Johns Hopkins football coach Jim Margraff said QB Braden Anderson has been 'unflappable' as starter

September 18, 2014|By Edward Lee | The Baltimore Sun

In his first year as Johns Hopkins' starting quarterback, Braden Anderson might be expected to show some nerves and play with some hesitancy. But that hasn't been the case, according to coach Jim Margraff.

“I think he’s always been comfortable,” Margraff said of his senior signal caller. “I think Braden has a ton of confidence, and I think the guys have a ton of confidence in him. He’s been at ease at the position, and he’s been unflappable even when things aren’t going well. He’s cool as can be. So we’ve been really impressed.”

It has been a tale of two games for Anderson. He played well in the Blue Jays’ season-opening 42-3 pummeling of Randolph-Macon on Sept. 6, completing 12-of-23 passes for 190 yards and one touchdown and rushing 11 times for 18 yards and two scores.

Anderson wasn’t quite as successful in the team’s 27-20 decision win over Centennial Conference foe Susquehanna on Saturday. Although he carried the ball seven times for 58 yards and two touchdowns, Anderson connected on just 8-of-15 throws for 76 yards and was intercepted once.

Margraff said Anderson’s low numbers in the passing game were a result of his in-game decision to rein in the offense.

“We were running for seven yards per carry,” Margraff said. “So once we started with the turnover bug, I probably became a little too conservative, and I told our guys to keep the ball on the ground. Braden’s been fine to this point. I think the entire offense needs to execute better, but we’ll be throwing the ball a lot more in the next several weeks.”

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