THURSDAY, AUGUST 20, 2009
Dolphins to scrimmage Saturday at Fletcher High School

With a great turnout at the first scrimmage, the JU football team will scrimmage again this Saturday at Fletcher High School. Kickoff is set for 5 p.m.

The scrimmage will be more of a simulation of game day – from meetings in the morning, to warm ups, to pregame meals.

”With our first two games on the road this year, it is imperative for us to get accustomed to game day away from home,” said JU head coach Kerwin Bell. “This scrimmage is really important from the standpoint of getting everyone into the flow and rituals of a game.”

POSITION PREVIEW SPOTLIGHT – DEFENSIVE BACKS: While the front seven has depth and experience, the defensive backfield is lacking in the experience department.

The Dolphins have three players return that started a year ago, but gone are standouts Robson Noel and Tremaine Mack – two players that left huge shoes to fill.

Jason Wood, who turned in a stellar junior season – leading the team in tackles, is expected to have a breakout senior season at free safety. Oscar Johnson is the only other player with starting experience and is moving to strong safety, battling fellow senior Kennan Bowe to replace Mack.

“This is an area that we need to develop quickly in fall camp,” Bell said. “This group did a tremendous job of changing games by forcing turnovers and taking our opponents out of their comfort zone.

“We have three seniors in the mix at the safeties and we look for them to be big contributors. Our area for concern is cornerback. We’ve brought some guys in to compete this fall and believe we’ll find four really good ones that will rise out of the competition.”

Brian Valdez is a starter at one cornerback entering fall camp with Leonard Smith behind him. At the other corner is Temple transfer Lamarr Anderson with the starting nod.

Aiding Bell’s search is the depth at safety. Behind the three seniors are talented underclassmen Lacy McDougald and Charles Griffin that will push for playing time.