MONDAY, OCTOBER 06, 2008
Dolphins set for Thursday night Homecoming against Webber
When Kerwin Bell took over as the head football coach at JU, he brought with him a pass-first philosophy.
But this season, the strength of the Dolphins has been their ground attack – which will again be on display Thursday night at the Bolles School as JU hosts Webber International for Homecoming at 7:30 p.m.
Led by sophomore running back Rudell Small, the JU ground attack is on record pace.
Small leads the team with 628 yards rushing in just five games, which is more than he had all of last season. His average of 125.6 yards per game leads the Pioneer Football League and is the eighth highest in the country.
He is less than 100 yards away from cracking the school’s top five in career rushing yards and needs 372 yard to put up JU’s fourth 1,000-yard season.
“Rudell is such a versatile back that you want him to get his hands on the football a lot,” Bell said. “He has power and speed, which is a nice combination to have at running back.”
Thursday’s game will mark just the second home night game in the history of the program, the first coming in 2005 against North Greenville with a crowd of 3,328 attending (the second largest home crowd in school history).
The Dolphins are hoping to extend their win streak to five as they sport a 7-3 record all time for Homecoming.
“Thursday night is going to be exciting for our guys and the University as whole,” Bell said. “Homecoming is always a special time during the season and I know our guys are looking forward to playing in front of a big crowd.”