JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jacksonville University football team will have plenty to play for next season, and in preparation for that, the Dolphins will begin their spring drills this week at D. B. Milne Field.
"What we're hanging our hat on is we won the championship on the field last year and we want to repeat,'' head coach Kerwin Bell said. "There aren't a lot of teams in any sport that repeats and there's never been one in football at Jacksonville University. It's a tough assignment and will take a lot of commitment on our part. Now people will be coming after you. I think our kids understand the challenges are big.''
The Dolphins did win the Pioneer Football League title on the field but had a self-imposed ban invoked by the school that relinquished the crown.
The effort to repeat will begin with two 'd's', according to Bell, detail and discipline.
"You go in with a game plan with that particular team that is coming back, you have a plan in great detail of what you want to see and what you want to accomplish,'' he said. We've got a lot of good, experienced player coming back and it goes back to detail, our motto this year is discipline and detail will win a lot of games.''
The spring drills, Bell said, go in phases.
"We're really going to hone in on our assignments, our base defense and offense philosophies and our special teams,'' he said. "We are going to work on it and be very detailed so when we get to fall camp our guys are ready to hit the ground running.''
The following phase is player development.
"We have some players we need to develop into starters or a bigger role,'' Bell said. "We have to get them a lot of reps and get them caught up with some of our veterans so we have good depth going into the season.''
The spring game is set for Saturday, March 7 at D.B. Milne Field.