Dolphins Prepare For Home Opener Against Undefeated Wingate

Sept. 10, 2003


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Radio: "The Winner", AM 1570 WNNR (Cole Pepper, play-by-play; Will Weatherford, color; Andrew Bianchi, sidelines). The Dolphin Pregame Show begins at 12 p.m.

Last Game: JU suffered its first shutout since 2000, 24-0, at Lenoir-Rhyne. Wingate beat Charleston Southern, 22-6.

Series Record: First Meeting

Up Next: The Dolphins host first-year program Coastal Carolina in the second of three-straight home games. Wingate hosts North Greenville.

Today's Game: Saturday's game sponsor is Verizon Wireless, the official wireless provider of JU Athletics. All fans will receive a complimentary fan courtesy of Verizon Wireless.

  • JU is 3-2 in home openers, including a 37-27 win over Lenoir-Rhyne last year. The Dolphins won their inaugural football game in 1998, defeating Davidson, 19-14, in front of a standing room-only crowd of 4,890. The Dolphins also defeated Davidson in the 2001 season opener, 45-3, breaking the Wildcats' 18-game win streak.

  • JU is 2-6 all-time against teams from the South Atlantic Conference (Division II scholarship). The Dolphins are 2-3 against Lenoir-Rhyne, 0-2 vs. Tusculum and 0-1 vs. Presbyterian.

  • T he Dolphins are 11-16 all-time at D.B. Milne Field, including a 2-3 mark a year ago. JU has never posted a winning record at home, but went 3-3 in 2000 and 3-3 in 2001.

  • The JU baseball team will be honored at halftime for winning the 2003 Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament championship and making their third NCAA Tournament appearance in the last five years.

  • DOLPHINS AVOID TURNOVERS IN OPENER ... JU did not commit a turnover in the season opener against Lenoir-Rhyne, nor did the Bears. It marked the first game in school history for the Dolphins in which neither team committed a turnover. JU has forced a turnover in 44-of-51 games in its short six-year history.

  • NEW LOOK OFFENSE... JU debuted its new-look offense in the season opener against Lenoir-Rhyne. While the core of the offensive playbook has remained the same, first-year offensive coordinator Andy McLeod has installed a no-huddle philosophy where all plays and formations are called at the line of scrimmage. The approach,which is also used by West Virginia, allows for JU to control the tempo of the game while placing additional pressure on the defense to limit its substitution pattern.

  • STRONG OPENING PERFORMANCES ... Some of the Dolphins' top season-opening performances included the play of junior linebackers Tim Hasse and Adam Griffin, as well as freshman punter Ryan Long. Hasse posted a career-best 10 tackles and broke up a pass, while Griffin ha a career-best eight tackles in his first career start for the injured Brandon Torre. Long nearly set a school record with his 10 punts on opening day, while averaging a league-best 40.5 yards per boot, which ranks 28th nationally. Other top performers included senior wide receiver Charles Harper, who had a career-best six receptions for 48 yards, and sophomore Julio Santiago, who averaged 20.5 yards on two kickoff returns.