Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

For JU Coach, Decision Is No Family Picnic

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

For JU Coach, Decision Is No Family Picnic

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Byline: Gene Frenette

When Jacksonville University quarterbacks Kade Bell and Trevius Folston are playing Xbox games, their intensity ratchets up. The good friends get on each other's nerves during NCAA 13 and NBA 2K12.

"It gets serious," Bell said. "I'm better than him on NCAA 13 and he has the edge on me in 2K12. In the gaming war, we're pretty even."

Unfortunately for JU head coach Kerwin Bell, his oldest son and Folston are also pretty even in the non-video competition that really matters. Both are battling for the Dolphins' starting job, with freshman Steven Hughes a close third as the team prepares for its Sept.1 season opener against Georgia Southern.

Kerwin has made a lot of calls during his football career as a quarterback at Florida and in the Canadian Football League, as well as in roles as offensive coordinator and head coach. None of it has been as awkward as what he's going through right now. Trying to decide whether his kid or somebody else should be the successor to Josh McGregor - the greatest quarterback in JU history with 116 touchdown passes and 11,230 passing yards - is gut-wrenching.

"I'm not going to lie, it's difficult," Kerwin said. "I may have gone too far to not show favoritisim [toward Kade]. I hear players tell me I chew Kade out more than the other players. That might be the hardest part, maybe expecting too much out of him."

Compounding the tough choice is that Folston, a redshirt sophomore, and Kade have completely opposite playing styles. Folston (6-foot-7, 220 pounds), a redshirt sophomore that played sparingly behind McGregor last season, is a pocket passer with a rocket arm. Kade, a redshirt freshman who played at Fleming Island and Providence, is a 6-1 southpaw that has better mobility to turn protection breakdowns into a positive play.

"Judging them is so hard because they're so different," Kerwin said. "If you're looking for a guy that makes plays with his feet, that would be Kade and Stephen [Hughes]. If you're looking a guy that can throw it down the field, that's Trevius. Right now, I'm probably leaning toward trying a couple of them in a game. …

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