Due to Hurricane Irma, football's home opener will now start an hour earlier than originally planned with a noon kick-off on Saturday versus Walsh University at D.B. Milne Field.
Jacksonville vs. Walsh
Saturday, Sept. 16 | 12:00 p.m. | Jacksonville, Fla. | D.B. Milne Field
Broadcast | ESPN3 (Scott Manze & David Lamm)
Radio | Mixlr (Joe Mixie)
Admission to and parking for the football home opener will be free of charge. Instead, fans are encouraged to bring canned food donations to support Feeding Northeast Florida.
Green out D.B. Milne Field for the Dolphins' home opener by wearing your best JU apparel. The first 100 fans through the gate will receive a free schedule poster.
Behind the Shields
Saturday's game will mark Jacksonville's first meeting with Walsh.
The Dolphins begin Pioneer Football League play with a trip to Marist.
Jacksonville leads the all-time series, 5-3, and are coming off of a 41-35 victory over the Red Foxes a season ago. In the decision, JU's offense tallied 579 yards and quarterback Rylan Wells rushed for four touchdowns.
Michon Sobers doubled down on game highlights in the Dolphins' season-opener as he caught his first career pass for a touchdown. The fourth quarter drive saw Rylan Wells rush for 42 yards before connecting with Sobers for the five-yard pass.
Jacksonville dropped the game, 48-7.
Wells went 7-for-9 for 74 yards in his passing game, while also finishing as the team's leading rusher with 68 yards. Prince Gray led all Dolphin receivers with 54 yards.
Linebacker Caysaun Wakeley, who recorded 26 tackles a season ago, tabbed a game-high 15 tackles with one sack at Mercer. He forced a fourth down late in the second quarter after wrapping his arms around the Bears' quarterback for an eight-yard loss. They missed the subsequent field goal.
In the following quarter, senior captain Emon Smith notched his first interception since his freshman season and gunned it 40 yards downfield to put the Dolphins in their best field positon through that point (MU48). He finished the game with 11 tackles.
Jacksonville's defense also snuffed a two-point conversion, forced a fumble and a turnover on fourth down.