The JU football team has seen a meteoric rise in the last three seasons, becoming a perennial contender for the Pioneer Football League title and a budding powerhouse in the Southeast.
A large part of that rise is due a record-setting trio of offensive superstars – quarterback Josh McGregor, running back Rudell Small and wide receiver Josh Philpart.
While the threesome is setting a new standard of excellence in Jacksonville, their numbers speak to being the most potent trio of offensive weapons in the state of Florida.
Go inside the numbers…
McGregor leads all active quarterbacks in the state with 5,944 career passing yards, with 807 of those coming this season (also a state best)
McGregor’s seven touchdown passes this season is the most of any signal caller, with his 62 career touchdowns topping Jacory Harris of Miami’s total of 40
McGregor has completed 54 passes this season, the most of any QB in Florida, and his 404 career completions is just behind Christian Ponder at Florida State (449)
McGregor is now the leader among active quarterbacks in the FCS for career quarterback efficiency rating and his performance thus far leads the state of Florida outside of the two run-first quarterbacks at BCU and FAMU
He already holds the JU school record for most career passing yards, most passing yards in a season, most career passing touchdowns, most touchdown passes in a season and career completions
Small has rushed for 301 yards this season, the second-highest total among the running backs in the state, but leads all with a career total of 3,229
Small has been a scoring machine throughout his career, racking up 34 rushing touchdowns (state leader) with three this season, the most among state running backs
Small is averaging 6.1 yards per carry this season, the third-highest average and his 5.5 per carry career average is in fourth place
In per game average, Small leads the group for career average at 92.3, with an average of 100.3 this season ranking second behind Jeff Demps of Florida
As a junior, Philpart is third in career receiving yards with 1,542 and his total of 186 this season is fourth in the state
Philpart’s three touchdowns this season ranks second in Florida, but his 20 receptions is the most among any state receiver (it also is the second-highest career total of any receiver in the country at the FCS level)
Philpart’s 10 receptions this season is tied for sixth, but his 100 career receptions is tied for third – being the only junior in the top four