2019 Northern Arizona Lumberjacks football team

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2019 Northern Arizona Lumberjacks football
Northern Arizona Athletics logo.svg
ConferenceBig Sky Conference
2019 record4–5 (2–3 Big Sky)
Head coachChris Ball (1st season)
Offensive coordinatorAaron Pflugrad (2nd season)
Defensive coordinatorJerry Partridge (1st season)
Home stadiumWalkup Skydome
(Capacity: 10,000)
Seasons
← 2018
2020 →
2019 Big Sky football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 3 Weber State   5 0         7 2  
No. 8 Sacramento State   4 1         6 3  
No. 6 Montana   4 1         7 2  
No. 12 Montana State   3 2         6 3  
Eastern Washington   3 2         4 5  
Portland State   3 3         5 5  
Idaho   2 3         4 5  
Northern Arizona   2 3         4 5  
UC Davis   2 3         4 5  
Northern Colorado   2 3         2 7  
Idaho State   2 4         3 6  
Cal Poly   1 5         2 7  
Southern Utah   1 5         2 8  
  • *Although North Dakota is classified as an independent, games against them still count as Big Sky conference games.
As of November 7, 2019; Rankings from STATS FCS Poll

The 2019 Northern Arizona Lumberjacks football team will represent Northern Arizona University in the 2019 NCAA Division I FCS football season. They will be led by 1st-year head coach Chris Ball[1] and play their home games at the Walkup Skydome. They will play as a member of the Big Sky Conference.

Personnel[edit]

Previous season[edit]

The Lumberjacks finished the 2018 season 4–6, 3–4 in Big Sky play to finish in eighth place.

On November 19, Jerome Souers announced his retirement. He finished with a 21 year record of 123–114.

Preseason[edit]

Big Sky preseason poll[edit]

The Big Sky released their preseason media and coaches' polls on July 15, 2019. The Lumberjacks were picked to finish in sixth place in both polls.[2]

Media poll
Predicted finish Team Votes (1st place)
1 Eastern Washington 536 (25)
2 UC Davis 510 (13)
3 Weber State 472 (4)
4 Montana State 417
5 Montana 396 (1)
6 Northern Arizona 302
7 Idaho State 285
8 Idaho 248
9 Cal Poly 196
10 Portland State 178
11 Southern Utah 160
12 Sacramento State 125
13 Northern Colorado 90
Coaches poll
Predicted finish Team Votes (1st place)
1 Eastern Washington 140 (10)
2 UC Davis 127 (2)
3 Weber State 124
4 Montana 104 (1)
5 Montana State 100
6 Northern Arizona 88
7 Idaho State 72
8 Idaho 65
9 Cal Poly 56
10 Portland State 42
11 Sacramento State 40
12 Southern Utah 38
13 Northern Colorado 19

Preseason All–Big Sky team[edit]

The Lumberjacks had two players selected to the preseason all-Big Sky team.[3]

Schedule[edit]

DateTimeOpponentSiteTVResultAttendanceSource
August 296:00 p.m.Missouri State*Pluto TVW 37–236,891[4]
September 77:45 p.m.at Arizona*P12NL 41–6540,741[5]
September 144:00 p.m.Western New Mexico*
  • Walkup Skydome
  • Flagstaff, AZ
Pluto TVW 55–215,823[6]
September 214:30 p.m.at No. 15 Illinois State*ESPN+L 27–409,891
September 2812:00 p.m.at No. 7 Montana StatePluto TVL 31–4919,257
October 54:00 p.m.Northern Colorado
  • Walkup Skydome
  • Flagstaff, AZ
Pluto TVW 41–2310,026[7]
October 191:00 p.m.at No. 4 Weber StatePluto TVL 28–514,421[8]
October 264:00 p.m.Portland Statedagger
  • Walkup Skydome
  • Flagstaff, AZ
Pluto TVW 31–297,324[9]
November 21:00 p.m.at Eastern WashingtonPluto TVL 38–668,602[10]
November 92:00 p.m. No. 8 Sacramento State
  • Walkup Skydome
  • Flagstaff, AZ
Pluto TV [11]
November 162:00 p.m.at Southern UtahPluto TV [12]
November 232:00 p.m.Idaho
  • Walkup Skydome
  • Flagstaff, AZ
Pluto TV [13]

