OGDEN, Utah – Northern Arizona earned three All-Big Sky First Team selections, as the league office released the all-conference teams on Tuesday. The Lumberjacks had a total of 11 players honored.
Leading the way for NAU was two-time first team honoree junior wide receiver Emmanuel Butler. The Phoenix, Ariz. native became NAU's first two-time 1,000-yard receiver as he finished the year with 1,003 receiving yards. Butler caught 69 passes, scored nine touchdowns and averaged 91.2 yards per game. He also recorded four 100-yard receiving games.
Siupeli Anau was named to the first team as a defensive tackle. It is Anau's second all-conference honor as he received honorable mention accolades in 2014. Anau led the Big Sky in sacks (8.5) and was second in league in tackles for loss with 15. Anau tallied 55 total tackles on the season with 30 of them coming unassisted. He added three forced fumbles and one fumble recovery to complete his senior campaign.
True freshman Griffin Roehler was named the first team placekicker in the Big Sky. It is the second consecutive season that NAU has earned the honor. Roehler made 13 of 16 field goal attempts, including a season-long of 40 yards. He led NAU in scoring with 83 points and had 68 kickoffs for an average of 61.7 yards per kick with 26 resulting in a touchback.
Picking up second team honors was junior offensive guard Tyler Shank. Shank along with third team honoree junior center Blake Porter were instrumental in NAU registering over 3,500 passing and 1,700 rushing yards. Porter was an honorable mention selection a year ago.
Junior wide receiver Elijah Marks received third team honors for his play this season. The Goodyear, Ariz. product broke through for 770 yards and seven touchdowns to receive his first all-conference honor.
Senior linebacker Jake Thomas was voted to the third team after leading the Lumberjacks in tackles with 80. He had 36 solo and 44 assisted stops to aid in his 4.5 tackles for loss. He was also credited with a 25-yard interception and two forced fumbles. He lined up at fullback for NAU on occasion and recorded a pair of touchdowns.