NAU Football is in its last week of practice before the final spring scrimmage on Saturday. The team faced challenges this year including a new head coach and an injured quarterback but is ending its season feeling strong.

Coming from a position as a defensive coordinator, Chris Ball says the chance to be a head coach for the first time was a big incentive to become part of the Lumberjack family. A chance to work with a talented quarterback like Case Cookus was another deciding factor, Ball says.

Cookus suffered an injury that ended his season early last fall. After spring workouts with Ball, Cookus says he is excited to get back on the field. He also says the team has stepped up and adapted well to the learning curve that comes with change, though they still have a lot of work to do.