Last season, Northern Arizona senior safety Lucky Dozier played a huge role in the Lumberjacks stifling the Cal Poly football team’s offense.
The Mustangs averaged 309.1 yards per game on the ground to lead the FCS, but in a 17-13 loss to Northern Arizona, Cal Poly amassed just 237 rushing yards.
Playing a factor in run support, Dozier, a first-team All-Big Sky honoree and All-America candidate, had 11 tackles, including two for loss, in addition to a fumble recovery and pass breakup.
As the Mustangs and Lumberjacks go into this season’s rematch today, another Northern Arizona safety could be key in the efforts to slow down Cal Poly once more.
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Junior safety Eddie Horn, a recent transfer from Chabot College, leads the Lumberjacks with 38 tackles this season. Proving to be a playmaker in his own right, Horn also has two interceptions in replacing Dozier, who was also a junior college transfer from the Bay Area.
“We’re expecting Horn to play that position that they used last year” with Dozier, Walsh said, “and caused us some problems.”
Horn is “an active player already in what they do schematically against teams that aren’t exactly like us,” Walsh added. “So, they’re going to give him the opportunity to do some things against us, and we’re going to have to be prepared to be able to put some type of a body on him.”