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  2019 WALTER PAYTON AWARD FINALIST: Northern Arizona senior quarterback Case Cookus has been at the national banquet previously, winning the 2015 Jerry Rice Award as the national freshman of the year. This season, he ranks No. 1 in the FCS in passing yards (4,114) and passing yards per game (342.8), throwing for 31 touchdowns against only seven interceptions in 11 games. - STATS FCS Football

(DS#26 QB) rSr/2020 QB Case CookusNorthern Arizona
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  11/27/19 - DJ ArnsonSr/2021, Northern Arizona, 6-0, 185 (DS#11 P) + More +

  2019 ALL-BIG SKY CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM (COACHES): Punter, DJ Arnson, Junior, Northern Arizona,...Arnson, a two-time All-Big Sky selection, earned first-team recognition for the first time in his career following a junior campaign that saw him lead the Big Sky and rank third among FCS leaders with an average of 45.8 yards on 57 punts. The two-time Big Sky All-Academic winner also booted 16 kicks over 50 yards and placed 19 inside the 20-yard line. Arnson is on the watch list for the Ray Guy Award, which is presented annually to the top punter in FCS football. - Northern Arizona Football

(DS#11 P) Sr/2021 P DJ ArnsonNorthern Arizona
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  11/27/19 - Khalil DorseySr/2020, Northern Arizona, 5-09, 181 (DS#80 CB) + More +

  2019 ALL-BIG SKY CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM (COACHES): Defensive Back Khalil Dorsey, Senior, Northern Arizona,...Dorsey, a four-time All-Big Sky and two-time All-Big Sky first team choice, has been a perennial playmaker in the NAU secondary for the last four seasons. The senior cornerback ranked second in the conference this season with 12 pass break ups and fourth on the squad with 68 tackles. He also forced a pair of fumbles and recorded seven or more stops in six contests. He closed out his career with eight interceptions and 41 pass break ups. - Northern Arizona Football

(DS#80 CB) Sr/2020 CB Khalil DorseyNorthern Arizona
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  2019 ALL-BIG SKY CONFERENCE SECOND TEAM (COACHES): Quarterback Case Cookus, Senior, Northern Arizona,...Cookus was named second team all-conference following the most prolific passing season in NAU history. The senior signal caller broke the Lumberjacks' single-season mark for passing yards with 4,114 and tossed 31 touchdowns. He was just the 10th player in league history to reach 4,000 passing yards in a season. In addition, Cookus became NAU's all-time leader and just the fourth player in Big Sky Conference history to post over 12,000 career aerial yards - with his total of 12,082.

His 105 career touchdown passes rank as the most on NAU annals and he is only the second player in Big Sky history to record 100 or more TD tosses. In 2019, Cookus threw for over 300 yards in nine times and threw at least two touchdown passes in nine games. He was among the national and Big Sky leaders in nearly every passing category including topping the FCS in passing yards (4,114) and passing yards per game (342.8). He paced the conference and ranked sixth nationally with 31 touchdown passes and ranked second in the league in passing efficiency (150.5). - Northern Arizona Football


(DS#26 QB) rSr/2020 QB Case CookusNorthern Arizona
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  11/27/19 - Joe LoganSr/2020, Northern Arizona, 5-10, 200 (DS#74 RB) + More +

  2019 ALL-BIG SKY CONFERENCE SECOND TEAM (COACHES): All-Purpose Joe Logan, Senior, Northern Arizona,...Logan was a dual-threat all season for the 'Jacks on the offensive side of the ball. Showing a nose for the end zone all season, Logan ripped off a total of 20 touchdowns - 14 rushing, 6 receiving - to rank fifth nationally and second among Big Sky leaders. He closed out his NAU career as the program's fifth all-time leading scorer with 228 points. The senior amassed 860 rushing yards and added another 497 receiving on 40 catches. Logan tabbed 100 or more rushing yards in three of the final four games in 2019 and recorded a pair of 100-yard or more receiving efforts. Logan scored multiple touchdowns in six games this past season and registered at least three a total of five times. - Northern Arizona Football

(DS#74 RB) Sr/2020 RB Joe LoganNorthern Arizona
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  2019 ALL-BIG SKY CONFERENCE SECOND TEAM (COACHES): Wide Receiver Brandon Porter, Sophomore, Northern Arizona,...Porter enjoyed one of the best receiving performances ever by a Lumberjack in 2019. The sophomore was the top aerial target for the 'Jacks as he ranked among national leaders and led the Big Sky in both receiving yards (1,198/5th in FCS) and receiving touchdowns (10/19th in FCS). He also hauled in a total of 85 catches, which set a new single-season standard in the NAU record book. Porter posted 100 or more receiving yards in six different games this season and scored multiple touchdowns in four contests. - Northern Arizona Football

