Nov. 24, 2009
BALTIMORE, MD -- The Johns Hopkins University football team (9-2), which will play at 10th-ranked Thomas More (11-0) in the second round of the NCAA Division III Playoffs on Saturday (November 28), placed two players on the 2009 CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America College Division Football Team, which was announced today. Senior offensive lineman Mike Stoffel (Livingston, NJ/Livingston) and senior defensive lineman Steve Levinson (Villanova, PA/Penn Charter) were both named Second Team Academic All-Americans. The selection to the team is the first for both players and brings the total number of Academic All-Americans in program history to 12. Ten of the 12 have come since head coach Jim Margraff took over in 1990.
Stoffel is majoring in natural sciences and carries a 3.59 cumulative grade point average. He has anchored the Johns Hopkins offensive line since taking over as a starter at left tackle midway through his freshman year and will carry a streak of 36 straight starts into Saturday's game at Thomas More. He anchors an offensive line that is paving the way for a unit averaging 32.5 points and 397.9 yards of total offense. JHU has also allowed just five sacks in 345 pass attempts this season. The five sacks JHU has allowed are tied for the fourth-fewest in the nation. Stoffel is a three-time All-Centennial performer as he garnered second team honors as a sophomore before moving up to the first team as a junior and senior. He also earned First Team All-ECAC Southwest and Third Team d3football.com All-South Region honors a year ago.
Stoffel has been active with Johns Hopkins' Pen Lucy Youth Partnership - a tutoring program for Baltimore children in the areas of math, science, and reading - and completed an internship at the UMDNJ Dental School. Stoffel is a two-time ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District selection as he garnered first team honors this season and second team honors as a junior.
Levinson, an international studies major with a 3.79 cumulative grade point average, is in his second season as a defensive lineman as he made the switch last season after playing two years on the offensive line. He has started all 11 games this season at nose guard and ranks 11th on the team in tackles (23). A First Team All-Centennial selection this season and a second team pick a year ago, he also has 5.0 tackles for losses, 2.5 sacks, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. He is among the leaders of a defense that is allowing just 15.7 points and 259.6 yards per game. The Blue Jays also rank 11th in the nation against the run (74.5 ypg.).
Levinson speaks English, Spanish and Portuguese and completed an internship with the Altria Group, where he gained experience managing multimillion dollar accounts. He also spent last summer working in the office of Senator Bob Casey Jr. in the Philadelphia area. He is a two-time First Team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District selection and is also a member of the Johns Hopkins track and field team.
JHU's All-Time CoSIDA Academic All-America Football Players
Steve Levinson - 2nd Team - 2009
Mike Stoffel - 2nd Team - 2009
Evan Earnest - 1st Team - 2006
Jim Sanders - 2nd Team - 2005
Paul Longo - 2nd Team - 2003
Chris Baugh - 1st Team - 1998
Larry Gulotta - 2nd Team - 1998
Michael House - 1st Team - 1994
Michael House - 1st Team - 1993
Stu Markley - 2nd Team - 1993
Charles Hauck - 1st Team - 1977
James Schoettler - 2nd Team - 1977
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