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NSU to honor Issac before game
Nov 07, 2013 | 113 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Northwestern State's athletic department and Demon football program will pause Saturday on "Salute to Service Day" at Turpin Stadium to pay tribute to the 2011 team's Defensive Most Valuable Player, Ricky Issac Jr., a Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's Deputy who died in an on-duty auto accident last December.

Issac's wife, Akilah, a former Lady Demon basketball player now teaching and coaching at Natchitoches Central High School, and their infant son born this spring, along with family members, will be on hand for the pregame ceremony.

NSU plays Southland Conference rival Lamar in a 3:05 p.m. kickoff Saturday at Turpin Stadium. Salute to Service Day honors first responders and military personnel, who can take advantage of a buy one, get one free general admission ticket offer on the east side of the stadium Saturday.

First-year Demons head coach Jay Thomas was Issac's position coach in 2010 and 2011. The 2013 Demons have worn a No. 92 helmet decal, commemorating their former teammate, all season long.

A December 2011 Northwestern State graduate, Issac married Akilah prior to Ricky's senior season.

Issac, 24, was a native of Cypress, Texas, and a Newton High School graduate. He helped NHS to an unbeaten state championship season in 2005 as a junior. At Northwestern, he earned four letters and was third on the team as a senior in 2011 with 63 tackles, 31 solo, as a defensive end. He more than doubled his career tackles total as he shared team Defensive MVP honors.

Issac was active in the NSU Huddle of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He went to work at the NPSO soon after graduation in December 2011, and served as the NSU football team's police escort for the 2012 squad's last two road trips to Central Arkansas and Stephen F. Austin.
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