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LANCASTER, PA - Johns Hopkins senior running back Andrew Kase (Wyomissing, PA/Wyomissing) and senior strong safety Colin Wixted (Lafayette Hill, PA/St. Joseph's Prep) have been named the Centennial Conference Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year, respectively, it was announced today by Steve Ulrich, Executive Director of the league. Kase and Wixted were also two of the seven Johns Hopkins players who earned First Team All-Centennial honors and were among the school-record and conference-high 16 players the Blue Jays placed on the team.

Joining Kase and Wixted on the first team for the Blue Jays were senior offensive linemen Mike Stoffel (Livingston, NJ/Livingston) and Tim Miller (Ronkonkoma, NY/Sachem East), senior defensive linemen Glenn Rocca (Westwood, NJ/Westwood) and Steve Levinson (Villanova, PA/Penn Charter) and sophomore defensive back Mike Milano (Allentown, PA/Allentown Central Catholic).

The Blue Jays also placed seven players on the second team with junior tight end Brian Hopkins (Rocky River, OH/St. Igantius), senior offensive lineman Anthony Catanzano (Seaford, NY/Kellenberg) and sophomore center Ed Rodger (Glen Ridge, NJ/St. Peter's Prep) on offense and a trio of sophomores in linebackers Ryan Piatek (Sewell, NJ/Bishop Eustace) and Tyler Brown (Huntington Station, NY/Walt Whitman) and defensive back Sam Eagleson (Reading, PA/Gov. Mifflin) on defense. Rounding out JHU's second team selections was junior place-kicker Alex Lachman (Livingston, NJ/Livingston).

 

 

A pair of juniors - wide receiver Dan Crowley (Glen Rock, NJ/Glen Rock) and offensive lineman Ryan Lino (Middletown, NJ/Mater Dei) - garnered honorable mention honors.

Below is a quick look at JHU's Players of the Year and All-Centennial selections:

Kase is the third Johns Hopkins player to earn Offensive Player of the Year honors and the first since Anthony Triplin in 2005. He earned his third selection to the All-Centennial team as he was a second team selection as a sophomore before moving up to the first team last year. He currently has 1,271 rushing yards and 1,382 all-purpose yards to go along with 19 rushing touchdowns and 20 overall touchdowns on the year. His 19 rushing TDs are a JHU single-season record and tie the Centennial Conference record, while his 20 overall touchdowns and 121 points are both school records. He recently moved into second place in Maryland state history in career rushing yards (4,225) and ranks fifth in Centennial Conference history in career rushing. He is the first Johns Hopkins running back to earn All-Centennial honors three times and was one of three unanimous first team selections.

Wixted is the fourth Johns Hopkins player to earn Defensive Player of the Year honors and the first since Matt Campbell in 2003. He also makes the jump up to First Team All-Centennial after garnering second team honors as a sophomore and junior. Wixted, who plays outside linebacker (classified as a strong safety in JHU's 4-4-3 defensive alignment) ranks fourth on the team with 52 tackles, including 8.0 for losses and 3.0 sacks. He also has two interceptions, two forced fumbles and one pass breakup and is JHU's career active leader in tackles with 239 to his credit.

Stoffel's accomplishments mirror Kase's as he is also making his third appearance on the All-Centennial Team with a second team nod as a sophomore and first team selections as a junior and senior. A two-time ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District selection, he has started 35 straight games at left tackle and is the leader of an offensive line that is paving the way for a unit averaging 33.4 points and 394.6 yards per game. The Blue Jays have also allowed just four sacks in 304 pass attempts on the year.

Miller teams with Stoffel to give the Blue Jays the top offensive line tandem in the Centennial. Miller, who plays right guard, has started all 21 games since the start of the 2008 season after suffering a knee injury that cost him the final three games of the 2007 season. He earned Second Team All-Centennial as a junior and was named to the AllState AFCA Good Works Team earlier this year. He is part of an offensive line that is paving the way for a unit averaging 33.4 points and 394.6 yards per game. The Blue Jays have also allowed just four sacks in 304 pass attempts on the year.

Rocca is making his first appearance on the All-Centennial team. He has started all 10 games and ranks fifth on the team and first among defensive linemen with 48 tackles. He also leads the team in tackles for losses (9.0) and sacks (5.5) and, amazingly, also has a pair of interceptions to his credit as well.

Levinson makes the jump to the first team this season after earning second team honors a year ago. A two-time First Team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District selection, Levinson has 23 tackles from his nose guard position and counts 5.0 tackles for losses, 2.5 sacks, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery to his credit. He has been instrumental in leading the Blue Jay defense against the rush as JHU is allowing just 79.1 yards per game on the ground.

