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Alphabetical 2013 NCAA D1 Preview: Jacksonville

We’re breaking down all the NCAA D1 teams one by one. Welcome to the Alphabetical 2013 NCAA D1 Previews! We move another spot down the list and the Jacksonville Dolphins, located in sunny Jacksonville, FL, are up for Preview!

In 2012, the Dolphins went 6-7, and losses to Duke, Holy Cross, Marist and Towson, combined with wins over Navy, Michigan, Mercer, and VMI put the Dolphins at 4-4. Losses to Air Force, Detroit, Siena offset wins over Canisius and Manhattan, and Jacksonville just barely finished with a losing record.

2013 sees Jacksonville scrimmage Notre Dame and DII Tampa. Then, they play a similar schedule to what they faced in 2012, and of course, the Dolphins face their Metro Atlantic foes once again. They will also play Duke, High Point, Ohio State, Marquette, Robert Morris and Mercer. The MAAC is very winnable for a couple of teams in 2013, with Siena, Detroit, Canisius and Jacksonville all looking pretty strong.

Cam Mann will once again lead the Dolphins on offense, and he returns for his senior season after scoring 41 points, and leading the team in that category. He was named a captain along with three other seniors, but it’s different for Mann, as this will be his fourth year serving in that role. Unprecedented? I think so! Joining Mann at captain are Tanner Gard (defense), Dan McNulty (midfield), and Jim Trentini (attack). McNulty brings a lot to the table with F/O wins.

Ari Waffle returning should help the Dolphins, as should sophomore Quint Miller. Dan Jones and Rob Wertz will add depth and skill to the midfield, and Peter DeLuca is back for his junior year in between the pipes.

2013 is a year with potential for Jacksonville. If they can stay healthy, and continue to improve, they have a good shot at taking the MAAC title. The experience is there, and if the consistency emerges, the Dolphins could be very dangerous on the field.

Click HERE to see Alphabetical 2013 NCAA D1 Preview posts for Air Force, Albany, Army, Bellarmine, Binghamton, Brown, Bryant, Bucknell, Canisius, Colgate, Cornell, Dartmouth, Denver, Detroit, Drexel, Duke, Fairfield, Hartford, Harvard, High Point, Hobart, Hofstra, and Holy Cross!