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