Blue Jays Draw a Pair of Top 20 Rankings, McFadden Honored
By Ernie Larossa
Associate AD/Director of Athletic Communications
BALTIMORE, MD – The Johns Hopkins football team has earned a pair of preseason national rankings heading into the 2018 season as the Blue Jays are ranked 12th by Lindy’s and 18th by Street & Smith’s. In addition to the team rankings, the Blue Jays also placed senior Luke McFadden on the Street & Smith’s preseason All-America Team.
Johns Hopkins posted a 9-2 record, won a ninth consecutive Centennial Conference title and advanced to the NCAA Playoffs for the seventh consecutive year in 2017. The Blue Jays ended the 2017 season ranked 20th in the AFCA and D3football.com polls. Hopkins has been ranked in the top 25 by the AFCA for 70 consecutive weeks and in the top 25 in 74 of the last 75 D3football.com polls.
McFadden established himself as one of the top wide receivers in the nation last season. He totaled 58 receptions for 1,162 yards (20.0 yards/reception) and nine touchdowns in 2017 and earned Second Team CoSIDA Academic All-America, Second Team D3football.com All-South, Centennial Conference Offensive Player of the Year and First Team All-Centennial Conference.
Johns Hopkins will open the 2018 season on Thursday, August 30 when the Blue Jays welcome Randolph-Macon to Homewood Field (7 pm). The Blue Jays and Yellow Jackets
Street & Smith’s Division III Preseason Top 20
1-Mount Union, 2-Wisconsin-Oshkosh, 3-Mary-Hardin Baylor, 4-St. Thomas, 5-Linfield, 6-Wisconsin-Whitewater, 7-North Central, 8-Wesley, 9-Washington & Jefferson, 10-Delaware Valley, 11-St. John’s, 12-John Carroll, 13-Wheaton, 14-Hardin-Simmons, 15-Wartburg, 16-Frostburg, 17-Franklin & Marshall, 18-Johns Hopkins, 19-Washington & Lee, 20-Rose-Hulman.
Lindy’s Division III Preseason Top 20
1-Mount Union, 2-Wisconsin-Oshkosh, 3-Mary-Hardin Baylor, 4-Brockport, 5-St. John’s, 6-St. Thomas, 7-Springfield, 8-Trine, 9-Muhlenberg, 10-Wesley, 11-Husson, 12-Johns Hopkins, 13-Frostburg, 14-Hardin-Simmons, 15-Wartburg, 16-Wheaton, 17-Wittenberg, 18-Washington & Jefferson, 19-Delaware Valley, 20-North Central.
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