FRIDAY, AUGUST 01, 2008
JU football reports for training camp on Monday
Football season begins on Monday as the 105 members of the JU football team report to campus for fall camp.
The Dolphins will begin practice on Tuesday afternoon in preparation for their first scrimmage on Saturday, Aug. 9, at 10 a.m.
“I’m ready to have everyone back on campus and get started with camp,” said JU head coach Kerwin Bell. “It’s an exciting time of year. We made a lot of progress in the spring, but we’ve got a lot of work to do in order to be fully prepared for the upcoming season.”
JU opens the season on Aug. 30 with a trip to Savannah State. The first home game is set for Sept. 13 against new Pioneer Football League member Campbell. Season tickets are still available for $60. Call the JU ticket office at (904) 256-7400 for more information.
“We’ve got a difficult schedule and it starts with the first game,” Bell said. “Savannah State is going to be ready to play and we’re working every day for the next few weeks to be at full speed when we make the trip up there.”
One of the storylines entering camp is the battle for the starting quarterback. Sophomore Erik Stepelton enters camp with the job, but he will be pressed with by redshirt freshman Jonathan Jones, sophomore Jeremy Thornton and junior transfer Jason Grant from Florida Atlantic.
“I really like Erik and he enters camp as the starter,” Bell said. “I really like the talent we have there and believe that whoever wins the job at the end of camp is going to be able to run our offense efficiently and give us a chance to win a lot of games.”
The practice schedule starts with four practices before the first scrimmage. The Dolphins will jump into two-a-days the following Monday, going with a morning and evening practice on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, with scrimmages on Aug. 16 and 23.
The scrimmage on Aug. 16 will be off campus at Plantation Park in the Julington Creek area, with kickoff set at 1 p.m.
“This spring, we took the team to do a scrimmage out there and also held a youth clinic and we look forward to going there again this year,” Bell said. “It is a great opportunity to get our guys out in the community and giving more people a chance to see us compete.”
FALL CAMP BLOG:Junior fullback Eric Kornhauser will give fans an inside perspective from JU’s preseason camp. Kornhauser, a native of Coral Springs, Fla., will report three times a week about the happenings in and around camp as the team will be spending the fall camp in the dorms together before school starts. To read his blog, click here.