MONDAY, OCTOBER 02, 2006
Football ranked No. 10 in The Sports Network Div. I-AA Mid-Major Poll
Oct. 2, 2006
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -
Following two-consecutive road wins in the Pioneer Football League, the Jacksonville University football team has made their way into the national rankings after being voted No. 10 by The Sports Network I-AA Mid-Major Top-10 Poll on Monday.
After two losses to full-scholarship opponents to begin the season, JU is off to a 2-0 start in conference play after a 31-7 win at Butler (Sept. 23) and a 34-17 victory at No. 10 Valparaiso (Sept. 30). The Dolphins are also ranked No. 10 in Don Hansen's Weekly Football Gazette Div. I-AA Mid-Major Top-12 Poll and seventh in the College Sports Report Div. I-AA Mid-Major Poll.
"It's an honor to receive national recognition after the way we have played the past two weeks," said JU head coach Steve Gilbert. "Hopefully we can keep playing at a high level to give us a chance to compete for the PFL title."
JU's win over Valparaiso was its first back- to-back road victories since 2001 and placed the Dolphins atop of the PFL standings with Drake (4-1, 2-0). It was also the first win against a member of the former PFL North Division since a 34-27 win over Valpo on Sept. 27, 2003. Senior running back Jerry Brant paced the Dolphins with a career-best 159 yards on 23 carries and three touchdowns in the victory.
San Diego (4-0, 1-0) remains No. 1 in all three mid-major polls following a 50-21 win at Davidson, and has won 12-straight games dating back to last season. The Toreros are also ranked in The Sports Network Div. I-AA Top-25 poll at No. 25 for the first time in program history.
The Sports Network I-AA Mid-Major Top-10 poll includes the 23 programs of the MAAC, NEC and Pioneer Football League, which play at a non- scholarship or limited scholarship level.
The Dolphins will be in search of their first three- game road winning streak in program history as the squad faces Davidson at Richardson Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 7 at 1 p.m.