The Camels have had a tumultuous season topped by their coach being let go and that’s what scares JU coach Kerwin Bell head into the Military Appreciation Day contest.
The Camels have been beset by injuries, were hurt by graduation and that has led to a 1-8 overall record and 0-6 PFL mark. On top of that, coach Dale Steele was told this week he won’t be retained at the end of the season.
“The one thing I’m worried about is Coach Steele got relieved of his duties,’’ Bell said. “He got sent packing this Monday which I can’t believe happened. I thought he did a great job building the program. With that, that coaching staff may just say ‘let’s throw it all out there.’ They may blitz us every play, they may come with a new offensive package, that’s what scares you. They’re not really planning for the future, they’re just trying to win these last couple of games and get out of there.’’
Bell’s team (6-3, 4-2) had its last win on Oct. 13 at Davidson and two losses and a bye week mean it has been almost a month since JU has won.
“This is as long as we’ve gone around here without a victory, probably since ’07,’’ Bell said. “We need to get back going and I think our kids are ready. We’ve had spirited practices and they want to play well these last two games at home.’’
He’s exactly right; the Dolphins haven’t dropped consecutive league games since a three-game swoon in the middle of the 2007 season.
Bell said quarterback Trevius Folston, who made his first collegiate start last week at Butler, did some things the coach has been looking for this season.
“We need to get going early,’’ Bell said. “We did last week and I liked the way we came out an established some things early. We got on the board early, we were up 10-0 and we continue to not make those crucial mistakes that let teams get back in the game. We need to step on guys throats and put the pedal to the metal when we get a lead.’’
Still, Bell’s not sure what Campbell team he will show up.
“What are we going to see? The Campbell we see on film or a spirited team trying to win for their coach and a staff that’s willing to call any play,’’ he said. “It will be an interesting part of the game.’’
Kickoff this week is at noon and the game will be televised on CW17 with Cole Pepper and Steve Gilbert calling the action. On radio, the pregame show begins at 11:30 a.m. and Terry Norvelle and Josh McGregor will call game action.