'Jacks Hold Final Practice Before Saturday Scrimmage

Aug. 10, 2007

NACOGDOCHES - The Stephen F. Austin Lumberjack football team was back on the practice field Friday afternoon for its final workout before Saturday's scrimmage. The scrimmage will be the first of three scheduled during the 'Jacks' preseason calendar.

The 'Jacks' offense is littered with names that have received All-Southland Conference accolades coming into the 2007 season. But it was the defense that took center stage during the scrimmage portion of the practice Friday afternoon. The defense made up its mind that SFA running backs were not going to have an easy time advancing the ball, and they didn't. Time after time seniors Louie Runnels and Robert Castillo were met by four and five defenders eliminating the possibility of a huge gain. On a few occasions, some of the individuals were able to knife their way through the offensive front to record stops in the backfield.

The offensive highlights came from a couple of sophomores. Broderick Gaffney caught a Jeremy Moses pass and took it up field for 35 yards before being knocked out of bounds. Returning all-conference kick returner Vince Pervis recorded a 30-yard scamper before sophomore Cory Barlow recovered to make the tackle.

Junior Aaron Bragg also added a play for offensive highlight reel. After hauling in a Danny Southall pass, Bragg lowered his head an ran over a would-be tackler to gain a couple of extra yards.

The Lumberjacks will have a morning walkthrough before hitting the field Saturday afternoon for its first scrimmage of fall camp. The scrimmage is slated to begin at 3 p.m. from Homer Bryce Stadium.

"We are looking to nail down some positions in our scrimmages," said head coach J.C. Harper. "We are looking to solidify our depth chart at safety, receiver and defensive tackle.

"I'm really going to be looking for effort and enthusiasm from our guys tomorrow. I'm also interested in seeing how much of what we've coached in these first few days is beginning to sink in," added Harper.



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