TUESDAY, MARCH 10, 2009
JU Football honored by Jacksonville City Council
The JU football team was honored on Tuesday night as they received a proclamation declaring March 10, 2009 as JU Football Championship Day from the Jacksonville City Council and its President Ronnie Fussell.

After splitting its first two games in conference play, the Dolphins won their final seven games in the PFL – capping the run with a 19-14 win over Dayton.

“We are truly honored to receive this recognition from the city of Jacksonville,” said JU head coach Kerwin Bell. “This has been a remarkable season and we are extremely appreciative of the support that our community has given us.”

SPRING PRACTICE IN THE BOOKS: The Dolphins didn’t waste any time in wrapping up spring practice, holding the annual Green & White game in late February with the final practices wrapping up last week.

The spring gave the coaching staff a chance to get the younger players experience as the Dolphins look to replace 10 seniors from last year’s squad.

“This was an important spring for us to build off of last year’s success,” Bell said. “We got a lot of snaps for the young guys to see what works and what doesn’t. When you lose 10 seniors, it’s important to get the guys replacing them acclimated quickly.”

With starting quarterback Josh McGregor missing spring practice, Erik Stepelton stepped in and handled the job throughout the spring as he worked with a group of receivers that are in the process of replacing Geavon Tribble.

“Erik has developed a great grasp of the offense and really progressed this spring,” Bell said. “We had a great spring out of our receivers. All of our young guys showed potential, but they also have a lot of work to do in the weight room to get better.”

The defense also had some big holes to fill with the graduation of cornerback Robson Noel, safety Tremaine Mack and defensive lineman Austin Knipp.

“Our defense was a big part of our success last season because they made so many big plays to get us the ball back,” Bell said. “This group has already started to gel again this spring and we’re returning a lot of talented guys who are hungry to win another championship.”

CHAMPIONSHIP PRINT AVAILABLE: A limited edition print featuring JU’s first PFL championship season is available on JUPhotos.com for $40. The picture captures the images that are ingrained into the memories of everyone who followed this team’s amazing run to the title.