2016 Johns Hopkins Football Season Preview - QBs & RBs
BALTIMORE, MD – In the last of a seven-part series breaking down the 2016 Johns Hopkins football team, HopkinsSports.com takes a look at the Blue Jay quarterbacks and running backs. While newcomers to the program may make an impact this season, the breakdown includes only returning players.
The Leader: One of four co-captains on the team this season, senior quarterback Jonathan Germano returns for his final year after enjoying a standout season in 2015 – his first as the Blue Jays’ starting quarterback. Germano earned Second Team All-Centennial Conference and Second Team D3football.com All-South Region honors. He threw for 2,963 yards and 35 touchdowns against just eight interceptions and also rushed for 388 yards and four more scores. His 35 passing and 39 overall touchdowns were both Johns Hopkins single-season records.
Depth at QB: While Germano is the returning starter at QB, there is talented depth behind him. Sophomore Zack Baker and junior Drew Tomaini saw action in six and seven games, respectively, last season and are more than capable of running the offense. Baker, who is also a threat to tuck it and run, has a strong arm and can make all the throws necessary, while Tomaini is a strong leader and has a great understanding of the offense.
Cary, Messinger Lead Running Backs: Junior Ryan Cary and sophomore Tyler Messinger are positioned to be the top two running backs in a system that relies heavily on spreading the workload between at least two players. They could be the latest in a long line of strong tandems the Blue Jays have featured in the backfield.
Cary totaled 62 carries for 295 yards (4.8 ypr.) with three touchdowns last season and has better than 400 career rushing yards and five scores to his credit. He had an outstanding spring and continued that into preseason camp.
Messinger was fourth on the depth chart as a freshman last season, but still averaged 5.6 yards per carry on 32 attempts and had a pair of touchdowns to his credit. He also averaged 27.6 yards on five kickoff returns and will see a big increase in his workload.
Sophomore Aivory Foster missed all of last season with an injury, but has worked his way back into form and could emerge among the top three in the running back rotation. He had an impressive prep career and has worked tirelessly since arriving at Hopkins to get back on the field.
Inside the Numbers
200 – Johns Hopkins has averaged at least 200 rushing yards per game in each of the last four years. Prior to 2012, the Blue Jays hadn’t averaged 200 yards rushing in a season since 1968.
69.1 – Career completion percentage for senior quarterback Jonathan Germano – the second-highest in school history among quarterbacks with at least 300 passing attempts.
63/22– Johns Hopkins quarterbacks have thrown 63 touchdown passes against just 22 interceptions in the last two seasons.
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