Football completes first scrimmage of 2008
It may have been hot outside and early, but that didn’t bother the JU football team on Saturday morning as the Dolphins strapped on the pads for their first live scrimmage at D.B. Milne Field.

The defense forced six interceptions, seven sacks, five fumbles and four fourth-down stops to naturally outlast the offense in the first live action of the season.

“We found areas on both sides of the both that we need to work on, which we expected,” said JU head coach Kerwin Bell. “Overall, I am really excited about this bunch of players that we have. Our job as coaches right now is to guide these players through their mistakes and get them in position to be successful when the season rolls around.”

Offensively, the Dolphin scored four their five touchdowns through the air. Sophomore Jeremy Thornton paced the quarterbacks going 11-for -17 with 216 yards and two touchdown strikes, while sophomore Erick Stepelton started slow missing his five attempts but finished 17-for-25 with 103 yards and two touchdowns. Newcomer Josh McGregor was 8-for-16 with 107 yards and had a five-yard scoring run.

Tommie Rogers was one of the Dolphins’ favorite targets through the air with five catches for 128 yards and a touchdown. Rodney Sumter caught two scores and finishing 65 yards in two catches. Rudell Small was JU’s leading rusher with 11 carries for 38 yards.

After stalling the first two series, Thornton connected on his first three passes to open the third series with it ending in with a 27-yard touchdown strike to Sumter. Stepelton connected on his first scoring pass during the 10th series with a swing pass to Sumter for the 22-yard scamper.

Thornton and Stepelton each threw another touchdown during latter half of scrimmage, while McGregor had a scored on a five-yard run at the goal line during his first series.

The Dolphins will return to the practice field on Monday for their first two-a-day, starting at 8:30 a.m. The team will have its second scrimmage on Aug. 16.