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<b>Andrew Kase</b> and the Blue Jays are ranked in the top 25 in a pair of preseason polls.
 
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June 8, 2009

BALTIMORE, MD -- With a solid core of returning players, including 10 starters on offense, the Johns Hopkins football team has grabbed the attention of the national media as the Blue Jays are ranked 18th in the nation in The Sporting News Preseason Poll and 24th by Lindy's. Both preseason polls are listed below and copies of both publications are available at local newsstands.

Johns Hopkins may have been one year ahead of schedule in 2008 as a majority of the team's offensive production was accumulated by players due to return in 2009. The Blue Jays will return six of their eight All-Centennial selections and players who combined for 99.1% of the team's total yards last season (4,122 of the 4,158 yards of total offense). Johns Hopkins scored 34 offensive touchdowns a year ago and players who scored all 34 are due to return as well.

Headlining the returning players will be senior running back Andrew Kase, who shattered JHU's single-season record for rushing yards (1,635) and touchdowns (17). He will enter his final season with JHU's career rushing record already in hand (2,954).

Johns Hopkins will open the 2009 season with arguably the biggest non-conference game in school history. The Blue Jays will travel to Delaware Valley on September 5 for a season-opening game against the Aggies. Delaware Valley is ranked fifth in the preseason by The Sporting News and fourth by Lindy's. Johns Hopkins posted an 8-3 record and advanced to the ECAC Southeast Championship game last season. Delaware Valley also posted an 8-3 record last season with a share of the Middle Atlantic Conference Championship and the ECAC South Atlantic Championship to its credit.

The Sporting News Preseason Top 25
1. Wisconsin-Whitewater
2. Mount Union (OH)
3. St. John's (MN)
4. Mary Hardin-Baylor (TX)
5. Delaware Valley (PA)
6. Rowan (NJ)
7. Hardin-Simmons (TX)
8. North Central (IL)
9. Wartburg (IA)
10. Wabash (IN)
11. Monmounth (IL)
12. Curry (MA)
13. Washington & Jefferson (PA)
14. Christopher Newport (VA)
15. Wesley (DE)
16. Bridgewater (VA)
17. Hobart (NY)
18. Johns Hopkins
19. Wheaton (IL)
20. Case Western (OH)
21. Cortland St. (NY)
22. Redlands (CA)
23. Wisconsin-LaCrosse
24. Lycoming (PA)
25. Otterbein (OH)

 

 

Lindy's Preseason Top-25
1. Mount Union (OH)
2. Wisconsin-Whitewater
3. North Central (IL)
4. Delaware Valley (PA)
5. Monmouth (IL)
6. St. John's (MN)
7. Mary Hardin-Baylor (TX)
8. St. Thomas (MN)
9. Willamette (OR)
10. Ithaca (NY)
11. Otterbein (OH)
12. Rowan (NJ)
13. Central (IA)
14. Wartburg (IA)
15. Hardin-Simmons (TX)
16. Occidental (CA)
17. Washington & Jefferson (PA)
18. North Carolina Wesleyan
19. Wabash (IN)
20. Aurora (IL)
21. Franklin (IN)
22. Rensselaer (NY)
23. Redlands (CA)
24. Johns Hopkins
25. Trine (IN)

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