TUESDAY, AUGUST 17, 2010
Wide receivers rising to the occasion for JU
When talking with JU head coach Kerwin Bell about the group of wide receivers he has this fall, his face lights up.
And with good reason – the Dolphins return all four starters from last season and have added some talented freshmen to the mix that will drive defenses nuts trying to slow them down.
“We have a lot of talented guys that can make a lot of plays for us this year,” Bell said. “The depth we have at receiver is tremendous. We’ve got eight, nine or 10 guys that we can put out there and feel very comfortable with all the time.”
Headlining the group is junior Josh Philpart, coming off the best receiving year in program history – catching 45 passes for a school-record 913 yards.
“Josh is having a good camp and we’re expecting another big year from him,” Bell said. “He’s become one of the top receivers in the country and we expect him to get better this year.”
Philpart is just one of the many weapons that JU quarterbacks will be throwing to this season. The group includes Larry Thompson, Rodney Sumter, Elliott Finkley and a few freshmen that have made their mark in camp thus far – Dorian Guy and Adrian Riley.
“The competition from the young guys coming to camp has really pushed our guys to a new level,” Bell said. “Larry is having a great camp and we’re expecting him to have a breakout year. Rodney is having the best camp of his career and has really taken his game up a notch. With Elliott, you have an extremely talented receiver who can do so many positive things that we want to get the ball in his hands a lot.
“Then, you have two freshmen that have really stood out to me – Dorian Guy and Adrian Riley. Dorian can really fly and he’s really shined so far in camp. Adrian is a guy who is a beast and catches everything. Once he gets off the line, he’s really hard to cover.”
SHAUN LEWIS DENIED SIXTH YEAR: Defensive lineman Shaun Lewis has lost his appeal for a sixth year of eligibility, which officially ends his collegiate career. One of the stars on defense the last three years, Lewis’ five-year clock ran out at the end of last season. His career ends with three years of action at JU, racking up 20 sacks and 36.5 tackles for a loss.
PRACTICE REPORT: The Dolphins worked out for about two and a half hours on Tuesday afternoon in some heated conditions. “Despite the heat, we were able to make some progress,” Bell said. “These practices are really tough because the heat just beats on you and the kids can lose their focus. They hung in there today and kept working hard.”
COACH BELL TO APPEAR ON CHANNEL 4 FOOTBALL PREVIEW: JU head coach Kerwin Bell will be part of a roundtable for Channel 4’s season preview for football season on Wednesday night. The show will air live from 8 to 9 p.m., with Sam Kouvaris, Frank Frangie and former Jaguar Lonnie Martz joining Bell for the season outlook.
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.