Junior kicker Donovan Curry was named PFL Special Team “Player of the Week” after scoring 12 points, going 3-for-3 on field goals – including the game-winning kick from 50 yards.
Freshman linebacker Layne McCombs earned PFL Defensive “Player of the Week” after leading the Dolphin defense with a game-high 13 tackles.
“These two guys were key pieces to the win, but their awards were due to a complete team effort,” said JU head coach Kerwin Bell. “This was a monumental win for our program, but we can’t rest on our laurels – we still have a lot of work to do.”
Curry won the starting kicker job after an open competition during the week leading up to the San Diego game. A kicker and punter his freshman season, Curry had focused solely on punting the since Bell’s arrival last season.
With Logan Chipperfield being called up from the junior varsity team to handle the punting duties, Curry won the kicking battle over Josh Hostetler.
Trailing by two late in the game, Curry was asked by Bell if he could make a 50-yard field goal. He answered yes and moments later booted it through the uprights to cap off the biggest win in the 11-year history of the program.
McCombs was an anchor on the JU defense that stymied the Torero rushing attack, limited San Diego to just 97 yards and no touchdowns on the ground. He also had a key fumble recovery that setup the Dolphins first score of the game.
Jacksonville faces another huge test this Saturday when the Dolphins face another PFL unbeaten – traveling to Butler. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.