April 14, 2011
NACOGDOCHES, Texas -
The Stephen F. Austin Lumberjack football team will take to the field Saturday for its first scrimmage of spring camp. The Lumberjacks will step on the field for short practice beginning at 8 a.m., with the scrimmage slated to follow at 9 a.m.
The two-time defending Southland Conference Champions have reached the midpoint of their 2011 spring camp looking to replace some very big names on both sides of the ball. SFA lost only one starter on offense, but it is 2010 Walter Payton Award winner Jeremy Moses. Junior Dalton Williams and sophomore Brady Attaway are in a heated battle trying to lock down the starting quarterback role.
"We're obviously not going to know who the starter is until we begin the season, but we've got some veteran guys," said Harper. "Both Dalton (Williams) and Brady (Attaway) have been around the program for a couple of years so they know the offense, but they don't have a lot of in-game experience. This is a unique offseason for us because we are replacing a four-year starter, and we have a new offensive coordinator. That is not an easy situation for a new coach to come into, but we are lucky to have Coach (Mike) Nesbitt on our staff. I've been real pleased with the flow of practice."
In addition to the loss of Moses, the Lumberjack defense will be looking to replace four starters from the conference's top-ranked defense. Defensive coordinator David Gibbs has the unenviable task of replacing All-Americans Jabara Williams (LB) and Kenneth Williams (DE). Other starters who have used up their eligibility are Sean Warren (DL) and Rainey Sternes (DE). All four players were all-conference selections in 2010.