JU Athletics Review: 9/25

Women’s Golf @ Invitational

Last Monday and Tuesday the JU women’s golf team finished in 10th place in Minneapolis at the Minnesota Invitational.
The first rounds of play starting on Monday led to the the Dolphins improving from twelfth to tenth place with a team total of 645 strokes after two rounds.
Francesca Yong pitching two under par on the course’s front nine went on to lead the Dolphins with a score of 158 over 36 holes and tied for 36th place, according to judolphins.com.
The women’s team finished off the final round on Tuesday matching their second round total of 317.
Holding off a challenge from UC-Irvine, the Dolphins maintained their 10th place finish and Jessica Welsh ended the tournament with a tie for 30th place as JU’s lowest scorer.
JU’s three-round performance of 962 didn’t win them the title, which Kent State took home, but showed a decent effort for the season opener.
“It was a great tournament to start the year,” said Head Coach Jennifer Borocz. “The competition here was likely the best we’ll see all year.”
The women’s team hopes to improve at the next match at the UNCG-Starmount Fall Classic on Sept. 30, in Greensboro, NC.
“It was a decent start for us and now we have a better idea of what we need to work on,” Borocz said.

Volleyball @ Central Florida

The undefeated Dolphins volleyball team became the defeated last Wednesday as they faced off in Orlando against AAC rival Central Florida.
Having their best start since 1978 the Dolphins were ranked first in the Atlantic Sun Conference before losing in a four-series match 3-1 to number two ranked UCF.
“UCF was very effective with their hitting and we had a hard time hanging in there with them,” said Head Coach Michelle Collier. “The team fought hard and I am proud of what we were able to accomplish this pre-season.”
After losing the first set JU came back to tie up the series at one each, but after that UCF dominated the third and fourth with ease knocking off the near perfect Dolphins.
Even with a loss Taylor Nyquist led the Dolphins with 14 kills, Rachel Miller had a match-high 18 digs, and Kylie Jacob recorded a total of six blocks.
The JU volleyball team intends to renew their winning streak against their next opponent Florida Gulf Coast on Sept. 20.
“Now it’s back to the gym to prepare for FGCU,” Collier said.

Volleyball @ FGCU

The JU volleyball team got back to winning as the beat Florida Gulf Coast last Friday evening at the Alico Arena in Fort Myers, FL.
Earning the 10th win of the season, the Dolphins swept FGCU in three games by five or more points in each set.
Gabriela Roman recorded a match-high 13 kills and had 22 attacks, while Kendall Courtney recorded a top spot with 41 assist for the night, according to judolphins.com.
JU took control right away in the first set before allowing FGCU to come within one, but quickly separated the margin to break away again and win the set.
The second set was a tighter matchup with neither team able to establish a significant lead until the Dolphins dominated the rest of the set after the last tie at 15.
Hitting consecutive scores to end the last set the Dolphins eased past the Eagles winning the final set 25-19, according to judolphins.com.
JU plans it’s next run against Stetson to end the weekend on Sept. 21, as they try to improve from 10-1 on the season.

M Soccer @FAU

The JU men’s soccer team fell to Florida Atlantic this past Friday evening as they faced off in Boca Raton, FL.
The Dolphins were not intimidated by the number one team in Conference USA and showed great skill in the first half only to let FAU comeback to win the game 2-1.
“We played well tonight,” said Ryan Pratt, head coach. “Well enough to get a more favorable result.”
Senior Nick Rodriguez kickstarted the Dolphins offensive attack striking the first goal in the first eight minutes of play.
JU held the Owls to only two shots until FAU scored in the 42nd minute evening the score to 1-1.
“We have to continue improving and eliminating critical mistakes that lead to goals,” Pratt said. “Our guys played very well tonight and played their hearts out.”
JU had the advantage with eight corner kicks to FAU’s two but Marc Meny put an end to that by hitting the game-winner with 53 minutes on the clock.
JU is looking forward to their next opponent to end the weekend against Florida International.
“We have to put this game behind us and get ready for a good FIU team Sunday night,” Pratt said.

