NACOGDOCHES, Texas - The Stephen F. Austin Lumberjack baseball team will host their fifth annual Alumni Weekend this weekend with a golf tournament and an exhibition game between former and current players highlighting the weekend's events.
The weekend will kick off with a golf scramble 8:00 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, morning at Piney Woods country club just south of Nacogdoches. The four-man teams will compete in various on-course competitions.
Participants will then transition to the outside of Homer Bryce Stadium for a tailgate party to begin at 12:00 p.m. before the SFA's football game verse No. 11/13 McNeese State Saturday at 3:00 p.m. To conclude the day, the ‘Jacks will host an alumni social at Fuzzy’s Taco Shop beginning at 7 p.m.
Finally, a team of former players will go up against the current SFA team in an exhibition game on Sunday, Nov. 10, at 12:00 p.m. at Jaycees Field.
SLC Announces 1990s Football All-Decade Team SFA lands seven on all-decade team
FRISCO, Texas - The Southland Conference, as part of its year-long 50th Anniversary commemoration, has announced its All-Decade Football Team from the 1990s. The team includes outstanding student-athletes from its member institutions from the 1990 season through 1999.
1994 SLC Freshman of the Year and 1996 All-American Jeremiah Trotter
A total of 89 former student-athletes make up the 1990s All-Decade Team, including honorees from each of the 10 institutions that were football members at during the period. The Southland continued to undergo membership change during the decade, developed the Southland Football League as a result, and maintained its status as a collective power in NCAA Division I-AA.
"The 1990s exhibited a strategic focus for the Conference as it formed the Southland Football League," league commissioner Tom Burnett said. "The league maintained itself as a national power, and we continued to see outstanding individual and team performances though the decade."
Stephen F. Austin's players on the all-decade team include linebacker Jeremiah Trotter, an 11-year NFL veteran that played in Super Bowl XXXIX with the Philadelphia Eagles, and also earned four Pro Bowl selections. Another NFL veteran, former SFA receiver Mikhael Ricks, was a consensus 1997 All-American before his seven-year pro career with four teams. Defensive back Terrance Shaw was a second round pick of the San Diego Chargers in 1995, went on to a 10-year career with five teams, and played in Super Bowls XXXVI and XXXVII. Punter Chad Stanley was a two-time all-Southland first-teamer and consensus 1998 All-American that enjoyed an eight-year NFL tenure.
Other SFA players include four-time first-team all-conference defensive back Cedric Walker, receiver Chris Jefferson, and offensive linemen Lee Kirk and Joe Wylie.
SFA Members of the 1990's All-Decade Team
Name, POS, YR(S), Superlatives
Chris Jefferson, WR, Stephen F. Austin, 1994 & 96
Lee Kirk, OL, Stephen F. Austin, 1995, 1995 first-team All-American (Walter Camp)
Mikhael Ricks, WR, Stephen F. Austin, 1997, 1997 Offensive Player of the Year; 1997 first-team All-American (AFCA, AP, Walter Camp, Sports Network); 1998 2nd Round Pick of San Diego Chargers; 7-year NFL Veteran with Chargers, Kansas City Chiefs, Detroit Lions and Dallas Cowboys
Terrance Shaw, DB, Stephen F. Austin, 1994 1995 2nd Round Pick of San Diego Chargers; 10-year NFL Veteran with Chargers, Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots, Oakland Raiders and Minnesota Vikings; Participated in Super Bowls XXXVI and XXXVII
Chad Stanley, P, Stephen F. Austin, 1997-98, 1998 first-team All-American (AFCA, AP, Walter Camp, Sports Network, USA Today/ESPN); Participated eight seasons with NFL's San Francisco 49ers, Arizona Cardinals and Houston Texans
Jeremiah Trotter, LB, Stephen F. Austin, 1996-97, 1994 Freshman of the Year; 1996 first-team All-American (AFCA, Walter Camp, Sports Network); 1998 3rd Round Pick of Philadelphia Eagles; 11-year NFL Veteran with Eagles, Washington Redskins and Tampa Bay Buccaneers; Participated in Super Bowl XXXIX; Four-time Pro Bowl Selection
Cedric Walker, DB, Stephen F. Austin, 1990-91-92-93, 1990 Freshman of the Year; 1993 first-team All-American (AP, Walter Camp, Football Gazette, Kodak, Sports Network)
Joe Wylie, OL, Stephen F. Austin, 1995, 1995 first-team All-American (AFCA, AP, Walter Camp)
SFA Inducts 2013 Hall of Fame Class Connie Cole, James Noble, and Joey Wylie, were all inducted Saturday morning.
