Dolphins prep for third scrimmage

Aug. 17, 2007

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - With two scrimmages in the books, the Jacksonville football team will have its third scrimmage of fall camp on Saturday at 10 a.m.

The first two scrimmages have seen the newcomers and second string see a lot of action as the coaching staff has put their system into place.

Saturday starts the Dolphins progress towards an updated depth chart in the coming week as JU begins to look ahead to the beginning of the regular season.

"This scrimmage is important for every one of our guys," said JU head coach Kerwin Bell. "We've got a lot guys that we want to evaluate and these scrimmages are the best opportunity we have to see how they'll perform in game conditions."

Preseason camp has been one of the most physical ever, with the Dolphins having a full team session every day in practice.

To top it off, there have been several live "Oklahoma" drills, where the offense and defense line up two yards apart - battling for position as a ball carrier attempts to break through.

"The Oklahoma drills are designed to see who is going to fight until the final whistle," Bell said. "I want our team to play as hard as they can every play. There are going to be times that they are tired, but you've got to be able to battle through to make the play that could win a game."

HARD HITTERS: One of the interesting notes from Wednesday's scrimmage was the hard-hitting defense making plays. Every one of the defensive players was laying big hits all over the field, which is something the unit wants to be known.

"I want our defense to be physical," Bell said. "Teams that have strong defense are known for being aggressive and hard nosed, which is what I think our defense is capable of doing."

TWO-A-DAY: The Dolphins had their third two-a-day practice session on Friday, going early in the morning and late in the afternoon. JU worked on fine tuning its offensive and defensive sets as they prep for the third scrimmage of fall camp.

"We had a good day of work today," Bell said. "We're getting better each day, we just need to keep working at getting more consistent with our execution."