Football's Keener Named To I-AA Independent Honor Roll

Nov. 1, 2000


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Sophomore kicker/punter Brett Keener (Melbourne, Fla.) has been named to the Division I-AA Independent Honor Roll for his play in the Dolphins' 17-14 double overtime win over Stony Brook at Milne Field on Saturday.

Keener booted a 27-yard game-winning field goal in the second overtime period to give JU the 17-14 victory. Keener also helped the Dolphins control the field position game, nailing seven punts for an average of 40 yards, including five inside the 20-yard line. The JU defense made the most of the field position advantage recording 3.5 sacks (-32 yards) and 14 tackles behind the line of scrimmage (-48 yards).

For the season, Keener, who missed three games with a pulled quad in his kicking leg, is averaging 37.4 yards per punt, including 11 inside the 20-yard line, and has connected on two field goals (27, 32).

The Dolphins (2-5) return to action on Saturday, Nov. 4, at Drake (6-2) at 2:00 p.m. (EST).

JU Football Notes: The Dolphins will be making their first plane trip in the three-year history of the program when they travel to Des Moines, Iowa to take on Drake on Saturday...Drake has been one of the top non-scholarship teams in the last decade with nine consecutive winning seasons, including an extraordinary record of 38-5-1 at home since 1992...The JU defense continues to stay strong forcing 22 turnovers, which ranks 31st nationally, while forcing 12 fumbles, which ranks 19th nationally. The Dolphins rank 23rd in the country in pass efficiency defense (95.13 rating), while junior free safety Tyrone Wright ranks 20th in the country with 0.57 interceptions per game (4 in 7 games). Wright also holds the school record with eight career picks...Junior linebacker Tommy Swindell now holds the school record for career tackles with 161, and is only three tackles shy of the school single-season mark of 68 set by Eric Wells in 1998. Swindell, who leads the team with 65 tackles, including 11 for loss (-16 yards), has also forced two fumbles while recovering four on the season.

Jacksonville University Football: JU is in its third season of intercollegiate football at the NCAA Division I-AA non-scholarship level and has a 9-16 (.360) record in 25 games. The Dolphins are 5-9 all-time at Milne Field and 4-7 on the road.

All-Time vs. Drake: Jacksonville is 0-1 all-time against Drake, losing the only meeting between the two teams, 34-14, last year in Jacksonville on Homecoming. The Dolphins turned the ball over four times and made numerous mistakes in the special teams game allowing the Bulldogs to jump out to a 27-0 halftime lead.

Scouting The Bulldogs: Drake enters the game 6-2 overall, 3-1 in the Pioneer Football League (PFL) after blasting Butler, 62-41, on Oct. 28 to break a two-game losing streak. The Bulldogs, which scored a school-record 62 points (non-scholarship) and tallied a school and PFL-record 734 yards of total offense, are assured of their ninth straight winning season and still have an outside chance of earning a tie for the PFL title alongside Dayton.

Place kicker Billy Cundiff, who leads Division I-AA with 17 field goals, had a string of 30 consecutive PAT conversions snapped when he missed an extra-point attempt in the third quarter. For the season, the Bulldogs are led by a balanced rushing attack with five players averaging more than seven carries a game. Clint Blackburn (43.0), Phil Joseph (39.1), Jonathan Taylor (36.0) and LaRon McKinnis (28.4) all average more than 28 yards per game. Although sophomore Ira Vandever leads the team in passing (72-for-135, 1,147 yds., 9 TD), senior Solon Bell has thrown for 652 yards and six touchdowns in seven games.

Head coach Rob Ash is in his 12th season at Drake, where he is the school's all-time winningest coach with a record of 83-36-2 (.694). The Bulldogs joined the PFL in 1993 after six years at the Division III level and quickly adjusted, finishing first or second in their first four years in the league, including PFL titles in 1995 and 1998. In the 1990's, Drake had eight straght seasons with seven or more victories. The Bulldogs are also one of the top home teams in Division I-AA with a 38-5-1 record at home since 1992.

Streaks: The Dolphins have not been shutout in the 25 games of the program's history...JU has also never shut out an opponent in 25 games...The Dolphins have not had a 100-yard rusher in 18 games dating back to Nov. 7, 1998, when Jon Underhill (165 yds.) and Greg Portee (154 yds.) each rushed for 100 yards against La Salle...The Dolphins failed to make an interception against Virginia-Wise breaking a string of 13 consecutive games with at least one INT, but started a new streak with two interceptions against Stony Brook.