May 24, 2007

Countdown To Kickoff: Northern Arizona

Countdown To Kickoff: Preview of App State's 2007 Opponents

Game Three: Northern Arizona
Where: Kidd Brewer Stadium ("The Rock"), Boone, N.C.
Playing Surface: Field Turf
Capacity: 17,150
When: September 15, 2007
Time/TV: 3:30/TBA
Series Record: First meeting

About Northern Arizona
2006 Record: 6-5 (5-3 Big Sky Conference)
Head Coach: Jerome Souers enters his 10th season as head coach of the Lumberjacks. He has compiled a record of 49-54, and has enjoyed five winning seasons as NAU's head man. He came to Northern Arizona after 12 seasons as an assistant with the Montana Grizzlies. Eight of those seasons were spent as the team's defensive coordinator.
Returning Starters: 16 (Offense: 7, Defense: 6, Specialists: 3)
2006 by the numbers: Scoring offense: 34.4 ppg; Pass offense: 267.2 ypg; Rush offense: 137.9 ypg; Total offense: 405.1 ypg; Scoring defense: 26.9 ppg; Pass defense: 251.4 ypg; Rush defense: 126.6 ypg; Total defense: 378 ypg.

When Northern Arizona has the ball: Offensively, Northern Arizona has shown the ability to put some healthy numbers on the board over the last several seasons. Last season in particular, the Lumberjacks were able to impose their will through the air against opposing defenses. But, this season the Lumberjacks must break in a new offensive coordinator in Keeth Matheny.

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