2016 Johns Hopkins Football Preview - Linebackers
BALTIMORE, MD - In the second of a seven-part series breaking down the 2016 Johns Hopkins football team, HopkinsSports.com takes a look at the Blue Jay linebackers. While newcomers to the program may make an impact this season, the breakdown includes only returning players.
Who's Gone: Might as well get it over with ... for the first time since 2011 the names Corliss and Watts don't appear in the Blue Jay depth chart as 2015 Centennial Conference Defensive Player of the Year Keith Corliss and two-time First Team All-Centennial selection Brady Watts graduated in May. They took more than 370 combined tackles and 90 career games played with them.
Who's Back: Nothing like having a pair of Second Team All-Centennial Conference selections in seniors Jack Campbell and Dan Johnson back to lead the way. Despite the loss of Corliss and Watts, there is no shortage of returning talent.
Campbell posted a team-high 101 tackles last season and enters his final season with 179 career tackles to his credit. Also a Second Team CoSIDA Academic All-American last season, Campbell's 101 stops in 2015 were the most by a Johns Hopkins player since 2010 and he is just the third Blue Jay in the last 20 years to record 100 or more tackles.
Johnson emerged as an every-down player last season after making a name for himself on special teams. He totaled 61 tackles, four interceptions and three tackles for losses a year ago; on a deep and talented defense, he could be the unit's most versatile player.
Senior Garrett Spek doesn't officially rank as a returning starter, but he's played in 31 games in his career and has 59 tackles over the last two seasons. He has the size and athleticism to make plays everywhere.
Senior Pat Runger and sophomores Robby Johnson and Jack Nosovitch all figure to see extended playing time as defensive coordinator Mickey Rehring has done a great job of developing depth here. Runger has played in 31 games and has 55 tackles in his career, while Johnson and Nosovitch gained valuable experience last season and appear poised to take on larger roles in 2016.
Inside the Numbers
162 - Combined tackles in 2015 by returning starters Jack Campbell (101) and Dan Johnson (61). No other three returning players had as many tackles combined last season as Campbell and Johnson totaled together.
12 - Interceptions by Johns Hopkins linebackers alone in 2015. As a team, the Blue Jays had 26 picks to their credit a year ago.
8 - Consecutive years in which Johns Hopkins has produced at least one First Team All-Centennial Conference selection at linebacker.
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