Running Backs: Keep Calm and Carry the Ball

Cory Young
Cory Young

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona football squad has two weeks left of spring ball and the amount of energy rising off the offense and defense is electric. From one-handed grabs on offense to tackles that spin you around so hard you do not know what day it is – NAU Football is lighting up the field.

"The evolution of rebuilding our offense has added some complicated concepts, but they are manageable," said head coach Jerome Souers. "It is really good stuff. It takes a while to learn, but the progress we are making has shown."

The Lumberjack football program has had a rich tradition of running backs come through Flagstaff. From Walter Payton Award Winner Archie Amerson to four-time 1,000-yard rusher Zach Bauman. The list of talent stretches for miles from Arizona to California and beyond.

Three running backs that would love to be in the same conversation with the aforementioned names are redshirt freshman Nate Stinson, sophomore Joe Logan and junior transfer Cory Young.

Each player has a different kind of run game that will keep defenses on their toes.

Take a look at Logan. He is the slash guy that gets the explosive yards. Next you have Stinson, who didn't play much last year after being sidelined with an injury but his speed is lightning fast. The units' newest addition is Young, who is capable of breaking tackles and getting the hard yards.

Positon coach Jimmy Beal believes that the reason this trios dynamic is so great on the field is because, "the guys treat each other like brothers. The comradery that they have is truly genuine and it makes my job easier. They are such a good group when it comes to complimenting each other. They understand that they have to work as one and that we are all together on this journey."  

Logan had a nice rookie campaign leading all running backs with 726 rushing yards and five scores. Stinson played in just one game before being injured and Young comes to NAU from Boise State.

All three players have the talent to imprint their name in the Lumberjack record books, but the task won't be easy, as Beal agrees.

"They have to love the game and stay disciplined," Beal remarks. "They have to appreciate it and truly love everything that comes with football from the meetings to the training to the film. Each one of them has to embrace the opportunity to be able to master their craft."

Football in the fall will be very exciting with these three players carrying the ball. Spring practice is past the halfway point and fall camp is less than four months away. Logan, Stinson and Young will be a very powerful trio for the NAU offense, as long as they remember that success comes with hard work and dedication.

"We have 15 practices and we want to make sure that we are improved fundamentally," added Souers. "We have the changes on offense and defense that we want, as well as special teams. We are well on track to do that. That sets us up for a good summer and that will lead us into August when we report."

The team will practice on Thursday this week at 4 p.m. and will end the week with its third scrimmage of spring ball on Saturday at 10 a.m.

Lumberjack fans do not have to wait until September to get a glimpse of their team. Fans have a chance to catch the annual Spring Game on Saturday, April 22 at 2 p.m. at the Walkup Skydome. Admission is free to the public.


Remaining Spring Practice Dates

Thursday, April 13 – 4-6 p.m.

Saturday, April 15 – 10 a.m.-12 p.m. SCRIMMAGE

Tuesday, April 18 – 4-6 p.m.

Thursday, April 20 – 4-6 p.m.

Saturday, April 22– 2-4 p.m. SPRING GAME

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