MONDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2012
Back to work and powerful Butler up next
After a week off to get over its 24-7 loss to San Diego, the JU football is regrouping for a stretch run with still the opportunity to catch a piece of the Pioneer Football League title.
Unfortunately for the Dolphins (6-2, 4-1), however, the hottest team in the PFL stands in the way in what will be a pretty cold Indianapolis Saturday when JU goes to meet league-leading Butler.
“They are really good,’’ coach Kerwin Bell said. “I mean they are a solid football team and this is going to be one of the toughest road games we have had in a while.’’
The Bulldogs (7-2, 6-0) have been playing solid virtually all season and are on a six-game win streak heading into the game which will kick off at noon.
Butler running back Trae Heeter clearly is one of the leading candidates for league player of the year as he leads all with 1,078 yards rushing. Second place is 602 yards. Heeter is averaging 119 yards a game and has 10 touchdowns.
Interestingly enough, the Dolphin defense has given up only 658 yards rushing in the last seven games combined.
Junior quarterback Matt Lancaster has hit on 175 of 281 passes for 2,200 yards and 17 touchdowns. His favorite target has been junior receiver Brendan Shannon who has 54 catches for 738 yards and seven touchdowns.
Both Lancaster and Heeter have the Dolphins’ attention.
“They are two of the top offensive players in the conference,’’ Bell said. “And Heeter is making a run at Player of the Year.’’
JU is coming off the loss to the Toreros, the first JU home loss since 2009 but the Dolphins can still get a piece of the PFL title by running the table.
Bell said this week’s marching orders are the same as other weeks.
“Our special teams have to be really good and we have to win field position,’’ he said.
Bell said another key component will be getting the running game, which had 90 yards against San Diego, going. JU has gained 1,062 rushing yards this season.
“We are going to have to find the run game we haven’t had all year,’’ Bell said. “And we’re going to have to do that against a very physical front.’’
The game will be broadcast on 92.5 FM with the pregame show beginning at 11:30 a.m.