W Soccer vs FIU

The JU women’s soccer team had lady luck on their side this past Friday as they stole a win in overtime against FIU at Southern Oak Stadium.
The Dolphins scored two goals, both of which hit the post or the crossbar as they went in, allowing JU to win the game 2-1.
The first 45 minutes were not much to look at but the best scoring opportunity of the first period came from FIU’s Kim Lopez who shot past JU keeper Sarah Sierra but rose above the crossbar to keep the match even, according to judolphins.com
When the second half kicked off Miranda Fyfe found herself alone down the right side and wasted no time kicking in the ball hitting the crossbar and scoring the first goal of the game giving JU a 1-0 lead.
That same lead would only last for four more minutes as the Panthers pressed harder and kicked in a goal of their own evening the score to 1-1.
This tie would continue to the end of regulation forcing the two teams into overtime.
Sarah Moghadas was the name that saved the day for the Dolphins as she hit the ball inside the left post to deflect it inside the net ending the game in favor of the Dolphins 2-1.
The Dolphins stay home for their next matchup against Furman on Sept. 22 at 2 p.m.

Volleyball @ Stetson

JU volleyball lost their second match in a five-set heartbreaker as Stetson defeated the Dolphins this past Saturday in Deland, FL.
Gabriela Roman led the Dolphins with 17 kills along with Sammie Strausbaugh’s 15 kills and 11 digs.
Stetson also had 17 kills from their own Kaley Melville as well as a match-high 42 attacks, according to judolphins.com.
Stetson started the match by scoring the first point in the with JU following suit evening the score at 1-1, it was close all the way until the end leaving the first set score 25-23 to Stetson.
Both teams went on runs in the second set but the Hatters once again one the set 25-23.
JU fought hard in the third giving life to the Dolphins as they won the next two sets after seemingly gaining some momentum.
Nonetheless the Dolphins still fell to the Hatters in the fifth set after putting on a great comeback effort, the Dolphins face Lipscomb at 7 p.m., this upcoming Friday as well as Northern Kentucky at 4 p.m., this Saturday.

W Soccer vs Furman
With the same overtime situation the Dolpnins faced against FIU, the opposite of luck served JU as they fell in overtime to Furman at Southern Oak Stadium this past Sunday.
With one goal scored for the Dolphins it looked as if it would hold up for a win as they closed in on the last few minutes of the match.
But a goal from Furman in the last 15 minutes of the game tied up the score and forced an inevitable overtime, according to judolphins.com.
The Furman Paladins won off a deflection off a JU player , luck seemed to have switched sides as the Dolphins lost 2-1.
This game didn’t hurt the Dolphins conference record and acted as a learning experience for the Dolphins and not so much a disappointment.
“I’m pleased with our work and our fight and our competitive nature today,” said Brian Copham, head coach. “This is a good team we played against and it was good preparation for us as we head into conference play.”
JU travels to play FGCU on Friday at 7 p.m., as well as match ups with Stetson to end the weekend.

NFL week 2

The NFL is underway and the teams that faltered in week one tried to avoid an 0-2 start. Teams that earned a first week victory attempted to carry over that momentum and remain among the undefeated.

Statistically, starting 2-0 has proven to be an important piece in making the playoffs. Since 1990, 63 percent of teams that were undefeated after the second week have advanced to the postseason.

Here’s how the week unfolded.

Jets        10

Patriots 13

A slow start by Tom Brady and plenty of dropped passes by the Patriots’ young receivers made this one closer than it should have been.

Panthers 23

Bills        24

Rookie EJ Manuel got his first win as a pro. Do the fans in Buffalo finally have a reason to cheer?

Browns    6

Ravens 14

Although the defending Super Bowl champs walked away with a win, they failed to impress and showed that they are not the team from a year ago.

Vikings  30

Bears   31

A game winning drive from Jay Cutler gave the Bears the win and put their division rival in a 0-2 hole to start the season.

Cowboys 16

Chiefs     17

A win by the Chiefs gave them a 2-0 start. They have already matched their win total from 2012.

Redskins 20

Packers  38

Second year QB Robert Griffin III continued to struggle as Aaron Rodgers had a career high 480 yards passing.

