Dolphins Host Morehead State In Home Opener On Saturday

Dolphins Host Morehead State In Home Opener On Saturday

'Fin Facts

  • Jacksonville welcomes Morehead State to D.B. Milne Field for the 2013 home and Pioneer Football League opener
  • The Dolphins are 10-5 all-time in home openers having won three straight
  • JU has won five straight PFL openers and has an 8-4 all-time record
  • For the first time in league history, the Pioneer Football League regular season champion will receive an automatic bid to the FCS playoffs this season
  • JU is a Pioneer Football League best 32-8 in PFL games over the past five seasons
  • JU was picked third in the PFL preseason coaches poll behind San Diego and Butler
  • JU is represented by 91 players from the state of Florida on its roster

The Series

  • Jacksonville has won seven straight and leads the all-time series with Morehead State, 8-4
  • The Dolphins won 38-17 in Morehead last season behind four touchdown passes from Kade Bell and three receiving touchdowns from Andrew Robustelli
  • Down 17-7 in the second quarter, JU rattled off 31 unanswered points for the victory


  • Radio: 92.5 FM (Richard Miller & Scott Manze)
  • TV: CW17 (Cole Pepper & Steve Gilbert)  


Offensive Notes

Coming of Age

  • In his last four complete games - all road contests - QB Kade Bell (Fleming Island, Fla.) has thrown for 12 touchdowns and an average of 260 yards per game
  • Bell is coming off a career-best 24 completions in which he found 11 different receivers at Jacksonville State
  • Bell's average of 251 yards a game are the second most amongst PFL quarterbacks in 2013

Guy Catching 20s

  • Four of the eight receptions by Dorian Guy (Jacksonville, Fla.) have gone for more than 20 yards this season
  • As a team, JU has produced 15 plays of more that 20 yards, including four of the five touchdowns against Delaware

Lethal Scoring Weapon

  • Of Andrew Robustelli's 28 career receptions, eight have gone for touchdowns
  • After catching a total of 17 passes last season the junior receiver has 10 catches for 158 yards through the first two games of 2013

Red Zone Success

  • JU is a perfect 5-5 on trips inside the red zone this season coming away with three touchdowns and two field goals


Defensive Notes

Foley Finding A Way

  • Defensive back Ed Foley (Port St. Lucie, Fla.) has led the Dolphins and had career highs in tackles in each of the first two weeks
  • Foley produced a then career best 12 stops and also recovered a fumble on a kickoff against Delaware in week one. In week two at Jacksonville State he made 13 stops.  
  • His team best 25 tackles in 2013 are nearly more than his highest total for a single season (29 in 2011) in his first three years at JU

Throw the Other Way From McRae

  • Sophomore defensive back Antonio McRae (Palatka, Fla.) has had a knack for finding the football this season
  • McRae has had an interception in each game, including a 63-yard return for a touchdown against Delaware which stands as the longest INT return by a JU player since the 2010 season and the fourth longest INT TD return in school history

Dolphins Pass D Still Tops in the PFL

  • JU led the PFL allowing only 184 yards per game through the air last season and the Dolphins have picked right up where they left off allowing only 141.5 yard thru the air after the first two games of the season

Shutting out the First Quarter

  • The JU defense has been strong in the first quarter this season having not allowed a single point; the Dolphins have out scored opponents 21-0 in the first quarter this year


Special Teams Notes

Lynch...The Kick is Up and Its Good

  • Sr. PK/P Dylan Lynch (Jacksonville, Fla.) became the all-time leader in field goals made at JU with his 29-yard field goal in the second quarter at Jacksonville State
  • Lynch now has 16 FGM in his career moving past Donovan Curry, 14 (2006-09)
  • Lynch also set a school record with a 73-yard punt in the third quarter against the Gamecocks

Feeling Special

  • The JU special teams forced turnovers on a punt return, kickoff return and an onside kick in the season opener at Delaware. The Dolphins also had two returns of 35+ yards against the Blue Hens.
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