FRIDAY, AUGUST 24, 2007
Dolphins wrap up fall camp with final scrimmage Friday
Aug. 24, 2007
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Jacksonville University football team wrapped up fall camp on Friday afternoon with its fourth scrimmage as the Dolphins get set for the season opener next week.
The offense and defense shined in the scrimmage, with the offense piling up seven touchdowns and the defense limiting the scout offense to just one touchdown, while forcing three turnovers, including an interception return for a touchdown.
"This was a good way to end camp," said JU head coach Kerwin Bell. "We got a lot of good work in today. Now, we've got to get off our feet, heal some injuries and get ready to come back rejuvenated on Monday to start class and get ready for the first game."
The offense continued its steady improvement throughout camp and it stepped up again in the scrimmage, picking up yardage in large chunks which equated into scoring opportunities.
Quarterback Chris Horton was impressive in directing the offense, completing 12-of-17 for 170 yards and three touchdowns. The first was a 28-yard strike to fullback Eric Kornhauser, the second a nine-yard shot to Sam Bell and the final was a three-yard toss to Charlie Lusk.
The passing game showed its potency in the scrimmage, racking up almost 350 yards in the air with a total of five touchdowns being thrown.
"As Chris keeps getting comfortable in the offense, he gets better and better," Bell said. "He had a great understanding of our offense and is making the right reads, which is so crucial."
The defense also put on a show as well, allowing just one touchdown late in the scrimmage.
Robson Noel stole the show with a 39-yard interception return for a touchdown, courtesy of a defensive line and linebacker unit that wreaked havoc in the backfield all day.
"I was really impressed with how well our defense was flying around the ball today," Bell said. "We've got a good secondary, with cornerbacks and safeties always being around the ball."
This was the first scrimmage in which the first and second team was getting a majority of the reps. Backup quarterback Eric Stepleton threw for 130 yards and one touchdown, a 15-yard pass to Michael Jenner. Spencer Endsley came in relief in the final two drives to throw for 47 yards and a touchdown - a 20-yard throw to Bell, his second touchdown of the day.
Jonathan Jones was the only quarterback not to throw a touchdown pass, but he ran for one, a 30-yard scamper for a score.
"I'm really pleased with where we are at on offense and defense," Bell said. "But when we come back on Monday, we're going to be completely dedicated to getting ready for first game."