LANCASTER, PA – The 10th-ranked Johns Hopkins football team landed the Centennial Conference Offensive Player of the Year in senior quarterback Hewitt Tomlin (Jackson, TN/Trinity Christian), had a school-record 10 players earn First Team All-Centennial and a total off 14 Blue Jays earned a spot on the 2011 all conference team, which was announced today. In addition, head coach Jim Margraff was selected as the league’s Coach of the Year after leading the Blue Jays to a 10-0 record and their third straight conference championship.
Headlining the honorees for Johns Hopkins is Tomlin, who becomes the third straight Johns Hopkins player to earn Offensive Player of the Year honors and was also a unanimous First Team All-CC selection. Tomlin is 194-of-282 (.688) for 2,459 yards with 23 touchdowns against just five interceptions on the year. Despite missing two games, his 23 TDs rank as the second-best single-season total in school history, while his 2,459 yards are fourth best. He threw for more than 200 yards in seven of the eight games he played in, threw for more than 450 yards twice and becomes the first Johns Hopkins quarterback to earn First Team All-Centennial honors in consecutive years.
Joining Tomlin as repeat First Team All-Centennial selections are senior wide receiver Sam Wernick (Dallas, TX/Dallas Jesuit), senior center Ed Rodger (Glen Ridge, NJ/St. Peter’s Prep), senior linebacker Ryan Piatek (Sewell, NJ/Bishop Eustace) and senior safety Michael Milano (Allentown, PA/Allentown Central Catholic).
Selected to the first team for the first time in their career are sophomore wide receiver Dan Wodicka (West Lafayette, IN/West Lafayette), sophomore tackle Armand Jenifer (Teaneck, NJ/Bergen County Academies), senior tackle Roland Massimino (Lake Barrington, IL/Barrington), senior defensive end Kale Sweeney (Schnecksville, PA/Parkland) and senior linebacker/defensive end Tyler Brown (Huntington Station, NY/Walt Whitman).
Rounding out Johns Hopkins’ All-Centennial selections were junior running back Jonathan Rigaud (Pembroke Pines, FL/Pembroke Pines), junior linebacker Taylor Maciow (Marlton NJ/Cherokee), senior cornerback Sam Eagleson (Reading, PA/Governor Mifflin) and senior offensive lineman Doug Drummond (White Plains, NY/Iona Prep). Rigaud, Maciow and Eagleson all grabbed second team honors, while Drummond earned honorable mention status.
Impressively, seven of Johns Hopkins’ All-Centennial selections were also among the Blue Jays recently named to the CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-District Team. Piatek, Milano, Eagleson, Wernick, Drummond, Sweeney and Massimino all garnered Academic All-District honors and are currently on the ballot for national Academic All-America honors.
Wernick, the 2010 Centennial Conference Offensive Player of the Year, has 71 receptions for 644 yards and eight touchdowns on the year. His 71 receptions are a career-high and rank as the fourth-highest single-season total in school history. He recently became just the second player in school history to top 3,000 career receiving yards (3,023) and the third to top 4,000 career all-purpose yards (4,053).
Rodger is the latest in a long line of outstanding centers at Johns Hopkins and is making his third appearance on the All-Centennial team after a second team nod in 2009 and a first team selection in 2010. He anchors the line from his spot in the middle and leads the way for an offense averaging 42.6 points and 500.3 yards per game. Like Tomlin, he also was a unanimous selection.
Piatek is also making his third appearance on the team with a second team selection in 2009 followed by last season’s first team nod. Despite missing three full games and parts of two others with an injury, he still ranks fifth on the team in tackles (41) and counts two interceptions to his credit. He is JHU’s career active leader in tackles with 234.
Milano has quietly put together one of the best careers by a safety in school history as this is his third straight selection to the first team. He joined Tomlin and Rodger as a unanimous first team selection and currently ranks sixth on the team in tackles (40) and also counts four tackles for losses, four pass breakups and one sack to his credit. He has 183 career tackles to his credit and is the first Johns Hopkins defensive back since Matt Campbell (2002-04) to earn First Team All-Centennial honors three times. In addition, he is just the seventh Johns Hopkins player – regardless of position – to earn First Team All-Centennial honors three times.
