The NAU offense had a couple of big plays in the Lumberjacks’ first scrimmage of fall camp Saturday at the Walkup Skydome in Flagstaff.
"As a team we wanted to play with great effort today," said head coach Jerome Souers. "I know that they’re tired, but I thought that they showed great effort and enthusiasm. They flew around on both sides of the ball."
Junior Casey Jahn, a leading candidate to replace four-year starting running back Zach Bauman, had one of the highlight plays — a 65-yard run that set up a 7-yard touchdown run from Patrick Baldenegro.
"Our defense has been tough, so to get a run like that from Casey was nice," said Souers. "It was well blocked, but Casey had a good read that showed his mobility as he was able to get into the open field."
The big pass play was a 65-yard touchdown pass from senior Chase Cartwright to freshman Emmanuel Butler. The defense had five sacks and an interception from senior safety Shawn Sharkey.
"I thought out D-Line played very hard today," Souers said.
"They get better and better every day. There are a lot of new faces, but Coach (Travis) Baker has them on track to where they need to be. Siupeli Anau, one of our new defensive ends, is a guy that can help us immediately. A lot of the defensive tackles inside are young. They’re very physical and it’s been fun watching them play."