Football set for home opener
The last time the JU football team was on the turf at D.B. Milne Field, they were being crowned the Pioneer Football League champions.

The Dolphins open their 2009 home schedule on Saturday as they face Old Dominion. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. at D.B. Milne Field. Fans can follow the game via the radio broadcast on 1010XL or watch it live on the Internet through ASun.TV. The Bono’s Pregame Show starts at 12:30 p.m., with the “Voice of the Dolphins” Barry Milligan calling the action.

JU (1-1) is looking to bounce back from being shutout for the second time in the Kerwin Bell era and the third time in school history. The Dolphins have never lost a game after being shutout.

“We’ve had a good week of preparation leading up to the game,” Bell said. “Our guys were disappointed with how they performed at Samford and are ready to play a game at home in front of their fans.”

One of the players to watch on Saturday will be running back Rudell Small. The junior needs 370 yards to become the school’s all-time leader in rushing yards. He already owns the school record for most career rushing touchdowns (24), season (13, 2008) and game (5, 2007).

Another key for the Dolphins is to score first. Under Kerwin Bell, the Dolphins are 11-4 when they score first but when JU’s opponents score first, the Dolphins are 2-9.