NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Rain or shine the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks were going to get in their first practice of the season Tuesday.
They are already getting a week later start than most schools in their conference because of the late classroom start at the university.
The 'Jacks have been picked to finish fourth in the Southland Conference and are ready to prove those doubters wrong.
It's a rough start though for wide receiver Aaron Thomas. He's been temporarily sidelined with a sprained foot and SFA will be expecting him to be big time for them this year. Thomas could be back as early as next week.
Thomas' absence has given the chance for others guys to get reps out wide, including Kansas State transfer Judah Jones.
The sophomore spent two seasons with the Wildcats playing in ten games last season after redshirting his freshmen year. Jones has already made a good impression on the coaches in day one of practice.
"We're working him in the split practices at slot receiver and the team practice at outside receiver. He flashed at both practices. He's also a return specialist as well. Last year he returned a couple punts against us when we played Kansas State," said head coach Clint Conque. "I was very pleased today with his quickness and ability to catch the football. He's got some playmaking ability. He's still learning what to do but certainly we think he and De'Quann Ruffin, along with a freshmen or two, have a chance to really help us there."
"He's a really explosive young man. He can get out of breaks really smoothly and once he gets a hand on the ball, who knows what he's going to do," said quarterback Zach Conque. "He could take it 99 and he's going to get us good yards after he catches the ball."