FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Northern Arizona Head Football Coach Jerome Souers has announced that All-American sophomore quarterback Case Cookus will sit out the rest of the season.
"Unfortunately at this time we have to announce that Case has been ruled out for the remainder of the 2016 regular season due to a shoulder injury," said Souers. "Obviously, the initial injury was difficult on our entire team; not only is Case clearly one of the best quarterbacks in the country, but he's an even better person and our leader. Case is in good spirits, rehabbing well, and we fully expect him to return even more motivated than before to lead the Lumberjacks to great heights in the future. It is impossible to replace a player like Case, but our team will continue to rally around Blake Kemp and play Lumberjack Football."
Cookus appeared in four games this season before suffering his injury, which allows for him to use a medical redshirt and still have three years of eligibility left.
"I had high hopes for my teammates and myself this season, after what we were able to produce last season, but unfortunately I was injured my throwing shoulder during the Eastern Washington game and have been sidelined since," said Cookus. "My current focus is on rehabbing and getting myself ready to help the team next season."
Cookus completed 80 of 119 passes for 1,173 passing yards before his injury. He registered 13 touchdown passes and averaged 293.2 yards per game.