FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. –Northern Arizona football's scrimmage was highlighted from start to finish by the defense today. The secondary had quick hands and the line did their job, as the offense was hit with a defensive wall they couldn't get around.
"Today's scrimmage brought the physicality we have been looking for," said head coach Jerome Souers. "The defense came up with some big turnovers and that's something that they needed. I like the improvement that I have seen over these past few weeks, we just have to keep it up."
The offense was in the red zone and just three yards away from scoring, when safety Wes Sutton forced a fumble giving the defense the ball. A few plays later, safety Ryan Phillippe ran back a fumble and the defensive sideline was unable to control themselves. Out the gate, the defense came out with a spark it hadn't quite lit in the previous weeks and it shined the whole scrimmage.
Emmanuel Butler was still a tough body to cover for the defense, as he would not be denied his receiving yards, but as a whole, the offense was just one step behind the defense today.
Next week's practices are slated for 4 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday, and 10 a.m. on Saturday. All practices will be held at either the upper fields or inside the Walkup Skydome. There's two weeks left before NAU will hold its annual Spring Game on Saturday, April 23. The game will be televised live on FOX Sports Arizona.