NAU plays host to Portland St. in season finale
FLAGSTAFF -- The Northern Arizona football team will host Portland State on Saturday in the 2010 season finale. Kickoff is scheduled for 3:05 p.m. The Lumberjacks enter with a 5-5 record and will be looking to secure a winning record for the eighth time under coach Jerome Souers.
NAU leads the all-time series 13-4 and holds a 6-2 advantage in Portland and 7-2 mark in Flagstaff. The Lumberjacks have won the last three in the series, including a 37-17 victory in Flagstaff in 2008.
The game can be seen on Dish Network 9411 and Fox College Sports, while fans on the internet can see video at www.bigskytv.org or listen to the broadcast at www.bigtalkerradio.com.
The Lumberjack football program also will recognize the team's 20 seniors:
#49 DE Michael Battisti
A defensive lineman from Hesperia, Calif., Battisti, a 2010 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team nominee, has seen action in 21 games in his career. He was named an All-Big Sky honorable mention selection in 2008 after recording 23 tackles on the season with 7.5 tackles for loss and six quarterback sacks. After missing the 2009 season, Battisti has returned to have a productive year in 2010, playing in nine games with 22 tackles with four tackles for loss. He is majoring in physical education/exercise science.
#4 WR Daiveun Curry-Chapman
A four-year contributor and two-year starter from Corona, Calif., Curry-Chapman is having a career-year. He leads the team in receptions, yards and touchdown, recording single-season bests in every category. He had a career-best 10 catches last week for 104 yards against Weber State. For his career, he has 98 receptions for 911 yards and 11 touchdowns. Curry-Chapman is majoring in electronic media and film with a minor in sociology.
#44 LB Cody Dowd
A three-year starter who has seen action in 43 games with 29 starts, the Scottsdale, Ariz., product has been a major contributor for the Lumberjacks during his career. Returning in 2010 after missing last season, Dowd, who has been a two-time All-Big Sky selection, was elected a defensive captain. He ranks third on the team in tackles with 49 and has four tackles for loss this year. He has 122 career tackles and is majoring in business.
#5 S Matt Estrada
A two-year team captain, Estrada was an All-Big Sky first team choice in conference preseason poll this season after earning first-team honors in 2009. He was named most valuable defensive player, defensive backfield player of the year, and outstanding junior at team banquet after leading the team with 78 tackles with a team-best 47 solo tackles. In 2010, he has recorded 48 tackles and ranked among the Big Sky leaders in punt and kick returns. He is majoring in applied sociology.
#64 OL Adrian Garcia
A transfer from Foothill College, Garcia has seen action on the offensive line and special teams during his two seasons in Flagstaff. He has seen action in 19 games. A native of Redwood, Calif., he is majoring in sociology.
#7 QB Michael Herrick
A transfer from Ole Miss who joined the team in the spring of 2008, Herrick had one of the best seasons in school history in 2009. He was a Walter Payton Award finalist after completing 68 percent of his passes for 3,356 yards, the fifth-best total in the nation, with 22 touchdowns. He threw for a school-record 574 yards and four touchdowns against Eastern Washington. He garnered Preseason All-America honors in 2010 and will finish his career among the career leaders in passing yards, touchdowns and completion percentage. From Valencia, Calif., he is majoring in fire science.
#68 OL Jeff Hines
A native of Mesa, Ariz., Hines has been a mainstay on the offensive line for the Lumberjacks. He was named the David Couture Most Inspirational Award winner last year after helping running back Alex Henderson lead the Big Sky Conference in rushing at 106.0 yards per game as the Lumberjacks ranked fifth in the country in both passing and total offense. He was an All-Big Sky second team choice. Hines has seen action in six games in 2010. He is majoring in criminal justice with a minor in sociology.
#31 DB Brian Hunter
Hunter is a four-year letter winner for the Lumberjacks after transferring from Arizona State. He has seen action in 41 games in his career, becoming one of the defensive standouts this season. He ranks fifth on the team in tackles with 37, registering 2.5 tackles for loss, two interceptions, a blocked kick and seven pass deflections this season. A native of Covina, Calif., he is majoring in business marketing.
#85 TE Nick Larson
Larson joined the football program this season after a standout career on the Lumberjack basketball team. He has seen action in all 10 games with six starts at tight end. He has recorded 14 receptions for 117 yards, leading his position group in both categories with three touchdowns, the second-best total on the team. A native of Ventura, Calif., he is majoring in construction management.
