Mike Sturgill Earns National Football Honors

Sept. 11, 2002

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Jacksonville University freshman quarterback Mike Sturgill (Vero Beach, Fla.) was named Division I-AA Mid-Major Co-Offensive Player of the Week by Don Hansen's Weekly Football Gazette on Wednesday for his impressive debut in the Dolphins' 37-27 season-opening win on Saturday. He also earned Pioneer Football League Co-Offensive Player-of-the-Week honors on Monday.

Sturgill completed 14-of-18 passes for 252 yards and four touchdowns in his Dolphin debut to lead JU to a 37-27 upset of Lenoir-Rhyne, marking the second straight year the fifth-ranked Dolphins have upset the Division II scholarship program. He had touchdown passes of 6, 17, 13 and 65 yards, while also running for 14 yards. Sturgill's performance was the top completion percentage in school history (78%) as he led the Dolphins to 390 yards of total offense. Sturgill leads Division I-AA in passing efficiency with a 257.6 rating and ranks 10th nationally in total offense (266 yds/game).

The young JU defense also shined against Lenoir-Rhyne by limiting the Bears to just 21 yards rushing on 24 carries, a new school record. JU ranks second in the nation in rush defense heading into its first Pioneer Football League South Division showdown at Davidson on Saturday at 1 p.m. It will be the fifth meeting between JU and Davidson, marking the only team the Dolphins have played in each of their five seasons.