Lumberjack wide receiver gets well deserved recognition

Brandon Porter, 18, receives a pass for a touchdown Sept. 14 at the Walkup Skydome. NAU defeated Western New Mexico University 55-21.

It was an up and down season for the NAU football team in 2019, with a 4-8 overall record, and only two wins against conference opponents. There is more work to be done for head coach Chris Ball to make the Lumberjacks a contender.

Even with some of the struggles the team had this year, one positive aspect was redshirt sophomore wide receiver Brandon Porter, who had a season to remember.

In his second year on the team, Porter was unstoppable in 2019.

Of the 12 games Porter played in, he had six games with over 100 yards receiving. Porter was also a scoring machine for the Lumberjacks, with 10 touchdowns and four multi-touchdown games this season.

He recorded 1,198 receiving yards on the season. This was the second-most in NAU history, first in the Big Sky Conference and sixth in all of FCS (Football Championship Subdivision) rankings for receiving yards.

Since Porter is only a sophomore, this could only be the beginning of what he can bring to the team.

With graduating senior quarterback Case Cookus on his way out, the question now will be who will pass the ball to Porter and let him add to his already impressive stat sheet. This question will be addressed next season, but Porter is, without a doubt, someone to watch in the coming years.