MONDAY, AUGUST 15, 2011
Players added to Media Day lineup
Walter Payton Award candidate quarterback Josh McGregor will lead a six-player contingent of Jacksonville University players at the annual football Media Day Tuesday.
Media Day is scheduled for noon at the Crowne Plaza, 1201 Riverplace Blvd. on the South Bank.
McGregor, who holds virtually every passing record in school history, will be joined by All-Star candidate wide receiver Josh Philpart and star running back J.J. Laster to represent the offense.
In addition to being on the Payton Award watch list, McGregor is listed as one of the FCS quarterbacks to watch by The Sports Network and is an honorable mention on the FCS preseason All-America team by the Consensus Draft Services.
Philpart is a top-10 wide receiver in the country, according to The Sports Network and is a fourth-team preseason All-America on the Phil Steele FCS team. The senior is the school’s leader in career receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns and has the team mark for receiving yards and touchdowns in a season.
Laster, a senior, was a first-team All Pioneer Football League selection last season and he had 810 yards rushing on 95 carries. He made known his big play capability as he had a ply go for 20 or more yards 13 times. His 8.5 per rush average was the best in FCS.
McGregor, Philpart and Laster all are first-team All PFL picks this season.
The defense will be represented by a trio of seniors, defensive tackle Rolando Fines and safeties Leonard Smith and Jacksonville's Lacy McDougald.
Smith is a first team preseason All PFL selection. In 2010 he led the team with 78 tackles, two interceptions, three forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.
Fines, a second team preseason All PFL pick, had 54 tackles last season along with 7.5 sacks, five pass defense plays. He had one 10 tackle game and two seven tackle contests.
McDougald, from Fletcher High School, has played on the varsity each year since entering JU in 2008. He has 63 career tackles and three interceptions and is known as much for his hitting ability as much as his cover ability. In addition to the players, head coach Kerwin Bell and director of athletics Alan Verlander both will be available to the media. Fans and the public also are invited and can buy lunch, served by Bono’s Barbeque, for $5.