March 25, 2011
NACOGDOCHES, Texas -
Two-time Southland Conference Coach of the Year J.C. Harper, and his Stephen F. Austin Lumberjack football team will open spring camp Wednesday, March 30th. The 'Jacks will participate in 15 scheduled workouts that will consist of three scrimmages. The scrimmages will take place April 16th, April 30th and May 6th. The annual spring game is April 30th.
The Lumberjacks are coming off a 9-3 season in 2010 that saw them win their second-straight Southland Conference title, make their second consecutive NCAA FCS playoff appearance and another top-10 national ranking. It was a historical run to the title for SFA, marking the first time program history that it has won back-to-back conference titles.
The Lumberjack offense returns 10 of 11 starters from last season, and lost only two seniors, but the one starter will be hard to replace. Coach Harper is looking for someone to replace quarterback Jeremy Moses who closed out his career being named 2010 SLC Player of the Year and winner of the Walter Payton Award. Moses leaves SFA as the school and conference's all-time leader in completions, touchdown passes, yards passing and yards of total offense. He also set a new NCAA FCS record for completions (1,184) in a career.
Defensively, SFA will look to replace five starters, which include All-Americans Kenneth Charles (DE) and Jabara Williams (LB) and all-conference selections Sean Warren (DL), Rainey Sternes (DE) and Andre Banks (DB).
SFA has led the nation in passing each of the past two seasons, and despite the loss of Moses, SFA returns a strong offensive line to protect the new quarterback, and one of the most talented stables of receivers in the nations. The Lumberjack receivers are led by All-Americans Gralyn Crawford and Cordell Roberson. Both wideouts have two years of eligibility remaining at SFA.
Despite some big losses defensively, SFA still returns some muscle from the conference's top defense. All-conference linebackers Devin Ducote and Derrick Choice are two of the leagues top returning tacklers. The defense also returns Jordan Aubrey, Ben Wells and Jacob Fancher after injury-plagued 2010 campaigns. Jordan will be joined by his twin brother, Josh, in the Lumberjacks secondary.