Milano has established himself as one of the top young defensive players in the Centennial Conference as he is one of just three non juniors or seniors on the first team defense. He currently leads the team in tackles (62) and counts 4.0 tackles for losses, three interceptions and three pass breakups to his credit. He capped the regular season with a 42-yard interception return for a touchdown at McDaniel and is the first sophomore defensive back from Johns Hopkins to earn First Team All-Centennial since Matt Campbell in 2002.

Hopkins is the first Johns Hopkins tight end to earn All-Centennial honors since Will Cairns in 1999. A solid lead blocker in the Blue Jay rushing attack that averages nearly 180 yards per game, he also has 13 receptions for 112 yards and three touchdowns on the year. He has career totals of 24 receptions for 176 yards and seven touchdowns.

Catanzano has started 20 of the last 21 games at right tackle and is making his first appearance on the All-Centennial Team. A First Team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District pick this season after garnering second team honors a year ago, he is part of an offensive line that is paving the way for a unit averaging 33.4 points and 394.6 yards per game. The Blue Jays have also allowed just four sacks in 304 pass attempts on the year.

Rodger is the latest in a long line of standout centers for the Blue Jays. He is the eighth Johns Hopkins center since 1998 to earn first or second team All-Centennial honors. He played in nine games and started the final seven and fueled an offensive line that is paving the way for a unit averaging 33.4 points and 394.6 yards per game. The Blue Jays have also allowed just four sacks in 304 pass attempts on the year.

Piatek was limited by an injury as a freshman, but has taken full advantage of his starting spot at inside linebacker this season as he ranks third on the team in tackles (58), tackles for losses (7.5) and sacks (3.0) despite missing one full game and most of another with an injury. He also has two interceptions, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery to his credit.

Brown made the seamless transition from outside linebacker to inside linebacker this season and ranks second on the team in tackles with 61. He also has 4.5 tackles for losses and 3.5 sacks with two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries to his credit.

Eagleson has firmly established himself as one of the top young cornerbacks in the Centennial Conference. He ranks sixth on the team in tackles (45) and leads the team in interceptions (4) and pass breakups (9). He is one of just four defensive players who have started all 10 games for the Blue Jays.

Lachman grabs All-Centennial honors for the second time in his career as he earned first team honors as a freshman. He has connected on 39-of-42 extra points and 12-of-16 field goals on the year. His 39 extra points, 42 extra point attempts and 75 points by kicking are all Johns Hopkins single-season records, while his 12 field goals this season are just two shy of the school record.

Crowley came to Johns Hopkins as a quarterback, but made the move to wide receiver early last season and has quickly established himself as one of the top receivers in the league. He enters this week's playoff game as JHU's leader in receptions (48) and receiving yards (668) and is tied for the team-lead in touchdown receptions (4).

Lino's selection makes it a clean sweep for the Blue Jay offensive line as all five starters earned All-Centennial honors. Lino, a member of the Blue Jay track team and the 2009 Centennial Conference champion in the shot put, has started all 10 games at left guard and is part of an offensive line that is paving the way for a unit averaging 33.4 points and 394.6 yards per game. The Blue Jays have also allowed just four sacks in 304 pass attempts on the year.

Johns Hopkins' 2009 All-Centennial Football Selections:

Offensive Player of the Year: Andrew Kase
Defensive Player of the Year: Colin Wixted

First Team All-Centennial:
Andrew Kase (RB), Mike Stoffel (OL), Tim Miller (OL), Glenn Rocca (DL), Steve Levinson (DL), Colin Wixted (LB), Mike Milano (DB)

Second Team All-Centennial:
Anthony Catanzano (OL), Ed Rodger (OL), Brian Hopkins (TE), Ryan Piatek (LB), Tyler Brown (LB), Sam Eagleson (DB), Alex Lachman (PK)

Honorable Mention All-Centennial:
Dan Crowley (WR), Ryan Lino (OL)

Notes:
• The 16 overall All-Centennial selections are a school record.
• The seven First Team All-Centennial selections are tied for the second-most in school history.
• A Johns Hopkins linebacker has earned first or second team All-Centennial in each of the last 10 years.
• A JHU running back has earned first or second team All-CC in 11 of the last 15 years.
• Johns Hopkins has produced an All-Centennial offensive lineman (any team) every year since 1989.
• A JHU wide receiver has earned All-Centennial honors (any team) every year since 2000.
• This is the fifth time JHU has produced two First Team All-Centennial defensive linemen in the same year.
• A Johns Hopkins place-kicker has earned first or second honors eight times in the last nine years.
• JHU has had at least eight All-Centennial selections in each of the last nine years.

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