Titans    24

Texans 30

The Super Bowl contender Texans needed overtime for the win. Their slow start gave the impression that the AFC south may be more wide open than previously thought.

Dolphins 24

Colts        20

An official Mike Wallace sighting in the Dolphins offense helped lead the Dolphins to their second straight win to start the year.

Chargers  33

Eagles       30

A career-high passing day from Michael Vick wasn’t enough to overcome three TDs from Eddie Royal.

Rams        24

Falcons    31

A 68 yard interception return by former Giants star Osi Umenyiora stretched the score to 21-0 for the Falcons, a lead that was too much for the Rams to overcome.

Lions         21

Cardinals 25

The new Bruce Arians regime was able to secure their first win of the year behind a 1 yard TD run by Rashad Mendenhall with under two minutes left to play.

Saints         16

Buccaneers 14

A last minute field goal defeated the Bucs for the second straight week after Drew Brees and company put together a 54 yard drive to get in scoring position.

Broncos    41

Giants        23

Older brother Peyton bested Eli Manning for the third time in as many tries as the Giants fell to an 0-2 start.

49ers           3

Seahawks 29

In the first matchup between the NFC West rivals, the Seahawks showed why many consider them the best team in football.

Jaguars     9

Raiders   19

In the battle to decide the worst team in the NFL, the Jaguars made in abundantly clear they are in a category all their own.

Steelers  10

Bengals  20

Big Ben and the Steelers completely lacked effectiveness offensively. This win by the Bengals could be the official beginning of a new king of the AFC North.

After all was said and done week two, 75 percent of the league’s teams have at least one loss. Of the eight teams that are 2-0, four did not make the playoffs last year.

True turn arounds, or just flukes? Time will tell.

Dolphins Get Morehead in a Blowout

Following back-to-back road losses to FCS scholarship programs, the Jacksonville Dolphins returned home to the friendly-confines of D.B. Milne Field and torched the Morehead State Eagles on a blistering afternoon, 69-19.
The Dolphins (1-2, 1-0) offensive outburst was led by running back Orlando Thomas, redshirt sophomore, who had a career day.
Thomas ran for 176 yards and two scores on just 10 carries. Until Saturday, Thomas had just 14 carries for 57 yards in his Dolphin career.
Behind the arm of Kade Bell and the legs of Thomas, the JU offense erupted for 719 total yards of offense and scored a home-record 69 points. Thomas’ first blow to the Eagles was an 84-yard touchdown run in the second quarter that began to break the game open.
Up 31-16 at the half, the JU defense forced an immediate three-and-out to start the third quarter and Adrian Riley handled the rest. Riley took the punt 75 yards in for the score to continue the relentless Dolphin attack.
Bell then later connected with Riley on a nine yard touchdown pass, further extending their commanding lead. Bell finished the day 18-34 for 276 yards and three touchdown passes.
With the win safely put away, Dolphins coach Kerwin Bell turned to sophomore QB Stephen Hughes to seal the game in the fourth. Hughes not only did just that, but he was successful in doing so. The backup QB passed for 78 yards and a TD while completing eight of 10 passes.
Up next, the Dolphins remain home to take on Warner University (Fla.). The Royals come into the game 0-3 following a 61-0 pounding by the Mercer Bears.
As long as the Dolphins do not overlook the Royals, Warner should provide a decent tune up for what proves to be a much harder test the following week when the Dolphins host Butler. The game is slated to begin at 1 p.m. at Milne Field.

