FRIDAY, OCTOBER 01, 2010
Dolphins host San Diego on new and improve D.B. Milne Field
Two years ago, San Diego walked off D.B. Milne Field stunned after Donovan Curry’s 50-yard field goal gave the JU football team a 30-29 win.
That win signaled the Dolphins come-uppance and was the confidence boost that JU needed en route to winning the 2008 Pioneer Football League championship.
On Saturday, the two teams will hook up again with a lot on the line early in the season.
“Any time you play San Diego, it is a big game,” said JU head coach Kerwin Bell. “They are an extremely talented group that is well coached and plays hard on every snap. Our guys know that you can’t take them lightly. They are a championship program that has the same goal as us – to win the PFL title.”
Jacksonville (3-1, 1-0 PFL) will need its offense to pick up where it left off at Davidson.
The Dolphins racked up more than 500 yards for the second straight game, getting more than 400 of that in the air from Josh McGregor – who tied his own school record with six touchdown passes.
JU will also welcome Rudell Small back to the lineup after being limited to three carries last week due to injuries. In his place, J.J. Laster shined, rushing for more than 130 yards in his first career start.
“We’re very fortunate that we’ve got a tremendous amount of depth at several positions – and running back is one of those,” Bell said. “With Rudell banged up, we had to call on J.J. He stepped up with a great effort and allowed us not to miss a beat on offense.”
While the offense has been stealing the headlines, the defense has made a habit of stealing the ball from the JU’s opponents.
The Dolphins are third in the country in turnover margin, averaging a +1.75 ratio per game.
A lot of that has been caused by a strong secondary that has developed steadily since the beginning of preseason camp. A question mark entering the season, this group has evolved into game changers.
Topping it off has been the recent play of the defensive line, led by Bradley Burns. In his first full game of his senior season, Burns recorded 3.5 sacks – setting a new record for most sacks in a game.
Kickoff is set for Noon, with the game being broadcast on ASun.TV and 1010XL. Barry Milligan and Paul Spicer will have the call of the game, starting at 11:30 a.m. with the Bono’s Barbecue Pregame Show.