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2015 Johns Hopkins Football Preview - Running Backs/Quarterbacks

Junior Stuart Walters earned First Team All-Centennial Confernece honors last season.
Sept. 4, 2015

BALTIMORE, MD -- In the seventh of a seven-part series breaking down the 2015 Johns Hopkins football team, HopkinsSports.com 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 - He only started for one year, but has a Johns Hopkins quarterback ever had a more productive season than now-graduated Braden Anderson? All Anderson did was lead JHU to an 11-1 record and the second round of the NCAA Playoffs. Along the way, he threw for 2,598 yards and a school-record 25 touchdowns and rushed for another 476 yards and nine scores. Add it all up and that's a lot to replace.

Who's Back (QB) - The battle for the starting job is led by senior Will Nunn and junior Jonathan Germano, either of which could step into Anderson's spot.

Nunn has played in nine career games and has completed better than 80% of his pass attempts with two TDs and no interceptions. He has also rushed for 112 yards and another score. He has a very strong arm and deceptive running ability.

Germano is electric with the ball in his hands and has played in 14 games in the last two years. He has rushed for 147 yards and one TD on just 21 carries and has completed better than 56% of his pass attempts.

Sophomores Drew Tomaini and Chris Martin both saw limited action as freshmen a year ago, but have demonstrated a good understanding of the offense and either is more than capable of running JHU's up-tempo unit.


 

 

Who's Back (RB) - Offensive coordinator Greg Chimera has an abundance of options at running back, where senior Brandon Cherry, juniors Stuart Walters and Dionisio Roman and sophomore Ryan Cary headline a deep and talented backfield.

Cherry, who earned First Team All-Centennial Conference honors as a sophomore, counts 1,789 career rushing yards and 17 TDs to his credit and is also a good receiver out of the backfield with 33 receptions for more than 400 yards and three more scores.

Walters earned First Team All-Centennial honors last season after pacing the team with 729 yards and eight touchdowns. He has nearly 1,400 career rushing yards in just two seasons and teams with Cherry to give Hopkins one of the top returning tandems in the nation.

Roman is a strong runner who specializes in gaining the tough yards. He has rushed for more than 400 yards and 10 touchdowns (on just 94 carries) in his career. He is also a threat in the passing game after hauling in 11 catches last season.  He had the longest reception by any non-receiver last season (40 yards).

Cary saw limited time as a freshman last season, but still played in seven games and totaled more than 100 yards and two TDs on just 24 carries.

Regardless of who is directing the Blue Jays' high-powered offense, there are plenty of weapons to play with. Add in an experienced offensive line and a deep and talented corps of receivers, and it will be difficult for the opposition to key on any one thing.

Numbers to Know
34 - Rushing touchdowns for Johns Hopkins in 2014. Players who combined for 24 of those 34 are back this season.

3,181 - Combined career rushing yards for senior Brandon Cherry and junior Stuart Walters entering the 2015 season.

.697 - Career combined completion percentage for senior Will Nunn and junior Jonathan Germano - the two leading candidates to start at quarterback for the Blue Jays.

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