Wodicka teams with Wernick to give the Blue Jays one of the top wide receiver tandems in the nation. He has enjoyed one of the best seasons in school history by a wide receiver as he counts 75 receptions for 1,162 yards and six touchdowns to his credit with six 100-yard games and two 200-yard games to his credit. The 75 receptions are just three shy of the Johns Hopkins single-season record, while his 1,162 yards rank second best.
Jenifer and Massimino join Rodger as Blue Jay offensive linemen on the first team as they bookend the line from their tackle positions. Jenifer was the only non-senior offensive lineman named to the first team and the duo has been a key part of an offense that ranks among the national leaders in scoring (42.6) and total offense (500.3). The Blue Jays have allowed just 11 sacks in 401 pass attempts on the year with Jenifer and Massimino playing key roles from their spots.
Brown and Sweeney round out JHU’s first team selections as they fuel a defense that is allowing just 12.1 points and 229.1 yards per game. Brown, who moves up to the first team after second team (2009) and honorable mention (2010) selections the last two years, has split time between defensive end and linebacker and ranks fourth on the team in tackles (46), second in tackles for loss (6.0), tied for third in sacks (3.0) and tied for second in pass breakups (4). He also has a pair of fumble recoveries to his credit.
Sweeney made the full transition to defensive end this season and has been a force up front. He counts a career-high 57 tackles, 10 tackles for loss and five sacks to his credit. His 10 tackles for loss and five sacks both lead the team, while his 57 tackles are 25 more than any other defensive lineman on the team and rank second overall on the squad.
On a team that is among the most effective in the nation at passing the ball, Rigaud has provided a breakaway threat at running back. He leads the team in rushing with a career-high 768 yards and counts 11 touchdowns to his credit. Three of his 11 TDs have come on runs of 65 yards or longer and he is averaging a robust 6.2 yards per carry. He also has 11 receptions for 120 yards to his credit.
Playing on a senior-laden defense, it’s Maciow who sits at the top of the Blue Jay tackle charts with a career-high 77 stops to his credit. He also counts 5.5 tackles for losses, 4.0 sacks, four pass breakups, one fumble recovery and one forced fumble to his credit. He is one of just two non-senior linebackers who earned a spot on the first or second team.
Eagleson grabs Second Team All-Centennial honors for the third straight year. A mainstay at cornerback since the start of the 2009 season, he ranks seventh on the team in tackles (33) and leads the team in pass breakups (5) and interceptions (3). His three interceptions this season improve his career total to 14, which ranks fourth all-time in school history.
Drummond is the fourth Johns Hopkins offensive lineman to earn All-Centennial honors this season with his honorable mention nod. A standout at guard, Drummond helps lead an offense averaging 42.6 points and 500.3 yards per game. The Blue Jays have been equally effective passing (319.1 ypg.) and running (181.0) the ball and have allowed just 11 sacks in 401 pass attempts this season.
Johns Hopkins’14 All-Centennial selections this season are tied for the third-highest total in school history with the 10 first team selections ranking as a school record.
Johns Hopkins is currently 10-0 and riding a school-record 15-game winning streak. The Blue Jays will open play in the 2011 NCAA Division III Playoffs on Saturday, November 19 with a first round game at Homewood Field against St. John Fisher (8-2). The winner of the Johns Hopkins-St. John Fisher game will play the winner of the Delaware Valley-Norwich game in the second round on Saturday, November 26.
Johns Hopkins’ 2011 All-Centennial Selections
First Team: Tyler Brown (LB/DE), Armand Jenifer (OL), Roland Massimino (OL), Michael Milano (S), Ryan Piatek (LB), Ed Rodger (C), Kale Sweeney (DE), Hewitt Tomlin (QB), Sam Wernick (WR), Dan Wodicka (WR)
Second Team: Sam Eagleson (CB), Taylor Maciow (LB), Jonathan Rigaud (RB)
Honorable Mention: Doug Drummong (OL)
Offensive Player of the Year: Hewitt Tomlin (QB)
Coach of the Year: Jim Margraff