Margraff Named D3football.com National Coach of the Year; Four Claim All-America Awards

Margraff Named D3football.com National Coach of the Year; Four Claim All-America Awards

2018 D3football.com All-America Team

Johns Hopkins head coach Jim Margraff was honored as the National Coach of the Year by D3football.com to headline the list of honorees from the Centennial Conference. Four players received All-America recognition - Muhlenberg's Ryan Curtiss and Frankie Feaster and Johns Hopkins' David Tammaro and Joe Figueroa

Margraff guided the Blue Jays to a 12-2 record and the program's first trip to the national semifinals this season.

The Muhlenberg duo of Curtiss and Feaster each landed on the D3football.com All-America First Team. It's the first time the Mules have had two first-team All-Americans in the same season.

Curtiss, who earlier was named to the American Football Coaches Association All-America first team, is the third Mule to land on three All-America first teams, following Joshua Carter in 1999 and Christopher Reed in 2002. Curtiss, who has been named to six All-America teams in his two seasons at Muhlenberg, was a first-team All-CC selection for the second straight year. He caught 48 passes for 659 yards and eight touchdowns in 2018, ranking second on the Mules in all three categories. Of his 48 receptions, 39 went for first downs or touchdowns, including 15 on third down.

Feaster, the Centennial Conference, ECAC and D3football.com South Region defensive player of the year, recorded a school-record 17½ sacks among his 29 tackles for loss, ranking in the top five in Division III in both categories. His 7½ tackles for loss vs. Randolph-Macon in the second round of the NCAA Tournament are the most by an NCAA player at any level this season. Feaster also forced three fumbles, broke up 11 passes and picked off a pass.

Tammaro was named to the D3football.com All-America Second Team at quarterback for the Blue Jays. This adds to a growing list of accomplishments for the junior, as he was also named a CoSIDA Academic All-America, the Centennial Conference Offensive Player of the Year, First Team All-Centennial Conference and First Team D3football.com All-South. Tammaro was 303-of-451 for 4,111 yards and 35 touchdowns against just seven interceptions this season.  His marks for attempts, completions and yards are all Johns Hopkins single-season records, while his 35 touchdown passes tie the school record.

Figueroa, a junior guard for JHU, was named Honorable Mention All-America. He was also previously named an Associated Press Second Team All-America, First Team All-Centennial Conference for the second consecutive season and was also named Second Team D3football.com All-South. The Johns Hopkins offense, with Figueroa anchoring the line, averaged 45.8 points and 550.3 yards per game.  Both of those marks are school single-season records, while the Blue Jays' 339.4 passing yards ranked second in school history.  Johns Hopkins also set school records for rushing (48), passing (39) and overall touchdowns (91).