NCAA Pay for Play

We live in a society where anything and everything is dissected under the public microscope. This proves more significant for those who spend the majority of their time in the spotlight.
Whether you are almost nude “shaking what your momma gave you” on national television or a 20-year old who just became the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy, nothing you do goes unnoticed.
I couldn’t care less about Miley Cyrus so I’ll refrain from being the millionth person to offer my two cents about what she did to Robin Thicke on MTV’s Video Music Awards, even though she should be arrested for it.
Johnny Manziel, who is again impressing people all across the college football landscape with his dual-threat abilities, seems to be the focal point of America’s distain towards young people in sports. Sure the guy likes to have fun, but who doesn’t? Just because he is a potential first overall draft pick in the NFL doesn’t mean he can’t have fun. Maybe he shouldn’t be so obvious and ridiculous about it but he is still a kid.
For years, the collegiate athlete has been a cash-cow for their respective universities. The University of Florida made huge profits off of the success of Tim Tebow while Texas A&M has been able to revamp their football complex much ado to the stellar play of “Johnny Football” after just one season.
With these schools and programs benefiting from these players so much, why do these players not see any of it?
All of these athletes are full-time students, practice every day but have no time to work and live a normal life. They are so consumed by their “football life” that it is near impossible for them to provide for themselves.
It seems as if every other week there is information brought forward that a school or a player had committed some sort of violation by accepting money or gifts from someone and then the school, its fans and its players suffer.
If that’s the case, pay these kids already. Most all of them achieve above-average GPA’s. They all are active within their communities through their sport or other activities, but more importantly, they bring in profit for their school.
Suspending these players or preventing schools from being eligible for bowl games hurts these kids’ potential livelihoods. I’m all for these athletes following rules but they are their own brand. If they want to market themselves and reap the benefits of their hard work and sacrifice, I see nothing wrong with that.
Why shouldn’t Manziel be able to sell his autograph? He’s signing someone else’s property with his name. If these kids can’t sign their own name on merchandise and receive payment for it, for something that may be worth hundreds or thousands of dollars one day, why should they pour their blood, sweat and tears into earning thousands, if not millions, for a school or program that can’t compensate them for what they have done?
The Southeastern Conference earned $23.6 million in payouts from the BCS for Alabama, making it to the title game a season ago, according to a Forbes article. Notre Dame, a school independent of a conference, received a $6.2 million check for also making it to the BCS Championship Game. The total payout of $30 million is approximately a quarter of the BCS’ yearly net revenue.
For all the hard work the kids down in Alabama do, the conference their team plays in receives approximately $25 million for making it to the championship game. Those players receive none of it. Some of it goes to their program and their facilities which help these players get better, but for putting in the long hours in the classroom and on the field and not being able to work to support themselves, why don’t they deserve a piece of the earnings?
One might argue that they get scholarships that cover their classes, room and board, books, etc., but that doesn’t give them spending money. They have other expenses to manage but no real way of covering it, which is why I feel that these kids turn to outside sources of receiving money, which the NCAA deems illegal.
If a program can sell merchandise, memorabilia, and other goods that market these players and their respective brands, the players should be allowed to profit off of it. If there is something the NCAA wants to say can’t happen, they should ban the sale of merchandise that features each school’s athletes that the players receive no compensation for.
I’m not suggesting we pay these kids boatloads of money, but maybe a monthly stipend of $500 to $750 to cover the cost of everyday life wouldn’t kill these schools, especially with the amount of revenue the student-athlete generates.

