Dolphin Football Begins Conference Play at Stetson

Dolphin Football Begins Conference Play at Stetson

Game-3 Jacksonville University (1-1) vs. Stetson University (1-1) | Sept 24, 2016 | Spec Martin Stadium (5,000) | DeLand, Fla. | 7 P.M. | Game Notes | @JU_Football | #JUvsSU #HeartOfJax

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"We're excited to play in our conference and in-state rival. We have another challenge in going on the road. This is a big game as a conference opener, and a lot of the players know each other from playing in or against each other in high school. We have a lot of respect for Stetson and they are playing well." – Head Coach Ian Shields

 "I loved playing at Spec (Martin Stadium), and I'm excited about the in-state rivalry that's growing. I've got a lot of family and friends going to this game." – Junior Tyler Havenner

"Stetson is a good football team this year. Night games remind me of playing back in high school, and a couple guys from the team are from DeLand so I know they'll be excited to play back there." – Sophomore Austin Yeloushan


  • Jacksonville is in its 19th season and first under new Head Coach Ian Shields
  • In his career, Ulysses Bryant has totaled 50 rushes for 274 yards and 2 TD vs. SU
  • He also has seven receptions for 138 yards
  • Prince Gray had a career night vs. EWC in receiving yards (113), longest reception (78 yds.), and TD (2), all on just two catches
  • Grady Redding returns as JU's leading tackler. The senior has posted consecutive 100+ tackle seasons and has led JU in tackles in each of its first two games
  • Redding had 14 vs. Liberty and eight against EWC
  • Freshman Caysaun Wakeley had a monster second half vs. EWC with seven solo tackles and two sacks
  • JU's 28 third quarter points vs. EWC are the most since JU scored the same total in the second quarter in the 2015 #JAXClassic
  • JU has won eight consecutive @PFLNews openers dating back to a 52-0 trouncing of Campbell in 2008
  • JU is 11-4 all-time in @PFLNews openers. Saturday is the first time Stetson and JU will play a conference opener

#JUvsSU Series

Saturday marks the fourth meeting in this series and second in DeLand, Fla. … Jacksonville has won all three matchups by at least three scores … in last year's 41-14 triumph, the Dolphins forced five turnovers, including four interceptions … Armani Sampson returned one 46 yards for a touchdown


Jacksonville University scored 28 points in the third quarter and accumulated 445 yards of total offense in the game to defeat Edward Waters College, 41-7, in front of a crowd of 3,158 at D.B. Milne field Saturday night.

Rylan Wells finished 4-9 for 187 yards and two touchdowns. He carried the ball four times for 50 yards. As a team, Jacksonville rushed for 258 yards. The Dolphin defense limited EWC to 102 yards rushing on 34 carries. Daniel Wright led the Tigers with eight carries for 49 yards and one score.

Going Back To Back

The Dolphins finished +9 in turnovers in 2014, which tied for 14th in the country. JU ended last year +7, which was good for third in the PFL.

In 2014, the Dolphins led the country in picks with 24 and forced 30 turnovers. JU finished the 2015 regular season tied for the FCS lead with Dayton with 20 picks.

Senior cornerback Armani Sampson had the most interceptions last season amongst the Dolphin returners with four picks, one from tying Dallas Jackson's twice school single-season record of five.

Austin Yeloushan's fumble recovery for a touchdown and Thomas Oporto's third quarter pick vs. EWC made it four consecutive games with JU has forced a turnover dating back to Campbell (11/14) of the 2015 season

Behind Enemy Lines

Stetson defeated Warner two weeks ago, 30-15, and is coming off a bye week. Stetson posted a program-record four interceptions in the victory, the first time since hosting JU in 2014 that the feat occurred. The Hatters are 0-4 following bye weeks since the program's rebirth. Cole Mazza paces the Hatters with 108 rushing yards, and Gaven DeFilippo has amassed 454 yards passing in his two games. The Hatters are allowing 323.5 yards-per-game defensively, and an average of 16.5 points.      

Up Next

Jacksonville returns home for its final non-conference game of the season with defending Northeast Conference champion Duquesne. The Dukes knocked off defending PFL champion Dayton 34-20 on Sept. 17, and are 2-1 on the season.  Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. at D.B. Milne Field on Oct. 1. Tickets are available at