'Jacks Getting Respect

by Ryan Peterson

What a difference a year makes.  A year after being picked to take last in the Southland Conference preseason polls, S.F.A. was picked second by the coaches.  The Jacks received two first place votes and were picked third in the SID poll.  Defending champion McNeese State is the conference favorite.

Five Lumberjacks were named first team all conference selections.  Quarterback Danny Southall, Running Back Louis Runnels, Linebacker Damien Perkins, Offensive Lineman Brock Pasteur and Taylor Cobb all made the team.  Hemphill native Blake Martin was the first team tight end for Sam Houston State.

2007 Southland Conference Football Preseason Polls

COACHES (1st Place Votes)

1. McNeese State (6) 48

2. Stephen F. Austin (2) 42

3. Sam Houston State 36

4. Northwestern State 31

5. Texas State 27

6. Nicholls State 20

7. Central Arkansas 10

Southeastern Louisiana 10


1. McNeese State (5) 47

2. Sam Houston State (3) 43

3. Stephen F. Austin 32

4. Texas State 27

5. Northwestern State 24

6. Central Arkansas 23

7. Nicholls State 19

8. Southeastern Louisiana 9