MONDAY, JULY 26, 2010
Four Dolphins earn spots on FCS Preseason Award watch lists
With back-to-back winning seasons and the program’s first conference title, the JU football team has turned heads across the country and is now reaping the rewards as four Dolphins were nominated on the Football Championship Division preseason “Performer of the Year” watch lists.

Senior running back Rudell Small, a candidate for the Walter Payton Award, is joined by junior quarterback Josh McGregor, junior wide receiver Josh Philpart and senior punt returner Elliott Finkley on the preseason watch list at their position.

McGregor was also added to the preseason watch list for “National Performer of the Year.”

“This is a tremendous honor for these young men to be recognized going into preseason camp,” said JU head coach Kerwin Bell. “They also know that they have a lot of work to do to live up to these recognitions.”

In his two years at JU, McGregor has put up record-setting numbers in bunches, becoming the school’s all-time leader in passing yards (5,147) while breaking the single-season record in each season, surpassing his previous mark with 2,693 yards in the air last year.

He has tossed 55 touchdowns thus far in his career, shattering the previous school record of 38.

Philpart has been a huge help in McGregor’s numbers as he became his top target. In just two seasons, he has caught 88 passes for 1,356 yards, including a JU single-season record 912 yards as a sophomore.

His 54 receptions last year was the second-highest single-season total in program history and he became just the eighth Dolphin to record 1,000 career receiving yards. His 17 career touchdown receptions are now the most in program history, shattering the previous record of 15.

Keeping the theme of head turning is Finkley, who is usually turning heads as he races by on a punt return. He has returned three punts for touchdowns in his career, including a career-long 60-yard touchdown score at No. 1 Appalachian State in 2008.

FCS National Performer of the Year: Jeremy Moses (Stephen F. Austin), Michael Herrick (Northern Arizona), Scott Riddle (Elon), Greg Denham (UC Davis), Chase Reynolds (Montana), Taiwan Jones (Eastern Washington), Matt Szczur (Villanova), Devon Moore (Appalachian State), Tysson Poots (Southern Utah), K.J. Black (Prairie View), Andrew Selle (Montana), Thomas DeMarco (Old Dominion), Chris Whitney (Villanova), Josh McGregor (Jacksonville)

FCS Quarterback Performer of the Year: Jeremy Moses (Stephen F. Austin), Michael Herrick (Northern Arizona), Scott Riddle (Elon), Greg Denham (UC Davis), Josh McGregor (Jacksonville) , K.J. Black (Prairie View), Andrew Selle (Montana), Thomas DeMarco (Old Dominion), Chris Whitney (Villanova)

FCS Running Back Performer of the Year: Kyle Minett (South Dakota State), Taiwan Jones (Eastern Washington), Chris Evans (Samford), Chase Reynolds (Montana), Devon Moore (Appalachian State), Rudell Small (Jacksonville), Ed Gowins (Stony Brook), Justin Babb (Savannah State), Patrick Hall (Gardner-Webb), Mario Crawford (Old Dominion), Mike Rucker (Wofford), Terrence Holt (Austin Peay), Matt Szczur (Villanova) FCS Wide Receiver Performer of the Year: Tysson Poots (Southern Utah), James LaMacchia (Marist), Da’Marcus Griggs (Texas State), Chris Bell (Norfolk State), Joshua Philpart (Jacksonville), Raymond Fry (Portland State), Simmie Yarbrough (Southeastern Louisiana), Fesi Sitake (Southern Utah), Zach Watkins (Butler), Mark Layton (Lafayette), Lito Senatus (Western Illinois), Dominique Johnson (Cal Poly), Brandyn Reed (Sacramento State), Nicholas Andrews (Alabama State), Dominique Barnes (Youngstown State)