Jags week 2

The first road game of the season for the Jaguars was supposed to help ease the pain the hometown fans were feeling after an awful showing in the home-opener. With Blaine Gabbert injured, the team relied on backup quarterback Chad Henne to lead the way against Oakland and many fans expected a better offensive showing. On one hand, the stats could lead one to believe that Henne’s production put him in the lead in the quarterback competition. On the other hand is reality. That reality is that the Jags are just a bad team, and much of the production came late as the Raiders went into a relaxed defensive set. A 65 percent completion rate and 241 yards passing with a touchdown will undoubtedly ignite the fans already cheering for Henne to start over Gabbert. The fans supporting Gabbert as the starter will point to fact that 138 of those yards and the touchdown came inside of five minutes remaining with the Raiders in complete control of the game. There is no way to determine which QB is ‘better.’ The word itself is ambiguous and has more interpretations and meanings than the Jags have rushing yards this year. The two groups of fans with different ideas of who should be under center need to accept that no matter which one is running the offense, it is going to be an uphill battle. The team is just not that good. On offense, the Jaguars have one wide receiver with more than 50 career receptions for at least the next two weeks. Second year man Justin Blackmon is set to return from suspension in week five. But how much of an impact is the young receiver really going to make? To make matters worse in the passing game, tight end Marcedes Lewis is battling a calf injury that has sidelined him for the first two games, and maybe longer. Lewis not only provides a large target but also some much needed veteran leadership. Running the ball was once a strength of the team, that too has suffered. The Lisfranc injury that ended Maurice Jones-Drew’s season last year has caused the running back to become a shell of his old self. A first quarter ankle sprain against the Raiders certainly did not help. Behind Jones-Drew the team has Justin Forsett, a veteran that was supposed to provide a nice change of pace in the run game. However, Forsett was injured early in the preseason and missed valuable practice and playing time. With a paltry 34 yards against Oakland, the Jaguars are averaging just over 50 yards on the ground per game. The newly rebuilt offensive line was touted as the answer to Gabbert’s woes. The Jaguars analytics department rated Gabbert as a top-15 quarterback when he has more than 2.6 seconds to throw. The team took left tackle Luke Joeckel with the second overall pick in order to bolster their protection. Two games into this season, the Jags have given up a league leading 11 sacks and the offensive line looks to have taken a step back. Defensively the Jaguars started the season with a completely new look. Head coach Gus Bradley set out to put his stamp on that side of the ball and allowed numerous veterans to leave in an attempt to revamp the unit. Three out of the four starting defensive backs have changed from a year ago. Corner backs Derek Cox and Rashean Mathis signed free agent deals with other teams in the offseason and safety Dawan Landry was released from his contract with three years remaining. The linebacking corps also saw change as Jaguars all time leading tackler Daryl Smith signed with the Ravens and was replaced by Geno Hayes. Middle linebacker Paul Posluzny remains a strength, but Hayes and Russell Allen at the outside spots have proven to be a liability. The defensive line sees Jeremy Mincey and Tyson Alualu return, although Alualu made the switch from defensive tackle to defensive end in hopes of getting more production out of the former top-ten pick. In the middle of that defensive line, the Jags signed former Buccaneer Roy Miller and former Titan Sen’Derrick Marks and neither have proven to be difference makers. Every team has weaknesses and good teams have strengths that prove to be enough to overcome those weaknesses. For the Jaguars, bright spots are hard to find and, quite frankly, I am not sure any quarterback could succeed under these conditions, especially not a certain hometown hero that has proven to be an NFL bust. Of all the problems the Jaguars face, or any team for that matter, the quarterback will always be the the most visible and therefore the most hotly debated. But that visibility and debate can often cause fans to ignore deeper problems within their favorite teams roster. For Jacksonville, that appears to be the case.

Week 3 NFL roundup

Week three is the point where NFL teams should be separating themselves into classes. The elite usually go to 3-0, the middle of the road teams will have at least one win, and the bottom feeders end up winless.

Is this year any different? Take a look at these scores and see how it is shaking out.

Chiefs     26

Eagles     16

Andy Reid seems to be onto something as the Chiefs have already surpassed last years win total.

Texans     9

Ravens    30

In all three of Houston’s games they have looked shaky, Sunday the Ravens took advantage of that and walked away victorious.

Browns    31

Vikings      27

The Trent Richardson trade got all the buzz for the week in Cleveland, but this week they’ll be talking about win number one.

Giants        0

Panthers   38

An 0-3 Tom Coughlin team is almost unheard of. Has the head coach lost this team and his touch?

Packers    30

Bengals     34

A wild game filled with turnovers falls in Cincinnati’s favor. At 3-0 are the Bengals the real deal?

Rams            7

Cowboys   31

Cowboys get this one in blowout fashion as Romo looked like a 100-million dollar QB.

Lions            27

Reedskins   20

RGIII continues to struggle as the Lions get their first win ever in D.C.

Bucs           3

Patriots   23

New England is starting to look like New England again as Brady has found a rhythm with young receivers.

Cardinals    7

Saints          31

Cardinals may have to eventually accept that Carson Palmer has seen better days.

Chargers    17

Titans          20

Lockers throws a TD at the end to win this one, Titans may be for real.

