FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2010
Seniors look to wrap up regular season against Campbell
The winningest senior class in the history of JU football will run onto the turf at D.B. Milne Field for a final time on Saturday as the No.22 Dolphins host Campbell.
Jacksonville’s (9-1, 7-0 PFL) 18 seniors have a lot to play for in their final game. The Dolphins have won eight in a row and need a win over Campbell to clinch at least a share of the Pioneer Football League title.
Kickoff is set for Noon, with the game airing live on 1010XL, with Barry Milligan and Paul Spicer calling the action. The broadcast begins at 11:30 a.m. with the Bono’s Barbecue Pregame Show.
“We’ve had a good week of preparation with our goal within reach,” said JU head coach Kerwin Bell. “This group has done a great job of focusing on the task at hand throughout the season and they know they face a tough Campbell team.”
Here’s a capsule look at all 18 of JU’s seniors that will be honored in a Senior Day ceremony before the game:
#5 Michael Henzie
One of the most versatile members of the senior class, Henzie has done it all for JU, playing in 39 career games. A key member of the special teams unit, he has seen action at running back and wide receiver during his career as well.
#6 Jarvis Williams
Williams started his career as a linebacker at JU, but made the move to offense and has shined as the starting fullback the last two years. While he doesn’t get a lot of rushes, he has proven to be a dangerous receiver this season, catching seven passes for 62 yards.
#7 Elliott Finkley
One of the fastest players in JU history, Finkley has left his mark on the record book at JU. He became the eighth receiver in program history to record 1,000 receiving yards in their career and is the all-time record holder for punt return touchdowns.
#9 Rodney Sumter
Another talented wide receiver, Sumter has enjoyed a breakout senior season – catching 21 passes for 439 yards and a career-best six touchdowns, which is tied for third on the school’s single-season list.
#11 Will Perry
A leader on the defense, Perry has been critical in the Dolphins success throughout his career. An anchor on the 2008 PFL title team, he is fourth on the team in tackles this season – leading a defensive unit that is among the top 30 in the country.
#13 Erik Stepelton
With a high-power arm, Stepelton has shown throughout his career how valuable a good backup quarterback can be. In 2008, he came off the bench and led the Dolphins comeback to upset San Diego en route to the league title.
#28 Rudell Small
The all-time leading rusher in program history, Small owns every major rushing record at JU and is the first running back in school history to record three 1,000-yard seasons. He has raised his game to a new level this year as a receiver, catching 27 passes with four touchdowns to go along with his 11 rushing touchdowns.
#34 Joseph Fennell
A hard-hitting linebacker, Fennell enters today’s game in fourth place on the school’s all-time tackles list with more 230 tackles during a stellar career. He leads the Dolphins defense in tackles this season and has picked off two passes – the first of his career.
#44 Chris Kuck
The school’s all-time leader for touchdown receptions by a tight end, Kuck has proven to be more than just a blocker who catches the occasional pass. During his career, he has been a dangerous weapon over the middle – racking up 12 touchdown receptions which is tied for fifth all time at JU.
#46 Ray Gault
After transferring to JU, Gault has a major contributor on the defensive line – taking his game to a new level this season. His play up front has helped lead JU to a top 20 ranking nationally in rushing defense and in the top five in turnover ratio.
#49 Logan Chipperfield
It’s not often that the punter is considered a major weapon, but Chipperfield has changed that concept throughout his career. One of the best punters in the country, his ability to flip field position with a booming punt has transformed JU’s special teams unit.
#53 Cevonte Heagle
Another hard worker who does all the little things well, Heagle has steadily made an impact since joining the program. His speed and quickness up front has allowed him to be a major factor for the defensive line throughout his career.
#54 Austin Lands
Dedicated and devoted, Lands has been a key member of the football program the past four years. His positive attitude rubs off on everyone in the program and has endeared him to his teammates.
#57 Bradley Burns
A talented pass rusher, Burns has enjoyed a breakout senior season – leading the Dolphins with 7.5 sacks, including a school-record 3.5 sacks in a win over Davidson earlier this season. One of the leaders on defense, his speed has made him one of the most feared defenders in the PFL.
#64 Dustin Robinson
Robinson has quietly enjoyed an amazing career at JU, starting the last 25 games for the Dolphins at guard. His play has helped the JU offense rewrite the record book each of the last three seasons, including a school-record 433 points this season.
#76 Leonard Payton
Since his first game at JU, Payton has been in the starting lineup at offensive tackle – opening holes for the Dolphins all-time leading rusher and protecting the blind side of the all-time leader in passing yards at JU. A two-time all-PFL selection, Payton will go down as the best offensive lineman in program history.
#96 Josh Hostetler
Strong and steady, Hostetler has enjoyed a stellar senior season. He’s 6-of-9 on field goals, including a career-long 40-yarder at Butler last week, and has now broken the school record for most points by a kicker in a season – putting up 71 points.