(DS#999 WR) rJr/2022 WR Brandon PorterNorthern Arizona
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  2019 ALL-BIG SKY CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM (COACHES): Kicker Luis Aguilar, Junior, Northern Arizona,...Aguilar enjoyed a breakout 2019 season which saw him lead the Big Sky in field goals per game (1.83) and rank second with a make percentage of 88.0 percent. He made 22-of-25 attempts on the season - with only one miss from under 50 yards. He nailed kicks from 57 and 54 yards this season – the blast from 57-yards out was the longest field goal made by any FCS player in 2019. Aguilar was also perfect on all 52 of his extra-point attempts and led the conference with a total of 61 kickoff that went for touchbacks. He is on the watch list for the Fred Mitchell Award, which honors the top kicker in NCAA FCS, Division II, Division III, NAIA and NJCAA college football. - Northern Arizona Football

(DS#11 K) rSr/2021 K Luis AguilarNorthern Arizona
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  11/27/19 - Cole HabibrSr/2020, Northern Arizona, 6-5, 310 (DS#55 OT) + More +

  2019 ALL-BIG SKY CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM (COACHES): Offensive Line, Cole Habib, Senior, Northern Arizona,...Habib anchored an offensive line that formed the front wall in front of the nation's top-rated passing attack this year - and allowed only 18 sacks. Habib started a total of 39 games in his career, including the last 34 straight in which he was active. - Northern Arizona Football

(DS#55 OT) rSr/2020 OT Cole HabibNorthern Arizona
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  2019 JERRY RICE AWARD WATCH LIST: Hendrix Johnson, WR, Northern Arizona: 44 receptions, 700 yards, 5 TDs (9 games),...Johnson currently leads all FCS freshman with 700 receiving yards on 44 catches, including five touchdowns. He has amassed a pair of games with more than 100 yards and has notched at least 94 yards in four of nine contests. The Anthem, Ariz., native has shown big play ability having recorded 13 catches of 20 yards or more this season, including four touchdowns. Johnson has snagged at least one reception of 44 yards or longer in six of nine games.

Johnson is trying to become the second Lumberjack to earn the Jerry Rice Award, as the top freshman in all of the FCS and the first since current NAU quarterback Case Cookus was honored following a 2015 season which saw him total 3,117 yards and 37 passing touchdowns. Still a young award, the Rice is distinguished, with three of the first four recipients to complete their college careers playing in the NFL: former Towson running back Terrance West, Eastern Washington wide receiver Cooper Kupp and Fordham running back Chase Edmonds. - STATS FCS/Northern Arizona Football


(DS#999 WR) So/2023 WR Hendrix JohnsonNorthern Arizona
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  Luis Aguilar kicked a 38-yard field goal with 4 seconds left in the game and Northern Arizona rallied past Portland State 31-29 on Saturday night. Portland State had taken a 29-28 lead on Cody Williams' 21-yard field goal with 1:26 left to play. Williams missed a go-ahead 44-yard try, but the Lumberjacks (4-4, 2-2 Big Sky Conference) were flagged for roughing the kicker, giving the Vikings (5-4, 3-2) a first down at the NAU 13-yard line. But NAU quarterback Case Cookus had plenty of time to lead his team to victory, moving into second place on the Lumberjacks' all-time passing list while completing 4 of 5 passes for 47 yards on the drive.

Cookus entered the game needing 325 yards to pass Jason Murrietta (10,717). He finished with 363 yards on 26-of-41 passing with two touchdowns and an interception. Next up for Cookus is all-time NAU leader Travis Brown (11,400). The Lumberjacks cruised to a 21-9 halftime lead and stretched their advantage to 28-9 on their first possession of the second half when Cookus hit Gino Campiotti for a 27-yard TD. But Portland State used 1-yard TD runs by Sirgeo Hoffman and Malik Walker and two Williams field goals to score 20 straight points and grab a lead that lasted just over 1 minute. Joe Logan ran for 64 yards and two scores for NAU. Hoffman finished with 140 yards on 23 carries for PSU. Davis Alexander completed 22 of 39 passes for 307 yards with one interception. Charlie Taumoepeau caught five passes for 127 yards. - AP College Football


