FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2010
JU kicks off home schedule on Saturday night at 7 p.m.
After two grueling road trips against some of the top Football Championship Subdivision teams in the country, the JU football team will start its five-game home schedule on Saturday night against Webber International.
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at Skinner-Barco Stadium on the campus of The Bolles School. The game will be broadcast on 1010XL, with Barry Milligan and former Jaguar Paul Spicer calling the action. The broadcast starts with the Bono’s Barbecue Pregame Show at 6:30 p.m.
JU (1-1) will be looking for consistency on both sides of the ball after showing flashes of brilliance in the first two games.
“We’re ready to play a game in Jacksonville in front of our fans,” said JU head coach Kerwin Bell. “We’ve faced two really good programs and we’ve done a lot of good things, but we need to play at that level on every down. We’re looking to find some consistency on both sides of the ball.”
Jacksonville put up almost 500 yards of total offense against Old Dominion, but struggled to move the ball consistently against No. 3 Appalachian State.
The key in improving those numbers will be establishing the ground game with Rudell Small and J.J. Laster. Small was held to 30 yards last week as the Mountaineers made a concerted effort to slow him down.
Laster led JU in rushing last week while Small was JU’s leading receiver – catching three passes for 46 yards and one touchdown.
“For us to be successful over the long haul, we need to have that physical presence with our running game,” Bell said. “If the running game is there, it opens up the perimeter for the passing game.”
The defense has been a turnover-forcing machine, but has given up big amounts of yardage in the first two games – bending but not breaking. Jacksonville has won the turnover battle in each game, forcing at least two turnovers in each contest.
“That’s one of things Coach Odom and his staff has preached since the beginning of training camp was to go after the ball,” Bell said. “We want them to be attacking on defense and they have done a great job of creating turnovers.”