SFA Football Players Report to Campus
Aug. 6, 2010
NACOGDOCHES, Texas - The defending Southland Conference Champion Stephen F. Austin Lumberjack football team reported back to campus Friday to begin preparations to defend its title. Approximately 90 athletes reported to the fieldhouse for meetings, and will take to the field Saturday for their first workout.
"This is a very exciting time across the country, but especially for Lumberjack football," said J.C. Harper, the 2009 Southland Conference Coach of the Year. "We are blessed to have quarterback Jeremy Moses returning for his senior season. Anytime you have a player who has accomplished what he has done, people want to come watch him play. He enters is final season having played in 32 games, passed for more than 9,000 yards and thrown 87 touchdowns passes. He is an exciting player, and people want to see him play.
"Defensively, we return a ton of talent led by linebacker Jabara Williams, and he has a great supporting cast. We expect things from our defense again this year," added Harper.
The Lumberjacks return 39 letterwinners, and 16 starters from last year's 10-3 team that won the SLC title, advanced to the second round of the NCAA FCS Playoffs and finished ranked among the nation's top 10 in all the major polls. It was the team's first conference title since the 1999 season, and it's first trip to the playoffs since 1995.
"It's not just the returning players that we have that makes this year exciting, but we have consistency across the board," said Harper. "Our coaching staff returns intact, and that is a rare luxury."
The Lumberjacks have received quite a bit of attention during the offseason. Several players have garnered preseason All-America honors, including quarterback Jeremy Moses and linebacker Jabara Williams. Moses has been named to the Walter Payton Award watch list, while Williams has been named to the Buck Buchanan Award watch list, an award given annually to the league's top defensive player. SFA also enters the year ranked 12th in the country according to Phil Steele's Football magazine.
A unanimous pick by the league coaches and sports information directors to repeat as conference champions, SFA will host two scrimmages prior to kicking off the 2010 campaign at Texas A&M. The team's first scrimmage will be Saturday, Aug. 14, followed by the second a week later. The season opener will be Saturday, Sept. 4, beginning at 6 p.m. from Kyle Field.