November 16, 2010

Wernick Named Centennial Conference Offensive Player of the Year - 11 Blue Jays Garner All-Centennial Honors

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LANCASTER, PA - Johns Hopkins junior wide receiver Sam Wernick (Dallas, TX/Dallas Jesuit) added another honor to his growing list of accolades today as he was named the 2010 Centennial Conference Offensive Player of the Year.  Wernick is the second consecutive and fourth overall Johns Hopkins player to earn the award as he follows in the footsteps of Andrew Kase (RB • 2009), Anthony Triplin (WR • 2005) and Mark Campbell (QB • 1985).

In addition to being named the league's Offensive Player of the Year, Wernick was one of 11 Johns Hopkins players named to the All-Centennial team.  He was one of a league-high seven Johns Hopkins players who earned first team status, while three others grabbed second team honors and one was named honorable mention.

Joining Wernick on the first team were junior quarterback Hewitt Tomlin (Jackson, TN/Trinity Christian), junior center Ed Rodger (Glen Ridge, NJ/St. Peter's Prep), senior defensive lineman Devin Collins(Melbourne, FL/Eau Gallie), junior linebacker Ryan Piatek (Sewell, NJ/Bishop Eustace), junior safety Mike Milano (Allentown, PA/Allentown Central Catholic) and senior place kicker Alex Lachman (Livingston, NJ/Livingston).  Senior offensive lineman Ryan Lino (Middletown, NJ/Mater Dei), junior offensive linemanDoug Drummond (White Plains, NY/Iona Prep) and junior cornerback Sam Eagleson (Reading, PA/Governor Mifflin) were named to the second team, while junior linebacker Tyler Brown (Huntington Station, NY/Walt Whitman) earned honorable mention honors.

Below is a quick look at JHU's selections to the 2010 All-Centennial football team.

Wernick leads the team with 59 receptions for 1,085 yards and 14 touchdowns on the year. The 1,085 yards and 14 touchdowns are both Johns Hopkins single-season records, while his 59 receptions are tied for the eighth-best mark in JHU history.  He has also tied the school record for 100-yard receiving games in a season (6) and tied the JHU single-game record for TD receptions with four at Susquehanna.  He currently leads the Centennial Conference in overall touchdowns (14), points per game (8.4) and receiving yards per game (108.5) and ranks second in all-purpose yards per game (154.8) and third in receptions per game (5.9).  He also ranks sixth in kickoff return average (21.7).  In addition to his exploits on the field, Wernick is a two-time CoSIDA/ESPN First Team Academic All-District selection.  He also hit .367 for the Johns Hopkins baseball team last spring as the Blue Jays won the Centennial Conference Championship and placed fifth at the Division III College World Series.

Tomlin continued his assault on the Johns Hopkins record book this season as he has already set school single-season records for touchdown passes (20), passing yards (2,866), 300-yard passing games (6) and total offense (2,936).  With one game plus a full season remaining, he already ranks first in school history in career passing yards (7,355) and completions (594) and ranks second in attempts (1,003) and touchdown passes (46).  Most importantly, Johns Hopkins is 24-8 in Tomlin's 32 career starts at quarterback.

Rodger has established himself as one of the top centers in school history as he makes the jump up to the first team after earning Second Team All-Centennial honors a year ago.  Rodger has started 20 games since the start of the 2009 season and anchors a line that is paving the way for an offense that is averaging 35.0 points and 428.5 yards per game.  The Blue Jays have allowed just 10 sacks in 364 pass attempts this season.  Rodger is the eighth Johns Hopkins center to earn All-Centennial honors since 1998.

The unquestioned leader of the Johns Hopkins defense, Piatek leads the team in tackles (103), tackles for losses (12.5) and sacks (4.5) while also contributing four pass breakups and three interceptions.  His 103 tackles are the most by a Johns Hopkins player since 2004, when Matt Hagel totaled 106.  Piatek earned Second Team All-Centennial a year ago and was recently named to the CoSIDA/ESPN Academic All-District First Team.

