Four Lumberjacks named to preseason All-Big Sky team

OGDEN, Utah — Four Northern Arizona seniors were selected to the Big Sky Preseason All-Conference Team, announced Monday by the league office. Fullback Nick Butier and tight end R.J. Rickert are preseason picks for the second consecutive year, and they were joined by cornerback Marcus Alford and punter Ryan Hawkins.

Butier and Alford were two of five unanimous picks to the preseason team.

Butier started 10 games last season and had 17 catches for 181 yards and 29 rushing yards. Alford had three interceptions, 27 tackles and 10 pass breakups.

Rickert caught 22 passes in 2013 for 246 yards but missed all of last season with injury. Hawkins averaged 51.2 yards per punt last season.

The preseason offensive and defensive players of the year are Eastern Washington wide receiver Cooper Kupp and Southern Utah defensive end James Cowser.

Idaho State had the most players on the preseason team with six, followed by Montana State with five.