MONDAY, JANUARY 05, 2009
Josh McGregor selected honorable mention national Freshman of the Year
JU quarterback Josh McGregor earned his first national honor on Monday as he was selected as one of five players for “Freshman of the Year” honors from the College Sporting News.

McGregor led Jacksonville to its first Pioneer Football League title and a 9-4 record, rewriting the record book in the process.

He now owns the school record for most passing yards in a season (2,444), most passing touchdowns (24) and completions (172). His season moved him into fourth place on the school’s all-time passing yards list.

“Josh had a great season for us and is very deserving of this honor,” said JU head coach Kerwin Bell. “This award is also an honor for the season that we had. Josh was surrounded by a lot of talented players who wanted to win as badly as he did.”

McGregor came into training camp in August as the last player invited to camp. Entering camp as the fifth-string quarterback, McGregor quickly moved up the depth chart over the next four weeks – starting the season as the backup to Erik Stepelton.

After the offense struggled in the first half of the season opener at Savannah State, Bell called on McGregor to start the second half.

The offense got rolling after that – scoring 17 points on its first three drives of the third quarter en route to a 20-7 win.

Once in the lineup, the only thing that got him out was a shoulder injury he suffered against San Diego and lingered throughout the rest of the season.

He finished his freshman campaign with two 300-yard outings, with a season-high 343 yards against Campbell. He threw a school-record six touchdowns in a Homecoming win over Webber International.