Dolphins Play Under The Lights for Home Opener Saturday

Dolphins Play Under The Lights for Home Opener Saturday


Game-2 Jacksonville University (0-1) vs. Edward Waters College (0-2) | Sept 17, 2016 | D.B. Milne Field (5,000) | Jacksonville, Fla. | 7 P.M. | @JU_Football | #EWCvsJU #JAXClassic #HeartOfJax | Game Notes


Fall sports poster give away with autograph session pregame starting at 5:30 p.m.

PepsiCo Military Spotlight pregame where a selected member of military will be presented with four tickets to a Jacksonville Jaguars game.

Aramark Dining Service sponsors a fourth quarter t-shirt toss to loudest fans!

Dolphin Calls

TV: ESPN3 (Scott Manze and David Lamm)

Radio: Online at (Nolan Alexander & former Dolphin safety Dallas Jackson) with a 6:45 p.m. pregame show

Live Stats:

Quote Board

"We know Edward Waters is hungry coming off two close loses, and they are talented. They can run and hit, and are going to come over here with a chip on their shoulder. We want to protect our home turf. It's going to be a fun atmosphere at night and should make for a great evening for our student body and fans."  - Head Coach Ian Shields

"We are coming off a loss and have something to prove. We have a focused mindset and want to handle business Saturday." - Junior Brian Burnett


  • Jacksonville is in its 19th season and first under new Head Coach Ian Shields
  • The Dolphins return two Preseason All-@PFLNews players in seniors Ulysses Bryant and Grady Redding
  • Ulysses Bryant surpassed Jerry Bryant (no relation) with 75 rushing yards last week to move into second place on JU's career rushing yards
  • He trails Rudell Small by 1,520 yards. Small played at JU from 07-10
  • Grady Redding returns as JU's leading tackler. The senior has posted consecutive 100+ tackle seasons and had 14 vs. Liberty
  • The Dolphins added 50 newcomers, including 46 freshmen
  • The Dolphins are 13-5 in home openers, having won six straight dating back to 2010
  • The only loss in a home opener since 2007 came by a narrow 28-27 defeat by Old Dominion in 2009
  • Saturday's game will be the second night game in D.B. Milne history and first home opening game under the lights

#EWCvsJU Series

Saturday marks the third meeting in this series and second consecutive year the teams have met ... Jacksonville has won both times including a 49-28 victory last year in the Jacksonville Classic ... running back Ulysses Bryant posted career-bests of seven receptions for 119 yards and two touchdowns against the Tigers in 2015 ... the teams first met in 2002 when JU prevailed, 44-31.

"Spread, not Triple"

Jacksonville's offense should be referred to as the "spread option", not the "triple option." The triple option is just one play that can be run out of the spread option.


Jacksonville University rushed for 173 yards, running back Ulysses Bryant totaled 115 yards of total offense, but Jacksonville fell to Liberty 55-7 Saturday night at Williams Stadium. The Dolphins scored their lone touchdown of the night on a Pernell Rattray 20-yard rush off a pitch from quarterback Rylan Wells. The scoring play capped a successful 10-play, 79-yard drive that took up 5:20 off the clock.

Wells finished the game 11-19 with 126 yards with two interceptions. Prince Gray led all Dolphin receivers with four receptions for 59 yards. He was one of four Dolphins with a catch. Bryant hauled in three passes for 40 yards. Bryant was the leading rusher with 13 carries for 75 yards.

O Captain! My Captain!

Head Coach Ian Shields has announced that redshirt-senior outside linebacker Justin Horton, senior A-back Ulysses Bryant, and redshirt-junior Rylan Wells have been voted by their peers as permanent team captains.

The other captain's slot will be on a rotating weekly basis as chosen by Coach Shields. Taylor McCullers takes the honor vs. EWC.

Behind Enemy Lines

Edward Waters has lost two close games to Morehouse (19-13) and Livingstone (31-28) to begin its 2016 schedule. The Tigers are led by quarterback Tyler Mahla, who has rushed for 144 yards and passed for 145 with two touchdowns. Jerrod Thomas also takes snaps behind center and has thrown for 272 yards and two touchdowns. Cornerback Shaquille Stoudemire leads the defense with 17 tackles and two tackles-for-a-loss.

Parking, Tickets, and Policies

Tickets are available at, and at the ticket booth on gameday (credit cards accepted).  Reserved Seating is $15, General Admission is $10, and Senior/Military/Children are $5.

D.B. Milne Field policies are no glass, alcohol, coolers, and pets are allowed through gates; service animals are permitted.

Parking is $5.

For more gameday information including a campus map, click here.

Up Next

Jacksonville enters Pioneer Football League play with a 7 p.m. kickoff at Spec Martin Stadium in DeLand, Fla. against the Stetson Hatters.  The Dolphins are 3-0 all-time vs. the Hatters and have won by three scores in each game. Stetson defeated Warner last week, 30-15, and is on a bye this weekend.