Dolphins picked third in the PFL preseason poll
The JU football team was picked to finish third in the Pioneer Football League preseason coaches poll, released on Monday.

Jacksonville, Dayton and Butler split the 10 first place votes, with the Dolphins and Flyers each getting four first place votes. Dayton received 76 points in the poll, with Butler, the defending PFL champions, getting two first place votes and finishing with 69 points.

JU had four first place votes and finished the balloting with 68 points.

“Last year’s race for the title came down to the final week of the season and I wouldn’t be surprised if it came down to the final week again this year,” said JU head coach Kerwin Bell. “You have to come out ready to play your best every week because the talent level around the league is getting better.”

A year ago, JU handed Butler its only loss in conference play, ending the Bulldogs undefeated season with a 36-7 victory at D.B. Milne Field. The rematch is scheduled for Nov. 6 at the Butler Bowl.

The Dolphins and Flyers will not meet again in the regular season again this year.

SMALL GETS ANOTHER NATIONAL HONOR: Rudell Small continues to garner preseason awards as he was named on Monday to the FCS Senior Scout Bowl preseason All-America team.

Small was named first team All-America at running back for the South team. He is joined on the first team by Samford’s Chris Evans.

The FCS Senior Scout Bowl is a post season all-star game showcasing the talent of senior players from the NCAA FCS (formally I-AA) level. This Bowl game is presented by the Collegiate Development Football League ( and will be held Dec. 11, 2010 at the Joseph St. Lawrence Sports Complex Stadium, in Ramapo, N.Y.

Player selections for this showcase game begin with the announcement of the FCS Senior Scout Bowl All-American team members and continue with their evaluation throughout the 2010 season. The top 86 players will be invited to the bowl game in a North vs. South format.

DOLPHINS GET MORE WORK DONE: Jacksonville went to work on Monday afternoon in shoulder pads for the second time in training camp, getting ready for the first two-a-day practice on Wednesday.

The practice started during a brief rain storm, but once the precipitation relented, the heat rolled in for the rest of the practice that last just over two hours.

“I really like the competition that we’re seeing out here at every position,” said JU head coach Kerwin Bell. “We’ve been preaching to the guys that we need to get better each day and that we need to push each other to get better.”

SCRIMMAGE SCHEDULE SET: The Dolphins will hold a scrimmage the final three Saturdays of training camp, starting Aug. 14.

The first scrimmage will be held at Fletcher High School, starting at 1 p.m. The second will be on Aug. 21 at The Bolles School starting at 5 p.m. The final scrimmage will be on campus on Aug. 28 and will kickoff near 10 a.m.

The Aug. 28 scrimmage is also “Dolphin Day.” Fans are encouraged to come out and take in the final preseason scrimmage as well as meet some of the Dolphins from the other sports. There will also be prizes and giveaways throughout the day. Admission is free.

SEASON TICKETS ON SALE: Season tickets are on sale for $60 with “The Grove” parking passes going for $60 as well. Visit or contact Nikki Swanson in the JU ticket office at (904) 256-7444 for more information.