NACOGDOCHES, Texas - The 2013 Stephen F. Austin Hall of Fame class, consisting of Connie Cole (1986-90), James Noble (1982-85) and Joey Wylie (1992-95), were inducted during a special ceremony hosted Saturday afternoon in the Twilight Ballroom of the Baker Patillo Student Center. The trio was later recognized at halftime of the Homecoming football game verse Nicholls State.
The 2013 class included two former Lumberjack football players, and a Ladyjack basketball player who guided their respective teams to four conference titles, four NCAA Championship appearances, six top-25 national rankings, five first-team all-conference honors, received two All-Americans honors, two top-10 finishes and a combined .771 winning percentage.
A four-year letterwinner, Cole played for some of the premier Ladyjack squads in school history. A two-time first-team All-Southland Conference selection, SFA recorded a 112-18 (.862) overall recorded, which included a 49-3 (.942) Southland mark. During Cole's four seasons in Nacogdoches SFA won three SLC Championships, earned three top-25 national rankings, three NCAA tournament appearances, one WNIT appearance and one top-10 ranking.
The Ladyjacks advanced to the second round of the NCAA Championships during Cole's final three seasons picking up wins over LSU, Washington and Long Beach State along the way. As a freshman, Cole helped guide SFA to the third round of the WNIT.
Cole's name still appears at, or near, the top of several career records. She remains the school's all-time leader for field goals, and is second all-time in field goal attempts. Cole is also among the school's all-time top 10 in points (1,975 - 4th), rebounds (979 - 6th) and points per game (15.6 - 9th).
One of the school's all-time great receivers, Noble was a two-time first-team All-Gulf Star Conference selection who ended his career by earning Kodak All-America honors in 1985. Noble guided the Lumberjacks to four consecutive winning seasons, culminating in the 1985 Gulf Star Conference title. That season the `Jacks tied a school record for wins, ending the year with a 9-2 overall record.
Noble graduated from SFA as the school's all-time leader in receptions (166), receiving yards (2,935), touchdown receptions (32) and single-season touchdown receptions (14). Despite having not donned the SFA uniform in nearly 30 years, Noble still ranks among the school's top five in all four categories, and remained the school's career leader until this past season when he was surpassed by two-time All-American Cordell Roberson. Following his SFA career, Noble spent two seasons in the NFL playing for the Indianapolis Colts and the Washington Redskins.
The Lumberjacks posted a 29-14-1 (.670) record during Noble's four seasons on campus.
Wylie anchored one of the nation's top offensive lines during his senior season. The 'Jacks averaged more than 400 yards of total offense, including just under 200 yards rushing per game in 1995. Wylie helped lead the Lumberjacks to an NCAA I-AA semifinal appearance, and a No. 4 national ranking that season. It marked the third consecutive top 25 national ranking for the Lumberjack football team.
The 1995 squad set a program record for best winning percentage during the regular season. The team's 11 wins in 1995 still ranks as the second-best season at SFA, and is one of only four double-digit win campaigns in program history.
Following his senior season, Wylie earned first-team All-Southland honors and was named to the American Football Coaches Association, and AP I-AA All-America squads.