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2017 Johns Hopkins Football Preview - RBs/QBs

Senior Ryan Cary returns for his final season after earning Second Team All-Centennial honors as a junior in 2016.
Aug. 31, 2017

BALTIMORE, MD – In the seventh of a seven-part series breaking down the 2017 Johns Hopkins football team, takes a look at the Blue Jay running backs and quarterbacks. While newcomers to the program may make an impact this season, the breakdown includes only returning players.

Who’s Gone - RBs: Well, nobody. Every rushing yard gained by running back last season was accumulated by a player who returns in 2017.

Cary Leads Deep Stable of Running Backs: Senior Ryan Cary had rushed for just over 400 yards and five touchdowns and had seven receptions in his first two seasons combined. But, after investing his time as a freshman and sophomore, he saw the fruits of his labor last season as he earned Second Team All-Centennial Conference honors by rushing for 943 yards and 14 touchdowns while also totaling 41 receptions for 518 yards and another four scores.

Having a lead-back like Cary is luxury – having a stable of backs that can get the job done is a bonus, and the Blue Jays have just that. Junior Tyler Messinger was derailed for the first five games last season and was never quite himself after that, but he has had a great preseason camp and has averaged 5.7 yards per carry in his career (335 total yards with four TDs); he teams with Cary to give the Blue Jays one of the top tandems in the Centennial.

Sophomore Dane Rogerson emerged as a dynamic play-maker last season and could be poised for a breakout season. He was productive with limited touches out of the backfield a year ago (217 yards and four TDs) and is also a threat in the passing game. There are several other players are also pushing for time and this group, which will play behind an experienced offensive line, could easily go four or five deep.



Who’s Gone – QBs: Jonathan Germano started two seasons at quarterback for Johns Hopkins and took his more than 6,000 passing yards, nearly 1,000 rushing yards and the 80 touchdowns he accounted for in his career across the stage with him at graduation. The Blue Jays were 22-2 with him as the starting quarterback – these are big shoes to fill.

Strong Battle for Starting Spot: Competition for playing time is exciting and there has been no shortage of that at the quarterback spot through the spring and summer. Senior Drew Tomaini, junior Zack Baker and sophomore David Tammaro bring a variety of skill sets and the knowledge they gained playing behind Germano; as of late in preseason camp, the competition was still strong and playing its way out.

Tomaini is the most experienced of the three, having played in 18 games and completing 63% of his career attempts. Baker was the backup to Germano last season and was 39-of-47 for 346 yards and one score while rushing for 50 yards and another touchdown. Tammaro saw action in just four games as a freshman last season, but he closed the gap to his more experienced teammates in the spring and quickly worked his way into the discussion for playing time when the team returned in August.

Inside the Numbers
25 – Johns Hopkins has totaled at least 25 rushing touchdowns in each of the last eight seasons. Prior to this run, the Blue Jays had 25 or more rushing touchdowns in a season exactly once (1968) since 1960.

3 – Three of the top four single-season rushing averages (by game) in school history (260.9 (2013), 252.8 (2012), 227.1 (2015)) have come in the last five years.

8 – Consecutive number of Johns Hopkins quarterbacks who have won the first start of their career. Regardless of who starts this season (or starts in any game), it will be the first start of their career.

6 – Johns Hopkins has produced an All-Centennial Conference selection at running back in each of the last six years. Since 2003, a Blue Jay RB has earned First Team All-Centennial 10 times.

27 – Blue Jay quarterbacks have combined to throw 27 or more touchdown passes four times in the last six years. Prior to that, JHU never had more than 24 TD passes in a season (as a team).

3.47 – Every running back who carried the ball at least once last season returns this year. Those six running backs combined to post a 3.47 GPA in the 2017 spring semester and all six had at least a 3.15 GPA.

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