(DS#26 QB) rSr/2020 QB Case CookusNorthern Arizona
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  OCT 7 BIG SKY SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Northern Arizona kicker Luis Aguilar nailed a career-long 57-yard field goal in Northern Arizona's win over Northern Colorado to earn his second weekly honor this season. The 57-yarder matched the longest by any kicker in the FCS or FBS this season and was the longest in NAU history dating back to 2000. Aguilar also drilled a 31-yard field goal to remain a perfect 10-for-10 on field goals under 50 yards. He made all five extra-point attempts and is now a perfect 27-of-27 on the year. He averaged 65.0 yards on seven kickoffs - all of which went for touchbacks and added one punt for 43 yards in win over the Bears on Saturday. Other Nominees: Special Teams: Joe Lang, EWU; Daniel Whelan, UCD; Nick Romano, UI; Doug Lloyd, WSU; Jahque Alleyne; MSU; Malik Flowers, UM; Davis Koetter, PSU. - Big Sky Conference Football

(DS#11 K) rSr/2021 K Luis AguilarNorthern Arizona
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  Chase Cookus threw for 406 yards with five touchdown passes, three of them in the third quarter, and Northern Arizona defeated Northern Colorado 41-23 on Saturday. After trailing 13-10 at halftime, the Lumberjacks (3-3, 1-1 Big Sky) scored 24 points in the third quarter and led 34-20 heading into the fourth. Cookus threw TD passes of 61 and 16 yards to Brandon Porter and 51 yards to Stacy Chukwumezie in the explosive period.

Cookus added a 14-yard scoring pass to Ceejhay French-Love for NAU's final score. In three home games against Northern Colorado, Cookus - a fifth-year senior - passed for 1,040 yards and 15 touchdowns. Jacob Knipp was 31-of-49 passing for 411 yards with two touchdowns and an interception for the Bears (1-5, 1-1). However, NAU had five sacks, eight tackles for loss and allowed just 32 rushing yards. - AP College Football


(DS#26 QB) rSr/2020 QB Case CookusNorthern Arizona
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  SEPT 2 BIG SKY SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Northern Arizona senior kicker Luis Aguilar helped lift Northern Arizona to a 37-23 win over Missouri State. Aguilar was a perfect 3-for-3 on field goal attempts (48, 21, 46) in the Lumberjacks' season-opening win over Missouri State. His 48-yard made field goal was a career-long – beating his previous career-long of 38 yards. He registered 7-of-8 kickoffs for touchbacks - also breaking his previous career-best of four. Aguilar averaged 65.5 yards per kickoff. Others Nominated - Special Teams: Kedrick Johnson, EWU; Colton Theaker, CP; Cody Williams, PSU; Pat Miller, UCD; Devon Medeiros, SAC; Malik Flowers, UM, Jered Pedmos, MSU. - Big Sky Football

(DS#11 K) rSr/2021 K Luis AguilarNorthern Arizona
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  Case Cookus found Brandon Porter for a touchdown pass to end the first half and another to start the second as Northern Arizona broke away from a field goal battle, defeating Missouri State 37-23 in Thursday night's season opener. New coach Chris Ball began his tenure with the win. Cookus and Porter teamed on an 8-yard pass with 18 seconds left before halftime and on a 62-yarder early in the third quarter, the 14-0 burst pushing the lead to 27-6. Cookus finished with 290 yards, completing 18 of 29, and is the fifth Lumberjack to pass for more than 8,000 yards. Porter led all receivers with 140 yards on six catches.

Missouri State managed three Parker Lacina field goals until Peyton Huslig hooked up with Tyler Currie on a 30-yard pass play - the Bears' first touchdown of the season coming with five seconds left in the third quarter. Huslig threw for 289 yards. NAU's Luis Aguilar kicked three field goals including a career-best 48-yarder. Two NAU players were ejected for targeting. - AP College Football


(DS#26 QB) rSr/2020 QB Case CookusNorthern Arizona
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  2019 PRESEASON PHIL STEELE/DRAFT SCOUT ALL-FCS FOURTH TEAM: Case Cookus, Northern Arizona, Sr.,...Cookus is 20 touchdown passes shy of becoming NAU's all-time leader in that category and 3,432 shy of taking over the lead in aerial yards. Over his career, Cookus has compiled 11 games with over 300 passing yards and three 400-plus yard efforts. - Northern Arizona Football

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