RUSTON - Louisiana Tech football coach Sonny Dykes on Thursday announced he has chosen true freshman Nick Isham as the team’s starting quarterback when the Bulldogs open the season Sept. 3 at Southern Miss.
Isham, from Hidden Hills, Calif., was chosen as a 2010 Old Spice National High School Player of the Year and was a three-year starter at Westlake High. He threw for 2,990 yards and 34 touchdowns his senior year and was a two-time all-state honoree.
“I felt like Nick Isham has come in and lead our football team,” Dykes said. “He has a tremendous amount of confidence on the field. I felt that both quarterbacks - Isham or Colby Cameron - did great (in fall camp), but we believe Nick Isham gives us the best chance to win.”
Isham replaces Ross Jenkins after he completed his NCAA eligibility last year. He battled redshirt junior Colby Cameron for the starting job since Tech entered camp Aug. 8.
YARBOROUGH NAMED TO PRESEASON ALL-AMERICAN TEAMS: In Hammond, Southeastern Louisiana senior receiver Simmie Yarborough has added more preseason All-American honors.
Yarborough has been selected on the second team of both the Beyond Sports Network Preseason All-America team and the FCS Senior Bowl Preseason All-American team as well as on the third team of the College Sporting News and Phil Steele FCS Preseason All-America Teams.
Yarborough had previously been named to the Consensus Draft Service Preseason All-America team and the College Football Performance Award’s watch list.
PEVETO WARY OF STATESMEN: In Natchitoches, as Northwestern State took Thursday off, third-year Demons coach Bradley Dale Peveto focused on Thursday’s season opener against Delta State in Turpin Stadium.
“I worked out at the health club early this morning and three friends came up wanting to talk about the LSU game (Sept. 10 in Tiger Stadium),” Peveto said. “I told them I was only worried about two things: the Demons, and Delta State.”
The Statesmen fell 20-17 to Minnesota-Duluth in the NCAA Division II national championship game last season.
Delta State, aiming for its fourth Gulf States Conference championship in five seasons, opens its season at home Saturday night against Elizabeth City (N.J.) State.