TUESDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2011
Team, individual honors for JU football
The Jacksonville University football team continues to pile up the accolades as various players won recognition and the team continued its recent climb in three different polls this week.
Safety Lacy McDougald, already named the Pioneer Football league Defensive Player of the Week, was one of the College Football Performance Awards National Defensive Backs of the Week in the wake of the Dolphins’ 56-13 win over Davidson.
McDougald, from Jacksonville’s Fletcher High School, intercepted passes on consecutive second-half Davidson drives. He returned his second pick 59 yards for a touchdown which broke the game open giving JU a 28-7 lead. McDougald ended the game with 84 all-purpose yards, three tackles and a pass breakup in addition to the interceptions.
Freshman D’Andre Randle, from Miami, Fla., was one of the CFPA’s National Punt Returners of the Week after he returned a Brenton Goodman punt 94 yards for a touchdown early in the fourth quarter. It was the longest punt return in school history breaking Larry Thompson's previous high of 70 yards set in 2010 against Morehead State. Randle also had one pass reception for 9 yards.
Wide receiver Thompson, who has a pass reception in 28 consecutive games, received honorable mention from the CFPA after scoring three touchdowns on five catches and netting 105 yards. Thompson, from Tampa, Fla., has 27 catches this season for 512 yards and a team-leading seven touchdown receptions.
The Dolphins continue their climb through a variety of polls this week.
The team is up to 27th place in the FCS Coaches Poll, 37th in the TSN/Fathead.com poll and 11th in the Bilo Poll, a power ratings system poll.