JU returns home to face Webber International
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After two grueling road trips, the JU football team will stay in town this week as they host Webber International on Saturday night at Skinner-Barco Stadium on the campus of The Bolles School.

Jacksonville (1-1) has faced two of its toughest opponents on the 2010 schedule, starting with the 35-25 win at Old Dominion before a loss to national power Appalachian State, which moved up to No. 1 in the FCS Coaches Poll this week.

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m., with the game being broadcast on 1010XL. Barry Milligan will be joined former Jacksonville Jaguar Paul Spicer for the play-by-play, starting with the Bono’s Barbecue Pregame Show at 6:30 p.m.

“We’re excited to stay home for a game and play in front of our fans,” said JU head coach Kerwin Bell. “It’s going to be a great atmosphere playing under the lights on Saturday. The guys know that we’ve got a lot of improvement to make this week.”

The Dolphins hung tough against the then-No. 3 ranked Mountaineers for the first 40 minutes, cutting the deficit to three when J.J. Laster scored on a two-yard touchdown run.

Appalachian State though showed why they are ranked among the top teams nationally, thwarting JU’s upset bid by scoring the final 28 points in the game. ASU was 11-of-14 third down conversions, holding the ball for more than 32 minutes.

“There are an awful lot of positives that we can take out of that game,” Bell said. “We got them into third down situations a lot, but when they convert, convert and convert, it just drains your team and that’s what happened to us. We just ran out of gas late in the game.”

One of the glaring problems for JU has been its lack of offense in the first quarter. Through two games, JU has yet to produce 60 yards on offense and has just one first down.

“We know we’ve got to get out to a better start the rest of the year,” Bell said. “We did a great job of not getting our head down, but we’ve got to prepared to go right from the start.”

This is the sixth meeting all time between the two teams, with JU holding a 4-1 edge in the series after last season’s 40-24 win at Webber.

“Webber is in a similar place to where we were a few years ago in getting their program going,” Bell said. “They are young and hungry group that is going to come out ready to play on Saturday night. We have to come out every day ready to prepare for a very tough game because they are playing with a lot of confidence right now.”