FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2011
JU faces Charleston Southern in home opener
Larry Thompson (4) has caught a pass in 22 consecutive games. Play Video
Larry Thompson (4) has caught a pass in 22 consecutive games.
Jacksonville University coach Kerwin Bell has an idea that many times a team plays as it practices. If that’s true, he’s looking for a good home opener this weekend because he believes the team practiced as well this week as it has all season.

After two weeks on the road, the Dolphins (0-2) play host to Charleston Southern Saturday at 1 p.m. at D.B. Milne Field.

“The players have responded extremely well and I’ve really been pleased with the first two practices this week,’’ Bell said. “Sometimes practice mirrors your game. The last couple of weeks I’ve been sort of frustrated with the kids because we start out really strong (in practice) then we get into a lull and make a few mistakes here and there. That’s been the same thing that’s been happening in the games, we start our strong and the second quarter we’ll make some mental mistakes and do some things to get us in trouble so we’re trying to correct those things in practice so we can go out and play a good game Saturday.’’

Neither Bell nor his players are fooled by the scores the Bucs have lost by in their first two games – 62-0 to UCF and 62-10 to Florida State, also both on the road.

“Watching them on film I think they’re right up there with The Citadel on defense,’’ Bell said. “We felt like The Citadel had a fast, aggressive defense. We’ve got to control them to have success against them.’’

Left tackle Chad Cypher, a preseason All-American, said the two blowouts aren’t indicative of Charleston Southern’s potential.

“They’ve got a lot of depth and very athletic,’’ he said. “Like every scholarship team they have guys who can make plays.’’ JU quarterback Josh McGregor is coming off a three touchdown, 314-yard passing performance against Western Illinois last week and a pair of his key receivers have long streaks going. His next completion will be the 600th of his career.

Wide receiver Larry Thompson has recorded a catch in each of the last 22 games and wide receiver Josh Philpart has a catch in 11 consecutive games.

The game will be broadcast live on 1010XL and 1010XL.com with Terry Norvelle doing play by play and Joel Lamp color analysis. The game can be seen on tape delay through A.Sun.tv.

The Bono’s Barbeque Pregame Show will begin the broadcast at 12:30 p.m.

-- Jim Nasella