Falcons      23

Dolphins    27

Dolphins, at 3-0, are the biggest surprise early on in the league.

Bills    20

Jets      27

The battle of rookie QB’s goes Geno’s way as Manuel fails to lead a game winning drive.

Colts    27

49ers    7

Even though the Colts are good, this has to be the upset of the week because of how one-sided it was.

Jaguars        17

Seahawks   45

Everyone saw this coming, what was shocking is the depth that Seattle showed their roster has.

Bears       40

Steelers   23

The Steelers looked as bad as any team in the league in this one, Tomlin needs to right the ship.

Raiders     21

Broncos    37

Peyton Manning is completely healed form his neck surgery and teams need to respect that he is back.

If history holds true, we can expect the Giants, Steelers, Vikings, Jaguars, Redskins and Buccaneers to miss the playoffs and should see the Patriots, Dolphins, Chiefs, Broncos, Bears, Saints and Seahawks to cruise to the postseason. The middle ground teams are looking to get it under control and battle to fill the remaining spots.

Can one of the winless teams get it together and make a push? Will one of the undefeated teams stumble and come up short? It’s only week three let’s hope the season isn’t that predictable.

Jaguars Weekend Review: Back To Reality

Nearly halfway through the 2013 campaign the Jacksonville Jaguars have yet to win a game, to be completely honest, they have yet to compete in a game.

Having been outscored 222-76 in the first seven games, the closest contest was a ten-point loss to the Oakland Raiders. That score is even misleading considering the lone Jags touchdown came against a relaxed defense when the game was all but decided.

An eighteen-point loss to a team that traveled across the country on a short week is mind-boggling.  They fell flat offensively and defensively a week after it looked as though they had, at the very least, found a rhythm.

Fans were excited after they lost to the Broncos on the road, they saw hope. Then the return home also brought a return to reality, this team is not good and has a long way to go.

The makeshift offensive line allowed six more sacks. The defensive line struggled mightily, again. The young secondary failed to stop the passing attack. And the linebackers were a step behind all day.

Quarterback Chad Henne had another 300-yard game, but no touchdowns for the second consecutive week. Maurice Jones-Drew failed to make an impact. The highly anticipated return of tight end Marcedes Lewis proved to be overhyped as he had one target and no catches.  I could go on all day.

The positives, which were lost deep in the shadows of the shortcomings, were there. They are always there.

The wide receiving corps continues to flash as a solid group for the future. Second year man Mike Brown Had his first 100-yard game, including a long of 43 yards. Justin Blackmon had 58 more yards and Cecil Shorts had 80, that’s a good day for the three wideouts.

The field goal unit looked good. Okay, now I am reaching because the good things are hard to see after this one.  I, like many fans, walked away scratching my head and asking what is going on?

When the team first announced they were going to play annually in London there was anger and outcries that this is our team and we deserve every home game to be, well, at home.

This week the feeling is a little different. Many are saying exactly the opposite, we didn’t do anything to deserve to have to watch such a miserable product on the field for home games.

Maybe it’s the humidity, or aroma from the Maxwell House coffee plant, or the glare off the St. John, something causes this team to play bad, horribly bad at home. Hopefully for the Jaguar faithful they only play bad in their true home stadium and will put up a fight against the 49ers because I am not sure that this fan base can take much more.

An 0-16 season is quite possible, and it is getting closer to the point of probable with every game. I have been one of the few that have said there is no way that happens, but I am starting to switch my stance.

If the Jags lose on Sunday an official contest should be started as to what to call the season. The Colts had “Suck for Luck,” maybe the Jags should be “Clowning around for Clowney,” or “Blown out for Bridgewater,” I am sure there are plenty of other creative phrases to come up may be the only fun you’ll have involving Jags football this year.

Dolphins Survive at Campbell: Football Improves to 3-4

Back under center for the first time in about a month, Dolphins QB Kade Bell returned with a vengeance throwing for four touchdowns on the way to a 52-45 Jacksonville victory over PFL foe Campbell.

The Fighting Camels of Campbell (1-5) came out firing, scoring easily on the Dolphins (3-4, 2-2) defense and looking nothing like a 1-5 team.

