Jacksonville Hosts Drake for "Coming Home" Celebration Saturday

Cred: Jeremy Hopkins
Cred: Jeremy Hopkins


Game-8 Jacksonville University (4-3, 3-1) vs. Drake University (4-4, 3-2) | Nov. 5, 2016 | D.B. Milne Field | Jacksonville, Fla. | 1 P.M. | @JU_Football| #HeartOfJax | Game Notes

Dolphin Calls

TV: ESPN3 (Scott Manze and David Lamm)

Radio: http://mixlr.com/judolphins (Nolan Alexander and Dallas Jackson) with a 12:50 p.m. pregame show

Live Stats: JUDolphins.com

Coming Home Weekend

JU invites all first responders from law enforcement, fire and rescue, and paramedics as well as linemen and electrical authority employees to join our JU family as our complimentary guests for this celebration of strength and community during and after Hurricane Matthew. We are pleased to recognize their tireless efforts, diligence and commitment to our community.

Events of the day include:

  • Free tailgate lunch with live music for the first 500 guests at 11 a.m. in the Grove
  • Free football ticket for first responders and linemen
  • Bloodmobile present on campus
  • Contribution presented on behalf of the University to the First Coast Relief Fund
  • JU Volleyball at 5 p.m. at Historic Swisher Gymnasium.

Tickets are available at JUTickets.com, 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 FREE this weekend

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

More Promotions

  • Recognition of JU's Green, White and Gold scholar student-athletes. Student-athletes in this group have a GPA of 3.0 or higher during the 2015-16 academic year and will be celebrated at halftime
  • The 2016 Women's Basketball ASUN Conference Championship team will be celebrated as well during halftime
  • PepsiCo Military Spotlight pregame where two selected members of the military will be presented with four tickets to a Jacksonville Jaguars game
  • Distinguished Alumni Presentation after the first quarter
  • Check presentation from the Office of Advancement and Aramark Dining Service t-shirt toss to loudest fans after the third quarter

Quote Board

"Drake is well-coached, and is exceptionally physical. I'm very impressed with their center, and their defensive line is thick. The difference in games with two even teams is the turnover battle and kicking game, and I'd be shocked if it doesn't come down to those two things." – Head Coach Ian Shields

"The key was to start off fast last week and pressure the quarterback, and we need to do that again. I want to finish out strong and go undefeated the rest of the season." – Redshirt-Senior Defensive End Jareeq Crenshaw

First Down #FinFacts

  • Jacksonville is in its 19th season and first under new Head Coach Ian Shields
  • Rylan Wells became the first QB in JU history to rush for over 100 yards with his 110 at Davidson
  • Wells is second in the @FCS_STATS in passing yards-per-completion (17.22)
  • In @PFLNews games, JU is first in rushing offense (258.5 ypg), and second in pass defense (168.8 ypg)
  • The Dolphins lead the @PFLNews and are ninth in the @FCS_STATS with nine fumble recoveries
  • Jacksonville has converted 14 turnovers into 61 points
  • Jacksonville leads the @PFLNews in kickoff returns (22.1 avg) and punt returns (23.4 avg)
  • Prince Gray would lead the @FCS_STATS with 21.8 yards-per-punt return, but is barely under qualification. He needs two Saturday for eligibility.
  • Grady Redding is 15th in @FCS_STATS with an average of 5.7 solo stops-per-game
  • Amongst active @FCS_STATS career leaders, Redding ranks 13th in total tackles (319), and ninth in solo stops-per-game (4.89)

#DUvsJU series

  • Jacksonville trails in the series, with only three wins in 15 meetings. However, the Dolphins won the last meeting at D.B. Milne Field in 2014
  • In that contest, JU forced four turnovers and Ulysses Bryant rushed for 140 yards and two scores
  • Last fall, Drake spoiled Jacksonville's hopes of an undefeated season with a 28- 24 comeback home win

Career vs. Drake

  • Grady Redding - 29 tackles, 12 solo, 4.5 TFL, one interception, one forced fumble and recovery
  • Ryan Giaratano- 11 punts, 441 yards, two inside-20
  • Frantz Caudio- 12 rush, 42 yards, two receptions, 34 yards
  • Ulysses Bryant- 53 rush, 327 yards, four TDs, 10 receptions, 46 yards

Dolphins Take to Land

  • Jacksonville's rushing attack the last two games has been historically explosive. The 433 yards vs. Morehead State tied the program best, and the Dolphins followed that with 340 yards vs. Davidson
  • It marks the largest two-game rushing total in Dolphin history with a combined 773 yards on the ground, besting the 753-yard total in 2010
  • The largest three-game accumulation is 968 rushing yards, gained in 1998. No Dolphin team has ever rushed for over 300 yards in three-straight. In 2003, the Dolphins ran for over 200 yards in five-straight games
  • Jacksonville has accumulated over 500 yards of total offense in each of the past two games. The record for consecutive games with over 500 yards of total offense is three, set in 2014 from 10/11 to 10/25


Jacksonville University quarterback Rylan Wells rushed for a career-best 110 yards on 12 carries and threw for 211 yards and a touchdown on 13 completions in a 35-17 Pioneer Football League win at Davidson Saturday at Richardson Stadium.

Jacksonville rolled up 558 yards of total offense and possessed the football for 37:06 in winning its eighth straight game against Davidson. The Dolphin defense held the Wildcats to just one score in the second half and just 79 rushing yards on 22 carries. Jacksonville went 8-13 on third downs and held Davidson to a 3-12 effort. Jacksonville ran for 340 yards on 60 rushes, led by Wells and Jake Brito's 17 carries for 72 yards. Wells went 13-19 passing and his favorite target was Brian Burnett, who caught five passes in consecutive games and led JU with 101 receiving yards.

Behind Enemy Lines

Drake retained the services of tight end Eric Saubert as a redshirt-senior, and the All-America leads the team with 46 grabs for 580 yards and five scores. He's fresh off his fifth career 100-yard receiving game with five catches for 105 yards. Terry Wallen was named the PFL Defensive Player of the Week with two interceptions and three tackles in a 33-21 win vs. Campbell.

Up Next

Jacksonville continues PFL play with its road finale at Valparaiso. The matchup with the Crusaders, and Jacksonville's first trip to Indiana since 2010, is scheduled for 2 p.m. ET on Nov. 12.