Aggies return to action at Northern Arizona

Oct. 19, 2017

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Game 7
-/RV UC Davis Aggies (3-3, 1-2 Big Sky)
22/RV Northern Arizona Lumberjacks (4-2, 3-0 Big Sky)

Saturday, Oct. 21 - 4 p.m.
Walkup Skydome (10,000) - Flagstaff, Ariz.

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Game Notes: UC Davis  |  Northern Arizona  |  Big Sky

DAVIS, Calif. - After last week’s bye, UC Davis is eager to return to action, and will do so on Saturday when it travels to Flagstaff, Arizona, to face Northern Arizona.

As was the case in their previous game vs. No. 10/10 Eastern Washington, the Aggies will face another one of the league’s top quarterbacks in sophomore Case Cookus. Between EWU’s Gage Gubrud, UC Davis sophomore signal caller Jake Maier and Cookus, the trio ranks within the conference’s top three spots in nearly every Big Sky individual passing category.

UC Davis would love nothing more than to hand the Lumberjacks their first league loss; after dropping its first two games of the season, NAU won its following four in a row, including all three games against conference opponents. A Lumberjack loss will drop them in the Big Sky’s standings from their current second-place position, and catapult UC Davis into the upper half of the league’s listing.

Saturday’s game will also serve as a homecoming for numerous Aggie coaches and student-athletes. In addition to current UC Davis assistant coaches Tim Plough and Cha’pelle Brown, who coached at NAU last season before joining head coach Dan Hawkins’ staff last off-season, four Arizona natives will return to a familiar environment.

Junior defensive back Ryan Parenteau once lived in Anthem; a 30-minute drive separates where his family currently lives and Flagstaff. Both sophomore linebacker Brandon Jamison and redshirt freshman tight end Christian Skeptaris hail from Scottsdale; freshman running back Tehran Thomas grew up in Goodyear.

Please note that this weekend’s radio broadcast will take place on KSAC 105.5 FM. 

 UC Davis, one of three league teams that experienced a bye last weekend, will open the second half of its season against a Northern Arizona squad riding a four-game win streak
 This weekend’s Big Sky tilt continues a trend for the Aggies: each week they have faced a team that is nationally ranked, or receiving votes, in the NCAA Coaches and/or media polls
 Current UC Davis assistant coaches Tim Plough (offensive coordinator) and Cha’pelle Brown (defensive backs) will make their first appearance in Flagstaff since joining head coach Dan Hawkins’ staff last December; each coached at NAU throughout the 2016 season
• UC Davis’ pass offense is ranked No. 2 in the league with its 351.6 yards per game average; the Lumberjacks are the Big Sky’s current league leader in pass defense, allowing 188.0 ypg

• Mini plans, premium game tickets, tailgate passes and single-game tickets are available for purchase online at, over the phone by calling (530) 752-AGS1 (2471), or in person at the Athletic Ticket Office, located at Aggie Stadium, Monday-Friday between the hours of 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
• The Athletic Ticket Office will open four hours before kickoff on home game days

• Enjoy pregame tailgating, live entertainment, food and beverages at the Kickoff Street Party, located on La Rue Road next to Aggie Tailgate Field
• In addition to meeting Gunrock, games, inflatables and other interactive events are
available for families beginning three hours prior to kickoff

• Every Wednesday throughout the season, UC Davis head coach Dan Hawkins and various guests will join host Scott Marsh and Doug Kelly on the UC Davis Coaches Show
• In addition to watching the show live, fans can also access a live stream on UC Davis Athletics' Facebook page, or listen on KSAC 105.5 FM 
• Various locations in Davis will host this event, visit to discover where the Coaches Show will take place each week