Game summaries[edit]

Missouri State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Bears 3 3 10 7 23
Lumberjacks 3 17 14 3 37
Overall record Last meeting Result
0–1 2018 MOST, 40–8

at Arizona[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Lumberjacks 7 6 14 14 41
Wildcats 21 28 7 7 63
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–14 2017 ARIZ, 62–24

Western New Mexico[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Mustangs 6 0 15 0 21
Lumberjacks 6 24 7 8 45
Overall record Last meeting Result
17–6–1 2010 NAU, 48–0

at Illinois State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Lumberjacks 14 7 0 6 27
No. 15 Redbirds 10 13 14 3 40
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–0 2017 NAU, 37–16

at Montana State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Lumberjacks 14 14 3 0 31
No. 7 Bobcats 0 14 7 28 49
Overall record Last meeting Result
27–23 2017 NAU, 37–36

Northern Colorado[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Bears 3 10 7 3 23
Lumberjacks 0 10 24 7 41
Overall record Last meeting Result
14–5 2018 UNC, 42–14

at Weber State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Lumberjacks 7 14 0 7 28
No. 4 Wildcats 7 7 16 21 51
Overall record Last meeting Result
26–26 2018 NAU, 28–24

Portland State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Vikings 0 9 11 9 29
Lumberjacks 14 7 7 3 31
Overall record Last meeting Result
17–5 2017 NAU, 42–20

at Eastern Washington[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Lumberjacks 14 10 7 7 38
Eagles 17 21 21 7 66
Overall record Last meeting Result
12–21 2018 EWU, 31–26

Sacramento State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 8 Hornets 0
Lumberjacks 0
Overall record Last meeting Result
13–7 2017 NAU, 37–17

at Southern Utah[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Lumberjacks 0
Thunderbirds 0
Overall record Last meeting Result
12–9 2018 W, 31–23

Idaho[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Vandals 0
Lumberjacks 0
Overall record Last meeting Result
4–16 1995 IDA, 17–14

Ranking movements[edit]

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Final 
STATS FCS RV  
Coaches RV

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Chris Ball - Football Coach". Northern Arizona University Athletics. Retrieved July 21, 2019.
  2. ^ "Scoreboard: Big Sky Conference preseason football polls". 406 MT SPORTS. Retrieved August 7, 2019.
  3. ^ "Big Sky Conference announces preseason all-conference teams". MTSPX. 15 July 2019. Retrieved August 7, 2019.
  4. ^ "Missouri State vs. Northern Arizona - Game Summary - August 29, 2019 - ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved July 21, 2019.
  5. ^ "Northern Arizona vs. Arizona - Game Summary - September 7, 2019 - ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved July 21, 2019.
  6. ^ "Western New Mexico vs. Northern Arizona - Game Summary - September 14, 2019 - ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved July 21, 2019.
  7. ^ "Northern Colorado vs. Northern Arizona - Game Summary - October 5, 2019 - ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved July 21, 2019.
  8. ^ "Northern Arizona vs. Weber State - Game Summary - October 19, 2019 - ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved July 21, 2019.
  9. ^ "Portland State vs. Northern Arizona - Game Summary - October 26, 2019 - ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved July 21, 2019.
  10. ^ "Northern Arizona vs. Eastern Washington - Game Summary - November 2, 2019 - ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved July 21, 2019.
  11. ^ "Sacramento State vs. Northern Arizona - Game Summary - November 9, 2019 - ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved July 21, 2019.
  12. ^ "Northern Arizona vs. Southern Utah - Game Summary - November 16, 2019 - ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved July 21, 2019.
  13. ^ "Idaho vs. Northern Arizona - Game Summary - November 23, 2019 - ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved July 21, 2019.
  14. ^ "2019 Football Schedule". Northern Arizona University Athletics. Retrieved July 21, 2019.
  15. ^ "2019 Northern Arizona Football Schedule". FBSchedules.com. Retrieved July 21, 2019.