FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – After having yesterday's Blue-Gold Spring Game postponed due to inclement weather, Northern Arizona football hit the fields today to make up for it. The final spring scrimmage was highlighted by both offensive and defensive plays that got the crowd going.
NAU's offense showed versatility today, as they scored a pair of touchdowns. The first score came when Kyren Poe found Alex Holmes for an eight-yard touchdown. In the next series, Chase Cartwright connected with Hunter Burton for a five-yard touchdown to round out NAU's scoring.
"All in all we did well today, but there is still room for improvement across the board," said head coach Jerome Souers. "Zach Bauman is a hard person to replace, especially since he attributed to a lot of our offensive success last year. As a whole, I think our offense is moving in the right direction, and Casey Jahn has gotten enough reps to earn the starting role at running back."
The Lumberjacks' defense seemed to pick up right where they left off in the fall. NAU is known around the Big Sky as having one of the best defenses in the league, and today the Lumberjacks let it show. Senior Rob Watson was the first defensive player of the day to record an interception, but he would not be the last. Junior Harrison Johnson and redshirt freshman Jonathan Lyles also joined the interception party to give NAU three picks during the scrimmage.
Leading the NAU defense this upcoming fall will be all-conference honoree senior linebacker Austin Hasquet. "Austin is a great person to build our defense around," said Souers. "In addition to Austin, our secondary has also been performing well, led by Marcus Alford."
Hasquet led NAU in tackles last season with 91, while Alford is the lone returning starter in the secondary for the Lumberjacks.
NAU will kick off its 2014 schedule at San Diego State on August 30.