JU crisp in final scrimmage
Jacksonville, Fla. – A crisp final scrimmage Saturday Jacksonville University has coach Kerwin Bell a bit more comfortable with his team heading into game week.

“I thought we were very sharp,’’ Bell said after the team’s workout at D.B. Milne Field. “(Quarterback) Josh (McGregor) has got a great handle for offense and made some really good checks and I liked the way our defense flew around and seemed like they didn’t bust any assignments.’’

McGregor was 6 of 8 for 41 yards on the day but directed the offense on a 70-yard scoring drive during his two series of play. Freshman quarterback Kade Bell led all passers as was 7-for-12 for 146 yards and included a 70-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver D’Andre Randle.

Randle ended the day with two catches for 76 yards and freshmen Kendryk Boyd, who has had a solid camp, had five receptions for 98 yards.

Running back J.J. Laster was the team’s rushing leader as he had 41 yards on six carries and senior Keith Dawson ran for 40 yards. Each had a touchdown.

Bell said he believes his team had “one bad day’’ in camp and if it continues its current mindset into game week “we’ll be fine for the first game’’ at The Citadel Saturday at 6 p.m.

He said he is encouraged by the defense which had some players banged up earlier.

“We got those guys back this week and so we feel good about depth on that side of the ball,’’ Bell said. “Offensively, Josh is hitting his stride and we’re starting to figure some things out with personnel, so I feel comfortable about the guys who are going to be traveling and how they executed today.’’

- Jim Nasella