Sep 4, 2013
The Game: Johns Hopkins opens the 2013 season on the road at Randoph-Macon. This will be the 10th meeting between the two teams since 2002 and the 36th overall meeting in series history.
A Look Back: Johns Hopkins posted a 10-2 record, won a fourth straight Centennial Conference title and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Playoffs last season. Randolph-Macon posted a 7-3 record and tied for second place in the ODAC with a 5-2 league mark last season. The `Jackets won their final three games of the 2012 season.
Series History: This week's game will be the 36th all-time meeting between Johns Hopkins and Randolph-Macon with JHU holding an 18-16-1 advantage. A complete series history can be found on page 2.
Poll Position: Johns Hopkins earned top 20 preseason rankings in three polls. The Blue Jays were ranked 9th by the Sporting News, 10th by Lindy's College Football and 17th by D3football.com.
The first AFCA Poll of the 2013 season will be released in late September.
For Openers: Johns Hopkins is 13-9-1 in season-openers under head coach Jim Margraff and the Blue Jays have currently won 10 of their last 14 openers.
Road Openers: Johns Hopkins is 13-10 under head coach Jim Margraff in its first road game of the year.
I'm Honored: Seniors Armand Jenifer and Ben Cranston, two key pieces of a prolific Blue Jay offense a year ago, were selected as preseason All-Americans. They are two of the four returning starters on an offensive line that paved the way for a unit that averaged 485.2 yards and 36.8 points per game last season.
Jenifer grabbed first team honors from D3football.com, Lindy's College Football, Sporting News and Phil Steele's College Football Preview, while Cranston grabbed second team honors from D3football.com and Lindy's College Football.
Returning All-Centennial Jays: Johns Hopkins dominated the 2012 All-Centennial Conference Football Team as the Blue Jays claimed the coach (Jim Margraff), offensive (Jonathan Rigaud) and defensive player of the year awards (Taylor Maciow) and had 12 players earn All-Centennial honors.
While Margraff and his staff will need to replace Rigaud and Maciow, the Blue Jays do return nine of the premier players in the league.
Below is a look at JHU's returning All-Centennial performers:
John Arena - LB (2nd Team)
Vincenzo Bonaddio - OL (T) (2nd Team)
Ben Cranston - OL (C) (1st Team)
Joe DiTrolio - DL (2nd Team)
Armand Jenifer - OL (T) (1st Team)
Michael Longo - DL (HM)
Kevin Quinn - OL (G) (2nd Team)
Ryan Rice - DB (2nd Team)
Dan Wodicka - WR (1st Team)
Four in a Row: Jonathan Rigaud became the fourth straight Johns Hopkins player to win Centennial Conference Offensive Player of the Year honors when he grabbed the honor last season. Rigaud joins Hewitt Tomlin (2011), Sam Wernick (2010) and Andrew Kase (2009) as JHU's recent CC Offensive Players of the Year. They join Anthony Triplin (2005) on the list. Mark Campbell (QB) was named the Centennial Player of the Year in 1985 (a single POY was selected in the league from 1983-1992. Starting in 1993 an Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year were selected).
Centennial Favorites: For the fifth consecutive year and the eighth time in the last 10 years Johns Hopkins was selected as the favorite in the league's preseason poll of coaches and SIDs. The Blue Jays received 17 of 20 first-place votes and totaled 161 points to easily out-distance Franklin & Marshall, which checked in at number two in the poll with three first-place votes and 139 points.
JHU Ties Victory Record: Johns Hopkins posted a 10-2 record in 2012 and tied the school record for victories in a season. Only three times previously - 2003, 2009 & 2011 - had Hopkins won 10 games in a season. Johns Hopkins had never won more than seven games in a season prior to 2002, but the Blue Jays have posted eight or more wins nine times in the last 11 years.
Centennial Conference Champions: Johns Hopkins claimed its eighth Centennial Conference title last season with all eight championships coming since 2002. JHU's eight CC titles are just one shy of the record of nine, which is shared by Dickinson and Muhlenberg.
NCAA History: Johns Hopkins made its fourth trip to the NCAA Playoffs last season with all four appearances coming since 2005 under the direction of Jim Margraff, the all-time winningest coach in school history. The Blue Jays are 3-4 all-time in the NCAAs with a run to the NCAA Quarterfinals in 2009 and last year's trip to the second round highlighting JHU's NCAA history.
Post-Season Regulars: Johns Hopkins has advanced to the post-season nine times since 2002 as JHU has played in five ECAC Bowl Games and the four NCAA Tournaments since 2002. Including the 3-4 record in NCAA action, Johns Hopkins sports a 7-5 all-time post-season record as the Blue Jays are 4-1 all-time in ECAC Bowl Games. Including ECAC games, Johns Hopkins has advanced to the post-season in each of the last five years.
Sweet September: Johns Hopkins enters the 2013 season having won 11 straight and 14 of its last 15 games in the month of September. The only team to beat JHU in the month of September in its last 15 games? Randolph-Macon, which posted a 41-37 win over JHU on September 11, 2010.
More September: Johns Hopkins has not lost a home game in the month of September since September 22, 2007, when Moravian escaped Homewood with a 44-41 victory. Since then the Blue Jays have won nine straight at home in September.
Margraff Ranks Second on State Victory Chart: Johns Hopkins head coach Jim Margraff sports a career record of 157-81-3 (.658) entering this week's game at Randolph-Macon. He is just the second college football coach in Maryland state history to win 150 career games. Only Morgan State's Eddie Hurt, who won 174 games from 1929-59, has won more games as the head football coach at a college or university in the state of Maryland than Margraff.
Sustained Success: Since the start of the 2002 season the Blue Jays sport an 91-31 (.746) record. Taking it back farther the Blue Jays are 97-34 (.740) since the start of the 2001 season and 102-39 (.723) since the beginning of the 2000 season.
The 74 wins the Blue Jays amassed from 2000-09 are the most wins in a decade in school history. Johns Hopkins had never won more than seven games in a season prior to this decade. In the decade completed in 2009, the Blue Jays averaged more than seven wins per season (7.4).
Seven's Heaven: Since the beginning of the 2003 season the Blue Jays are 82-21 (.796) when scoring more than seven points and 0-7 when they have been held to seven points or less.
An Offensive Group: Johns Hopkins returns eight starters to an offense that averaged 485.2 yards and 36.8 points per game last season. The Blue Jays ranked 12th nationally in scoring offense, 18th in rushing offense (252.8) and 26th in scoring. The Blue Jays ran a school-record 954 plays and set school marks for total yards (5,823), rushing yards (3,3034), rushing touchdowns (47), first downs (317) and total points scored (441).
Defense Among Nation's Best: With seven starters back on defense, the Blue Jays will look to pick up right where they left off a year ago. Hopkins ranked among the top 40 in the nation in sacks per game (3.25/14th), rushing defense (102.1/28th), scoring defense (17.8/36th) and total defense (306.6/40th).
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