FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The wait is over. Northern Arizona football laced up their cleats and put on their helmets to officially kick start the 2016 season. Although it was an acclimation practice with helmets only, it was the day the coaching staff and players had been waiting for.
"We've added 35 new guys into our program this year and with a lot of quality returners that we have to lead it was easier for the new guys to get integrated into practice," said head coach Jerome Souers. "It's a good sign when your team is in good condition and the first practice looked as clean as it did today."
A part of the reason the players worked so well together on day one was because most of them were in Flagstaff during the summer working hard to get better.
Senior running back Kendyl Taylor reflected on the first day of practice by adding, "the first day of camp we're always anxious and nervous, but it's always fun. Being close translates to the field and that's what's important. In the offseason we worked extremely hard and together. We already had a team and family atmosphere, but the summer allowed for us to come together even more."
Today's practice was all about working on the key fundamentals. From alignments to assignments the players and coaches used the workout to work on important details that can't be overlooked in the long run.
"I think when you have leadership it's easier to accelerate your learning curve," Souers said. "It's easier to see examples done properly on film and after practice the young guys have people to follow."
The Lumberjacks will keep up the hard work with practices Tuesday through Friday all being slated for 4-6 p.m. at the upper fields across from the Walkup Skydome. NAU will go full pads at the upper fields on Saturday at 9:30 a.m.
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NAU Football Practice This Week
Tuesday, August 9th, 2016
4:00 – 6:00 PM Acclimation Practice #2 – Helmets Only – Upper Fields
Wednesday, August 10th, 2016
4:00 – 6:00 PM Acclimation Practice #3 – Half Pack – Upper Fields
Thursday, August 11th, 2016
4:00 – 6:00 PM Acclimation Practice #4 – Half Pack – Upper Fields
Friday, August 12th, 2016
4:00 – 6:00 PM Acclimation Practice #5 – Full Pack – Upper Fields
Saturday, August 13th, 2016
9:30 AM – 12:00 PM Practice #6 – Upper Fields