Excelling on the field and in the classroom, UC Davis student-athletes compete in 23 intercollegiate sports (14 women’s and nine men’s) and are enrolled in 93 different undergraduate majors offered by the University, and hold an average GPA of 3.0 - higher than the campus average)
• Eight UC Davis athletic teams posted the highest NCAA Graduation Success Rates in their respective conferences, while four programs were honored with Public Recognition Awards by the NCAA after their Academic Progress Rate stood among the top 10 percent of their respective sports
Ranked No. 6 among all public schools in the nation by the Wall Street Journal, UC Davis offers nearly 100 graduate programs and more than 100 undergraduate majors across four colleges and six professional schools, including the world’s top-ranked veterinary science and agriculture programs
UC Davis student-athletes and coaches found ways to give back to the community, honored by the University’s Community Service Resource Center for their part in contributing more than 100,000 hours to helping those in need through various projects

• The Aggies posted an NCAA Academic Progress Rate of 981, the highest among all Big Sky football programs for the fifth consecutive year
• The distinction earned them an APR Award from the FCS Athletics Directors Association for the fifth year in a row as well
• UC Davis has increased its APR each year
during this impressive run and owns the second-longest active streak of APR Awards (Bryant
University has won six straight)
• The APR measures student-athlete retention and eligibility and helps provide a real-time mark of classroom performance

Thanks to a breakout season that includes top NCAA FCS and Big Sky Conference figures, junior wide receiver Keelan Doss’ name is now on the prestigious Walter Payton Award watch list, a honor presented to the FCS offensive player of the year
A national panel of over 150 sports information and media relations directors, broadcasters, writers and other dignitaries will vote on 25 finalists following the regular season
Entering Saturday’s Big Sky contest at No. 22/RV Northern Arizona, the Alameda, California native, who majors in organizational studies, leads all FCS players in receptions per game (9.3), receiving yards per game (145) and is No. 2 in total receiving yards (870) 
Even with opposing teams drafting defensive game plans focused on him, Doss’ five touchdowns are a team-high total, and one of the conference’s top figures
Past winners of the Walter Payton Award, which was first handed out in 1987, include Steve McNair, Tony Romo, Brian Westbrook, John Friesz, Brian Finneran, Jimmy Garoppolo and Cooper Kupp — players that continued their career in the NFL

UC Davis will head to Flagstaff for the third time in program history to face the Lumberjacks on Saturday
The Aggies last played NAU on Oct. 10, 2015, and recorded their first head-to-head victory that day
The ‘Jacks lead the all-time series, 3-1

10/10/15: H, W, 38-24
11/8/14: A, L, 23-21
9/14/13: H, L, 21-10
10/20/12: A, L 21-7

UC Davis will face a Northern Arizona team riding a four-game win streak after it recorded a 42-20 road victory at Portland State last week
NAU is now ranked No. 22 in the FCS Coaches Poll and, like UC Davis, receiving votes in the STATS FCS media poll
The Aggies will return to action after experiencing a bye last weekend
After losing its first two games of the season to Arizona and Western Illinois, NAU returned from its bye weekend to defeat Cal Poly, Northern Colorado, then-No. 7 Illinois State and the Vikings
The Lumberjacks and UC Davis’ last opponent, Eastern Washington, are the only Big Sky teams with an undefeated record heading into Saturday’s league slate
As was the case in the Aggies’ last game, this weekend’s matchup will feature two of the conference’s top three quarterbacks in Jake Maier and NAU’s Case Cookus
At PSU, Cookus, a sophomore signal caller, threw four TDs (each to different teammates) and finished with 347 yards to help his team score 28 unanswered points
Including Monday’s announcement, Cookus earned Big Sky Offensive Player of the Week the last two weeks
Cookus’ selection marks the fourth consecutive week that at least one Lumberjack has received a weekly award from league officials
On Sept. 25, Wes Sutton earned defensive honors; Elijah Marks collected special teams recognition the following week
In addition to Cookus, Josh Clarke won defensive accolades on Oct. 2
UC Davis’ last opponent, EWU, and this weekend’s opponent, NAU, have combined to win the league’s last five Offensive POW awards
The league’s top two receivers will square off inside the Walkup Skydome: the Aggies’ Keelan Doss and the Lumberjacks’ Marks
Marks leads all players on his team with 771 receiving yards, five touchdowns and 177 all purpose yards per game
The senior wide receiver also has 28 punt return and 259 kick return yards to his credit this year
He was thrust to the No. 1 WR spot after All-America wideout, and preseason Walter Payton Award Watch List selection Emmanuel Butler sustained a season-ending shoulder injury on Sept. 9 vs. Western Illinois
NAU has held its last four straight opponents to 20 points or less, the longest streak since the 1995 campaign
This is the final season at the helm of the program for NAU head coach Jerome Souers
Souers is in his 20th season at Northern Arizona
NAU VP for Intercollegiate Athletics Dr. Lisa Campos and Coach Souers jointly announced this decision at a press conference that took place on Sept. 11

