FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Northern Arizona head football coach Jerome Souers will miss today's game versus South Dakota State due to complications that arose from necessary back surgery. The Lumberjacks will host the Jackrabbits in the first round of the FCS Playoffs today at 6 p.m. in the Walkup Skydome.
In Souers absence, defensive coordinator Andy Thompson has been named interim coach and will lead the Lumberjacks from the sidelines.
"This is Coach Souers' team," said Thompson. "He has prepared us for this moment. We are focused on continuing the work that Coach Souers has had us doing over the past couple of months. The best way to honor Jerome is to go out and play the way we were trained to do. We look forward to having him back."
The Lumberjacks are in the FCS Playoffs for the first time since 2003, as they are paired up against South Dakota State in the first round.
"We have an outstanding leader in Coach Souers," said senior All-American running back Zach Bauman. "Our thoughts are with him, and we know that he would want us to focus on the game versus South Dakota State. We are going to go out there and dedicate the game to Coach Souers."