Offensive lineman Jacob Julian is a 2016 All-Big Sky Preseason Team honoree, after having earned third team honors last season. He was named the Offensive Lineman of the Year for NAU in 2015, after having started all 11 games. He helped pave the way for the school's fourth 1,000-yard rusher and 1,000-yard receiver in the same season. He was a member of the offensive line that helped the Lumberjacks rank seventh in the nation in scoring offense and eighth in passing offense.
Q: If you had to be stranded on a deserted island for one month, which one of your teammates would you want to bring with you and why?
A: Dylan LaFrenz. He's my roommate and best friend. We have a similar sense of humor and have been through so many things that we would be able to crack jokes for at least a month and a half.
Q: Out of all of your teammates, who would make the best politician?
A: Ooo. That's a tough one. I'm going to say Cole Habib. He's a man with a plan, but you never quite know what he's thinking, and he always has a way of spinning whatever you say into something else. I think that would be good for a political debate.
Q: What is it like being an NAU athlete?
A: It's one of the most fun and unique experiences I have ever had. Just the mesh of college life and sports gives you the best of both worlds. It's a great campus and beautiful city. We have a great support staff. Everyone helps you. It's like a big family and you can do anything with that.
Q: How do you manage being an athlete, going to school, and having a social life?
A: Time management that's for sure. Obviously you learn that pretty well with meetings, weights and practice. You learn how to set time aside and when to be focused on having free and social time and when to get the job done.
Q: How do you feel you are "living the dream"?
A: I get to play ball and it pays for my college. That's a great feeling to be able to play the sport I love while getting a degree at the same time. In today's world it is so important.
Q: What are your thoughts on student athletes finishing with a degree?
A: That should be No. 1 by far. You're here to play and that can go somewhere, but you are a student-athlete for a reason. You're here to get a degree. That's why you're here and that's what puts us through life. Even if you do go professional in your sport, eventually that will end but your degree will remain and that's what going to get you through for the rest of your life.