July 29, 2009
LAKE CHARLES, La. -
The Stephen F. Austin Lumberjack football team has been picked to finish fifth in the Southland Conference standings, announced by league officials Wednesday morning at the SLC Media Day in Lake Charles, La.
The Lumberjacks, who are coming off a 4-8 campaign in 2008, were picked fifth by both the league coaches and sports information directors. SFA garnered one first-place vote and 24 points in the coaches' poll, and received 20 points in the SID poll.
The 'Jacks return the heart of their roster on both sides of ball from last year's team, led by preseason All-Americans Tim Knicky and Jabara Williams. Knicky, a senior defensive end who finished among the nation's top 10 in sacks and tackles for a losses last season, will lead the charge for an SFA defense that led the SLC in sacks. Williams is looking for a quality sequel to a sophomore season that saw him lead the league with 132 tackles and earn first-team All-SLC honors.
Record-setting quarterback Jeremy Moses returns for his junior season after completing a school-record 352 passes for 4,026 yards and 41 touchdowns. He will be surrounded by a host of weapons, which include 2008 SLC Newcomer of the Year Duane Brooks, 2008 Honorable Mention All-American Contrevious Parks and 2007 Honorable Mention All-SLC selection Aaron Rhea. Moses will also have the luxury of being protected by one of the more experienced offensive lines in the conference.
The Lumberjacks are slated to kick off the 2009 season Saturday, Sept. 5, at SMU. The game against the Mustangs is slated to begin at 7 p.m. from Gerald J. Ford Stadium.