Football Looks To Bounce Back Against Stony Brook

Oct. 26, 2000


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Jacksonville University Football: JU is in its third season of intercollegiate football at the NCAA Division I-AA non-scholarship level and has a 8-16 (.333) record in 24 games. The Dolphins are 4-9 all-time at Milne Field and 4-7 on the road.

All-Time vs. Stony Brook: The is the first meeting between Jacksonville and Stony Brook. However, the two teams have two common opponents on the schedule in Wagner and Monmouth. Stony Brook lost to Wagner, 35-9, and Monmouth, 35-7. JU will play both teams back to back on Nov. 11 and 18 at Milne Field.

Scouting The Seawolves: Stony Brook enters the season 2-5 having lost four straight games after a 2-1 start. Last week, the Seawolves lost at Monmouth, 34-7, after managing only a 168 yards of total offense and crossing midfield only twice. Stony Brook is led by senior running back Ralph Menendez and senior QB Brian Stanley. Menendez has rushed for 469 yards and three touchdowns on the season, while Stanley has thrown fo 988 yards and six touchdowns in seven games.

Head coach Sam Kornhauser is in his 17th season at Stony Brook with a record of 79-83-2 (.488). The former All-Conference offensive tackle from Missouri Valley College directed the Seawolves move to Division I-AA in 1999, and is a tenured Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Education, as well as serving as Senior Associate Director of Athletics.

Defensive Charge: While the JU offense searches for its identity, the Dolphin defense has been solid in the first six games, forcing 20 turnovers (8 int., 12 fumbles) and recording nine sacks (-73 yards). JU has intercepted at least one pass in 13 of the last 14 games, including a streak of 13 straight games that ended at Virginia-Wise, and currently ranks 13th in the country with 12 fumble recoveries and 26th nationally with 20 turnovers gained. In the Dolphins' 28-24 win over Austin Peay, the JU defense forced a school-record seven turnovers (9 forced fumbles [6 recovered], 1 int.), including a string of five on the first six possessions of the second half. After allowing 24 points and 182 yards of total offense to Lenoir-Rhyne in the first half of the season opener, JU locked down the high-powered Bear attack in the second half. JU limited Lenoir-Rhyne - which had scored 78 points in the first six quarters of the season - to just 44 yards rushing and 125 yards of total offense while holding the Bears scoreless in the final two quarters. The Dolphins yielded a season-low 221 yards of total offense against Tusculum and posted 14 tackles behind the line of scrimmage.

Getting Offensive: Despite a 24-14 loss at Virginia-Wise, the Dolphin offense finally broke through racking up 393 yards of total offense, including a season-high 282 yards passing and 111 yards rushing (175 yds. without 64 yds. of sacks). Junior quarterback Scott Brickley completed 23 passes (2nd most all-time at JU) on a school-record 51 attempts for 282 yards. Junior running back Jon Underhill ran for 75 yards on eight carries while making two catches out of the backfield for 34 yards, and Brent Alexander rushed for 82 yards and two touchdowns. Nine different receivers made a catch for JU, paced by junior Brett Palmi , who grabbed seven balls for season-best 100 yards, marking the first 100-yard receiving game for the Dolphins since Oct. 16 of last season when Corey Donnell had 133 yds. against Greensboro College. Freshman wideout Shane Brown had his best game yet with five catches for 61 yards, while the team's leading receiver, Jonathan Turner, had three receptions for 55 yards.