 When UC Davis arrives to Flagstaff for this weekend’s league tilt against the Lumberjacks, two Aggie assistant coaches will return to a familiar environment
 Current UC Davis offensive coordinator Tim Plough and defensive backs coach Cha’pelle Brown each coached at NAU last year before joining head coach Dan Hawkins’ staff during the offseason
 Plough was a former QB and assistant coach at UC Davis from 2008-13 before joining the ‘Jacks staff as their wide receivers coach in 2013
 In his third season in Flagstaff, Plough was promoted to offensive coordinator
 Before returning to his alma mater, Plough’s offense ranked No. 1 nationally in passing efficiency (180.18), seventh in scoring offense (39.3 ppg) and eighth in passing offense (303.2 ypg) 
 While at NAU, Brown started as the team’s cornerbacks coach before he was elevated to the team’s defensive secondary coach
 Among his protégés was Marcus Alford, an All-America selection who helped NAU corners collect three interceptions and 26 PBUs

 The Aggies’ trip to Flagstaff will also serve as a homecoming for four student-athletes who hail from Arizona
 Junior defensive back Ryan Parenteau grew up in Anthem, and his family currently lives just over a 30-minute drive outside of Flagstaff in Williams
 Both of sophomore linebacker Brandon Jamison’s parents attended from NAU
 Jamison hails from Scottsdale
 Redshirt freshman tight end Christian Skeptaris and freshman running back Tehran Thomas previously lived in Scottsdale and Goodyear, respectively

 In addition to playing in front of its home fans, Northern Arizona also enjoys a luxury few teams experience: playing at altitude
 The playing surface inside the Walkup Skydome, site of Saturday’s game, sits at 6,880 feet above sea level, the second-highest in Division I football
 Jonah Field at War Memorial Stadium, home of the Wyoming Cowboys, is the highest Division I college football stadium in the nation, and sits at 7,215 feet
 Falcon Stadium at the U.S. Air Force Academy is the third-highest, at an elevation of 6,621 feet
 Mountaineer Bowl, the highest college football field in all of college football sits at 7,750 feet, and located on the campus of Western State Colorado University in Gunnison, Colorado

On Sept. 26, UC Davis football visited the International Center to distribute 2017 schedule posters, translated to Arabic, German, Indonesian, Mandarin, Portuguese and Spanish, to the school’s international scholars
In addition to distributing multilingual schedule posters, student-athletes also took the time to explain the sport of football to their new peers through drills, activities, one-on-one and group conversations
Head Coach Dan Hawkins — who coached teams in 13  different countries before returning to his alma mater — his program, UC Davis Global Affairs and Services for International Students and Scholars organized this event
View posters in all six languages at:

When the Aggies take the field his weekend, Fred Arp will witness, in person, his 450th UC Davis consecutive football game
Arp was an assistant coach with the Aggies for more than 40 years before retiring at the end of the 2007 season
His accomplishments as defensive line coach, and his reverence from the players he mentored, led to his enshrinement in the Cal Aggie Athletics Hall of Fame in 2010

