Football scheduled to play three scrimmages
Sophomore Gus Johnson sets career high with 215 rushing yards, four TDs
The 'Jacks return three of four starters in the secondary from 2011.
Football team focuses on 2012 season opener
Willie Jefferson named SLC Newcomer of the Year
Nov. 17, 2012 - Homer Bryce Stadium SFA 34, Northwestern State 17
2011 Honorable Mention All-SLC
Has played in 35 games, earning 18 starts during his career
One of the top returning safeties in the Southland Conference
Was awarded a fifth year by the NCAA allowing him to return for the 2013 season
2012 (Junior): Played in eight games, earning four starts ... Finished sixth on the team with 62 total tackles, and picked off a pass ... He also forced a fumble ... Recorded four double-digit tackle performances ... Posted a season-high 12 tackles twice (Central Arkansas and at McNeese State) ... Recorded 11-tackle outings against Northwestern State and Sam Houston State ... Also forced a fumble against the Bearkats.
2011 (Junior): Earned honorable mention All-SLC honors ... Battled back from an injury-plagued sophomore campaign to play in and start all 11 games ... Finished tied for third in the conference with teammate Devin Ducote averaging 8.8 tackles per game ... Finished the season with 97 tackles, including 52 solo stops, and five tackles for losses ... Was credited with three breakups, one forced fumble and one recovery ... Recorded a career-high 22 tackles at Central Arkansas, including two for losses ... Also forced a fumble against the Bears ... Had 14 stops against nationally ranked Northern Iowa.
2010 (Sophomore): Earned a starting spot at safety, before a season-ending injury three games into the season ... Finished the year with 13 tackles, including a season-high eight against Albany.
2009 (Freshman): Played in 13 games ... Recorded 27 tackles, including 10 solo stops ... Forced and recovered a fumble ... Recorded a six-tackle performance against Sam Houston State ... Had four tackles and recovered a fumble which he returned 23 yards for a touchdown against Texas College ... Had five tackles at Montana in the second round of the playoffs.
High School: A two-year starter for coach Mike Owens ... Earned second-team all-state honors as a senior ... Named first-team all-district and first-team All-East Texas this past season ... Was also named to the All-Smoaky.com first team in 2008 ... Received honorable mention TSWA 5A all-state honors ... Recorded 158 tackles, 17 tackles for losses and two sacks during his prep career ... Also picked off three passes and blocked three kicks during his high school career ... Holds school record for long fumble recovery returned for a touchdown (87 yards) ... Helped guide his high school to a district title.
Personal: Son of Calvin Scates and Lynn Aubrey ... Born April 9, 1991, in Terrell, Texas ... Brother, Josh, is also a member of the Lumberjack football team ... Has not yet decided on a major.