MONDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2008
Donovan Curry named national special teams Player of the Week
A week ago, Donovan Curry was just another punter in college football.
After winning the starting kicking job last week, Curry booted his way into history with a 50-yard field goal that handed JU a stunning 30-29 win over three-time defending Pioneer Football League champion San Diego.
For his efforts, Curry was named the national special team “Player of the Week” by The Sports Network.
“This is a great honor for a guy who stepped up and made a huge play for us,” said JU head coach Kerwin Bell. “Donovan has been kicking with confidence all season and when he moved over to place kicker, we knew he would do the job well. Hitting a clutch kick like that was major boost for this team.”
Curry’s kick kept the Dolphins (5-3, 3-1 PFL ) in the thick of the PFL title race. This week, JU travels to face Butler (6-1, 4-0 PFL) needing a win to keep the title dream alive.
“Butler is a very good team that is playing at a high level right now,” Bell said. “We know that we can rest on our win last week. We have to come out and work even harder now because everyone will be gunning for us.”
DEFENSE KEEPS ON ROLLING: Lost amid the epic victory over the Toreros on Sunday was the stellar play of the JU defense, which held San Diego to less than 100 yards rushing, the second straight week that the Dolphin defense had held its opponents to less than 100 yards rushing.
That strong outing comes as no surprise as the Dolphins are ranked among the top 20 in the country in total defense (14th) and is ninth in pass defense, allowing an average of 153 yards per game.
JU’s defensive efforts have been raised by the pressure created by the defensive front as well as an aggressive secondary. Shaun Lewis has led the renaissance on the D-line, recording sacks in the last two games, while the JU defense broke up a total of nine passes against San Diego – with Robson Noel leading the way with nine.
A year ago, JU’s defense allowed more than 400 yards per game on average. This year, JU has dropped that average by more than 100 yards – allowing 297 yards per game.
Lewis has turned into a force on the front as a sophomore, ranking second on the team in tackles with 41 – including nine for a loss and six sacks.
Aiding his efforts has been a rock solid secondary, anchored by Jason Wood, Tremaine Mack and Noel. Wood leads the team with 50 tackles while Mack and Noel both have two interceptions.