SUNDAY, JANUARY 15, 2012
Five from JU going to Battle of Florida
Two players and a trio of coaches will make up the star-studded contingent JU will send to Saturday’s Battle of Florida All Star game in Boca Raton.
JU’s record setting quarterback Josh McGregor and is record-setting wide receiver Josh Philpart make up the player portion of the Dolphins’ presence for the contest set for 8 p.m. on the Florida Atlantic University campus.
The game is for NFL draft-eligible players with Florida ties and will pit two legendary coaches Bobby Bowden and Howard Schnellenberger against each other. Players will be from all schools regardless of that school’s division.
McGregor is from Royal Palm Beach, Fla., and graduated with a degree in sports management in December. He holds virtually all JU passing records, many Pioneer Football League records and put himself on the national stage.
He finished this season with 3,044 yards passing and 29 touchdowns giving him 11,230 career yards (23rd all-time in the Football Championship Series) and 116 touchdowns (sixth all time in FCS). He holds the team and league records for yardage, touchdowns, and completions among a host of other marks.
“I want to thank my family, coaches and teammates for a great four-year career at JU,’’ McGregor said. “Now it gives me a tremendous opportunity to showcase my talents at a higher level with all these other great players. I am excited to get back on the field one more time.’’
Philpart, from Deerfield Beach, Fla., once again led JU receivers as he had 50 catches for 675 yards and six touchdowns. He holds the school records for season and career touchdowns, season and career receiving yardage and receptions and was the first Dolphin ever to pass the 2,000-yard receiving mark. He ended his career catching a pass in his last 20 consecutive games.
“I’m very excited to get another chance to strap on my pads and show some scouts that I can really play against some of the best guys out of Florida,’’ he said.
McGregor and Philpart will have some familiar faces on the sidelines with them.
JU head coach Kerwin Bell will be offensive coordinator for coach Bobby Bowden’s North squad. It will be Bell’s first time in an all-start game as a coach; he played in the Japan Bowl coming out of the University of Florida in the 80s.
“It’s going to be good,’’ Bell said. “It’s a new all-star game in Florida and I think it’s going to be fun to go out and coach those guys up and represent Jacksonville University. It’s a great opportunity to be under Bobby Bowden. I’ve always respected him as a person and a coach and it’s going to be unbelievable to be out there with him the next week.’’
Joining Bell on the sidelines will be JU wide receivers coach Ernie Mills and defensive line coach Ernie Logan, both nine-year standouts in the NFL.
Mills played in Pittsburgh, Carolina and Dallas and Logan played nine seasons in the league with the Jets, Jaguars, Falcons and Browns.
The game will be broadcast by Fox College Sports.
- Jim Nasella