SATURDAY, AUGUST 16, 2008
Dolphins show progress in second scrimmage

After a shaky outing last week, the JU offense showed it had a lot of weapons in its arsenal as seven different players scored a touchdown as the Dolphins held their second scrimmage of fall camp at Plantation Park.

            Sophomore wide receiver Tommie Rogers stole the show with four catches for 151 yards and two long touchdown receptions of 65 and 68 yards.

            The defense was in good form as well, racking up 12 sacks in the contest along with four interceptions and one forced fumble.

            “We made some progress this week, but we’ve still got a lot of work to do,” said JU head coach Kerwin Bell.  “This is going to be an important week of practice as we decide on who is going to do well for us on every play as we get ready for Savannah State.”

            Sophomore quarterback Erik Stepelton was rock solid, completing 11-of-15 passes for 156 yards and two touchdowns.  Sophomore Jeremy Thornton threw for 191 yards and a touchdown, but was 10-of-28 with four interceptions.

            Freshman Josh McGregor shined as well, going 10-of-17 passing for 161 yards and two touchdowns, while rushing for 42 yards on four carries with a touchdown.

            Defensively, the front seven was able to bring pressure throughout the scrimmage – resulting in the 12 sacks, with four of those coming from Aaron Frye.  Seven players were responsible for a sack in the scrimmage.

            With creating turnovers being a focal point of the defense’s fall camp, they provided some spark with four interceptions, with Lacy McDougald accounting for two of those.

            Allen Fennell and Charles Griffin were responsible for the other two picks.

            While Rogers had the two long catches, sophomore wide receiver Elliott Finkley joined in the fun with five catches for 112 yards and one touchdown.  Senior Geavon Tribble had two catches for 29 yards and a touchdown, with freshman Joshua Philpart catching three passes for 60 yards and a touchdown.

            Freshman Bradley Rucker was the only other Dolphin with a touchdown, catching a fade pass in the corner of the end zone for a 10-yard touchdown.

            The running attack showed signs of progress, with Rudell Small leading the way with 10 carries for 49 yards.  Freshman Keith Dawson showed some skills as well with seven carries for 31 yards and a touchdown.

            With the season opener just two weeks away, the Dolphins will continue to have a few battles for positions in the final two weeks.

            “We’ve got a few positions where we have a lot of talent and we’re trying to find the guys who are the most consistent every play,” Bell said.