The 2019 SFA football season is just around the corner, and this week the Lumberjacks will hit the gridiron once again for the annual spring game at 5 p.m. Saturday at Homer Bryce Stadium.
Attendees will be able to see the direction of new SFA head football coach Colby Carthel, who was hired last year. Tailgating will start at noon.
This season, the Jacks will rely heavily on quarterback Jake Blumrick, who is likely to be the head of the offense this upcoming season. The senior will look to lead SFA back to the FCS playoffs for the first time since 2014.
The Lumberjacks have approximately 50 returning players from last year’s team, which includes 19 starters. In addition, the Jacks will also welcome 35 newcomers by this fall.
The Lumberjacks signed the third-best FCS class in the nation and the top in the Southland Conference across the two signing periods in December and February.
The coaching staff recruited 10 offensive linemen, tight ends, five defensive linemen and edge rushers. One key pickup was freshman defensive tackle Carl Williams, who ranks as the nation’s No. 1 recruit in FCS. The team also picked up defensive backs and secondary to help the defensive output, as six teams outscored SFA by at least 10 points last season.
SFA finished the 2018 season with a 2-8 record under former head coach Jeff Byrd, who took the spot of Clint Conque after his resignation. Carthel, a proven winner and national champion with deep Texas ties, led Texas A&M-Commerce to the pinnacle of NCAA Division II football.
At the helm of Commerce, he had a .766 winning percentage. As a head coach, Carthel posted an 59-18 overall record, and a 36-8 (.818) record at Commerce. The SFA community has been buzzing since Carthel’s arrival to Nacogdoches.
The game is free to the public. Along with the game, fans will also havethe opportunity to watch “Avengers: Infinity War” on the video board on the south end of the stadium immediately after the game.