THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2002
Dolphins Place Four Players On All-PFL First Team For South Division
Nov. 21, 2002
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - JU placed four players on the All-Pioneer Football League First-Team for the South Division, while four other Dolphins earned Honorable-Mention All-PFL honors, as announced by the league office today. Senior wide receiver Jon Turner (Melbourne, Fla.) and junior offensive tackle Kevin Womble (Bonifay, Fla.) were two-of-seven repeat first-team selections in the South, while senior free safety Jeremy Kearson (Pembroke Pines, Fla.) was selected to the first team as a defensive back and senior Linj Shell (Orlando, Fla.) was selected as a return specialist.
Senior tight end Andrew Bianchi (Tallassee, Ala.), redshirt freshman running back Chad Davis (Tallahassee, Fla.), freshman quarterback Mike Sturgill (Vero Beach, Fla.) and junior free safety Charlton Williams (Lynn Haven, Fla.) all earned Honorable-Mention All-PFL honors for the South Division.
Turner was one of the top receivers in the conference, ranking second in the PFL and 15th nationally with 6.0 receptions per game, while ranking fourth in the league and 23rd nationally with 89.0 yards receiving per game. He set every JU single-season receiving record this year with 60 receptions for 890 yards and six touchdowns. Womble, a preseason All-America selection, again anchored the Dolphin offensive line as JU sported the most prolific passing offense in school history. The Dolphins threw for a school-record 2,216 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2002.
Defensively, Kearson finished second on the team for the second-straight year with 61 tackles, including 41 solo stops and four tackles behind the line of scrimmage. He also broke up five passes, forced a fumble and returned two blocked punts for touchdowns. On special teams, Shell averaged 13.1 yards per punt return, which ranked second in the PFL and 20th nationally, while ranking fifth in the conference in kickoff returns after averaging 21.2 yards per return.
Bianchi, a first-team All-PFL selection last year, was used more as a receiver this season, catching a career-best 17 passes for 208 yards. Davis was one of the best all-purpose players in the PFL, averaging a team-best 56.5 yards per game on the ground, while ranking fifth in the league with 116.4 all-purpose yards per game. He caught 17 passes for 178 yards and two touchdowns, while averaging 18.8 yards on kickoff returns. Sturgill broke every single-season passing record at JU as a freshman after completing 158-of-279 passes for 1,876 yards and 11 touchdowns, while completing 57 percent of his passes. Defensively, Williams led the team with 69 tackles, while picking off three passes and breaking up another eight pass attempts. He ranked 11th in the PFL with 7.7 tackles per game and sixth in the league with 5.2 solo stops per contest.
The conference Coach of the Year, as well as Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year, will be announced following the PFL Championship game, which features No. 2 Dayton at No. 3 Morehead State this Saturday. JU finished its fifth season of football 3-7 overall, 0-3 in PFL play.