Football builds depth in two-a-day

The JU football team went through its second to last two-a-day practice on Wednesday as the Dolphins prep for Saturday’s second scrimmage.

The cohesion of both the offensive and defensive units were on display as the Dolphins are building depth for the upcoming season.

”We’ve got a lot of young guys that we’re evaluating right now,” said JU head coach Kerwin Bell. “Today we got a good look at some of these guys as we build depth for the upcoming season.”

POSITION PREVIEW SPOTLIGHT – LINEBACKERS: The position that might have seen the most growth from last season and returns in tact this season is the linebackers.

JU returns four players that started a year ago, with junior Joseph Fennell set to start at the weakside, senior Allen Fennell in the middle and junior Will Perry on the strong side.

“The linebackers came a long way last season and were a key part of our success on defense,” Bell said. “JoJo (Joseph) became a football player last year, meaning that he learned how to play the game and became a major factor for us. Allen is a guy who has made a lot of plays for us in the last two years and we need him to step up as more of a leader this year. Will is the kind of player that can win a championship for you – just a gritty, hard-nosed kid who will run through a brick wall to win a game.”

While there is talent and experience in the starters, there is depth as well. Sophomore Layne McCombs is expected to see time at middle linebacker, starting in three games as a freshman.

Sophomore Andy Sainvil has the potential to be a major factor at the weak-side and junior Chris Fuller on the strong-side.

“We’re going to have a big battle for the starter at middle between Layne and Allen,” said Bell. “They are both solid tacklers who have a knack of making plays. JoJo, like everyone else on the team, knows that they can get better – so he’s going to have some work to do because Sainvil can come in and make some plays too. Chris Fuller has been working hard since the end of last season and it should pay off this fall as we have a lot of depth.”