Northern Arizona quarterback Case Cookus was named to another preseason award watchlist.

On Tuesday, the Lumberjacks star signal caller was named to the FCS National Performer of the Year Watchlist -- an award he earned in 2015 after his breakout season with Northern Arizona.

Cookus is one of 40 athletes to make the list, including seven others from the Big Sky Conference. Of the Big Sky representatives, three others beside Cookus are quarterbacks while the other three are running backs.

Cookus is coming off the second major injury of his college career, missing eight games after he broke his right collarbone in the second game of last season against Eastern Washington.

He broke the same collarbone in 2016.

Despite the two injuries, Cookus is 20 touchdown passes shy of becoming the program’s all-time leader in the category and he is 3,432 yards shy of taking over the lead in aerial yards -- marks he could potentially hit in 2019 if he stays healthy.


Defensive back Jamarri Jackson announced Tuesday on Twitter that he has entered his name into the NCAA transfer portal and that he intends to leave the school.

Jackson spent just the 2018 season with Northern Arizona. He appeared in 10 games and registered 11 total tackles and three pass break-ups. He originally joined Northern Arizona as a junior college transfer out of the College of San Mateo in San Mateo, California.

He was a standout at San Mateo, with 44 tackles and six interceptions during his one year with the program. Jackson looked solid throughout fall camp and recently in Saturday’s scrimmage returned a fumble 90 yards for a touchdown.

With his departure, Northern Arizona is down to 10 defensive backs, with seven defensive backs that have played 10 or more games over their Northern Arizona careers. The team is looking to rebuild the secondary following the graduation of Kam’ron Johnson, Wes Sutton and Maurice Davison.

Among other roster recent roster changes, Carson Taylor is officially listed at linebacker and has changed his number to No. 1 -- which was the number Emmanuel Butler wore last season -- while former backup quarterback Gino Campiotti is now listed at tight end. 

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Lance Hartzler can be reached at 556-2251 or at lhartzler@azdailysun.com. Follow him on Twitter @lance_hartz.


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