JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jacksonville football team begins its 2015 campaign Friday at Delaware Stadium with a 7 p.m. kickoff against the Delaware Blue Hens.
The Dolphins return 15 starters from a 9-2 season and received votes in the STATS FCS Poll. Delaware, also receiving votes, is coming off a 6-6 season and is picked to finish sixth in the Colonial Athletic Association.
Dolphin Calls: Friday's game can only be heard online at http://mixlr.com/judolphins/ with Scott Manze (pbp) and Nolan Alexander (color). Live stats available at http://www.bluehens.com/
Ready, set, go?: Jacksonville is 6-11 all-time in season openers and has opened the season on the road every year dating back to 2007. The Dolphins have lost their last four opening games dating back to a 2010 35-25 triumph at Old Dominion. Friday's game is a rematch of the 2013 season kickoff at Delaware that had no shortage of fireworks. In the 51-35 setback, the Dolphin offense approached single-game records with 611 total yards (5th), 33 first downs (3rd), five touchdowns (5th), and 51 points (5th).
Tweetable 'Fin Facts:
- The Dolphins return 15 starters with seven on offense and eight on defense.
- QB Kade Bell has led JU to its top single-season total offense and passing yards in his last two years as a starter in 2013 and 2014.
- Kade Bell is second on JU's career list for completions, attempts, yards, touchdowns, comp. %, and total offense behind Josh McGregor.
- Preseason All-PFL K Brandon Behr is one FG away from tying Donovan Curry for second in JU history (14).
- With five picks last year, DB Dallas Jackson tied the school single-season record.
- Jacksonville led the nation in interceptions last year with 24 picks.
- The 30 total turnovers the Jacksonville defense forced ranked fifth in the FCS.
- The Dolphins have recorded at least one sack in the last 21 games.
- Kade Bell, Kevin Battle, Brandon Behr, Terrance Bryant, and Grady Redding were selected on the Preseason All-PFL squad.
- Friday's game will be heard online only, and available at http://mixlr.com/judolphins/ with @ScottManze and @Nolan__Ryan.