Dec. 10, 2013
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - Four members of the Johns Hopkins football team have been named to the 2013 D3football.com All-South Region Team it was announced today. Senior offensive linemen Armand Jenifer and Ben Cranston and junior cornerback Ryan Rice garnered first team honors, while senior outside linebacker John Arenaearned third team status. Johns Hopkins has now had at least four players named to the team in each of the last five years.
Jenifer becomes just the second player in school history to earn all-region honors three times as this is his second straight selection to the first team after grabbing second team honors as a sophomore. A three-time First Team All-Centennial selection and 2012 First Team AFCA All-American, Jenifer was a mainstay at right tackle throughout his career, a career that ranks him as one of the most decorated players in school history.
Cranston, the latest in a long line of outstanding centers at Johns Hopkins, makes the jump to the first team after grabbing third team honors as a junior. A two-time First Team All-Centennial selection and a Capital One Academic All-District selection, Cranston started all 11 games at center this season and his selection gives Johns Hopkins an all-region selection at center for the fourth straight year.
With Jenifer and Cranston leading the way, the Johns Hopkins offense set school records for points (40.5) and yards (500.6) per game this season on the strength of a balanced attack. The Blue Jays averaged 260.9 yards per game on the ground and 239.7 yards per game through the air and scored at least 24 points in all 11 games this season.
The selection as a First Team D3football.com All-Region pick is the latest in a growing list of honors for Rice, who was previously named First Team All-Centennial and First Team Capital One Academic All-District. Rice was the leader of a Johns Hopkins secondary that did not count a senior on the roster as he posted 27 tackles, including three for losses, four pass breakups and a team-high three interceptions, one of which he returned for a touchdown.
Arena adds all-region honors to his impressive list of honors. A National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete, the Capital One Academic All-American of the Year, a First Team Academic All-American and First Team All-Centennial Conference selection, Arena finished second on the team with 48 tackles, including 9.0 for loss and 5.5 sacks, added two interceptions (one of which he returned for a touchdown), one forced fumble and one pass breakup.
Under the guidance of head coach Jim Margraff, Johns Hopkins posted a 10-1 record, won a fifth straight Centennial Conference title, advanced to the NCAA Playoffs for the third straight year and was ranked in the top 20 throughout the season.
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