FRIDAY, AUGUST 31, 2007
JUSN Weekly Chat
Join JUDolphins.com editor Joel Lamp on Monday at 3 p.m. as AT&T Presents the JUSN Weekly Chat.

The fall season is underway as football heads to Gardner-Webb, women's soccer hosts the annual Kick Out Cancer Tournament, while men's soccer and volleyball hit the road.

Feel free to submit your questions early as they will be answered on Monday.

Joel Lamp, JUDolphins.com Editor: Hello everyone and thanks for joining us as AT&T presents the JUSN Weekly Chat.

It's was an exciting week around campus as the fall sports got underway. The men's soccer team got a split in its road trip to Chicago. The women's soccer team opened with a win and just missed out on upsetting Indiana on Sunday.

The volleyball team continues to work their growing pains, splitting their four matches over the weekend.

Joel Lamp, JUDolphins.com Editor: Now, let's take a quick look back at the football team's season opener at Bethune-Cookman.

The Dolphins dropped a 31-17 decision, and I hate to play the "what if game," but a play here and a play there (along with a couple of fumble calls that didn't go our way) and we're right in the ball game in the final minutes.

I will say that I'm really proud of the effort our guys gave. That was a tough atmosphere to play in - they have a great band that plays from the opening kick until well after the final buzzer - and our guys handled it well.

The game plan the coaches had in place was perfect. They had the guys prepared and ready to win this game.

A couple of mistakes ended up biting us in the end, but all-in-all, it was a good starting point for this team to build on.

Joel Lamp, JUDolphins.com Editor: A couple of more points and then I'll answer your questions.

1. This group has some playmakers. Tommie Rogers is a great talent and showed that on his two catches for 60 yards. He's going to be fun to watch over the next few years.

2. We dropped several catchable balls. I know Coach Bell and the staff will address it this week, but there were a couple of catches that if they were made, could have altered the course a little.

3. The defense is going to be good. Our defensive backs did a good job for most of the game - except for the drive at the end of the half where there was one questionable pass interference call. Other than that, the defensive backs held their own.

4. Kudos to the boys in the trenches. Those guys did a great job against a bigger group. The defensive line was able to get into the backfield and disrupt some plays while the offensive line did a good job of giving Chris Horton time to throw for most of the day.

Now...on to your questions.


Gregg (Mims): I understand that there is going to be a JV football team. Is there a schedule for them?
Joel Lamp, JUDolphins.com Editor: Gregg, there is a JV team and I believe they are having their first practice this afternoon.

Stay tuned to the website as later this week, we'll release the JV schedule. They will play 4 or 5 games, with most of them being at home on Thursday afternoons.


Jon (Jax): It's been rumored that BCC was the hardest team JU has played in their history, do you think that is true and if so how does the rest of the season look?
Joel Lamp, JUDolphins.com Editor: Great question Jon...that is a tough one - as far as the opponent goes. I'll take the last part first.

I think the rest of the season looks good. We're going to get some guys back this week that we didn't have for BCU - namely running back Rudell Small, defensive lineman Austin Knipp and hopefully get a full game from Nate Conner - who was injured early in Daytona.

This group has a lot of talent and has come together as a team. You can never measure team chemistry - you either have it or you don't - and this group has it. They want to play well, not just for themselves, but for their teammates as well.

As far as BCU being the toughest team JU has ever played, that's tough to measure. I would say that they would be in the top 10 - joining Florida Atlantic and Florida International at the top of that list. I think last year's San Diego would be up there as well.

There's one person that has watched every JU game in school history and I will chat with him this week. Ask me again next week and I'll give you a better answer.

Joel Lamp, JUDolphins.com Editor: Well, that's it for this week. Not a lot of questions on the Labor Day edition, but I do appreciate you taking the time to join us.

Here's a few thoughts as we turn our focus to Gardner-Webb.

1. We are a sandwich game for them - between money games at Ohio and Mississippi State. This game is circled because it's pretty much the only one they have a chance at winning in the first three weeks. They are going to be focused solely on us this week.

2. It's a tough prep week for the coaching staff because it's a COMPLETELY different offense. Last week, it was focus on stopping the ground game of BCU. This week, it's stopping the aerial attack of G-Webb. They line up four-wide on almost every play and want to put it in the air. Our defensive backs will have a lot on their plate this weekend.

3. The offense needs to be more consistent. JU had four three-and-outs and two other drives that had just four plays. To be successful against G-Webb, the offense is going to have to take advantage of any opportunity they get as well as creating some scoring opportunities of their own. They have the playmakers to do that, it's just a matter of getting in a rhythm and flow in this offense. Once that happens, I see some really big things happening for this team.