Aug. 10, 2000
NACOGDOCHES, Texas -- Stephen F. Austin head football coach Mike Santiago witnessed the first full squad workout of the 2000 season Thursday morning on the turf at Homer Bryce Stadium. Sixty-three veterans reported for fall camp Wednesday afternoon and went through their first workout of the fall this morning. They joined 27 freshmen and newcomers that have been practicing since Monday.
"I was very pleased with the first full practice of fall camp. I feel that the veterans all returned with a determined mindset, ready to get back on the field and begin preparations for the coming season. The returners fit in nicely with the newcomers we've been working with the past couple of days," said Santiago.
One of the most impressive surprises to this point has been transfer Greg Barnum from Tennessee. Barnum left the University of Tennessee following spring workouts and has transferred to SFA for the coming season. He was projected to be the starting center for the Volunteers in the 2000 season, but has returned to the defensive side of the ball for the Lumberjacks.
Barnum played defensive line prior to his senior year in high school at Killeen Ellison, where he was one of the most highly touted lineman recruits in the state. At 6-1, 310 pounds, Barnum adds immediate help to the Lumberjacks' defensive front. Barnum joins Tim Hodges, another transfer from Tennessee, up front for the Lumberjacks. The 6-8, 320 pound Hodges transferred to SFA last January and is listed as the starting left offensive tackle as fall camp begins.
The Lumberjacks hold their annual Media Day Saturday afternoon starting at 5:00 p.m. with a team photo and picture and interview sessions with Lumberjack players and coaches.