Nov. 13, 2012
LANCASTER, PA - The Johns Hopkins football team, which will carry a 9-1 record into this week's first round NCAA Playoff game against Washington & Jefferson, nearly pulled off a clean sweep of the Centennial Conference's major awards as the Blue Jays landed the league's Offensive, Defensvie and Coach of the Year awards today. Senior running back Jonathan Rigaud (Pembroke Pines, FL/Pembroke Pines) earned Offensive Player of the Year honors, while senior linebacker Taylor Maciow (Marlton, NJ/Cherokee) was named the Defensive Player of the Year. In addition, Jim Margraff nabbed Coach of the Year honors for the second straight season.
Rigaud and Maciow were also two of the four players in the league to earn unanimous First Team All-Centennial honors. They were joined on the first team by junior wide receiver Dan Wodicka (West Lafayette, IN/West Lafayette), junior tackle Armand Jenifer (Teaneck, NJ/Bergen County Academies), junior center Ben Cranston (Parkton, MD/Loyola) and senior strong safety Adam Schweyer (Allentown, PA/Allentown Central Catholic).
Two more junior offensive linemen - tackle Vincenzo Bonaddio (Garnet Valley, PA/Salesianum) and guard Kevin Quinn (Newtown Square, PA/Malvern Prep) - earned Second Team All-Centennial honors, as did junior defensive lineman Joe DiTrolio (Newtown Square, PA/Malvern Prep), junior linebacker John Arena (Bryn Mawr, PA/St. Joe's Prep) and sophomore cornerback Ryan Rice (Frisco, TX/Wakeland).
Sophomore defensive end Michael Longo (Scarsdale, NY/Iona Prep) rounds out the Blue Jays' All-Centennial selections as he earned honorable mention status.
Rigaud makes the jump from Second Team All-Centennial last year to first team this season. He is the fourth straight and sixth overall Johns Hopkins player to earn Offensive Player of the Year honors. He has rushed for 1,262 yards and 20 touchdowns this season and also leads the team in all-purpose yards as well (1,334). His 1,262 yards are the third-highest single-season total in school history, while his 20 touchdowns rank second.
Maciow, who also makes the jump to the first team from the second team, is the fifth Johns Hopkins player to earn Defensive Player of the Year honors and the first since Colin Wixted in 2009. He leads the Blue Jays in tackles (78) for the second consecutive season and also counts 7.5 tackles for losses, 4.0 sacks, four pass breakups and one fumble return for a touchdown to his credit. His is also the Blue Jays' career active leader in tackles with 223.
Wodicka earns his second straight first team nod as he leads the team with 76 receptions for 728 yards and two touchdowns. His 76 receptions are the fourth-highest single-season total in school history and just 11 shy of his own school record of 87 set last season. His 163 catches in the last two years are the most ever in a two-season span in school history and that total alone would rank as the eighth-highest career total in school history.
Jenifer earned a repeat selection to the first team - the only Johns Hopkins player to do so. A starter at right tackle in every game, he is the anchor of a Johns Hopkins offensive line that has paved the way for an offense that is averaging 38.6 points and 495.0 yards per game. The Blue Jays have already rushed for a school-record 41 touchdowns and have been equally effective running the ball (262.6) and throwing the ball (232.4).
Cranston is the latest in a long line of Johns Hopkins centers to earn First Team All-Centennial honors. This is the third straight year Johns Hopkins has produced the first team All-CC center and this is the 11th year since 1998 that a Blue Jay center has earned first or second team honors. Cranston made the seamless transition from guard to center this season and keys a line that has paved the way for an offense that is averaging 38.6 points and 495.0 yards per game and is equally effective running the ball (262.6) and throwing the ball (232.4). The Blue Jays count a school-record 41 rushing touchdowns on the year.
Schweyer has been a mainstay in the Blue Jay lineup since arriving at Homewood as he has played in 44 of JHU's 45 games in his career. He ranks second on the team in tackles (59) and counts 8.0 tackles for losses, 3.0 sacks, two interceptions, two pass breakups and one blocked kick to his credit. He recorded the 200th tackle of his career in the Blue Jays' 49-7 regular-season-ending victory over rival McDaniel.
With their selection to the second team, Bonaddio and Quinn join Jenifer and Cranston on the All-Centennial team as four of Johns Hopkins' five starting offensive linemen were honored. Both have started all 10 games and have fueled the Blue Jays' offense, which ranks among the national leaders in scoring (38.6), total offense (495.0) and rushing offense (262.6). Johns Hopkins one of just two Division III teams in the nation averaging more than 260 yards rushing and 230 yards passing.
DiTrolio returned this season after suffering a season-ending injury late in the 2011 season and has been a key force against the run from his spot at nose guard. He is tied for the team-lead in tackles among defensive linemen (36) and counts 5.0 tackles for losses and 3.0 sacks to his credit from his spot in the middle. His 36 tackles are tied for fifth overall on the team.
Arena is enjoying the finest season of his career as he ranks third on the team in tackles with a career-high 53 entering the playoffs. He also counts 5.5 tackles for loss, one sack, one interception, one pass breakup and one forced fumble to his credit.
Rice is one of just two sophomores among Johns Hopkins' 12 All-Centennial selections. A standout at cornerback, Rice has 28 tackles, four pass breakups, two tackles for loss and one interception to his credit. He ranks eighth on the team in tackles from his cornerback spot and is tied for second in pass breakups.
Longo joins Rice as JHU's two sophomores to earn All-Centennial honors with his selection to the honorable mention listing. He has started all 10 games at defensive end and is tied with DiTrolio for the team-lead among defensive linemen in tackles (36) and also has 5.5 tackles for loss, 4.0 sacks and one forced fumble. His four sacks are tied for second on the team and his 5.5 TFLs are tied for fifth.
Margraff guided Johns Hopkins to a fourth straight Centennial Conference title and the team's third trip to the NCAA Playoffs in the last four years. The Blue Jays have spent the entire season ranked in the top 25 and are now one of just nine teams in the nation to be ranked in the top 25 every week for the last two seasons.
The Johns Hopkins-Washington & Jefferson first round NCAA game is set for noon on Saturday, November 17 at Homewood Field. The winner will advance to the second round to take on the winner of the Mount Union-Christopher Newport game.
Johns Hopkins 2012 All-Centennial Selections
First Team: Ben Cranston (OL), Armand Jenifer (OL), Taylor Maciow (LB), Jonathan Rigaud (RB), Adam Schweyer (LB), Dan Wodicka (WR)
Second Team: John Arena (LB), Vincenzo Bonaddio (OL), Joe DiTrolio (DL), Kevin Quinn (OL), Ryan Rice (DB)
Honorable Mention: Michael Longo (DL)
Offensive Player of the Year: Jonathan Rigaud (RB)
Defensive Player of the Year: Taylor Maciow (LB)
Coach of the Year: Jim Margraff
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