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March 24, 2014

NAU Football Opens Spring Practice on Tuesday

Spring Prospectus

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.

THE SEASON: Spring practice is the official beginning of the 2014 season and the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks are ready for their 17th season under head coach Jerome Souers and the 100th season in program history.

WHO'S BACK: The Lumberjacks expect to return 278 starts (players who have started during their careers), while losing a total of 281 due to graduation and early departures. Linebacker Austin Hasquet and offensive lineman Roy Garcia are the most experienced returners with 23 starts apiece. The Lumberjacks will return eight starters on offense, two on defense and three on special teams.

STATISTICALLY SPEAKING: The following is a statistical comparison for returning numbers in 2014:

Category--2013 Total--Returning Yards--Pct.

Rushing Yards--1,787--407--23%

Receptions--235--114--49%

Passing Yards--2,425--2,425--100%

All-Purpose Yards--5,445--2,294--42%

A LOOK AT THE QUARTERBACKS: NAU will go into the spring with two two players that have seen a lot of time at the quarterback position: Kyren Poe and Chase Cartwright. Poe earned his first career start in the season opener versus the University of Arizona. He started a total of eight games for NAU, while playing in 11. Poe completed 163 of 270 passes with 10 thrown interceptions. He registered 1,602 passing yards and threw six touchdown passes. Poe also had two rushing touchdowns. Cartwright started four games for the Lumberjacks this past fall and appeared in six games. Cartwright completed 70 of 111 passes, while throwing two interceptions. He had 753 total passing yards, in addition to eight touchdown passes. NAU also has Jordan Perry and Pete Denham for added depth at the quarterback position.

ALL-AMERICAN STATUS: R.J. Rickert is the lone returning All-American on the NAU spring roster. The Gilbert, Ariz. native, was one of three players named to the College Sports Madness All-American team.

WALKUP SKYDOME RECORD: Northern Arizona went undefeated in the Walkup Skydome during the regular season tabulating a 5-0 record. The Lumberjacks fell to South Dakota State in the postseason to finish 5-1 at the Skydome overall.

2014 Spring Practice Schedule

March 25 • Practice #1 • 4-6 p.m. • Upper Fields

March 27 • Practice #2 • 4-6 p.m. • Upper Fields

March 29 • Practice #3 • 10-12 p.m. • Upper Fields

March 25 • Practice #1 • 4-6 p.m. • Upper Fields

April 1 • Practice #4 • 4-6 p.m. • Upper Fields

April 3 • Practice #5 • 4-6 p.m. • Upper Fields

April 5 • Practice #6 • 10-12 p.m. • Lower Field

April 8 • Practice #7 • 4-6 p.m. • Upper Fields

April 11 • Practice #8 • 4-6 p.m. • Upper Fields

April 12 • Practice #9 • 10-12 p.m. • Lower Field (Full Pack)

April 15 • Practice #10 • 4-6 p.m. • Upper Fields

April 17 • Practice #11 • 4-6 p.m. • Upper Fields

April 19 • Practice #12 • 10-12 p.m. • Lower Field (Full Pack)

April 22 • Practice #13 • 4-6 p.m. • Upper Fields

April 24 • Practice #14 • 4-6 p.m. • Upper Fields

April 26 • Practice #15 • 2 p.m. • Lumberjack Stadium (Spring Game)

 

*Dates and times are subject to change