MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 09, 2002
Football Moves Up To No. 5 In Sports Network I-AA Mid-Major Top 10 Poll
Sept. 9, 2002
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Jacksonville University moved up a spot to No. 5 in the latest Sports Network I-AA Mid-Major Poll released on Monday. The move comes after JU defeated Lenoir-Rhyne, 37-27, in the season opener on Saturday at D.B. Milne Field. The Dolphins open Pioneer Football League South Division play on Saturday at Davidson at 1:00 p.m.
A young JU squad ran up 390 yards of total offense against Lenoir-Rhyne as the Dolphins beat the Division II scholarship program for the second straight season. Freshman quarterback Mike Sturgill (Vero Beach, Fla.) completed 14-OF-18 passes for 252 yards and four touchdowns in his Dolphin debut, while senior wide receiver Jon Turner (Melbourne, Fla.) had five receptions for 151 yards and a touchdown. Turner leads the nation in receiving yards per game (151.0), while Sturgill ranks first in Division I-AA in passing efficiency with a 257.6 rating. The young Dolphin defense also shined against LRC, limiting the Bears to just 21 yards rushing on 24 carries, which is a new school record and ranks second in the nation.
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 (1st place votes) Team Record Points Previous Up Next 1. Dayton (25) 1-0 286 1 Robert Morris 2. Duquesne (4) 1-0 265 2 at Siena 3. Robert Morris 1-0 225 4 at Dayton 4. Morehead St. 2-0 161 10 Kentucky State 5. Jacksonville 1-0 160 9 at Davidson 6. Albany 0-1 130 5 Central Connecticut St. 7. Marist 1-0 104 NR Canisius 8. Monmouth 0-1 64 7 Sacred Heart 9. Sacred Heart 0-1 52 3 at Monmouth 10. Austin Peay 2-0 51 NR Centre Dropped Out: No. 6 San Diego, No. 8 St. Peter's Others Receiving Votes (in order of points, min. 5 required): Wagner, San Diego, Butler, St. John's, St. Peter's, Iona