 UC Davis’ first victory of the year, earned at home vs. San Diego, took place against the second of six 2016 postseason opponents on the Aggies’ schedule this year
 Other opponents include San Diego State, Weber State, North Dakota, Eastern Washington and Cal Poly
 Including Saturday’s game at Northern Arizona, UC Davis will face its seventh opponent in a row that is nationally ranked, or receiving votes in the NCAA Coaches and/or media polls

 UC Davis will enter Saturday’s road game with three wins, matching its total from last season with five games remaining
 During the 2014 and 15 seasons, the Aggies finished with matching 2-9 records
 UC Davis five victories, collected throughout the 2013 season, are the most in the 
program’s Big Sky era

 If numbers posted by UC Davis and Northern Arizona in recent weeks are any indication, Saturday’s game has the strong possibility to become an offensive shootout
 NAU has recorded 400 or more yards of total offense in five of their six games played this season
 UC Davis has recorded 400 or more total yards in four of its last five games, and has a combined 1,202 yards of total offense in the last two Big Sky matchups
 Aggie quarterback Jake Maier and NAU’s Case Cookus are No. 2-3 among all Big Sky signal callers in total offense (340.5 ypg/319.2) and passing average per game (342.0/321.8)
 UC Davis wide receiver Keelan Doss and his Lumberjack counterpart, Elijah Marks, are ranked No. 1-2 among all Big Sky players in receptions per game (9.3/7.5) and receiving yards per game (145.0/128.5)

 By finishing with 15 receptions and 208 receiving yards vs. No. 10/10 Eastern Washington, when the Aggies hosted the Eagles on Oct. 7, junior wide receiver was selected one of five national finalists for HERO Sports offensive player of the week
 Both of those single-game totals are career highs
 HERO Sports officials, combined with college football fans’ vote, led to Doss winning week six offensive accolades
 Of the 14,000-plus votes, Doss earned nearly 60 percent, and finished with nearly 6,000 more votes than the second-ranked finisher
 At the time of HERO Sports’ announcement, Doss led all FCS and FBS receivers with 840 receiving yards

 Sophomore quarterback Jake Maier and junior wide receiver Keelan Doss are collectively responsible for five of the NCAA’s top five marks
 Maier’s 342.0 passing yards per game average and 2,052 total passing yards are the fifth-highest stats in each category
 Doss leads the nation with his 145.0 receiving yards and 9.3 receptions per game averages
 Doss’ 870 total receiving yards is the second-highest total among all FCS receivers
 Doss is second to Lehigh’s Troy Pelletier; his team, however, has competed in seven games compared to the Aggies’ six

 The single-season record for receiving yards is 1,365, set in 2011 by Michael Oliva 
 Charley Enos recorded 100 receiving yards or more in eight games throughout the 2000 season, and has the program record for most career 100-yard games at 14
 J.T. O’Sullivan threw for 3,826 yards throughout the 2001 season
 O’Sullivan threw for 300 or more yards in seven straight games during the 2000 season
 Greg Denham threw for 300 or more yards in five straight games in 2008, matching Maier’s effort this season heading into this weekend’s league tilt in Flagstaff

By recording 415 passing yards and throwing four touchdowns, both career highs, to lead UC Davis past North Dakota in a 48-24 rout over last year’s co-Big Sky champion, College Football Performance Awards selected the La Habra, Calif., native as its National Performer of the Week, for the week ending on Oct. 2
This is the second time this season the CFPA honored Maier; he earned National Honorable Mention (week ending on Sept. 19) after leading the Aggies past Portland State

 Jake Maier’s 415 yards in the win over North Dakota ties him for No. 6 in school history (matching J.T. O’Sullivan) for the most passing yards in a game

