The Lumberjacks finished the season 3-2 and likely would have been 4-2 if Cal Poly was available to play. Despite a winning record for Spring, the wins were scrappy and against teams with plenty of fault lines. NAU beat a dysfunctional Southern Utah twice by a one-score margin and a heavily injured Idaho team by 10 points. The close loss to Weber State was impressive, but still, a worry persists if the “defensive genius” of Chris Ball can craft an offense to deal with the EWU’s of the conference. The Lumberjacks know how to defend the dome, but can they go on the offense successfully?
|Sam Houston||Northern Arizona|
|Northern Arizona||South Dakota|
|Northern Arizona||Northern Colorado|
|Idaho State||Northern Arizona|
|Southern Utah||Northern Arizona|
|Northern Arizona||Sacramento State|
|UC Davis||Northern Arizona|
|Northern Arizona||Cal Poly|
Alex G. Spanos Stadium
|San Luis Obispo, CA||-||-|
Keondre Wudtee – Quarterback – 6’4″ 210 lbs. – Grad Student
Wudtee is a Russell Wilson-like quarterback where he can hurt the opposing teams through the air or on the ground. Wudtee transferred to NAU for the 2019 season from Oklahoma State where his talents were definitely high caliber, but would not win him the job for the Cowboys. Big Sky defenses should be on their heels playing the Lumberjacks as Wudtee is unpredictable and athletically gifted.
Harrison Beemiller – Linebacker – 6’0″ 210 lbs. – Grad Student
Beemiller is a threat to any offensive playmaker that crosses his path. Harrison made both Phil Steele’s and the Big Sky’s all-conference list. Both Beemiller brothers are extremely useful multitalented players who have an instinct for finding success. Opposing teams should take notice when he plays zone in the middle of the field and any time he lines up on the edge to rush.
Eighth. NAU has impressive qualities and individual players, but the teamwork of all eleven players working at the same time remains to be a consistent part of the Ball era. Looking at the schedule, Sam Houston State and Arizona in the first two weeks will be a significant hill to climb. Despite the elevation of Flagstaff, AZ the Lumberjacks are in the clouds if they think those two games will result in wins. NAU also needs to be careful not to get too injured since the majority of their backup talent is quite young. An upside to the schedule is their tougher opponents come to them later in the season. Can the Walkup Skydome help NAU steal some games from Montana, UC Davis, or Idaho State?
Predicted: 5-6 (4-4)
My name is Ben Schleiger and I’m your representative for the Big Sky Conference. I have done work for multiple newspapers and sports blogs including The Johnstown Breeze, The University of Northern Colorado Mirror, and Mile High Maniac. I am a proud alumnus of the University of Northern Colorado with a degree in Psychology and a minor in Political Science. In my free time, I like watching sports, playing video games, and trying new foods.