JU ready for first home game of the Kerwin Bell era

Sept. 19, 2007

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The welcome wagons will be out in full force on Saturday at Noon as the JU football team opens its six-game home schedule against UNC-Pembroke at D.B. Milne Field.

The game marks the first home game under new head coach Kerwin Bell as the Dolphins (0-2) opened the season with two road games.

"We played two good teams in the first two weeks and were able to use the open week to focus more on us and what we need to do to be a good football team," Bell said. "Our guys are focused on the game and ready to get out there and play at home."

Despite the monsoon-like conditions in Jacksonville this week, the Dolphins have been able to get out on the field and prep for the game.

"We're coaching with more urgency because I want these guys to know that we're going to get better quickly," Bell said. "We're a better football team than what we have shown. We're going to coach with a lot of urgency to get them where they need to be."

The offense has some weapons that are moving closer to reaching lofty status. Wide receivers Michael Jenner, Nate Conner and Geavon Tribble are getting closer to recording 1,000 receiving yards in their career.

Jenner, who has caught a pass in 13 straight games, needs just 71 yards to become the sixth Dolphin in school history to reach the plateau. Conner is just 272 yards away from jumping into that group as well.

Tribble, a junior, has another season to push for the records. Entering Saturday's game, he has 37 catches in 16 career games for 654 yards.

"We've got a great group of wide receivers who can make plays," Bell said. "Our goal is to get the ball into the hands of the guys who can make plays as much as possible and those guys can make plays."

Defensively, the playmaker of late is linebacker Joey Rumph. The senior recorded a career-high two sacks against Gardner-Webb.

"If you would have seen the game against Gardner Webb, we had seven sacks and a bunch of tackles behind the line," Bell said. "We were bringing free people from all over the field. We dictated to them, and that's the way we want to be on both offense and defense."

Kickoff for Saturday's game is set for Noon, with the game airing live on the Internet via as well as being available on a tape-delayed basis through Comcast locally on Channel 14. Cole Pepper will describe the action, with JU alumnus and former NFL player Micah Ross serving as the color analyst. Matthew Kampfe, another former Dolphin, will report from the sidelines.

The game will also air on 1010XL, with Barry Milligan calling the play-by-play and Frank Callihan providing analysis.