For the Camels, their defense would prove to be their kryptonite as JU matched every Campbell score with one of their own.

Bell connected with Andrew Robustelli twice and Yeovanti Williams once for touchdowns on the way to a 28-24 halftime lead for the Dolphins.

JU opened up the second half with 24 unanswered points including another touchdown pass from Bell, this one to D’Andre Randle, pushing the lead to 52-31.

As the fourth quarter began, the Dolphins nightmarish late-game defensive woes continued. The Camels roared back into the game behind running back Kurt Odom.

Odom hauled in a 30-yard touchdown on a trick play from the Campbell offense. He then broke another short pass for a 50-yard touchdown with just two minutes to play.

Within striking distance of tying the game late, Campbell lined up to attempt the onside kick trailing 52-45. On the kick, a Camels player touched the ball before it traveled the necessary 10-yards giving the Dolphins the ball back with a chance to seal the victory.

With a minute left on the clock, the Dolphins faced a crucial third-and-two. With the game on the line, Ulysses Bryant got the call and cut off a 15-yard run to seal the Camels fate and another Dolphins victory.

Bell was 17-of-33 on the day passing for 251 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions. Bell added another 34 yards on the ground for 285 total yards.

Bryant led the rushing attack, racking up 120 yards, none bigger than his 15-yard first down run late to seal the win.

Next up, the Dolphins return home to face the Davidson Wildcats (0-7, 0-4) for JU’s Homecoming game. The game is scheduled to kick off at 1 p.m. from D.B. Milne field.

The NFL in Review: Week Seven

The seventh week of the NFL season started with two undefeated teams remaining, three teams with no wins at all, and one team that had yet to win on U.S. soil. Who did they play? How did they fair? What other storylines were there?

Well, one undefeated team got to take their star back to his home of 13 years, the other faced off against an underwhelming former super bowl favorite. All three teams with no wins were scheduled to play teams at, or under, .500 on the year. The team with no wins in the United States, well, they faced off against one of the winless squads.

The two conferences seem to have swapped identities. The NFC seems to be struggling while the AFC continues to parade their talent on a week in and week out basis.

Is this the week it changed? Look at the scores and see if you are a believer in the NFC.

Seattle    34 (6-1)

Arizona  22 (3-4)

Defense led the way for Seattle in this one as they picked off Carson Palmer twice.

Tampa Bay  23 (0-6)

Atlanta          31 (2-4)

No surprises here. Atlanta wins and the Bucs stay winless even with a new QB.

St. Louis  15 (3-4)

Carolina  30 (3-3)

St. Louis continues to tease everyone. Are they really any good?

Cincinatti  27 (5-2)

Detroit       24 (4-3)

One of the better games of the weekend, last second field goal seals it for the Bengals.

San Diego    24 (4-3)

Jacksonville  6 (0-7)

After a competitive performance against Denver, the Jaguars come back to earth.

Buffalo  23 (3-4)

Miami    21 (3-3)

Tannehill couldn’t quite mount a comeback, but the Dolphins are still looking like the real deal.

New England  27 (5-2)

New York         30 (4-3)

Tommy Terrific and the Pats fall to division rivals on a questionable call at the end of the game.

Dallas            17 (4-3)

Philadelphia  3 (3-4)

With injuries to Foles and Vick, Eagles fans got to see an effort from rookie Matt Barkley.

Chicago          41 (4-3)

Washington  45 (2-4)

An early injury to Jay Cutler certainly didn’t hurt the Redskins feelings as they win their second of the year.

San Francisco  31 (5-2)

Tennessee        17 (3-4)

The Niners continue to gain steam. Are they back to Super Bowl form?

Cleveland  13 (3-4)

Green Bay  31 (4-2)

The Packers cruise in this one as Aaron Rodgers throws three more touchdowns and Eddie Lacy keeps getting better.

Houston        16 (2-5)

Kansas City  17 (7-0)

Houston loses this one and KC remains undefeated as Case Keenum becomes the first QB ever to start their first game at Arrowhead.

