FRIDAY, JULY 18, 2008
JU head coach Kerwin Bell discusses the upcoming season at FSWA Media Day
“We went through tough times last year, but I like the direction we have the program going.”

Those words came from JU head football coach Kerwin Bell as he addressed the media from across the state on Friday morning at the Marriott Riverside at the annual Florida Sports Writers Association Media Day.

The Dolphins posted a 3-8 record in Bell’s first season as head coach, with four of those losses being decided by two possessions.

“We had a lot of opportunities to win games last year, but we weren’t able to break through with that big confidence-building win,” Bell said.

The Dolphins return 11 starters from last year, with six of those being on offense.

“We’re going to be a young team this year, but we’ve got a lot of veterans that we are expecting to raise their game this year,” Bell said. “We have a group that has worked hard in the weight room in the offseason and is working together on their own to get ready for the season, which is all you can ask for as a coach.”

The buzz of the day was the Dolphins’ daunting schedule, which features JU’s trip to three-time Football Championship Subdivision champion Appalachian State. The demand for tickets to the game is so great that tickets are going for more than $70 on the Internet.

“That game is going to be a great opportunity for our program and for our kids,” Bell said. “Appalachian State has a tremendous program and they are where we want our program to be. This program has a lot of potential and I believe we can build a program here that can be in that category in the coming years.

“For our kids, it’s going to be an experience that they will never forget. They are going to have a sellout and it’s going to a special game for all of us.”