Nov. 10, 2006
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -
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After a hard fought contest against No. 1 San
Diego, the JU football team will look to finish second
in the conference with a win against No. 3 Drake at
D.B. Milne Field on Saturday, Nov. 11 at 12:30 p.m.
The contest will mark the end of the 2006 regular
season and will be Senior Day as seven seniors play
in their final home contest.
The game will be broadcast live on ESPN
1460 WZNZ with Barry Milligan returning for a second
tour of duty as the "Voice of the Dolphins."
The contest can also be heard live on
www.judolphins.com as part of the JU Sports Network.
Head coach Steve Gilbert
Head coach Steve Gilbert is completing his
ninth season at Jacksonville, his 10th year overall.
The 49-year-old Freehold, N.J. native, hired in
February of 1997, has built the program from the
ground up. He has posted a 35-52 (.402) mark at JU,
including a 25-23 mark against similar non-scholarship
programs and 10 wins against scholarship teams.
Gilbert, who was named the 1996 NCAA
Division III Coach of the Year after leading Ursinus
College to its first-ever NCAA playoff berth, led the
Dolphins to their first winning season in 2001 (6-5)
and the PFL South Division Championship with a
perfect 3-0 mark in divisional play. Gilbert has a
career record of 76-101 (.429) in 17 seasons as a
collegiate head coach.
Brant within sight
After a slow start to the 2006 season,
senior running back Jerry Brant has caught fire in the
second half to make a serious run at the top rushing
spot in JU history.
The Jacksonville native currently sits at
2,240 yards and is only 110 yards from overtaking
Emmett Hunter, who holds the program record with
2,349 career yards.
The Jacksonville native put himself within
striking distance of the record when he tallied 210
yards and two touchdowns against San Diego on
Nov. 4. The Toreros, which had not allowed a 100-
yard rusher all season, were ranked fourth in the
nation in rush defense with 89.5 yards allowed per
Brant surpassed Jon Underhill for third place
after rushing for a career-high 224 yards on 35
carries against Dayton. He was one yard shy of the
single-game record which was set by Underhill in
He continued his climb up the charts when
he tallied 85 yards at North Greenville to surpass
Brent Alexander (1,982) for second place.
Against Valparaiso, he tallied 159 yards on
23 carries and two touchdowns. He also caught a 43-
yard touchdown pass to total 201 yards of total
offense. Against Butler, he gained 101 yards on 19
Brant is only the second Dolphin to surpass
the 2,000 yard mark and holds the program record
with 10 100-yard performances. Thus far in 2006, JU
is 3-1 when Brant surpasses the 100-yard mark.
JU in the national rankings
Despite the loss to No. 1 San Diego, the
Dolphins are still ranked 10th in the Sports Network
Top-10 Poll, Don Hansen's Top-12 Poll and the
College Sports Report Top-20 Poll.
On Nov. 4, the Dolphins were ranked 10th
by the Sports Network.
On Oct. 23, JU ranked 10th by The Sports
Network, Don Hansen's and the College Sports Report.
On Oct. 2, the Dolphins was
ranked 10th by The Sports Network and Don Hansen's
and were seventh in the College Sports Report Top-
20 poll. This is the second straight week the Dolphins
have been recognized in the top 10.
JU had spent 15 consecutive weeks in The
Sports Network I-AA Mid-Major Top-10 Poll, reaching
as high as No. 2 on Oct. 1, 2001. The Dolphins also
entered The Sports Network Top 10 in 2003 with a
No. 9 ranking on Sept. 29 following a 3-1 start.
The Division I-AA Mid-Major polls includes
the 22 programs of the MAAC, NEC and Pioneer
Football League, which play at a non-scholarship or
limited scholarship level.
In his first full season as a staring receiver,
sophomore Geavon Tribble has a chance to leave his
mark in the JU record book.
Tribble set the tone early by leading the
Dolphins with six catches for 89 yards, including a 52-
yard reception, against Gardner-Webb on Sept. 2.
He first worked his way into the record book
with his five catch, 159 yard and three touchdown
performance, including a 53-yard reception, at
Morehead State on Oct. 21. His three scores tied a
program record for touchdowns in one game (Eldin
Ferguson vs. Butler - 2005).
Tribble passed the 100-yard barrier for a
second time last week against No. 1 San Diego with a
three catch, 109 yard performance. With his
performance, he became the fourth Dolphin to
accomplish the feat (Brett Palmi - 1999, Jon Turner -
2002, Eldin Ferguson - 2004).
With 503 yards this season, Tribble is 106
yards shy of Brett Palmi (609) for the third highest
singles-season total in program history.
After making the switch from running back
to strong safety during the fall, freshman Jason Wood
may have found his calling.
A running back and safety at Port Charlotte
High School, Wood decided to make the switch to
defense after injuries in the secondary and the
amount of depth at running back.
