona football opens up home play this Saturday at the Walkup Skydome versus New Mexico Highlands. Kickoff is slated for 4 p.m. The Lumberjacks enter Saturday on a five-game home win streak during the regular season.
September 8, 2014
Lumberjacks Work Their Way Up National Poll
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – Northern Arizona football was voted No. 24 in The Sports Network FCS Top 25 Poll released today. The Lumberjacks are coming off their first victory of the season, after beating Abilene Christian on the road.
September 6, 2014
No. 25 Lumberjack Football Earns 27-21 Win Over Abilene Christian
ABILENE, Texas – Abilene Christian (0-2) tried its hardest to make a late second comeback versus No. 25 Northern Arizona (1-1), but the Lumberjacks stopped the Wildcats in their tracks to come away with the 27-21 win at Shotwell Stadium.
September 1, 2014
NAU Athletics September Student-Athlete Spotlight
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Diane Buzzard of the soccer team and Austin Hasquet of the football team are featured in Lumberjack Academics' monthly student-athlete spotlight for the month of September.
September 1, 2014
NAU Football Ranked No. 25 in The Sports Network Poll
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – Northern Arizona football was voted No. 25 in The Sports Network FCS Top 25 Poll released today. The Lumberjacks opened the season on Aug. 30, with a loss to reigning Idaho Potato Bowl Champion San Diego State at Qualcomm Stadium. NAU also earned a No. 24 ranking in the College Sports Madness Weekly Poll.
September 1, 2014
NAU Heads to the Lone Star State to Face Abilene Christian
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – No. 25 Northern Arizona football takes a trip to the Lone Star State to face Abilene Christian on Saturday, Sept. 6. Kickoff at Shotwell Stadium is slated for 4 p.m.
August 30, 2014
Tough Season Debut for NAU Football
SAN DIEGO, Calif. – Northern Arizona put up a good fight against San Diego State, but the Lumberjacks struggled to convert on third down and fell to the Aztecs 38-7 at Qualcomm Stadium.
August 25, 2014
Lumberjack Football Opens the Season This Saturday at San Diego State
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Northern Arizona football opens the 2014 season up on the road at San Diego State University. Kickoff at Qualcomm Stadium is set for 4 p.m.
August 24, 2014
Fall Camp Preview: The Specialists
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona specialist unit lost an All-American, who was one of the best in the country in punting, but a new year allows for new people to step up.
August 23, 2014
Fall Camp Preview: Wide Receivers
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona wide receivers unit has a mixture of old and new faces, as they embark on their second season under Coach Tim Plough.
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.