JU avoids the weather with an early practice on Wednesday

With the threat of rain this afternoon, the JU football team moved its practice to the morning and the move paid off in spades.

The Dolphins had one of their better practices of preseason during the early session as they continue to ramp up for the first live scrimmage of camp on Saturday at Fletcher High School.

”We wanted to make sure we got a good practice in today and the guys come out ready this morning to work,” said JU head coach Kerwin Bell. “We were fortunate to avoid the rain this afternoon and were able to flip our schedule around to maximize the limited time we have in preseason.”

POSITION PREVIEW SPOTLIGHT – WIDE RECEIVERS: Entering fall camp, the JU quarterbacks will have plenty of quality choices when it comes to the target of their passes.

The Dolphins are loaded at wide receiver despite the loss of the school’s all-time leader in receiving touchdowns and yards – Geavon Tribble.

Sophomore Josh Philpart was the team’s co-leader in receptions last year with 36, scoring four touchdowns. He leads a group of seven receivers returning this year with at least 10 catches last season.

“This is by far our deepest and most talented position,” Bell said. “During the spring we had two guys run the 40 in 4.3 and our best route runner, Josh Philpart, ran a 4.53, which means we have the speed to make big plays.

“The big thing we have to do is a better job of getting them the ball and allowing them to make big plays.”

There is a trio of juniors that are expected to make large contributions. Elliott Finkley has game-breaking ability, Rodney Sumter is a large target with speed and Tommie Rogers is an electrifying playmaker. Throw in the elusive senior Sam Bell and you have a depth chart at receiver that would make most teams envious.

“We didn’t throw the ball to Elliott nearly enough last year but he has turned into a great receiver,” Bell said. “Rodney is a great athlete, who is a talented as anyone at the position. Tommie is a 4.3 kid who is a former running back that is really turning into a good receiver. Sam is a reliable big play guythat we will call upon throughout the season.”

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.