Baltimore  16 (3-4)

Pittsburgh 19 (2-4)

Two big gains on the final drive helped Big Ben and the Steelers win their second in a row.

Denver            33 (6-1)

Indianapolis  39 (5-2)

The return to Indy ended in disappointment for Peyton Manning, even with three more touchdowns.

Minnesota  7 (1-5)

New York  23 (1-6)

The Giants finally win one. The Vikings may be showing buyer’s remorse with the signing of Josh Freeman.

A Rich History of Athletics: Celebrating the Tradition of JU Sports

e Dolphin community would recognize the likes of a Chris Anderson, the pitcher who was selected in the first round of this spring’s Major League Baseball draft or Josh McGregor who quarterbacked JU to a Pioneer Football League title.

Then there is the unmistakable Artis Gilmore, Hall-of-Fame basketball player who led JU to a national title game, who now works for the university.

But what about the guys who paved the way for these athletes, like Gilmore and the many others in the years before our time?

Most of us wouldn’t recognize the likes or even know of Dee Brown or Otis Smith or Roger Strickland. Granted they aren’t the athletes of our generation, but if it were not for them, we wouldn’t have the chance to go out and watch Coach Cliff Warren lead our basketball team to the A-Sun tournament.

There would be no football stadium to be built to provide a high-profile experience to see our Dolphins compete for a PFL title year in and year out. These luxuries are all possible thanks to the JU athletes and coaches of the past, and for that we owe them.

Here is a look at some of the “Distinguished Dolphins” who exemplified what being a student-athlete and collegiate coach is about.

First the obvious one, Artis Gilmore. Gilmore was voted as one of the Top-50 players of the 20th Century by The Sporting News. Gilmore is the NBA’s all time leading field goal percentage leader and one of the top left-handed scores in the league’s history.

Gilmore averaged over 20 points and 20 rebounds per game in his JU career and now has his number 53 jersey hanging in the rafters at the Veterans Memorial Arena and on the wall of the historic Swisher Gymnasium.

Gilmore would not have been at JU if it were not for the man who recruited him, Joe Williams. Coach Williams led the Dolphins to a number one ranking and the 1970 NCAA basketball championship game.

James Ray, a 1980 graduate, was the fifth player taken overall in the 1980 NBA draft and played three years for the Denver Nuggets. His number 43 jersey hangs alongside that of Gilmore’s. Ray led the Dolphins to the 1979 NCAA and 1980
NIT tournaments.

Six years later (1986) Otis Smith graduated from JU after scoring 1700 points and recording 900 rebounds for the basketball program. Smith was the 47th overall pick in the NBA draft by the Denver Nuggets in 1986 and one of the first 12 players selected by the Orlando Magic in the 1991
expansion draft.

Now, Smith has retired from the court and makes his home in the Magic front office as their General Manager. Donnie Hammond, a 1979 Dolphin Alum made a name for himself on the PGA Tour after winning the 1986 Bob Hope Desert Classic.

Hammond has 41 Top 10 and 126 Top 25 tournament finishes on his record. Dee Brown, who attended JU from 1986-1990 played 12 years in the NBA mostly for the Boston Celtics where he was a first round draft choice and winner of the NBA Slam
Dunk Contest. He was also a member of the 1991 All-Rookie team.

Brown spent time as a broadcaster for ESPN and coaching multiple teams in the WNBA. He currently serves as the Head Coach of the Springfield Armor.

Maybe our most notable Alumni of the last decade, Daniel Murphy, star of the New York Mets, played for the Dolphins from 2003-2006. He has spent the past six seasons with the team and has made a home atop the National League batting average list year in and year out.

Let’s not forget the only person to throw a nine-inning no hitter in Dolphins history, our current President, Tim Cost. Cost graduated from JU in 1981 and returned to the university to replace Kerry Romesburg as president.

As Homecoming weekend approaches, take a minute to learn about and reflect on how Dolphin Athletics came to fruition. Whether you hear about them or not, there are many alumni supplanted in our JU community who deserve recognition for furthering the legacy of the
Jacksonville University Dolphins.

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