SUNDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2010
JU leads the country in scoring and total offense
After rolling up points and yards en route to a six-game winning streak, Jacksonville now leads the Football Championship Subdivision in scoring offense and total offense.
JU is averaging 43.5 points per game this season, scoring at least 35 points in every game but one thus far. Aiding that scoring average is an offense that is averaging 506 yards per game, posting at least 490 yards in every game but one.
And the offense is a balanced attack as well. JU is 18th nationally in rushing offense (206.0 yds/gm) and is fifth in passing offense (300.0 yds/gm).
This comes after JU posted the fourth-highest single-game rushing total in the country this season – piling up 433 yards on the ground against Marist. The Dolphins now feature two of the top 50 rushers in the country with Rudell Small (111.0 yds/gm – 15th) and J.J. Laster (78.0 yds/gm – T44th).
“We have a reputation of throwing the ball, but we strive to have a balanced attack,” said JU head coach Kerwin Bell. “Our offense is design to take whatever the defense gives us. We’ve got a lot of talented players that we want to put the ball in their hands.”
While the offense is generating headlines, the defense continues to generate big plays. The Dolphins are second in the country in turnover margin (+1.63 per game) and is 17th nationally in rushing defense (107.38 yds/gm). Jordan Dewhirst leads the team in interceptions with three, with a school-record 100-yard return for a touchdown against Marist.
Outside of turnovers, the defense is making big plays behind the line of scrimmage.
Bradley Burns is third nationally in sacks per game, averaging 1.25 per game, which ties him for 41st in the country in tackles for a loss. He accounts for almost half of JU’s sack average of 2.63, which is 19th nationally.
“The guys on defense just keep getting better and better each week,” Bell said. “They continue to make big plays – whether it’s an interception like Dewhirst had yesterday or a big sack or tackle for a loss. Every positive defensive play is a momentum play for us.”
Jacksonville returns to action on Saturday when they travel to Morehead State. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m.