THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2011
New season, new roles for the Dolphins
There will be a lot familiar faces wearing the green and gold jerseys for Jacksonville University when they open the season on Friday night at Florida State.
While they may be familiar to fans, their roles will be different. There is the scoring void of losing Ayron Hardy and Travis Cohn. There is the defensive pressure the Hardy applied in being named the top defensive player in the Atlantic Sun Conference twice.
Who will fill those roles? That’s a question even JU head coach Cliff Warren wants to know the answer – but he does know that everyone will play and be expected to contribute.
“We have a lot of guys with experience, but they don’t have experience in the roles we need them to,” Warren said. “We know we’re going to need everyone to contribute every game for us to be successful.”
Friday’s game tips off at 7 p.m., with the game being broadcast on ESPN3.
Unlike their season opening opponent, the Dolphins did not play an exhibition game this season – instead opting for two controlled scrimmages against another school. NCAA rules prohibit any reporting on these scrimmages.
“It was good for us to play our two scrimmages and see how we stand against another team,” Warren said. “We’ve been able to show the guys some of their mistakes on film and they are continuing to learn from them.”
LONG AWAITED DEBUT
For Admir Sahbegovic, the season opener can’t get here soon enough.
The redshirt freshman sat out last season due to a knee injury. Since then, he’s been working steadfastly to get back onto the court and will make his debut on Friday. The Sandalwood High School graduate signed with JU after a stellar prep career.
“Admir has worked hard in the training room and in the weight room to get ready for this season,” Warren said. “He’s made a lot of progress in preseason camp and is working hard every day to get better.”