THURSDAY, JULY 07, 2011
Football Team Receiving Preseason Notice
Coming off a Pioneer Football League championship season, the Jacksonville University football team has been named to the preseason top 25 by Athlon Sports.

The Dolphins (10-1, 8-0 PFL in 2010) are 25th in the Athlon Sports preseason poll recently released by the magazine and have been made the PFL favorites by Lindy’s Sports and The Sporting News Preseason College Football Yearbook.

Senior wide receiver Josh Philpart has racked up a lot of support nationally as he has been named to the Lindy’s second-team All-American squad and is on the College Football Performance Awards watch list.

Philpart also is the Lindy’s Sports preseason PFL preseason Offensive Player of the Year, a first-team All-PFL pick and fourth-team All-America selection by nationally renowned college football expert Phil Steele. Steele ranks Philpart as the 10th best wide receiver in the FCS.

Philpart, 6-foot-1, 175, had 48 receptions for 800 yards and 12 touchdowns last season and is the Dolphin’s all-time leading receiver with 2,156 yards with 25 touchdown catches in the past two seasons.

Joining Philpart on the CPFA watch list are teammates quarterback Josh McGregor and running back J.J. Laster. Laster, a senior from Graceville, Fla., returns off last season’s performance which included 810 yards rushing and seven touchdowns. He averaged 8.5 yards per carry and is on Steele’s first-team All-PFL squad.

The accolades don’t stop there for McGregor, the Dolphins’ highly-touted senior, as he is on the Consensus Draft Services Preseason All-America team, is the top offensive player in the eyes of The Sporting News and ranks fifth in the country at his position by Steele. He joins Philpart and Laster on the first team of Steele’s All-PFL.

The 6-2, 200-poind McGregor, from Belle Glade, Fla., set a school record last season by throwing for 3,049 yards and 32 touchdowns while completing passes at a 62.9 percent clip.

Cornerback Colby Walden, 5-10, 185, also in on the CDSP All-America team and is a second-team selection on Steele’s All-PFL team.

Several other Dolphins have received preseason notice as well.

Offensive tackle Chad Cypher and guards Kevin Halverson and Ian Osking, all seniors, and defensive back Leonard Smith all made Steele’s first team while defensive lineman Rolando Fines in on the second team.