Spring 2012


Champs! Jacks Claim Conference Title

HUMBOLDT STATE’S FOOTBALL squad bested the Western Oregon Wolves 37-7 last November to secure the team’s first Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC) championship title.

The win not only netted a conference title, it avenged the Lumberjacks’ only loss that season—also against Western Oregon in a 40-24 match in early October.

“There’s no doubt who the best team in the GNAC is this year—Humboldt State,” said Head Coach Rob Smith.

Conference laurels were not far behind. Smith was honored as the GNAC Coach of the Year. Mike Proulx, the Lumberjacks’ quarterback, was selected as Offensive Player of the Year, and Jona Faraimo, a linebacker who led the Jacks’ defense, was chosen Defensive Player of the Year.

The recognition did not end with the GNAC. In January, Proulx and running back Lyndon Rowells were both named to the Don Hansen NCAA Division II All-America team. Meanwhile, defensive end Brendan Faubion was selected by the Austrian Football League to play and coach for the Salzburg Bulls beginning in March. Defensive back Guy Ricciardulli was drafted to the Carlstad Crusaders in Sweden. Defensive back Diamond Weaver signed with the Abiliene Ruff Riders in the Lone Star Football League. And the San Jose SaberCats invited defensive end Jonathan Wells and defensive back Jordan McGowan-Smith to the team’s training camp. The SaberCats are in the Arena Football League.

For the Jacks, the GNAC championship was the program’s first title since winning the now-defunct Northern California Athletic Conference in 1995. It’s the 10th conference championship in HSU football history, which dates back to 1924.

The league championship—capping off a 7-1 league record and a 9-1 overall record—was well deserved. But despite a winning conference championship, the Lumberjacks were left out of the NCAA Division II Playoffs.

The Jacks’ 2012 campaign kicks off on Aug. 30 against Mesa State. Keep up with all the action at hsujacks.com

HSU Football Team Brian Blumberg (31), Brendon Faubion (47), Jona Faraimo (35) and their teammates celebrate after the Jacks secured the Great Northwest Athletic Conference title.