Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

JU Coach Seeing Progress

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

JU Coach Seeing Progress

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With two days of two-a-days under the Jacksonville University football players' belts, head coach Steve Gilbert is pleased with the squad's progress . . . but readily acknowledges it has a lot of improving to do.

"We're better in all areas this year, but we still have a long way to go," Gilbert said. "It feels like we have had 15 or 20 practices because we've had the freshmen out here already."

Several freshmen, especially Travis Lewis, a wide receiver from Palatka High School, have impressed Gilbert.

"As many good wide receivers as we have on the team, you have to work hard to stand out as a freshman," Gilbert said.

Still, the coach is tempering his optimism.

"We can't get ahead of ourselves," he said. "We have all the way to Thanksgiving to go."

SWITCH MAY HELP OFFENSIVE LINE -- The offensive line is considered the Dolphins' weakest position, and recruiting good linemen is especially tough, even for scholarship programs.

So sophomore defensive lineman Donald Mattis has been shifted to the offensive line as a right guard. …

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