WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 18, 2010
Experienced line opening holes for JU offense
When you start to build an offensive line for a season, it’s highly recommended to have all five starters returning.
The Dolphins enjoy that luxury this season and may have created the most dominant unit in the program’s 12-year history.
“This group has the potential to the best we’ve ever had here,” Bell said. “They are really physical and have great chemistry, which you can’t have enough of with this group.”
Leonard Payton anchors the line at left tackle, entering his final season after starting every game the first three seasons and becoming one of the premier linemen in the league. Left guard is handled by another all-Pioneer Football League selection as well as a senior Dustin Robinson.
“The left side is really strong with Leonard and Dustin,” Bell said. “They do a great job of getting off the ball and can get down to that second level of defenders.”
The one change in the unit has been at center and right guard. Kevin Halverson, who started most of last season at right guard, will now handle the snapping duties while Ian Osking, a two-year starter at center, moves to right guard.
“We made the change in the spring and it’s really opened things up for us,” Bell said. “Ian has good size and speed, so we’re able to pull him over on traps and counters. Kevin’s been great at center and has adapted well to making the call for the entire line.”
At right tackle will be the monstrous Chad Cypher, who has grown to 6-foot-6, 310 pounds.
“Chad is a beast on that right side,” Bell said. “We’re expecting him to have a breakout season this year.”
TOMMIE ROGERS OUT FOR THE YEAR: Senior wide receiver Tommie Rogers will miss this season after an ACL injury during the first week of practice. Rogers has five touchdown receptions in his career, with 582 receiving yards and 413 rushing yards. Rogers will be able to redshirt and return for a final season in 2011.
PRACTICE REPORT: The Dolphins went thru their two-a-day schedule on Wednesday, wrapping up both practices in just a little under two hours. “We had a lot of competition today and I really like to see our guys pushing each other,” Bell said.
SCRIMMAGE SCHEDULE SET: The Dolphins will hold their second scrimmage of training camp at The Bolles School on Saturday, Aug. 21, starting at 5 p.m. The second scrimmage is used more as a simulation of the timeline for the season opener at Old Dominion as well as getting used to playing in the fading sunlight.
The final scrimmage will be on campus on Aug. 28 and will kickoff near 10 a.m., starting “Dolphin Day.” Fans are encouraged to come out and take in the final preseason scrimmage and meet some of the Dolphins from the other sports. There will also be prizes and giveaways throughout the day. Admission is free.
SEASON TICKETS ON SALE: Season tickets are on sale for $60 with “The Grove” parking passes going for $60 as well. Visit JUDolphins.com/tickets or contact Nikki Swanson in the JU ticket office at (904) 256-7444 for more information.