Football Earns National Ranking For First Time

Sept. 4, 2001

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - For the first time in the four-year history of the Jacksonville University football program, the Dolphins have earned a national ranking. JU was voted eighth in the latest The Sports Network I-AA Mid-Major Poll, which was released on Sept. 3 following the Dolphins' 20-16 win at Lenoir-Rhyne.

JU's 20-16, come-from-behind win at Lenoir-Rhyne on Saturday was the first win for the Dolphin football program over a scholarship opponent and broke JU's seven-game road losing streak. After falling behind 10-0 in the first half, the Dolphins stormed back behind a record-setting performance from junior wide receiver Jon Turner (Melbourne, Fla.), who caught five passes for a school-record 206 yards and the game-winning touchdown. Turner was tabbed the Pioneer Football League Offensive Player of the Week on Monday. JU ran up 415 yards of total offense against the Division II scholarship program, while the Dolphin defense limited the Bears to a school-record 170 yards of total offense. Lenoir-Rhyne's sole touchdown came on a 93-yard punt return in the opening quarter.

The Dolphins return to action this weekend when they host No. 3 Davidson in their Pioneer Football League opener at D.B. Milne Field at 1 p.m. Davidson (1-0) enters the game with an 18-game win streak, the longest win streak in NCAA Division I.

JU received votes in the inaugural Mid-Major Preseason Poll, which was released on August 13. The Sports Network I-AA Mid-Major Top-10 poll includes the 26 programs of the MAAC, NEC and Pioneer Football League, which play at a non-scholarship or limited scholarship level.

The Sports Network Mid-Major Top-10 Poll
Team (1st place votes)Record    Points  Previous   Next Week
 1.  Duquesne (14     1-0       211       2        St. Peter's
 2.  Dayton (3)       1-0       191       3        at Robert Morris
 3.  Davidson (3)     1-0       182       4        at Jacksonville
 4.  Robert Morris (2)0-1       142       1        Dayton
 5.  Sacred Heart     0-0       126       5        at Central Connecticut
 6.  Albany           1-0       79        NR       St. John's
 7.  Wagner           0-0       68        10       at Monmouth
 8.  Jacksonville     1-0       47        NR       Davidson
 9.  Drake            0-1       36        6        St. Ambrose
 10. San Diego        1-0       33        NR       at Redlands

Others receiving votes (in order of points, minimum of five required): Valparaiso, St. Peter's, Fairfield, Marist

Dropped Out: No. 7 Fairfield, No. 8 Valparaiso, No. 9 Morehead State