FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2012
Plenty to unveil at JU home opener
With all the debuts, defending of winning streaks and other activities surrounding the JU football game Saturday it would be easy to confuse the home opener with homecoming.
The Dolphins (1-1) entertain Webber International at 1 p.m. at D. B. Milne Field and the school will unveil its new marching band while the team unveils its new uniforms.
The new band is cause for excitement among players who look forward to the enlivened atmosphere as does coach Kerwin Bell.
“It’s going to add everything to the college game day experience,’’ he said. “With the new band and being able to add that will be really good for our fans. We’re looking to have a big crowd, the band and make it a great game day experience for Jacksonville.’’
The Dolphins also will be wearing their new uniforms at home and the clothing, used last week against Charleston Southern, already has rave reviews from players.
“I think they helped us win against Charleston Southern,’’ defensive lineman Mike Mayoral said. “The pants are so comfortable and you can move around in them easily.’’
“They’re new Nike uniforms and they are special but we’ve got to win a football game,’’ Bell said. “We made big strides between the first and second games and we had a great week of practice. Now we have to put it together in a game and continue to make strides.’’
What worries Bell is he has seen Webber (0-2) before and has been in a couple of serious battles with the NAIA Warriors.
“They are one of the teams we play a lot before we start our league schedule,’’ Bell said. “They have a lot of kids from Florida so you know they have the ability to make big plays and be explosive. They’re going to come in here hungry because it’s always their Super Bowl. When they play us it’s their Super Bowl of the year to beat the Jacksonville University Dolphins. We understand that and we’re preparing for their best game. Every year they are good on defense and this year is no different.’’
The Dolphins are looking to win their 15th consecutive game at home, the current best in the Football Championship Subdivision.
“I think our team wants to come out and have a good showing at home,’’ Bell said. “We have the winning streak is on the line. Our kids take a lot of pride in that and we’ve had great preparation so far this week.’’
The game will be televised locally on CW17 with Cole Pepper and Steve Gilbert on the call. On radio, the game can be hears on 92.5 FM and 1010Xl.com. Veteran play-by-play broadcaster Terry Norvelle will be joined by former JU quarterback Josh McGregor.