Aug. 15, 2007
After multiple practices in the East Texas heat that has reached triple digits, the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjack football team was treated to a Wednesday afternoon workout where the weather dipped into the mid 90s. The 'Jacks are well into their second week of practices and are making preparations for Saturday's scrimmage. The scrimmage, which was originally scheduled for 3 p.m., has been moved to 9 a.m. at Homer Bryce Stadium.
As the Lumberjacks reach the midway point of preseason practice, SFA head coach J.C. Harper has seen reasons to smile on both sides of the ball. From the performance of some younger players, to the leadership of savvy veterans SFA is getting solid performances from a strong cast of players.
"I've really been impressed with Vincent Pervis," said Harper. "He is really running the ball hard. He looks like the back that was recruited here. My first year here Vincent was on the scout team and we couldn't tackle him, and he is running with that same kind of intensity.
"Aaron Rhea is another guy who continues to impress during camp. He's earned an opportunity to get a few more snaps and he is taking advantage of it," added Harper.
Another area that Harper has been pleased with is that of the offensive line. Despite the fact that several key figures have missed some time during fall camp due to injuries, Harper believes the line is working together as a cohesive unit.
Harper has also taken note of the performance of junior kicker Cory Long during the early stages of practice, but would like to spend more time working on special teams.
"Cory has worked hard during the offseason, and is doing well in camp," said Harper. "But I would like to get in more work on our special teams. We still have plenty of time to work on those areas."
Saturday's scrimmage will be the second of three scheduled scrimmages during fall camp. The team's final scrimmage will be Wednesday, Aug. 22 at 6 p.m. from Homer Bryce Stadium. The scrimmage is free and open to the public.
The annual `Meet the 'Jacks' will be Monday, Aug. 27, in the UC Grand Ballroom. The event is slated to begin at 6:30 p.m.