Nov. 17, 2008
LANCASTER, PA - Led by first team selections Andrew Kase (Wyomissing, PA/Wyomissing), Mike Stoffel (Livingston, NJ/Livingston) and A.J. Albert (Franklin Park, NJ/Immaculata), Johns Hopkins placed eight players on the 2008 All-Centennial Conference Football Team it was announced Monday afternoon by Steve Ulrich, Executive Director of the league. The Blue Jays also had four players earn second team honors and one honorable mention pick among their eight honorees.
In addition to Kase, Stoffel and Albert, juniors Tim Miller (Ronkonkoma, NY/Sachem East), Steve Levinson (Villanova, PA/Penn Charter) and Colin Wixted (Lafayette Hill, PA/St. Joe's Prep) and sophomore Tucker Michels (Allendale, NJ/Northern Highlands) garnered second team honors, while senior Chris Baldwin (Southampton, NJ/Bishop Eustace) grabbed an honorable mention selection.
Kase enjoyed the finest season in school history by a running back as he has totaled school records of 1,447 yards rushing and 16 touchdowns on the season. He rushed for 100 or more yards in a school-record six straight games at one point and ended the season with a JHU-record seven 100-yard games this season. His 1,447 yards on the year are exactly 400 more than the previous JHU single-season record. His 1,536 all-purpose yards this season are the third-highest total in school history and he averaged 160.8 yards rushing in eight league games on the year. In just three seasons, Kase is already just three yards shy of the school career rushing record of 2,769 yards. He is the eighth Johns Hopkins running back to earn First Team All-Centennial honors since the league was formed in 1983 and he makes the jump up from the second team a year ago.
Stoffel also makes the jump from the second team to the first team this season. A starter at left tackle in 24 straight games since late in his freshman year, Stoffel anchors an offensive line that has paved the way for a unit that is averaging 27.0 points and 383.3 yards per game. The group has also allowed just 10 sacks in 308 pass attempts this season. He was the only sophomore offensive lineman to earn All-Centennial honors a year ago (any team) and he is the 20th Johns Hopkins offensive lineman to earn first team honors since 1983. Stoffel was previously named a Second Team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District selection.
Albert makes the rare jump to the first team after not earning a spot on the team a year ago. The only sophomore in the league to earn first team honors on offense or defense, Albert ranks third on the team in tackles (49) and counts team-highs of 7.5 tackles for losses and 4.5 sacks to his credit. He is the ninth linebacker in school history to earn First Team All-Centennial honors and the first JHU sophomore linebacker to do it since Stu Markely in 1990.
Miller teams with Stoffel to give the Blue Jays one of the top offensive line tandems in the league as he has started every game this season at right guard after battling back from a knee injury he suffered late last season. Miller, the emotional leader of the offensive line, has helped pave the way for an offense that is averaging 27.0 points and 383.3 yards per game. The group has allowed just 10 sacks in 308 pass attempts this season.
Levinson landed a spot on the second team as a defensive lineman after making the switch to defense after spending his first two years playing offensive line. A First Team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District selection, he counts 30 tackles and one sack to his credit on the year. He posted a career-high eight tackles in the Blue Jays' 39-31 triple overtime win at eventual ODAC Champion Randolph-Macon in early September.
Wixted repeats as a second team selection and teams with Albert to give the Blue Jays one of the top inside linebacker tandems in the Centennial. Wixted ranks second on the team in tackles (65) and counts five pass breakups, two forced fumbles, 1.5 tackles for losses, one sack, one fumble recovery and one interception to his credit. He is JHU's active career tackles leader with 182.
Michels enjoyed a breakout season for the Blue Jays and was the only sophomore among the four wide receivers to earn a spot on the All-Centennial team. Michels led the Blue Jays with 60 receptions for 661 yards and four touchdowns while also leading the team in kickoff returns (22.1) and punt returns (8.9). He ranks second on the team in all-purpose yards (1,018) and his 60 receptions rank as the sixth-highest single-season total in school history. He is the first sophomore wide receiver from Johns Hopkins to earn All-Centennial honors since Anthony Triplin in 2004.
Baldwin, the starting safety in the Blue Jays' 4-4-3 defensive alignment, led the team in tackles (81), pass breakups (7) and interceptions (4), while also counting 3.5 tackles for losses, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery to his credit. He made national headlines in Johns Hopkins' 34-3 season-opening victory against St. Lawrence as he returned a pair of interceptions and a fumble recovery for a touchdown.
Johns Hopkins' 2008 All-Centennial Football Selections:
Honorable Mention All-Centennial:
Chris Baldwin (DB)
A Johns Hopkins linebacker has earned first or second team All-Centennial in each of the last nine years.
A JHU running back has earned first or second team All-CC in 10 of the last 14 years.
Johns Hopkins has produced an All-Centennial offensive lineman (any team) every year since 1989.
JHU has had at least eight All-Centennial selections in each of the last eight years.
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