July 28, 2000
NACOGDOCHES, Texas -- Junior quarterback Wes Pate headlines a list of six Lumberjack football players that have been named to either the first or second team All-Southland Football League preseason team. Pate, a junior from Arp, is the only Lumberjack to earn first team honors. The 6-3 240 pound junior was the first Lumberjack quarterback to throw for more than 300 yards in a game last season since the 1996 season. Pate threw for over 1,800 yards and tossed 17 touchdowns last year for SFA.
Four other members of the offensive unit were named to the second team unit, including senior running back Derrick Blaylock. Blaylock will take over the tailback duties this season for the `Jacks after sharing time with KaRon Coleman and Isiah Stoker each of the past two seasons. The Atlanta, Texas senior enjoyed a healthy spring and enters fall camp next week in perhaps the best shape of his career.
Joining Blaylock on the second team offensive unit are offensive linemen Shannon Yates and Josh Arceneaux and tight end Vince Walker. Yates returns for his third season as a starter, while Arceneaux returns for his second season starting along the offensive front. These two helped the Lumberjack offensive unit lead the league in rushing offensive last season, averaging over 200 yards per game on the ground. Walker started last season at tight end and will once again fill that role in the 2000 season as the Lumberjack look to defend their Southland Football League title.
Only one member of the defensive unit earned first or second team honors with Missouri City senior Brandon North making the second team as a safety. North returns for his fourth season as a starter in the secondary as the only senior in the defensive backfield. North was second on the team last season with three interceptions.
Freshmen report for fall camp on August 6, with veterans reporting August 9. The first full squad workout of the summer will be held August 10. SFA opens the season August 31 with a 7:00 p.m. kick-off with Central Oklahoma, in Homer Bryce Stadium.