 Saturday’s game features two of the conference’s top defenses, with regards to points allowed
 UC Davis will head to Flagstaff ranked No. 3 in the league, in scoring defense, by allowing opponents to score an average of 27.5 ppg
 Northern Arizona is right behind the Aggies, and ranked No. 4, with its 27.7 ppg mark

 With 199 receiving yards against the Fighting Hawks, Keelan Doss came just one tick shy of becoming the  first-ever Aggie to record two 200-yard receiving games
 Doss’ performance vs. North Dakota (9/30)was the sixth-highest total on the school’s single-game receiving yards list, just behind Mike Bellotti (204 vs. Humboldt State, 1972), until he collected a career-high 215 yards vs. Eastern Washington the following weekend (10/7)
 Doss is now responsible for the fourth-highest single-game total, matching Ramon Vargas when he posted the same total during the 2016 season
 However, Doss’ total took place against a Division I opponent
 Doss’ previous career high was the 207-yard output in last year’s Causeway Classic

 Opponents are in trouble if they don’t score early because UC Davis’ defense becomes more stingy as the game progresses
 Aggie opponents have scored a collective 50 points in the first quarter, 42 in the second, 38 in the third and 35 in the fourth throughout the team’s first six games

 UC Davis’ pass offense is ranked No. 2 in the league by averaging 351.6 yards per game
 Northern Arizona is the Big Sky’s current league leader in pass defense, allowing opponents an average of 188.0 ypg

Unless you are junior defensive back Vincent White
 White is responsible for nearly half (8) of the Aggies’ 17 pass breakups 
 UC Davis’ game at Portland State (9/16) is when White made a name for himself by recording four PBUs — the first of his career

 Thanks to the Aggies’ special teams play, two players are ranked No. 1 or No. 2 in the nation in their respective categories
 Senior linebacker Ryan Bua has three fumble recoveries to his credit this season (the first of his career), and is ranked No. 1 among all FCS players
 When UC Davis visited Portland State on Sept. 16, senior defensive back Darryl Graham returned a punt for a touchdown; that play is the reason why he is  No. 1 in the nation in Punt Return TDs 

 Junior defensive back Ryan Parenteau and Northern Colorado’s Marshaun Cameron each lead the Big Sky with two blocked kicks

 In his first home game as an Aggie, Jake Maier threw for 369 yards against (RV/RV) San Diego, the third-highest total recorded in the program’s Big Sky era, and the
second-highest vs. Division I opponents
 Maier did not wait long to record another 300-plus yard effort since he threw for 316 the very next week at (RV/RV) Portland State
 The following week, the economics major became the first Aggie QB in the program’s Big Sky era to throw for 300 yards in three consecutive games
 Maier continued to shine when the Aggies returned home to face North Dakota last year’s co-Big Sky Conference champions
 That night, he set a new Big Sky era record by throwing for 415 yards
 Of the 13 300-yard games earned by Aggie quarterbacks since UC Davis became a Big Sky program in 2012, Maier is responsible for five, all earned in a row

 One week after his 181-yard effort at SDSU (9/2) in UC Davis’ season opener, junior wide receiver Keelan Doss recorded another 100-yard game vs. San Diego
 That home opener vs. the Toreros marked the fifth 100-yard game of his career
 n that game against San Diego, Doss posted a 75-yard touchdown haul — the longest of his career and longest recorded by an Aggie since the program joined the Big Sky in 2012
 Doss posted the third 100-yard game of the season when he finished with 116 yards, on 11 receptions, at Weber State (9/23)
 By ending with 199 and a career-high 208 yards vs. North Dakota and Eastern Washington, Doss now owns five of the program’s 20 100-yard games during its Big Sky era

 For the first time in the program’s Big Sky era, Keelan Doss recorded four games of 100 or more receiving yards when he hauled in 199 vs. North Dakota
 Before that game, the organizational studies major was one of three players to post three 100-yard games in a single season
 The other two are Chris Martin (2015) and Ramon Vargas (2014)