Milano is making his second appearance on the All-Centennial First Team.  The lone safety in JHU's 4-4-3 defensive scheme, the sure-tackling Milano ranks fourth on the team in tackles (46), is tied for the team-lead in interceptions (4) and ranks second in pass breakups (5).  He also counts three tackles for losses and two sacks to his credit.

Collins is the main holdover from last season's dominant defensive line and he makes his first appearance on the All-Centennial team.  Despite facing nearly constant double teams, he has 20 tackles to his credit from his interior spot on the line and his ability to occupy multiple blockers has opened the way for Piatek and JHU's other linebackers.

In a program that has produced more than its share of all-star place-kickers,Lachman ranks among the best as this is his second selection to the first team to go along with one nod on the second team.  Lachman has hit 40-of-44 extra points and 12-of-16 field goals this season and ranks as the Johns Hopkins and Centennial Conference all-time leader in career field goals (46) and points scored by a kicker (276).  His 46 career field goals rank him among the top five in Division III history.

Lino and Drummond join Rodger to form the nucleus of the Johns Hopkins offensive line as they flank Rodger at the two guard spots.  Lino has started all 23 games over the last two years, while Drummond might be JHU's most versatile offensive lineman.  After starting 10 games at center as a freshman, he played both center and guard last season before settling in at guard this year.  He and Lino help guide an offense that is turning out 35.0 points and 428.5 yards per game.  Lino and Drummond were also recently honored for their work in the classroom as both were named to the CoSIDA/ESPN Academic All-District Team.  Lino earned first team honors, while Drummond was a second team selection.

Eagleson is making his second appearance on the Second Team All-Centennial listing.  A true shutdown cornerback, he is often isolated in coverage, but still leads the team in pass breaks ups (6) and is tied for the team-lead in interceptions (4). He also counts 33 tackles to his credit on the year and is tied for seventh in school history with 11 career interceptions.  Eagleson was also a First Team All-America pitcher for the Blue Jays last season as he rolled up a 12-0 record for Johns Hopkins, which won the Centennial Conference title and placed fifth at the College World Series.

Brown rounds out Johns Hopkins' All-Centennial selections with his second appearance on the team.  He was a second team pick a year ago.  Brown ranks second on the team in tackles (54) and counts 6.0 tackles for losses, 4.0 sacks, two pass breakups, two forced fumbles and one blocked punt to his credit.

Johns Hopkins (7-3, 7-2 Centennial), which claimed a share of the 2010 Centennial Conference title, will host Lebanon Valley in the ECAC South Atlantic Bowl on Saturday.  The Blue Jays are making their seventh postseason appearance since 2002 and has won three ECAC Bowls during that time.

Johns Hopkins' 2010 All-Centennial Football Selections:

Offensive Player of the Year:  Sam Wernick (Jr. • WR)

First Team All-Centennial:
Sam Wernick (WR), Hewitt Tomlin (QB), Ed Rodger (OL/C), Ryan Piatek (LB), Devin Collins (DL), MikeMilano (DB), Alex Lachman (PK)

Second Team All-Centennial: 
Sam Eagleson (DB), Ryan Lino (OL), Doug Drummond (OL)

Honorable Mention All-Centennial:
Tyler Brown (LB)

Notes
•  The seven First Team All-Centennial selections are tied for the second-most in school history.
•  A Johns Hopkins linebacker has earned first or second team All-Centennial in each of the last 11 years.
•  Tomlin is the sixth JHU quarterback to earn All-Centennial honors since 2000.
•  At least two Blue Jay defensive backs have earned All-Centennial honors eight times in the last nine years.
•  Johns Hopkins has produced an All-Centennial offensive lineman (any team) every year since 1989.
•  A JHU wide receiver has earned All-Centennial honors (any team) every year since 2000.
•  A Johns Hopkins place-kicker has earned first or second honors nine times in the last 10 years.
•  JHU has had at least eight All-Centennial selections in each of the last 10 years. 

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