BALTIMORE, MD - The honors continue to roll in for Johns Hopkins senior tackle Armand Jenifer (Teaneck, NJ/Bergen County Academies) and senior center Ben Cranston(Parkton, MD/Loyola), who have added Preseason All-America honors from D3football.com and Phil Steele's College Football Preview to their already impressive resumes. Jenifer was named to both teams, while Cranston was named to the D3football.com team.
Jenifer was named a Preseason First Team All-American by both D3football.com and Phil Steele's College Football Preview, which also listed Jenifer as the top-ranked NFL prospect among all NCAA Division III players entering the 2013 season. Jenifer previously earned nods as a Preseason First Team All-American by both the Sporting News and Lindy's College Football.
Jenifer earned AFCA and d3football.com All-America honors last season and is one of the most decorated offensive linemen in school history. He has twice earned First Team All-Centennial honors and is a two-time D3football.com All-Region selection as well.
Cranston earned Preseason Second Team All-America honors from D3football.com to match his second team selection earlier this summer by Lindy's College Football.
Cranston is the latest in a long line of accomplished centers at Johns Hopkins. He earned First Team All-Centennial honors and Third Team D3football.com All-Region honors last season.
With Jenifer and Cranston leading the way, Johns Hopkins averaged 36.8 points and 485.2 yards per game last season. Jenifer and Cranston are two of four starters returning to the Blue Jay offensive line.
Under the guidance of head coach Jim Margraff, Johns Hopkins posted a 10-2 record last season and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament, where the Blue Jays lost to eventual national champion Mount Union. The Blue Jays won their fourth straight Centennial Conference title last season and advanced to the NCAAs for the third time in four years.
In addition to the individual preseason honors that have come Johns Hopkins' way, the Blue Jays have also landed three top 20 rankings this summer. JHU checked in number nine in the Sporting News Preseason Poll and was also ranked 10th by Lindy's College Football and 17th by D3football.com.
Johns Hopkins opens the 2013 season on the road at Randolph-Macon on Saturday, September 7.
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