SUNDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2009
Josh Philpart named PFL Offensive Player of the Week
After his third 100-yard receiving day of the season, sophomore wide receiver Josh Philpart was named Pioneer Football League Offensive “Player of the Week” on Sunday.
Philpart had six receptions for 192 yards with two touchdowns in the Dolphins’ 39-0 rout of Morehead State. His yardage total made him the eighth Dolphin to record 1,000 receiving yards in their career.
His two touchdowns gives him six on the season, becoming the fourth Dolphin to reach that mark in a season with the last being Geavon Tribble last season.
With the strong day, Philpart is ranked third nationally in receiving yards per game – averaging 105 per contest.
“Josh had a really good game, but it was a part of a complete team effort,” said JU head coach Kerwin Bell. “We got off to a great start and getting Josh the ball early was one of the things we wanted to do.”
DEFENSE HAS RECORD DAY: Lost amid all of the excitement of the other records was the defensive effort by JU as the Dolphins held Morehead State to 113 yards, the lowest offensive output by a JU opponent in school history. It shattered the previous record of 162 set against Butler in 2006.
The Dolphins, who lead the country in sacks with an average of 4.58 per game, had seven sacks against the Eagles and 10 tackles for a loss. Shaun Lewis led the unit with three sacks, tying the school record set by Justin Yowell in 1998. Aaron Frye added two as JU forced the Eagles to lose 63 yards on offense.
Lewis’ three sacks continue his pursuit of the school’s all-time sacks record, giving him six on the season and 18 for his career. He needs eight sacks to break Yowell’s all-time record of 25.
The defense also forced its first turnovers of the season, with the first turnover being an interception that Jason Wood returned 52 yards for a touchdown.
Topping off the day was the shutout, the first since a 52-0 win over Campbell on Sept. 13, 2008, and just the third all time.
“This was the first week this season that we had our entire defense healthy and together for a full week of practice,” Bell said. “This group made some big play and kept it up for four quarters.”