Hopkins may continue QB rotation vs. Thiel

November 19, 2005|By MATT PAPUCHIS | MATT PAPUCHIS,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Jim Margraff didn't want to give too much away, but the fact the Johns Hopkins coach wasn't afraid to mix things up against McDaniel last week might be a sign of things to come.

Margraff decided to split his two quarterbacks' time to keep the Green Terror off balance, which could happen again today when the Blue Jays (8-2) make their first playoff appearance in a noon Division III game against Thiel (10-0) in Greenville, Pa.

Although senior Zach DiIonno led the Centennial Conference in passing, he rotated snaps with freshman Adam Waddell in the 14-5 win that gave Hopkins the outright league title. Waddell rushed for 35 yards on Hopkins' scoring drive in the first quarter.

Margraff said that as the season progresses and the weather worsens, a running quarterback can prove beneficial, especially in sloppy field conditions.

"If we get into a game where it was a run situation, Adam is our best runner," Margraff said.

"If we were in a game with 30-mile-per-hour winds or where running was necessary because it would be hard to throw, we would go to that."

Today's game has the potential to be a shootout. Hopkins' three main threats are DiIonno (1,654 passing yards), running back T.J. Lyons (second in the conference with 905 yards), and wide receiver and Centennial Offensive Player of the Year Anthony Triplin (conference leader with 66 receptions for 707 yards).

Thiel is led by quarterback Darrell Satterfield, who has thrown for 2,344 yards and 22 touchdowns, and sophomore running back Steve Minton (1,031 yards, 18 touchdowns). Wide receiver Brandon Chambers has 73 receptions for 1,112 yards and 13 touchdowns.

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