Johns Hopkins University Blue Jays

 

Head Coach Jim Margraff

Margraff (Johns Hopkins ‘82) enters his 24th season as head coach at his alma mater ... he has a career record of 157-81-3 and has won the most Centennial games (109) in the history of the Conference  ... Margraff has led Hopkins to CC titles in 2002-05, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 … a member of the JHU Athletic Hall of Fame, he held the school career record for passing yardage (6,669) for 28 years.

Lettermen Returning/Lost: 66/21
Offensive System: Pro Set
Defensive System: 4-4


 Offensive Preview

Starters Returning (8)
QB-Robbie Matey, Sr., 5-9, 185
WR-Dan Wodicka, Sr., 6-0, 195
WR-Bob D'Orazio, Sr., 6-3, 210
TE-Brendan Hartman, Sr., 6-3, 230
LT-Vincenzo Bonaddio, Sr., 6-5, 305
LG-Kevin Quinn, Sr., 6-2, 275
C-Ben Cranston, Sr., 6-0, 280
RT-Armand Jenifer, Sr., 6-4, 295

The Blue Jays made it four straight Centennial titles last season behind an offense ranked 12th nationally in total offense (482.25) that averaged 36.75 points per game ... with eight returning starters, Hopkins could improve on those numbers ... senior QB Robbie Matey is the trigger-man ... he threw for 2,453 yards and 12 scores while running for six more TDs last fall ... senior WR Dan Wodicka is among the best in the country ... he grabbed 94 passes for 867 yards and has 216 receptions in his first three seasons ... classmate Bob D'Orazio pulled down 52 passes for 634 yards, while senior TE Brendan Hartman averaged 15.2 yards on 16 catches ... J.D. Abbott is the heir apparent at RB after running for 539 yards and eight TDs a year ago ... four seniors return on the offensive line, led by first-team All-America OT Armand Jenifer ... OC Ben Cranston is a second-team preseason All-American, while Vincenzo Bonaddio was named second-team All-Centennial in 2012.

Defensive Preview

Starters Returning (7)
DE-Matthew Connery, Jr., 6-3, 230
NG-Joe DiTrolio, Sr., 5-11, 265
DT-Michael Rocca, Jr., 6-6, 245
DE-Michael Longo, Jr., 6-0, 220
LB-Hani Annabi, Jr., 6-1, 205
S-Joe Trumbetti, Soph., 6-1, 190
CB-Ryan Rice, Jr., 6-0, 175

The Blue Jay defense welcomes back seven starters from a unit that was 28th nationally against the rush and 36th in scoring defense a year ago ... the front four returns intact, led by junior DEs Matthew Connery (11.5 tackles for loss) and Michael Longo who combined for 10.5 sacks last season ... Longo received honorable mention All-CC recognition ... senior Joe DiTrolio mans the nose after recording 39 stops on his way to second-team All-CC honors in 2012 ... junior Hani Annabi (55 tackles) leads the LB corps while senior John Arena (64 tackles) was a second-team All-Centennial choice a year ago ... CB Ryan Rice, also a second-team All-CC pick, heads the secondary, while sophomore Joe Trumbetti had three picks as a rookie safety.

Special Teams Preview

Starters Returning (2)
P/K-Richie Carbone, Sr., 6-2, 200

Senior Richie Carbone is back to handle the kicking chores ... he averaged 36.1 yards per punt and was 50-of-55 on PATs.

2013 Outlook

Johns Hopkins, winners of four straight Centennial titles, is on a roll and with 17 starters back in the fold, the Jays are in a position to win a fifth consecutive Conference championship ... the offense has the weapons to put points on the board ... if the defense can perform like past years, Hopkins will be playing for another title in November.

Johns Hopkins University is home to one of the finest stadiums in the nation - Homewood Field. Built in 1908, with an expansion to include Shelle Pavilion in 1998, the stadium now offers a seating capacity of 8,500. The stadium currently features a state-of-the-art scoreboard and message center and Sportexe Momentum Turf playing surface, installed in 2005. The lighted facility, updated in 2007 by Musco, allows for night games throughout the year, which only adds to the atmosphere and provides a definite home field advantage for football, men's and women's lacrosse, men's and women's soccer, and field hockey. 


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