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    'Jacks Follow Tuesday Scrimmage With Strong Wednesday Workout

    Aug. 16, 2000

    CONTACT: Rob Meyers

    NACOGDOCHES, Texas -- The Stephen F. Austin Lumberjack football team followed Tuesday's 60-play scrimmage with another sharp workout Wednesday morning. Coach Mike Santiago said that several defensive players had strong morning workouts and have been impressive thus far in fall camp.

    "David Crocker had a good workout this morning. He moved to safety from linebacker last spring and is still getting accustomed to being in the secondary, but he is really coming along," said Santiago. The second year head coach also praised the work of sophomore Jonathan Daniels, a cornerback from Killeen Ellison. "Daniels has had a good fall camp. He made some plays in the scrimmage Tuesday, and he came back out this morning and made some good stops and has really improved his coverage skills at the corner."

    Daniels, Kevon Morton, Thomas Hightower and Larry Brooks have all been locked in a heated battle for the starting cornerback job since camp began August 10. Added to the mix is the arrival of Braxton O'Banion, a transfer from Kilgore Junior College. O'Banion arrived this week and has already made an impression in the few days he has been in camp.

    Offensively, the Lumberjack coaching staff has been impressed with the play of the two freshmen tailbacks, Thomas Williams of Fort Worth Everman, and Gary Allen of Baytown. Both ran hard during the Tuesday morning workout, and both continue to improve in picking up various aspects of the offense.

    The `Jacks will hold a 90-play scrimmage Saturday night starting at 7:00 p.m. in Homer Bryce Stadium. Two-a-day workouts will continue through Tuesday. Classes resume for the fall semester at the university on Wednesday, August 23 at which time the team will begin their regular game week practice schedule.

    The season opens Thursday, August 31 with Central Oklahoma. The Bronchos are ranked fourth in the nation in Division II according to Sports Illustrated as the season begins.