WEDNESDAY, MARCH 28, 2012
Wanted: QB to replace departed McGregor
The Jacksonville University football team began spring drills this week and those following the team want to know one thing. Who is going to quarterback?

It’s way too early for that, but we’ll dig a little on it anyway.

The Dolphins have to find a replacement for now graduated all-everything Josh McGregor who left campus with every imaginable passing record in his pocket.

The candidates include redshirt freshman Kade Bell, sophomore Trevius Folston, transfer Steven Hughes from Delaware and newcomer Ryan Walker.

Bell, son of coach Kerwin Bell, said he learned a lot by having a year of watching McGregor.

“You got to listen to coach Bell,’’ Kade said. “(He said) ‘You got to watch Josh all fall and watch how he did things and how he worked hard on every drill and got better’. With him not here you have to rely on yourself and the other quarterbacks to get everybody up.’’

Kade says the QB situation is anybody’s guess.

“It’s up in the air,’’ he said. “Everybody is working hard and whoever performs the best and is the best leader and knows the offense will become the starter.’’

Kerwin Bell says he thinks the team will be a little more balanced not being able to rely on McGregor.

“We feel like we’re going to be a better overall team with more balance and that’s what you’ve got to have to win a championship,’’ he said. “But, we are missing a great player and great leader in Josh McGregor. He put up some phenomenal numbers and that’s hard to do. We’ve got to be better around that position.’’

The numbers are to be expected, coach Bell said.

“We’ve got to find a quarterback to lead us,’’ he said. “Any quarterback who plays in this system is going to put up numbers, you best believe that. I’m going to have to coach a little harder now, I can’t just stand back there and let him go to work.’’

Beyond that position, despite losing some key players, Bell said there is much to look forward to.

“We’re losing a lot of quality players who had a lot of production around here,’’ he said. “We’re excited with the group we’ve got coming back and every year we think we have a better roster than we had the year before and we feel like this is going to be no different.’’

The team will have scrimmages Saturday at 1 p.m., April 7 at 10 a.m. and the spring game is April 14 at 1 p.m. all at D.B. Milne Field.

- Jim Nasella