Dolphins picked sixth in Pioneer Football League preseason poll

Aug. 2, 2007

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Despite returning 18 starters from a year ago, the Jacksonville football team was picked to finish sixth in the Pioneer Football League by the league's coaches on Thursday.

While the poll has JU in the bottom half of the standings, first-year head coach Kerwin Bell has one goal for his team - winning the PFL championship. Last year, the Dolphins took home fourth place and were in contention for the league title entering the final two weeks of the season.

"Since the day I took the job, my goal is for us to win the PFL championship and that is going to be our focus," Bell said. "Preseason polls are based on tradition and reputation. Right now, everyone wants to know what we're going to do this season. I know we're going to be well coached, prepared to play and will play hard every down. If we do that, the results will take care of themselves."

Two-time defending champion San Diego is picked to win the league again, racking up five first place votes. Drake received the other three first place votes and is picked to finish second.

Davidson is picked third, followed by Dayton and Morehead State. The Dolphins come in sixth and are trailed by Butler and Valparaiso.

JU players report for fall camp on Monday and will hit the practice field for the first time on Tuesday.