Jacksonville takes a seven game win streak and a 5-0 PFL record to Poughkeepsie for a battle at Marist on Saturday. Kickoff is set for 12:00 pm.
COMPLETE NOTES (.pdf)
- Jacksonville has won seven straight to match the 2008 squad for the second longest win streak in school history. The Dolphins had a nine-game win streak in 2010.
- JU had a zero turnover game against Limestone, the first zero turnover game since Oct. 26, 2013 against Davidson.
- With losses by previously unbeaten Campbell and Dayton, the Dolphins now have sole position of first in the PFL.
- The Dolphins had a season high 651 yards of total offense vs. Limestone averaging 10.7 yards per play. The 379 yards rushing were the third highest mark all-time for JU.
- The Dolphins have at least 500 yards total offense in three consecutive games and have topped 600 yards twice.
- Punter Ryan Giaratano (Coral Springs, Fla.) leads the PFL and is 23rd in the country averaging 41.5 yards per kick.
- The Dolphins have a +5 turnover margin for the season which ranks first in the PFL and 23rd in the country.
- JU is ninth in the nation and first in the PFL in passing offense at 290.5 yards per game in all games.
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A LOOK At MARIST
- Marist is coming off a 27-20 win over Campbell. Fifth-year senior Atiq Lucas ran for 104 yards and three touchdowns in the win. Lucas is the team's leading rusher with 570 yards per game.
- Marist won last year's game, 42-35.
- With a pair of interceptions against Limestone, Jacksonville upped its season total to a nation's best 18 picks this season. The 18 INTs also established a single season school record. Safety Andrew Hooks (Bowling Green, Fla.) and DB Nick Benton (Navarre, Fla.) each recorded picks. Hooks caught the record breaker 17th and returned it 95 yards for a touchdown. It was the second longest interception return in school history (Jordan Dewhirst, 100 yards vs Marist 10/23/10). Benton's was his first collegiate interception.
- The 61 points tied for fourth most in school history as JU scored on every possession in the first half.
- The Dolphins had their first four-sack game of the year with DL Josh Gilmore (Tallahassee, Fla.) collection two of them.
- LB DJ Howard (Daytona Beach, Fla.) had nine tackles to lead the team, the fourth time he has led the team since earning a starting position Sept. 27.
- Place kicker Brandon Behr (Fleming Island, Fla.) leads the team in scoring with 58 points while Ulysses Bryant is second with 50.
- Sophomore running back Ulysses Bryant (Jacksonville, Fla.) has six games of 100-yard plus rushing. His 833 yards this season are currently the 7th most in a single season by a JU running back. He ranks 21 nationally and 2nd in the PFL. WR
- Andy Jones (Clermont, Fla.) is leading the team in receiving with 34 catches for 478 yards. WR Andrew Robustelli (Sarasota, Fla.) is next with 26 catches for 437 yards.
- Eleven different players have caught at least one pass.
- The Dolphins sit on top of the PFL in total offense with 441.8 yards per game overall and 509 yards in PFL only games. Here are the top five pass and run plays (yardage based) this season:
- Through eight games, the Dolphins have 18 interceptions and are ranked first nationally with North Carolina A&T. Junior Dallas Jackson (Palmetto, Fla.) is the leader of the pack with four picks including one he returned 39 yards for a touchdown against Stetson. Freshman Brandon Roe (Douglas, Ga.) has three. Linebacker Mike Klein (Edgewater, Fla.) and defensive back Armani Sampson (Brandon, Fla.) each has two while Jordan Dewhirst (Fort White, Fla.), Jareeq Crenshaw (Loganville, Ga.), Grady Redding (Cocoa, Fla.), LB DJ Howard (Daytona Beach, Fla.) Andrew Hooks (Bowling Green, Fla.), Nick Benton (Navarre, Fla.) and Schon Thomas (Dunbar, Fla.) each have one.
- The Dolphins have intercepted three passes in three different games this season.
- The Dolphins are +5 in turnovers for the season which is 14th best in the country and first in the PFL. The Dolphins have created at least one turnover in eight consecutive games going back to 2013.
- The defense leads the PFL in scoring defense giving up only 14.4 points per game against league opponents. In all games, the Dolphins lead the PFL at 19.6 points per game, 17th nationally.
SPECIAL TEAMS NOTES
- Place kicker Brandon Behr (Fleming Island, Fla.) tied a school record against Stetson when he connected on three field goals. It had been done four previous times, the latest six years ago.
- Behr kicked a career long 50-yard field goal against Drake, the field goal is the longest since week 3 of the 2012 season (Dylan Lynch, Sept. 15, 2012). It is tied for the second longest in school history.
- Through seven games, punter Ryan Giaratano (Coral Springs, Fla.) is averaging 41.3 yards per punt. He has a long kick of 67 yards, has put 15 inside the 20 and has 10 of 50 yards or more. A former quarterback, he also ran 22 yards on a fake punt against Penn.
- Against Stetson, Giaratano averaged 55 yards a punt and converted a fourth down when on a fake he hit wide receiver Andrew Robustelli on a 22-yard pass.
- Giaratano is first in the PFL in punting and the team is second in the league in net punting at 35.4 yards.
- The team leads the PFL in kickoff returns at 23.9 yards per return.
- JU leads the PFL in net punting at 36.33 yards.