`Jacks Hold Early Morning Workout

Aug. 15, 2005

NACOGDOCHES - The Stephen F. Austin Lumberjack football team got back down to business Monday morning after taking Sunday off. The `Jacks held a morning workout on the practice fields, which was dominated by a defensive effort that allowed the quarterbacks very little time to find an open receiver.

"Coming out of spring we had some concerns about our depth defensively," said head coach Robert McFarland. "Through recruiting and our transfers we have addressed that issue. The defensive unit is really starting to work together. These guys have been playing hard and are really flying to the ball. The defense has really dominated since day one."

The offense still had its fair-share of bright spots on Monday, including a pass play that went 70 yards for the touchdown. Despite some of its recent struggles, McFarland quickly noted that it's still very early.

"The defense is usually a step ahead of the offense," said McFarland. "We've just had too many mistakes on the offensive side of the ball, but its not just in one area. It's been a bunch of little things that have been failing for us. The encouraging thing is we still have two weeks of fall camp remaining. We just need to get some things worked out and come together as a unit."

Notes: •The `Jacks will hold a scrimmage on Saturday Aug. 20 in Homer Bryce Stadium. The scrimmage is set to begin at 8 a.m. It will be the Lumberjacks lone scrimmage of fall camp.

•The annual `Meet the Jacks' will be Tuesday Aug. 23, at 6 p.m., in the Grand Ballroom of the University Center.



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