THURSDAY, AUGUST 14, 2008
Dolphins face the lights on Media Day
Depth was the story on Thursday as the JU football team faced the media on Thursday at the annual Media Day hosted on campus at the Davis College of Business.
The coaching staff has stressed throughout preseason camp that the competition at each position due to the depth.
“At wide receiver, we’ve got 14 receivers – a lot of freshmen coming in, and anyone can play right now,” said JU senior wide receiver Geavon Tribble. “Overall we’ve got a lot of depth.”
“We have a lot of DBs out there battling for spots,” said JU senior wide receiver Robson Noel. “We’re deep at every position actually. To get a spot on the bus and the travel team is through special teams. I believe on defense we’ll be sound, but we’ll need some of those guys to step up on special teams because those are big plays.”
A year ago, Noel was the team’s leading tackler after moving to free safety in the preseason. This year, Noel has moved back to his natural spot at cornerback.
“It’s more of a comfort factor for me,” said Noel. “At safety, there’s more thinking out there. You’re the captain there and the last line of defense. At corner, there is a little less pressure because of the run support and I’ve been playing it all my life.”
Tribble, the Dolphins leading receiver last season, enters his final campaign with a shot at becoming the school’s all-time leader in receiving yards. He has caught at least one pass in 17 straight games entering the season and needs 42 receptions and 665 yards to become the school’s all-time leader in those categories.
“I wasn’t aware of it until somebody told me this summer,” Tribble said. “I don’t let it effect me. I’m focused on playing my part and helping this team win. If I break it, great, if not, then no big deal.”
FAN DAY SET FOR SATURDAY: The JU football team will take its show on the road this week as the Dolphins will scrimmage on Saturday afternoon at Plantation Park in the Julington Creek area. The Dolphins’ “Fan Day” is built around the scrimmage, which will kick off at 1 p.m. Fans will be able to get T-shirts, purchase season tickets and food during the scrimmage with a chance to get autographs from the players afterwards.