NAU football team picked as Big Sky preseason favorite

KINGMAN - When John Herrero (Kingman Academy High School, 2013) lines up at his defensive lineman position for the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks this football season, he's not only going to be the opponent across the line of scrimmage. He and the rest of the Jacks will have a target on their backs in the Big Sky Conference now that two polls have picked them to win the league.

Herrero is entering his redshirt junior season and begins training camp as a two-year starter.

NAU outpointed Montana 287-283 in the media poll, and Portland State 132-121 in the coaches' poll. It is the first time in NAU history it has been voted first in both of the Big Sky's preseason polls.

NAU opens the season Sept. 3 at Arizona State, and the Jacks' first conference game is at home against Eastern Washington Sept. 24.