SATURDAY, AUGUST 25, 2012
Run game front and center in final scrimmage
Work on the running game took center stage as the JU football team wrapped up its longest preseason camp with a scrimmage Saturday.
Five running backs and four quarterbacks combined for 342 yards rushing on 43 carries, a 7.95 per carry average on the day at D. B. Milne Field.
Redshirt senior Eric Baker, from Jacksonville, Fla., led the way with 103 yards on eight carries and a pair of touchdowns, one on a 14-yard run and one on a 6-yard carry.
“I’m starting to get used to the offense and get acclimated,’’ Baker, who only recently joined the team, said.
Freshman Frantz Caudio and senior Keith Dawson each had touchdowns. Caudio had 15 carries for 80 yards and Dawson 74 yards on six carries as the offensive line, which struggled in previous scrimmages, showed its prowess on several occasions.
The four quarterbacks, Trevius Folston, Kade Bell, Steven Hughes and Ryan Walker completed 13 of 18 passes for 227 yards, two touchdowns.
Walker, who had most of the second half work, was 6-for-7 for 132 yards and had a 31-yard scoring pass to wide receiver Kwadwo Mensah. Folston threw the other touchdown, a 56-yard strike to tight end Hank Farmer.
Freshman Terrance Bryant returned a punt 58 yards and defensively Andre Addison and Marquise Dixon had interceptions and safety Ed Foley had a solid day with several pass breakups.
“I’m ready to get after it,’’ Foley said. “You have to take every rep like it’s the last and there is always room to improve, I can’t get complacent.’’
Coach Kerwin Bell said finally having the offensive line, which was hit with injury and sickness early in camp, together is paying off.
“We got a good, solid week with them this week, most of them were healthy all week, and we moved Montavis Mack to guard,’’ he said. “Now we’ve got three or four guys who can rotate and really push each other. Our tackle situation is starting to stabilize and we feel good with that and where we are heading.’’
Bell said he still is contemplating the quarterback situation and isn’t ready to name a starter.
“We’re putting together our paperwork and there are two guys who know the system well and it may take a couple of games to see who can make the plays in the games and what kind of offense we’re going to be.’’
Finally, Bell said he is pleased with the overall team attitude coming out of camp.
“I appreciated their efforts,’’ he said. “It was a long camp, the longest we’ve had with a full three weeks. We talk about coming to practice with a purpose and I thought for the most part we did that. Early we got set back with some nagging injuries and the sickness we had but the last week and a half we’ve made some big improvements. We’ve still got a lot to work on and not a long time to get there.’’
The Dolphins open next Saturday at Georgia Southern at 6 p.m.
Coach Bell and Dunkin the Dolphin will appear Tuesday on the Fox30/CBS 47 morning show about 8 p.m. as part of the stations’ College Week.
- Jim Nasella