Football to play five home games in 2009
The road to a second straight Pioneer Football League championship for the JU football team will be long and winding.

The Dolphins schedule for 2009 was released on Monday, with JU playing five home games – starting with Old Dominion on Sept. 19.

JU will continue its new tradition of playing scholarship programs as they travel to face Samford of the Southern Conference on Sept. 12.

“This year’s schedule is going to be difficult, but it’s going to give our team a lot of new experiences and the opportunity to develop into a championship caliber team again,” said JU head coach Kerwin Bell. “We’re excited about being able to play a team in the Southern Conference again. That is the type of program we are building here and this game will be a good gauge as to how far we’ve come.”

The Dolphins PFL-title defense will begin on Oct. 3 at they host Davidson, the only team that beat JU in the league this past season.

After Davidson, the Dolphins face three grueling road trips over a four-week period – at Marist (Oct. 10), at San Diego (Oct. 24) and at Drake (Oct. 31). JU has one home game sandwiched in that stretch against Morehead State on Oct. 17.

With the October gauntlet behind them, JU wraps up the regular with two of the final three at home. The Dolphins host Valparaiso (Nov. 7) and Butler (Nov. 14) before ending the campaign at Campbell (Nov. 21).

SPRING PRACTICE ON THE HORIZON: The Dolphins will once again have an early spring practice, starting their practice season on Feb. 10. JU is set to return 15 starters overall, with seven on offense and eight on defense. The spring game is set for Feb. 28.

McGREGOR TO MISS SPRING: JU quarterback Josh McGregor will miss the Dolphins’ spring practice schedule as he covers from knee surgery. McGregor was one of five national “Freshman of the Year” selections by