Aug. 10, 2009
NACOGDOCHES, Texas -
Following the 2007 season SFA head coach J.C. Harper made some wholesale changes to his coaching staff. He brought in Shannon Dawson to implement the spread offense around sophomore quarterback Jeremy Moses. He hired former Lumberjack All-American defensive lineman David Gibbs to revitalize the Lumberjack defense. Harper and the SFA faithful didn't have to wait long to see positive results.
Behind the direction of Dawson, Moses and company began an onslaught that re-wrote the school, conference and NCAA record books. Moses finished the year tops at the NCAA Division I FCS level and second at the NCAA Division I level with 41 touchdowns and 4,026 yards passing. He also led the nation in points responsible for (21.67). During the season Moses set a new NCAA single-game record for pass attempts (85) and completions (57); new Southland Conference records for single-season pass attempts, completions and touchdowns; and set a new school record with 352 completions last season. In addition to all the records that were set, SFA averaged 35 points per game in 2008, an increase of 19 points per game from 2007.
There is a lot of excitement surrounding the Lumberjacks' offense heading into the 2009 season. In only one year under Dawson, the Lumberjacks saw a record-setting offense more than double its point production from a year ago. With nine players back from last year's squad, including Moses, there is no reason why SFA fans can't expect similar numbers in 2009.
Moses sets the stage for an offense that racked up more than 400 yards of total offense per game and scored 52 touchdowns last season. He has another year of experience under his belt after a season that saw him complete 59 percent of his passes for 4,026 yards and 41 touchdowns. Moses will be backed up by 6-4, 211-pound Coppell native Dalton Williams and 2009 signee Brady Attaway (6-2/214 lbs., Whitehouse, Texas).
Despite the loss of two of the school's all-time leading receivers, including 2009 NFL draftee Dominique Edison, the Lumberjacks return a talented stable of receivers. Led by 2008 SLC Newcomer of the Year Duane Brooks, the `Jacks have several big-play speedsters in their arsenal. Brooks set a single-season school record with 68 receptions last year despite missing two games due to an injury. Brooks, who is also utilized as a return threat on special teams, finished the season with 68 catches for 863 yards and four touchdowns.
Brooks will be joined by 2008 Sports Network Honorable Mention All-America selection Contrevious Parks who really settled into his role last season. After splitting his time between the offense and defense during an injury-plagued sophomore campaign, Parks proved himself as a big-time weapon in the `Jacks' new offense. He finished the season with a career-high 49 catches for 591 yards and six touchdowns.
The `Jacks also return senior Aaron Rhea and junior Marcus Taylor, who add speed and depth to the SFA lineup. A 2007 honorable mention All-SLC selection, Rhea enters his final season with 83 career receptions for more than 1,000 yards and eight touchdowns. Taylor enters his third season on campus with 47 catches for 491 yards and five touchdowns.
Moses will be joined in the backfield by seniors Vincent Pervis and Tyrone Ross. The duo combined for nearly 400 yards and two touchdowns on the ground last season and got stronger as they became more comfortable with the offense. Both runners proved their versatility as strong receivers hauling in 31 passes, including three for touchdowns.
What was one of the biggest question marks on the 2008 squad might be one of the biggest strengths in 2009. The offensive line returns four of five starters from a year ago, including two of the top linemen in the conference in 6-5, 290-pound Karl Glimp, and 6-3, 290-pound Max Holmes. Glimp has started every game of his SFA career and enters his senior season with a streak of 34 consecutive starts. Holmes transferred to SFA from LSU last season and started all 12 games. One of the more versatile linemen in the league, Holmes switched from right guard to center midway through the 2008 season.
The 'Jacks kick off the 2009 season Saturday, Sept. 5, at SMU. The game against the Mustangs is slated to begin at 7 p.m. from Dallas, Texas.