WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2011
Waylon sings big tune with first-ever reception
Clearing the football notebook during the bye week
Waylon Cox saved his best … for first.
Cox, a senior wide receiver from Jacksonville, made his first career reception Saturday and he made it a big one – a 34-yard touchdown from freshman quarterback Trevius Folston in the 56-13 win over Davidson.
The play, called 60 Steamers, was one Cox probably will remember for life.
“I was pretty wide open,’’ Cox, who went to The Bolles School, said. “I caught it and turned around and the dude pushed me in the end zone. When I got up I saw a flag and was hoping it wasn’t going to be called back.’’
Cox, who has been doing double duty by playing in junior varsity home games, said he had noticed Davidson was “running guys on and off the field’’ and said he thought the defense was a little confused. In fact, the penalty flag he saw was a substitution infraction against the Wildcats.
Only a few plays before his catch, Cox was targeted by Folston and caught a pass several yards out of the end zone.
“I didn’t think I was going to get another chance,’’ he said. “I was excited and happy I had the opportunity.’’
Randel’s record-setting return: Freshman D’Andre Randle set a school record against Davidson with a 94-yard punt return in the fourth quarter. Taking one to the house is something he’d thought of, but setting a school record never crossed his mind.
“I always wanted to take one back but I never thought I’d have the record,’’ Randle, from Miami, Fla., said.
Randle picked Brenton Goodman’s punt up on a bounce and said he never really felt threatened on his way to the end zone.
“Off the bounce I saw a seam I could get through and just hit it,’’ he said. “It probably threw them off because they thought I wasn’t going to catch it off the bounce,’’ he said.
Randle said when he saw Goodman as the last person he had to beat to score, he did what most anybody would.
“I was just laughing.’’
McGregor reset: Quarterback Josh McGregor has his hands on or near so many records it’s tough to keep track. Here’s where he’s at in a variety of categories: This past weekend he moved to 23rd on the FCS all-time passing yardage list with 10,345 yards. … his 109 touchdown passes leave him tied for seventh all time in FCS … with five more TD passes he takes over the all-time Pioneer Football League record in the category.
Streak update: The short answer is, all the significant streaks are intact. JU still has the FCS’ current longest home win streak with 13 and the Pioneer Football League’s all time longest win streak at 16 … wide receiver Larry Thompson’s consecutive games with a catch streak is alive at 28 and wide receiver Josh Philpart’s is at 17 and counting.
-- Jim Nasella