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NAU Post Game Quotes


Northern Arizona Head Coach Jerome Souers

On what he said to the team at halftime…

“The coaches did a nice job of settling our kids down and playing the kind of game we are capable of playing. We didn’t really make that many adjustments, we just started executing a lot better. Certainly, Austin Shanks’ return gave us the kind of lift and juice that we needed to get going. I am really proud of Chase Cartwright on a short week of preparation to come in and start as our quarterback. He showed tremendous courage and tremendous poise. I am really proud. I have got to mention Andy Wilder, who had an outstanding game as a punter, kickoff and of course the winning field goal.”

On the defensive effort, shutting out the Rebels over the last three quarters…

“It was absolutely huge. We gave up some big plays early, they have a very talented attack. Our guys made some good adjustments, we had to stay disciplined, stay at home and do a better job of gang tackling, which they did. I thought our corners played exceptionally well, made some plays on the ball and I couldn’t be prouder of our defense.”

On NAU’s first win over a FBS opponent since 1997…

“I think I am proudest of what the difference of nine days can make. We really struggled our first game and had some setbacks and some injuries, but our kids came back and practiced hard and they got much better. When they play better, this is what happens. I am proud of their effort, their attitude and their willingness to stay at it. It says a lot about the character of the program and the direction that we are going.”



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