FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona football team opened fall camp today to kick start year 101 in Flagstaff. Coached by Jerome Souers, the Lumberjacks were voted to finish fifth and sixth by the Big Sky Conference coaches and media.
With 26 days left before NAU takes the field at Stephen F. Austin for its season opener, the 'Jacks will go through four weeks of practices. NAU will conduct practices at 10:30 a.m. for the rest of the week, capping it off with a scrimmage on Saturday at 2:30 p.m.
"Today is the transition from our summer program. I really like the enthusiasm. The energy everyone showed today from the players to the coaching staff was outstanding. We changed a few things with the way we practice, but I believe everyone adapted well. With new players entering the program, it's always a race to see how quickly you can get them simulated and today was a step in the right direction."
"Today shows us how well we did this off season. It shows us how our summer went and where we are at," said Alford. "I feel as if we are pretty far along for our first day; much better than year's past."
In the offseason, Souers made coaching changes with new leadership at the offensive coordinator, quarterbacks, wide receivers, and offensive line positions.
"We made a few changes in the spring and the chemistry with this group right now is amazing," Souers said. "I'm excited about what this season has in store."