2016 Johns Hopkins Football Preview - Offensive Line
BALTIMORE, MD – In the third of a seven-part series breaking down the 2016 Johns Hopkins football team, HopkinsSports.com takes a look at the Blue Jay offensive line. While newcomers to the program may make an impact this season, the breakdown includes only returning players.
Who’s Gone: This is the area hit hardest by graduation as the Blue Jays must replace Colin Egan (G), Rowan Cade (T), Baxter DeBruyn (T) and Fernando Concepcion (G). All four earned All-Centennial honors last season and Egan grabbed All-America honors for the second consecutive year in 2015. The Blue Jays averaged school records for points (45.7) and yards (505.8) per game last season behind this group.
The Center of Attention: The middle of the line is in the capable hands of senior Chantz Anderson, who was one of five Blue Jay offensive linemen who earned All-Centennial honors last season with a nod to the second team. Anderson is the latest in a long line of outstanding centers at Johns Hopkins as the Blue Jays have produced an All-Centennial pick at the position 13 times since 1998.
Likely Replacements: Senior Blake LaDouceur is the most experienced returning non-starter as he has played in 23 games in the last two years and 26 in his career and started the last four games last season, including both games in the NCAA Playoffs.
Juniors Anthony Campanile and Trevor Allen and sophomores Cameron Little and Zack Toussaint have all gained valuable experience during their time at Homewood and are the leading candidates for starting spots. Campanile and Little figure to get the nod at the tackle spots, while Allen and Toussaint have worked more at the guard positions.
During the Blue Jays’ recent run of success, head coach Jim Margraff and offensive line coach Nick Schloeder have used a steady rotation of eight or nine players on a regular basis to keep the starters fresh and build quality depth. With only two seniors among the team’s offensive linemen this season, the building blocks for another strong group are in place and ready to take their turn at the top of the depth chart.
Inside the Numbers
38/36 – The number of rushing and passing touchdowns the Blue Jays had in 2015. This marked the first time in school history that Hopkins had 30 or more TDs in both categories in one season.
21 – Sacks allowed in the last two years combined by the Johns Hopkins offensive line. The Blue Jays have totaled more than 725 pass attempts in that time.
7 – Consecutive years in which Johns Hopkins has produced at least three All-Centennial Conference offensive linemen.
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