High Powered Offenses Go Head-To-Head Saturday

D'Andre Randle has seven TD receptions this season including an 80 yard TD last week at Marist (Photo by Skip Tapp)
D'Andre Randle has seven TD receptions this season including an 80 yard TD last week at Marist (Photo by Skip Tapp)

Two of the highest scoring teams in the nation are set to square off this Saturday as Jacksonville (4-5; 3-3) makes its first ever trip to Mercer (8-1; 4-1) for a PFL showdown. Averaging 41.4 points the Dolphins rank fifth in the nation in scoring just ahead of Mercer, which ranks seventh with 40.7 points.

'Fin Facts

  • The Dolphins are looking to get back on track after a 42-35 loss at Marist last Saturday ended a two game win streak
  • The Dolphins offense was led by a second straight 300-yard passing game from Kade Bell continued to shine against the Red Foxes last week running up 454 yards, including passes of 93 and 80 yards
  • The 93-yard TD pass from Bell to Andrew Robustelli set a Jacksonville school record and is tied for the longest pass play in the nation this season
  • Jacksonville has racked up over 500 yards of offense five times this season and enters this week ranked ninth in the nation with 498.7 yards per game
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  • The Dolphins have surpassed 50 points four times this season and 12 times under Kerwin Bell
  • JU is a Pioneer Football League best 35-11 in PFL games over the past five seasons

The Series 
First meeting between the two schools 

Radio:  92.5 FM (Richard Miller & Brian Freshley)

JU Records Watch:
With only two games left in the 2013 season a number of single season individual records are within reach for the Dolphins:

Pass Receptions
1.    60    Jon Turner, 2002    
2.    50    Josh Philpart, 2011    
3.    54    Josh Philpart, 2009    
4.    48    Josh Philpart, 2010    
5.    41    Geavon Tribble, 2007    
6.    40    Andrew Robustelli, 2013
7.    39    D'Andre Randle, 2013

Receiving Yards
1.    912    Josh Philpart, 2009    
2.    890    Jon Turner, 2002    
3.    863    Andrew Robustelli, 2013    
4.    800    Josh Philpart, 2010    
5.    701    Geavon Tribble, 2007   
Receiving Touchdowns
1.    13    Josh Philpart, 2009    
2.    12    Josh Philpart, 2010    
3.      9    Andrew Robustelli, 2013    
       9    Larry Thompson, 2011    
5.    7    D'Andre Randle, 2013           

1.    98    Rudell Small, 2010    
2.    90    Rudell Small, 2008    
3.    79    Dylan Lynch, 2013    
4.    78    Josh Philpart, 2009    
       78    Josh Philpart, 2010

    Total    Individual    Team
1.  11.0    Justin Yowell, 1998    
2.  10.0    Shaun Lewis, 2008    
3.  8.0    Maroa White, 2013    
    8.0    Shaun Lewis, 2009    
    8.0    Justin Yowell, 2000    
    8.0    Bradley Burns, 2010    
    8.0    Juan Piimienta, 2012

Field Goals
1.    14    Dylan Lynch, 2012    
2.    11    Michael Zacco, 2007    
3.    10    Dylan Lynch, 2013    
      10     Chris Brown, 2001    
5.    8    David Stickler, 1998    
Point After Touchdowns
1.    57    Josh Hostetler, 2010    
2.     49    Dylan Lynch, 2013    
       49    Bladen Gudz, 2011    
4.    47    Donovan Curry, 2009    
5.    33    Dylan Lynch, 2012        

Offensive Notes

Bell Picks Up Where He Left Off

  • After missing the previous three games with an appendectomy, sophomore QB Kade Bell has thrown 11 touchdown passes in the last three games
  • In his last seven complete games dating back to 2012 Bell has now thrown for 26 touchdowns and an average of 275 yards per game
  • Bell has had four TDs in a single game three times this season
  • The Dolphins are 7-1 all-time in PFL games when Bell is under center for a full game

Big Plays Continue For Robustelli

  • With seven touchdown receptions over the past five weeks, junior Andrew Robustelli continues to cause havoc for opposing secondaries leading the PFL with a 21.6 yards per reception average
  • Robustelli also ranks among the top receivers in the nation in receiving touchdowns, yards and yards per game
  • He is also the only player in the nation this season to catch three passes for longer than 75 yards

Scoring With The Speed of Florida

  • Powered on the strength of multiple offensive weapons, the Dolphins quick strike offense has accounted for 32 scoring drives this season in five plays or less
  • The average scoring drive for the Dolphins this season is 5.2 plays covering 1:36

Bryant Emerging In the Backfield

  • Over second half of the season freshman running back Ulysses Bryant has emerged as a consistent backfield threat for the Dolphins averaging just over 100 yards per game and producing five touchdowns
  • Bryant's 566 yards are the third highest single season total by a freshman running back at JU and 181 short of the 747 yard record held by Greg Portee in the inaugural 1998 season
  • On the season Bryant ranks sixth nationally amongst freshmen running backs with 70.8 yards per game


Defensive Notes

Dolphins Finding the Football On the Ground

  • Opposing offenses best beware. Fumble the ball on the ground and the Dolphins are sure to find it
  • Jacksonville is tied for fifth in the nation having already recovered 12 fumbles this season
  • Even more impressive is that 11 different players have recovered fumbles, LB Anthony Joiner is the only Dolphin with two recoveries this season
  • The Dolphins had a season high four fumbles recovered vs Davidson, including a touchdown by Luidji Michel
  • Michel's TD marked the first time since Andy Sainvil on Nov. 15, 2008 that a JU player had scored on a fumble recovery

Riley and White Putting Pressure On the QB

  • Defensive lineman Maroa White and Aaron Riley are the top defensive line duo in the PFL combining for a league best 15.0 sacks
  • The duo has combined for seven sacks the last three weeks
  • White is now ranked second in the PFL and sixth in the country with 0.89 sacks per game and 8 sacks on the year
  • His eight sacks are tied for the third highest single season total in school history
  • In addition White has record at least one sack in four straight games and has a tackle for loss in each of the last six games
  • Riley is tied for fourth in the league and 19th nationally with seven sacks averaging .78 per game
  • Riley has 23 tackles on the season, including 18 solo stops
  • This week he was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District Team

Klein In Command

  • While injuries have created holes throughout the Dolphins defense this season, junior Mike Klein has remained strong at middle linebacker
  • Klein leads JU with 60 tackles this season, giving him the most by a Dolphins linebacker since Joseph Fennell had 63 in 2010

Redding as Advertised

  • Freshman LB Grady Redding has more than lived up to his billing as a two-time Max Preps All-American & 2-time Space Coast Player of the year for Cocoa High School
  • Originally committed to Georgia Southern out of high school, Redding is currently tied for second on the team this year with 57 tackles (31 solo) and leads the squad with 6.3 stops per game
  • Last week vs Marist he matched a season high with 13 tackles
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