Dolphins first two-a-day cut short

The two-a-day practice of the season for the JU football team was cut short by the weather on Wednesday. With some lightning strikes in the area, the Dolphins cut their afternoon session short 30 minutes.

“We got a lot of good things done today and had two spirited practices,” said JU head coach Kerwin Bell. “We’re at the point in camp where the guys are a little tired having been banged up and bruised. With that, we’re getting some of our young guys some looks and see some things that we like and some guys that we need to get onto the field more.”

POSITION PREVIEW SPOTLIGHT – RUNNING BACKS: A position with few question marks is running back – led by junior Rudell Small, who is coming off the second best rushing season in school history.

Small put up 1,364 rushing yards en route to scoring a school-record 13 rushing touchdowns. He also became a pass-catching threat, finishing the season ranked third on the team in receptions to go along with two touchdown catches.

While Small is the clear starter, his backups are more than capable of handling the load as well – with each bringing something different to the team when in the game.

A preseason injury curtailed sophomore J.J. Laster’s first season, but he managed to rush for 249 yards in seven games – finishing second on the team in yardage. Keith Dawson also showed his effectiveness, producing 121 yards in the first six games before being injured.

Senior Ron Harris is also expected to push for a spot in the playing rotation as well.

“We have a kid who can dominate in Rudell and we are trying to find ways to get him the ball more,” Bell said. “We feel like J.J. can really give us something special as a change of pace to Rudell. Keith and Ron are two guys who can do some things in the offense that we have to find ways to get them the ball.”

The fullback position is in transition after losing senior Jeremy Brown. Jarvis Williams moved over from linebacker last season and is expected to be the starter this season, with Eric Kornhauser returning for his senior season while starting graduate school.

“Jarvis worked hard last year and learned a lot in the transition,” Bell said. “He was in great shape this spring and is the most improved by far, bringing a veteran presence to the position.”

SCRIMMAGE SCHEDULE SET: The Dolphins will have three scrimmages during preseason camp, the first coming on Aug. 15 at Fletcher High School, the second at The Bolles School on Aug. 22, before the final scrimmage at D.B. Milne Field on Aug. 29.

This Saturday’s scrimmage will be a homecoming of sorts for Elliott Finkley, Ray Scott, Lacy McDougald and Logan Chipperfield – four Dolphins who all played at Fletcher High School.

“We had a tremendous experience getting out in the community for our scrimmages last year and this is a great opportunity to gain exposure for our program,” Bell said.