Spirits High as JU begins practice
The way the Jacksonville University football team began its practice season Friday, you could have thought it was in mid-season form.

Fighting off a heat index that at one point reached 111 degrees, the Dolphins open 2011 on campus with an enthusiasm that wasn’t lost on head coach Kerwin Bell.

“I liked their mindset and I liked the way they flew around,’’ Bell said following the practice held on the grass practice field near D.B. Milne Field. “This is the best conditioned team we’ve ever had.’’

The heat, abated some by passing cloud cover, was mostly overlooked by the players.

Defensive lineman Mike Mayoral said conditions weren’t as brutal as he expected.

“No, not really,’’ he said as the helmet-only practice wound down. “We came in here in good condition and it showed.’’

Mayoral and defensive lineman Roland Fines both looked sharp as did quarterback Josh McGregor who connected on a series of passes to a variety of receivers.

“He looked good,’’ Bell said. “We have some things to work on, but for the first day of practice we did pretty well.’’

The Dolphins practice again Saturday morning on campus.