Folston's quite comfortable in starting role
Maybe it’s because Trevius Folston is from a Florida coastal town and has that laid back demeanor.

Maybe it’s because he’s a computer science major and inputs data, calculates, executes.

Or, maybe it’s a combination of the two that has kept Folston, from Cocoa, Fla., nearly unflappable as he has made his way from bench guy to starting quarterback for the JU football team.

Folston, a 6-7 sophomore, spent last season as understudy to record-setting quarterback Josh McGregor and threw but six times. He has spent the majority of this season as backup to Kade Bell until Bell went down with a knee injury early in the San Diego game Oct. 20.

Bell’s injury put Folston in that quarterback-awkward position of he wants to play but doesn’t want it to come at the expense of an injury to a teammate.

“That was a tough situation,’’ Folston said. “I didn’t want to see him get hurt, but I did want to play.’’

And, despite the lack of field time, Folston has acquitted himself well and hasn’t really been nervous since being thrust in the spotlight. Except once.

“I really haven’t been that nervous,’’ he said. “Only once and that was when Kade got hurt. I had a little nervousness coming in in because I didn’t know it was going to happen so quickly. But, once I was prepared I haven’t been nervous at all.’’

His arm got an immediate workout as he threw 44 passes, including one for a touchdown, in that 24-7 loss.

The next week at Butler he got to make his collegiate starting debut in a sleet storm.

The cold didn’t really seem to affect him as Folston was 19 of 27 for 144 yards and executed a solid game before JU fell 19-16.

Last week against Campbell he was 7 of 15 for 76 yards before being replaced by Steven Hughes as the Dolphins romped, 40-14.

Three games, one interception (none in the last two) and keeping the team in position to win.

“He’s handle himself really well,’’ JU coach Kerwin Bell said. “He’s been really poised. He came in against one of the better teams in our conference and didn’t have a lot of reps, against San Diego, and got us through.’’

With a little preparation, Bell saw a big difference in Folston … just as Folston did.

“I thought at Butler he played a really solid game as he stayed away from mistakes for the most part.,’’ Bell said. “He gave us a chance to win the game and that’s what quarterbacks need to do. They need to put you in position to win and he had us with two minutes on the clock to win that game.’’

The showing doesn’t seem to have surprised Bell, who is quick to note Folston played football only one year in high school.

“One thing I knew was Trevius wasn’t going to make a lot of mistakes,’’ Bell said. “We’ve been working on trying to be a little more productive in certain areas, especially in the red zone. As he gains more experience you can see him develop more and more.’’

- Jim Nasella