December 4, 2012

Johns Hopkins' Arena, Bonaddio Earn Academic All-America Honors

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Dec. 4, 2012

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BALTIMORE, MD - The success of the Johns Hopkins University football team is not limited to the Blue Jays' accolades on the field as junior linebacker John Arena (Bryn Mawr, PA/St. Joe's Prep) and junior offensive tackle Vincenzo Bonaddio (Garnet Valley, PA/Salesianum) have been named to the 2012 CoSIDA/Capital One NCAA Division III Academic All-America Football Team, which was announced today. Arena was named to the first team, while Bonaddio grabbed second team honors.

Arena and Bonaddio are the 16th and 17th Johns Hopkins football players to earn Academic All-America honors. Of the 17, 15 have come since 1993 under the direction of current head coach Jim Margraff and 10 of those 15 have been honored since 2003. In addition, Johns Hopkins was one of just eight teams in the nation to have two players named to the team.

Arena, the seventh First Team Academic All-American in program history and just the second junior to earn the honor, played in all 12 games with four starts at linebacker and finished third on the team in tackles with a career-high 64. He also counted 7.0 tackles for losses, 2.0 sacks, two interceptions, one pass breakup and one forced fumble to his credit. He now has 115 career tackles, including 13.5 for losses and 5.0 sacks.  He earned Second Team All-Centennial Conference honors this season.

A neurosciene major with the perfect 4.0 grade point average, Arena is currently serving a Clinical Practicum and completing Neuroprotection Research at the Hopkins Hospital Movement Disorder Clinic, where he works closely with Parkinson's patients. He previously completed a summer internship with the People's Community Health Center, serves as an academic tutor, is the secretary of his fraternity and a member of Nu Rho Psi (undergraduate neuroscience society. He was named to the 2011 and 2012 Centennial Conference Academic Honor Roll and was previously named to the 2012 CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-District Football Team.

Junior Vincenzo Bonaddio carries a 3.70 cumulative grade point average and is majoring in Public Health and Earth and Planetary Science.

Bonaddio, also a Second Team All-Centennial selection in 2012, was a key member of the Blue Jays' offensive line this season as he started all 12 games at left tackle. He helped lead an offense that is averaged 36.8 points and 485.2 yards per game. Both of those averages are the second-highest in school history, while the Blue Jays set school records for total yards (5,823), plays (954), points scored (441), first downs (317), overall touchdowns (63) and rushing touchdowns (47). The 2012 season also marked the first time in school history that Johns Hopkins has averaged more than 250 yards rushing (252.8) and 230 yards passing (232.4).

Bonaddio, who carries a 3.70 cumulative grade point average and is majoring in Public Health and Earth and Planetary Science, has volunteered with JHU's Penn Lucy tutoring program with inner city kids and JHU's JUMP program that fosters interaction between Johns Hopkins athletes and local children. He has also volunteered at Waggies by Maggie & Friends, a non-profit company whose mission is to employ persons with intellectual disabilities.

Johns Hopkins posted a 10-2 record, won a fourth consecutive Centennial Conference title and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Playoffs this season. The Blue Jays also spent the entire season ranked in the top 25 for the second consecutive year. Since Arena and Bonaddio arrived as freshmen in 2010, the Blue Jays have posted a 28-8 record, won three Centennial Conference titles and advanced to the NCAA Playoffs twice (2011, 2012).

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