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.
Seniors Ify Umodu and Dejzon Walker, along with junior Alex Holmes are the only three wide receivers on NAU's roster that have previous playing experience at NAU. The trio has started numerous games for the Lumberjacks as they will be the leaders of the unit.
"You can't replace experience and game time," said Plough. "When you're playing at a high speed and a high level like these guys have been doing for multiple years we can focus more on technique. They show tremendous effort. Ify in particular is someone who's been doing it for a long time; the right way. They play at a high effort every practice and never take a rep off."
Hunter Burton, a redshirt freshman last season, will make his debut this season after spending a year learning NAU's system.
"Hunter is a guy that hasn't had any games under his belt, but the great thing about him is his attitude," said Plough. "He's an extremely positive guy that has really earned his stripes and the respect of the older guys. He's going to help us out in many ways."
NAU boasts one of the best newcomer wide receiver units in the Big Sky. With three of the freshmen ranking in the top 30 in their position in the state of Arizona, Coach Plough has a pool of talent that will see playing time in their rookie season. The newcomers to the wide out unit include Emmanuel Butler, Quentis Clark, Dan Galindo, Andrew Gose, Zach Harbin, Elijah Marks, Bryant O'Georgia, Vincent Parrish, and Elijah Sykes.
"It's a talented group," said Plough. "We hit the jackpot. We happened to get all the guys that we were going after. They newcomers have come in right away and have made an impact. They've shown to be guys that can see playing time right now. They're excellent kids and it's going to be fun to watch them for a long time."