TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2010
Dolphins host San Diego in battle of PFL unbeatens
The JU football team will christen the new AstroTurf playing surface at D.B. Milne Field in a key Pioneer Football League game on Saturday as the Dolphins host perennial power San Diego.
Kickoff is set for Noon, with JU celebrating Military Appreciation Day. Any active or retired members of the military get free admission, with their dependents getting into the game for $5.
Jacksonville (3-1, 1-0 PFL) comes back to the friendly confines on campus with a five-game home winning streak, tying for the longest in program history. To extend the streak, JU will face a San Diego (1-3, 1-0 PFL) team that knocked off defending champion Butler at home last week, 24-0.
“The guys are excited to get back home and play a game on the new turf field in front of our fans,” said JU head coach Kerwin Bell. “San Diego is coming into the game with a lot of confidence and our guys know that you can’t take them lightly. They are young team that is hungry and has the same goal as us – winning a conference title.”
The JU offense has been rolling the last two games, piling up more than 500 yards of total offense in back-to-back games for just the second time in program history. The first time came during the 2003 season.
While the Dolphins are putting up video game-like numbers, they also left a lot of points on the field last week – getting points on just four of eight trips into the red zone at Davidson.
“Our offense has really been clicking well at times this season,” Bell said. “We still haven’t put together a complete game on that side and we’re still making too many mistakes, and it’s costing us points.”
After holding its own against two of the top offenses in the country the first two weeks, the defense is finding its form. JU has held its last two opponents to less than 300 yards and has allowed just 15 points in those two games.
Part of the Dolphins success on defense has been the number of tackles behind the line of scrimmage. JU racked up 10 tackles for a loss at Davidson, with six of those coming from sacks, led by Bradley Burns’ school-record 3.5 sacks.
“Our defense is playing at a really high level and they keep getting better each week,” Bell said. “When they get pressure on the quarterback, it really opens things up for them to make big plays, especially turnovers.”
Jacksonville is among the best in the country in turnover margin, averaging a +1.75 margin per game this season which ranks third nationally.