2016 Johns Hopkins Football Season Preview - Wide Receivers & Tight Ends
BALTIMORE, MD - In the fifth of a seven-part series breaking down the 2016 Johns Hopkins football team, HopkinsSports.com takes a look at the Blue Jay wide receivers and tight ends. While newcomers to the program may make an impact this season, the breakdown includes only returning players.
The Headliner: In a very deep and talented rotation of wide receivers, senior Bradley Munday is the difference maker. The 2015 Centennial Conference Offensive Player of the Year and a two-time First Team All-Centennial selection, Munday already ranks eighth in school history in receptions (181) and receiving yards (2,224) and tied for fifth in TD receptions (19). His 181 receptions are the most of any returning Division III receiver in the nation, while his 2,224 yards rank fourth.
Not a One-Man Show: Teams focused on taking Munday out of the game will quickly realize the Blue Jay passing attack is hardly a one-man show. In fact, five other returning players had 15 or more receptions last season and each of them averaged better than 13 yards per reception.
Senior Quinn Donaldson is the most experienced player in this group as he had 30 receptions for 557 yards (18.6 ypr.) and six scores a year ago, has career totals of 88-1,471-16 and figures to rank among the top 10 in school history in each category by season's end.
Complementing the dynamic tandem of Munday and Donaldson are senior Boone Lewis, Jr. (15 receptions, 215 yards, 2 TDs in 2015), juniors David Brookhart (19-248-3) and Brett Caggiano (16-289-1) and sophomore Luke McFadden (14-242-1).
Tight End Tandem Returns: With such a deep core of receivers to get the ball to, the Blue Jays didn't utilize the tight ends much in the passing game last season, but that doesn't mean there aren't capable options here. Sophomore Bill Ferrari (6-4 220) and Patrick Maloney (6-5 245) both gave great size and could emerge as dangerous threats - especially in the red zone.
Inside the Numbers
3,691 - Combined career receiving yards for Bradley Munday and Quinn Donaldson. Johns Hopkins has never had two classmates combine for 5,000 career receiving yards, but a duplication of last season's total for the two (1,623) would push them past this mark.
177 - The number of receptions last season for the Blue Jays' top six returning receivers.
14.8 - Average yards per reception last season for the Blue Jays' top six returning receivers. Each averaged at least 12.8 yards per catch in 2015.
19 - All-Centennial Conference wide receivers the Blue Jays have produced since 2000. From 1983-1999, Johns Hopkins produced a total of seven All-CC wide receivers.
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