#33 LB Anthony Llanos
Llanos has seen action in 31 games during his Lumberjack career that included two stints in Flagstaff and the recovery from a season-ending injury in 2009. He ranked second on the team with 54 tackles in 2008 with 6.5 tackles for loss and four sacks, recording four games with seven or more tackles. He ranks among the tackle leaders again this season with 27. From Phoenix, he is majoring in biomedical science.
#93 DL Kainoa Pe'a
A four-year letter winner from Hawaii, Pe'a has been a starter on the defensive line as a senior. During his career, he has played in 38 games with 59 tackles. After missing the 2009 season with injury, he has had a breakout senior season with 28 tackles and four tackles for loss. The Hilo, Hawaii, native, is majoring in sociology with minors in criminology and criminal justice.
#61 OL Kris Poindexter
Poindexter has started on the offensive line since coming to campus in 2007 from Phoenix, showing his versatility by playing both guard and center during his tenure. He was named Newcomer of the Year on offense by the coaching staff after seeing action in 11 games with seven starts in his freshman season and earned all-conference honors last season. He has started more games than any player on the roster, making his 38th today. He is majoring in public relations and advertising with a minor in business.
#89 DL Kyle Rath
Returning from injury, Rath has been a big play contributor in 2010 with 7.5 tackles for loss among his 25 tackles on the season. He was named an All-Big Sky honorable mention in 2008 after making 33 tackles and earned a Big Sky Player of the Week honor for his performance in a win against Portland State. The Las Vegas, Nev., native is majoring in criminal justice with a minor in business.
#52 LB Toolefua Samuelu
A native of Samoa, Samuelu has helped bolster the linebacker position, playing in 30 games in his career. He recorded a career-best 26 tackles in 2008 with a single-game best six tackles at Eastern Washington. This season, he has contributed 11 tackles in nine games while serving as one of the emotional leaders of the team. He is majoring in mathematics with a minor in physics.
#84 TE Louis Schenk
Schenk has been a contributor at tight end during his four-year career. He played in a career-best 10 games in 2009. The native of Henderson, Nev., is majoring in history with a minor in public relations.
#99 DL Brandon Vance
Hailing from Portland, Ore., Vance has been a contributor since his freshman season on the defensive line. He had a breakout season in 2009, earning All-Big Sky honorable mention selection. He tied for sixth on the team with 48 tackles and was second on the team in both tackles for loss and sacks. He has seen action in all 10 games this season, contributing 23 tackles and 6.5 tackles for loss. He is majoring in advertising with a minor in photography.
#37 DB Darren Watson
A transfer from Santa Monica College, Watson has made an impact in his only season on the field for the Lumberjacks. He has played in eight games, recording 15 tackles with four pass deflections. A native of Alhambra, Calif., he is majoring in civil engineering.
#57 OL Anthony Williams
A four-year letter winner from Pinetop, Williams has been a two-year starter on the offensive line. He saw action in all 11 games and made 10 starts in 2009 to lead the offensive unit to a productive season, ranking fifth in the country in both passing and total offense. He has played in all 10 games this season with eight starts, helping Zach Bauman rank among the top rushers in the Big Sky and Football Championship Subdivision.
#20 DB Taelor Worrell
A transfer from Southwestern College in Chula Vista, Calif., Worrell saw action in all 11 games in his initial season with 32 tackles, two pass deflections and a fumble recovery. He earned all-conference honors for his play on special teams and saw four starts at corner. He has started all 10 games this season, ranking among the team leaders in tackles with 29. From Lakeside, Calif., he is majoring in business marketing.
#34 LB Reid Worthington
A transfer from Fullerton College, Worthington has been a two-year starter for the Lumberjacks. He earned All-Big Sky honors in 2009 after recording 45 tackles aided by an 11-tackle performance against Southern Utah. He has continued his strong play in 2010, leading the team in tackles with 64 including 4.5 tackles for loss, while recording two interceptions. His pick at Northern Colorado sealed the road win two weeks ago and he had 11 tackles last week against Weber State. The Yorba Linda, Calif., native was a Big Sky All-Academic team choice in 2009. He is majoring in sociology with a minor in community health.