Defense makes presence felt in final scrimmage
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A young defense flexed its muscles and flashed its potential as the JU football team went through its final scrimmage as part of “Dolphin Day” on Saturday.

The defense forced the offense into several three-and-outs, racking up at least six sacks on the day as well as recording one turnover on a fumble.

Offensively, the Dolphins struggled to get the running game started and saw its passing attack stymied by dropped passes as well as good coverage by the defense.

“Our defense is really young and hungry, so they’ve come out each day working hard to get better,” said JU head coach Kerwin Bell. “The defense really stepped up today and took it to our offense. We haven’t been very consistent on offense and have a long way to go this week before our season opener.”

Six different Dolphins recorded a sack during the scrimmage, while forcing 24 incomplete passes among the five quarterbacks.

The rushing attack showed flashes of brilliance for JU. Rudell Small had a big game of 13 yards, but had just four carries for 13 yards and a touchdown in limited action.

J.J. Laster saw more carries in Small’s absence, putting up 15 yards on six carries with Nick Pryce getting 18 yards on seven carries.

The aerial attack was no in sync for the Dolphins for the most part. Josh McGregor completed 9-of-19 passes for 79 yards and one touchdown – a 20-yard toss to Josh Philpart. Erik Stepelton completed 11-of-16 for 112 yards and one touchdown – a 20-yard strike to Dorian Guy.

Guy was the leading receiver for JU, catching five passes for 68 yards. Philpart had three catches for 31 yards as 10 different Dolphins caught a pass.

The kicking game also shined as well. Josh Hostetler made his claim for the starting kicker job by making field goals of 25 and 32 yards. Alex Jones was good on his 37-yard attempt, but missed on this 35-yard try.

The Dolphins will meet on Sunday night as they start game-week preparations for Old Dominion starting on Tuesday afternoon.