TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 04, 2012
JU looks to rebound against Bucs
After a “burn the tape’’ opener at Georgia Southern, the JU football team looks for its first win this week at Charleston Southern.
The Dolphins were on the short end of a 58-0 score against the Eagles Saturday and virtually everyone in the football office wants to let that go and move on.
Up next are the Buccaneers, who lost to The Citadel 49-14 Saturday.
In last year’s meeting, the Dolphins scored with 4:20 to play to eek out a 37-30 win.
The Bucs come in a dangerous team in that they are aching for a win. They have lost 13 consecutive games and 19 of 20 going back to 2010.
“It’s a second week of playing a scholarship team,’’ JU coach Kerwin Bell said. “Last year we had them at home and this year we’re up there and I’m sure they are looking to get things started.’’
JU began its season with the loss to Georgia Southern in which it gave up 557 yards rushing and 0 yards in the air and offensively netted just 178 yards.
“We didn’t play to the level we are used to,’’ Bell said. “We have just got to play better.’’
The plan this week is to get back to basics and get people to “do their job’’ and not try to do too much.
Linebacker Taylor Marsh and safety Jordan Dewhirst, who played only one game last season, led the team with seven tackles each. All of Taylor’s were unassisted and Dewhirst had three solo, four assists.
The Dolphins had a pair of interceptions with Antonio McRae and newcomer Marquise Dixon corralling picks. Linebacker Jamaul Christopher and Layne McCombs each had fumble recoveries.
Saturday’s game is schedule for a 1:30 p.m. kickoff and will be broadcast on 92.5 FM. Veteran announcer Terry Norvelle will do play-by-play with pregame at 1 p.m.