Dolphins and Eagles Clash in PFL Play Saturday

Dolphins and Eagles Clash in PFL Play Saturday


Game-6 Jacksonville University (2-3, 1-1) vs. Morehead State (2-5, 1-3) | Oct. 29, 2016 | Jayne Stadium | Morehead, Ky. | 1 P.M. | @JU_Football | #HeartOfJax | Game Notes

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"(MSU quarterback) Austin Gahafer is as prolific and as good as it gets.  Their offensive line does a good job of keeping him upright. We will have our hands full, as everyone has had with him. They have different types of wide receivers that can hurt you in different ways. We should come out motivated because last week we didn't play up to our expectations, and I expect our team to rise up and meet our expectations." - Head Coach Ian Shields

"It has been a good week of practice and preparation. We're going to fight every Saturday." – Senior linebacker Grady Redding


  • Jacksonville is in its 19th season, the first under head coach Ian Shields
  • Jacksonville is first in the nation in yards-per-completion (18.86). Brian Burnett is 10th in yards-per-catch (21.30), and Prince Gray is 15th (19.60)
  • JU is third in the @PFLNews on fourth down conversions, making 57% of its attempts
  • The Dolphins are tied for the lead in the @PFLNews and fourth in the @FCS_STATS with seven fumble recoveries
  • Jacksonville has converted 10 turnovers into 41 points
  • Jacksonville is eighth in the nation and second in the @PFLNews in kickoff return defense, averaging 16.20 yards-per-return
  • Gray is sixth in @FCS_STATS with 16.7 yards-per-punt return
  • Redding is 11th in @FCS_STATS with an average of six solo stops-per-game
  • Redding is one tackle away from surpassing Joseph Fennell for fourth all-time in tackles at JU

#JUvsMSU series

  • Jacksonville is 11-4 all-time vs. Morehead State
  • The Dolphins carry a 10-game win streak in the series that began with a 28-24 road victory on 10/21/06
  • MSU has scored first in three of the last four meetings
  • JU has won by double digits in all but one meeting (2015)
  • Last year, Jacksonville jumped out to a 27-7 third quarter lead and withstood a furious Eagle rally to win, 30-26. Jamal Adjamah rushed 14 times for 163 yds. and Ulysses Bryant carried 16 times for 114 yards. MSU QB Austin Gahafer tossed for 324 yards and three touchdowns

Career vs. the Eagles

Freshmen 15 … or 50

  • Jacksonville welcomed 46 freshmen, 50 newcomers in total, to its 2016 roster.
  • 33 hail from Florida, five from Georgia, three from South Carolina, two from Texas, and one each from Alabama, Arkansas, California, Guam, Maryland, North Carolina, and Virginia.
  • Kicker Javier Arce-Ramirez is second amongst PFL freshmen in field goals (2-3).
  • Caysaun Wakeley is third in PFL freshmen in tackles (4.2 per-game) TFL (3), and sacks (2).
  • Tommy Mack leads PFL frosh DBs with an average of 1.6 tackles-per-game.


A third quarter Jacksonville University comeback came up short as Dayton used 27 second quarter points to pull past the Dolphins, 36-16, Saturday at D.B. Milne Field. The Pioneer Football League loss ended a 10-game home conference win streak for the Dolphins. Justin Horton had a career-high two sacks and 10 tackles, and Redding led the Dolphins with 11.5 stops. Bryant carried 14 times for a season-best 87 yards. Rylan Wells went 7-16 for a touchdown and three interceptions, and Giaratano averaged 41.8 yards-per-punt on five attempts.

Behind Enemy Lines

The Eagles' senior quarterback Austin Gahafer entered the season on the Stats LLC Watch List for National Offensive Player of the Year. Two weeks ago against Dayton he became Morehead State's all-time leader in touchdown passes when he threw his 73rd, giving him 10,467 yards which also broke the total passing yards record as well. Gahafer wasn't the only player to set a record; in that same game wide receiver Jake Raymond also surpassed the school's receiving yards record with 2,561. The Eagles are coming off of a heartbreaking Homecoming defeat in a 44-41 overtime loss to Marist. 

Up Next

Jacksonville continues its road swing with a 1 p.m. kickoff at Davidson on Oct. 29. The Wildcats are 2-5 on the year and 0-4 in PFL play, but three of those losses have been by a combined 11 points.