After nine games, Wood leads the squad
and with 59 tackles and is ninth in the PFL with an
average of 6.6 tackles per game. He also has tallied
an interception, a sack and has four pass deflection
on the year.
Turning it up a notch
On quite a few occasions this season, the
Dolphins' defense has strapped their helmets a little
tighter and raised the energy level in the second half.
The trend began after allowing 35 points,
147 rushing yards and 292 yards of total offense in
the first half against SE Louisiana on Sept. 16. The
Dolphins rebounded in the second half by allowing
only six points, 81 rushing yards and 131 yards of
Against Butler on Sept. 23, the Dolphins
allowed only 26 yards rushing and 167 yards of total
offense as the unit dominated the entire contest. In
the second half, JU did not allow a score and the
Bulldogs generated only six yards rushing and 67
yards of total offense.
Against Valparaiso on Sept. 30, the defense
shut out an opponent in the second half for the
second straight weekend. After allowing 84 yards
rushing and 248 yards of total offense in the first
half, the Dolphins worked their magic again in the
second frame with only 68 yards rushing and 101
yards of total offense allowed.
After two weeks, the Dolphins got back on
track by allowing only 113 yards of total offense in
the second half against Morehead State.
Against San Diego, the Dolphin defense held
the Toreros to only 10 points in the second half,
including no points in the third quarter. It was only
the second time this season in which the Toreros
failed to score in a quarter (Azusa Pacific - Sept. 2).
Jacksonville University Dolphins
JU is entering its ninth season of
intercollegiate football at the NCAA Division I-AA non-
scholarship level and has a 35-52 (.402) record in 85
games. The Dolphins are 20-24 all-time at Milne Field,
13-26 on the road and 1-1 at neutral sites.
After competing as an independent for the
first three years of the program, JU is in its sixth
season as a member of the Pioneer Football League.
Former Dolphin players who have reached
the professional ranks include Micah Ross, a wide
receiver and special teams player (Jacksonville
Jaguars, San Diego Chargers, and Carolina Panthers)
and Linj Shell, a corner with the Cologne Centurions
(Philadelphia Eagles) of NFL Europe. Shell is currently
a member of the Orlando Predators of the Arena
D.B. Milne Field
The Dolphins are 20-23 (.465) all-time at
D.B. Milne Field in six-plus seasons of football. In
2003, JU started 3-0 at home for the first time ever
and finished the season with a program-best four
home wins. The Dolphins' record was a standing-room-
only crowd of 4,890 in the inaugural game against
Davidson on Sept. 12, 1998.
JU in the Pioneer Football League
JU went a perfect 3-0 in the South Division
en route to the 2001 PFL South championship in its
first year in the league. Amongst teams which are still
in the PFL, the Dolphins are 10-17 in five seasons.
The Dolphins are 5-10 (.333) against
opponents from the former North Division (2-0 vs.
Butler, 0-5 vs. Drake, 1-2 vs. Dayton, 0-2 vs. San
Diego, 2-1 vs. Valparaiso) and 7-8 (.467) all-time
against the former PFL South teams (5-4 vs.
Davidson, 2-4 vs. Morehead State).
JU selected fifth in new PFL Poll
JU was selected to finish fifth in the
restructured Pioneer Football League in the preseason
The PFL, which featured a north and south
division the past five seasons, will revert back to a
single division comprising eight teams in 2006. Due to
the loss of a league championship game, the PFL
regular-season winner will face the winner of the
Northeast Conference in the inaugural Gridiron Classic.
Defending champion San Diego was
predicted to finish first with five first-place votes (45
points) and Dayton earned two first-place votes for a
total of 43 points. Drake rounded out the top three
with 37 points and three-time defending South
champion Morehead State was picked fourth with 32
JU, which received one first-place vote,
ranked fifth with 26 points ahead of Davidson (17),
Valparaiso (15) and Butler (9).
Strength of schedule
The Dolphins' 2006 schedule features one of
the toughest schedules in history, including only four
games at D.B. Milne Field.
Gardner-Webb, a scholarship
program from the Big South, will be the home opener
for the Dolphins on Sept. 2. JU will embark on a four-
game road trip which begins with another scholarship
program, Southeastern Louisiana, on Sept. 24.
The squad will open Pioneer Football League
play with three road games against Butler (Sept. 23),
Valparaiso (Sept. 30) and Davidson (Oct. 7), before
returning home against PFL power Dayton on Oct. 14.
The Dolphins head back
to the road for two weeks beginning with three-time
PFL South Champion Morehead State (Oct. 21) and
North Greenville (Oct. 28).
Jacksonville closes out its home slate on
Nov. 4 against defending PFL champion San Diego
before ending the year against Drake (Nov. 11).