TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2008
Football continues to make history
The 2008 season will long be remembered as the year that the JU football program made history.
The Dolphins (7-3, 5-1 PFL) have another shot at making history as they host Drake (5-4, 3-3 PFL) on Saturday at Noon.
The Bulldogs have owned the all-time series, winning all seven of the previous meetings.
“Drake is a team that has turned its season around and is playing with a lot of confidence right now,” said JU head coach Kerwin Bell. “Our guys know that they have to continue to work hard this week to have a chance at winning a championship.”
Bell’s second season at JU has seen a transformation in the program, racking up points and shutting down opponents.
The Dolphins have put up a school-record 341 points in 10 games – shattering the previous record of 271. JU has scored at least 40 points in four of the last five games.
Leading that charge has been an offense that is on a record setting pace.
Freshman quarterback Josh McGregor already owns the single-season records for most passing yard (2,127) and passing touchdowns (23) – but both of those numbers lead all of the Division I quarterbacks in the state of Florida as well.
Joining him in the record quest is sophomore running back Rudell Small. Small has rushed for more than 1,000 yards this season, becoming just the fourth Dolphin to accomplish the feat and is the leading rusher in the state of Florida by more than 300 yards.
On top of that, Small has already tied the school record for career rushing touchdowns and is the all-time leading scorer in JU history with 126 points.
All of that adds up to the 23rd most productive offense in the country, as well as the tops in the PFL, averaging 406.4 yards per game.
But the offense isn’t the only part doing damage.
The JU defense is also playing its part. The Dolphins are ranked 25th nationally in total defense, averaging 310 yards per game. JU is ranked 22nd in the country in scoring defense, allowing just 20.1 points per game.
The Dolphins defense is led by its front seven – which averages 6.7 tackles for a loss each game, led by Shaun Lewis. Lewis leads the team in sacks (7) and tackles for a loss (13.5).
Saturday’s game will be broadcast on ASun.TV, with Barry Milligan and Frank Calihan calling the action.