Top Ranked Offense vs Top Ranked Defense Battle Saturday at Marist

Top Ranked Offense vs Top Ranked Defense Battle Saturday at Marist

With only three weeks left the importance of every game magnifies for the Dolphins. Jacksonville (4-4; 3-2 PFL) will be put to the test again this week as the team works towards ending the season on a five game win streak. Coming off back-to-back wins over Campbell and Davidson the Dolphins sit just one game back of the Pioneer Football League lead. Five teams are ahead of JU with each having just one loss apiece. One of those teams is this week's opponent Marist (5-3; 4-1 PFL).

Both teams enter Saturday having won two straight and ranked among the league leaders. The Dolphins bring with them the top ranked offense in the PFL with 504 yards and 42.3 points per game. The Red Foxes meanwhile own the best defense in the PFL allowing only 331 yards and 19.5 points a game.

It will be strength against strength on Saturday so don't miss any of the action brought to you live on 92.5 FM.

'Fin Facts 

  • With three games remaining, Jacksonville (4-4; 3-2) looks to stay in the hunt for a Pioneer Football League title as the team heads to Marist on Saturday eying a third straight win
  • The Dolphins are coming off a 56-13 win over Davidson last Saturday in which the defense forced five turnovers and Kade Bell three four touchdown passes for the second consecutive week
  • The Dolphins racked up over 500 yards of offense for a fifth time this season against Davidson totaling 558 yards, including a career best 323 passing yards from Bell
  • The Dolphins enter this week ranked seventh in the nation with 504.3 yards per game
  • JU also owns the sixth highest scoring offense in the nation putting up a PFL  best 42.3 points per game
  • The Dolphins have surpasses 50 points four times this season and 12 time under Kerwin Bell
  • JU is a Pioneer Football League best 35-10 in PFL games over the past five seasons

The Series 

  • JU leads the all-time series 3-1
  • The Dolphins have won three straight including a 26-14 win last season in Jacksonville


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Offensive Notes

Bell Picks Up Where He Left Off

  • After missing the previous three games with an appendectomy, sophomore QB Kade Bell has now thrown four touchdown passes in each of his two games since returning to the line-up
  • In his last six complete games dating back to 2012 Bell has now thrown for 23 touchdowns and an average of 273 yards per game
  • Bell has had four TDs in a single game three times this season
  • His 16 touchdown passes are already the sixth best single season mark in school history and he has only played in five games
  • More importantly the Dolphins improved to 7-0 all-time in PFL games when Bell is under center for a full game

Robustelli a Deep Ball threat

  • With six touchdown receptions over the past four weeks, junior Andrew Robustelli continues to cause havoc for opposing secondaries leading the PFL with a 20.0 yards per reception average
  • Robustelli also ranks among the top receivers in the nation in receiving touchdowns (8th), yards (16th) and yards per game (18th)
  • He is also the only player in the nation this season to catch two passes for longer than 75 yards
  • His 740 yards this year are currently the fourth highest single season mark in JU history and only 172 behind the school record of 912 set by Josh Philpart in 2009

Scoring With The Speed of Florida

  • Powered on the strength of multiple offensive weapons, the Dolphins quick strike offense has accounted for 29 scoring drives this season in five plays or less
  • The average scoring drive for the Dolphins this season is 5.3 plays covering 1:37

Bryant Emerging In the Backfield

  • Over his last four games freshman running back Ulysses Bryant has emerged as a consistent backfield threat for the Dolphins averaging 105 yards per game and producing four touchdowns
  • Bryant's 521 yards are the third highest single season total by a freshman running back at JU and 226 short of the 747 yard record set by Greg Portee in the inaugural 1998 season
  • On the season Bryant ranks sixth nationally amongst freshmen running backs with 74.4 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 fourth in the nation having already recovered 12 fumbles this season, including at least one in each of the past six weeks
  • Even more impressive is that 11 different players have recovered fumbles, LB Anthony Joiner is the only Dolphin with two recoveries this season
  • The team record for fumbles recovered in a season is 20 set in 2000
  • The Dolphins had a season high four fumbles recovered last week 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 13.5 sacks
  • The duo posted 3.5 sacks at Campbell and added another 2.0 last week vs Davidson
  • Riley ranks second in the league and is tied for eighth nationally with seven sacks averaging .88 per game. White meanwhile is fourth in the PFL and 17th nationally with 6.5 sacks this season
  • Riley has 21 tackles on the season, including 18 solo stops
  • Riley needs on more sack to move into a tied for third place on the JU single season list
  • White has had at least one tackle for loss in each of the last five games

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 54 tackles this season, giving him the most by a Dolphins linebacker since Joseph Fennell had 63 in 2010


Special Teams Notes

Something Special About Lynch

  • Sr. PK/P Dylan Lynch has become a regular name in the JU record book since joining the Dolphins from FIU prior to the 2012 season
  • Already this season he has earned national Special Teams Player of the Week honors from the Sports Network and three Pioneer Football League Special Teams Player of the Week awards
  • He was also recognized as one of 10 FCS place kickers by The Fred Mitchell Award recognizes 26 place-kickers excellence on the football field and in the community during the month of September & again in October
  • Against Campbell he booted a 79 yard punt to set the JU record for the third time this season; The punt also marked the third longest by a FCS player this season
  • Lynch is the only player in the nation with three punts over 70 yards this season
  • His 74 points so far this season lead the PFL and rank him fifth on the JU single season scoring list
  • His 44 PATs are the most in the nation and are the fourth highest single season total by a Dolphins kicker
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