Don't laugh, but the best college quarterback around here this year might be the one at Division III Johns Hopkins, John Guglielmo.
Maryland had no success Saturday with any of three quarterbacks in its 37-7 loss to West Virginia. Navy went nowhere with Jason Van Matre, a natural tailback, in losing, 26-21, to William & Mary. Towson State, a 13-7 loser to Delaware State, has been ineffective with a converted linebacker, Gary Worthington, at QB.
But Guglielmo? Now there's a quarterback some of those Division I schools might like to have.
In two games, a 19-19 tie with Lebanon Valley and 47-19 win over Swarthmore, Guglielmo has completed 44 of 70 passes (63 percent) for 570 yards and four touchdowns.
Guglielmo, a 6-foot, 195-pound junior from Carmel, N.Y., gets better week by week. I've seen both his games this year, plus a couple last year. He has a strong arm, quick feet, the ability to scramble and throw on the run and he can spot an open receiver in an instant.
Guglielmo is one of several bright spots on a spirited Hopkins team that has kept coach Jim Margraff undefeated at home in his two seasons at Homewood. Before he arrived, the Blue Jays had a devil of a time winning anywhere.
Margraff, who quarterbacked Hopkins a decade ago, has revived football at his alma mater in less than two years. His Jays travel to Madison, N.J., to play Fairleigh Dickinson Friday night.
* Pity the people trying to sell the planned luxury boxes at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis. The Middies, who are off to an 0-3 start, can't sell the regular priced tickets they already have. There were 23,697 on hand Saturday for the 26- 21 loss to Division I-AA William & Mary, which was not as close as the score sounds.
* If you think Maryland's 270-pound defensive tackle Larry fTC Webster had a difficult job going against West Virginia's 6-10, 335-pound John Ray, what about the assignment drawn Saturday by Gilman center David Shapiro?
Shapiro, son of Baltimore agent Ron Shapiro, had to block Forest Park's 340-pound Eric Conaway. Young Shapiro, a mere 207-pounder, did a good job, too, as unbeaten (2-0) Gilman beat the Foresters, 6-0.
Forest Park coach Obie Barnes admitted his team came into this game with high hopes after learning that No. 1 Poly had lost, 9-6, to Cardinal Gibbons. Said Barnes:
"We were fired up because we thought with Poly losing we'd be in the driver's seat if we won this game. But Gilman beat us on the line of scrimmage. They wore us down. I'm not really surprised. We only have two kids back from last year."
One of Forest Park's kids who's not back is the coach's son, Obie Barnes Jr. He's a freshman at Hampton and the school's No. 3 tailback this year.
Sherm Bristow, Gilman's coach, was not as shocked as most at Gibbons' upset of Poly.
Said Bristow: "From what I hear, Gibbons has some kids. Three or four of them are Division I kids." The most notable of those is running back Eugene Marshall, who has carried for 357 yards in two games.
A number of Bristow's recent players are turning up in college Division I lineups these days. True freshman Jamal Cox played linebacker for Georgia Tech last week in the win over Virginia, a game in which Andy Dausch, a redshirt walk-on freshman, caught a big pass for losing Virginia.
Two former All-Metro picks from Gilman, senior defensive end Leon Newsome and junior offensive tackle Andy Martire, played well for Princeton Saturday in the Tigers' 18-0 win over Cornell.
* Talk about terrible luck. Ohioan John Macaluso sure had it Saturday when he was struck by a foul ball hit by the Orioles' Cal Ripken and carried out on a stretcher. Seventy-thousand empty seats in Cleveland Stadium and Cal hits one with somebody in it.
* Who's Ted Venetoulis kidding when he says his new "33rd Street Gazette" will not be a house organ for the Orioles? How can it be anything else when the managing editor is Bob Brown, the Orioles PR man for some 30 years and still the club's director of publications?
There's no need to apologize for house organs anyway. Many sports teams publish them and often they're quite readable. Just don't look to this one for criticism of Orioles owner Eli Jacobs or anyone in the front office.