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By Bill Free | December 7, 2002
Jim Margraff's record-setting 9-2 run this fall as head coach of the Johns Hopkins football team might carry him straight to the Ivy League. Margraff confirmed last night he has been contacted by a representative of Columbia University to inquire if he would be interested in the vacant head football coaching position. "It's one of only four jobs that I'd consider leaving Hopkins for," said Margraff, who is 75-52-3 with the Blue Jays. "I was an assistant at Columbia the year before I came to Hopkins (1990)
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By Edward Lee and The Baltimore Sun | October 2, 2014
In Johns Hopkins' 33-14 rout of Moravian on Sept. 20, senior quarterback Braden Anderson posted career highs in passing yards (218) and completion percentage (73.5). It took Anderson only one week to surpass those totals, throwing for 359 yards and connecting on 76.3 percent of his passes in Saturday's 42-26 victory over Centennial Conference foe Muhlenberg. Add a career-best four touchdowns, and it's easy to see why Blue Jays coach Jim Margraff called Anderson's performance the best of his career.
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By FROM STAFF REPORTS | October 15, 2005
Johns Hopkins gave coach Jim Margraff his 100th career win, posting its second shutout of the season and defeating Gettysburg, 14-0, in a Centennial Conference football game last night at Homewood Field. Margraff (100-55-3) is in his 16th season as Blue Jays coach. He is a 1982 alum and the leading passer in school history. He's also the winningest coach in school history. It was the 10th straight victory for the Blue Jays (6-0) going back to last season. After a scoreless first quarter, quarterback Zach DiIonno connected on an 80-yard pass to Anthony Triplin to give Johns Hopkins a 7-0 lead in the second quarter.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | September 24, 2014
In the past month, Johns Hopkins has routed Randolph-Macon (42-3 on Sept. 6) and Moravian (33-14 on Saturday). But the Blue Jays also had a 27-20 win over Centennial Conference opponent Susquehanna on Sept. 13 that was closer than expected. So which game is an accurate indicator of the Blue Jays' potential? Johns Hopkins coach Jim Margraff isn't sure. “I still think we're a work in progress,” he said Wednesday morning. “If we play a clean game with no turnovers and minimize big plays defensively, we can play with most people and certainly in our conference.
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By Paul McMullen and Paul McMullen,Staff Writer | October 13, 1992
Johns Hopkins football coach Jim Margraff is aging rapidly this fall.On Sept. 25, the Blue Jays turned back two drives in the final minutes and held on to beat Fairleigh Dickinson-Madison, 7-0. On Oct. 2, they got nothing out of a fourth-quarter drive and lost to Gettysburg, 13-10. NotebookLast Saturday, Hopkins beat Ursinus, 35-34, when the Bears' attempt at a winning conversion pass with time elapsed was intercepted by Chad Van Den Berg."A lot of people are saying we could be 4-1, but I know we could also be 1-4," said Margraff, whose team is 3-2. "Three games in a row like that will put some years on you."
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By GARY LAMBRECHT and GARY LAMBRECHT,SUN REPORTER | November 2, 2005
Johns Hopkins senior quarterback Zach DiIonno has heard the message so many times from his head coach. Enjoy the moment. Live for the present. Do everything as if it's the last time you're going to do it. For four years, DiIonno and the rest of the Blue Jays seniors have listened to and played hard for Jim Margraff. Day by day over the past 16 seasons, the former star quarterback at Hopkins has transformed the program at his alma mater and become its most successful coach. The Blue Jays (7-1, 4-1)
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By MATT PAPUCHIS and MATT PAPUCHIS,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | November 19, 2005
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.
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By Bill Free COLLEGE FOOTBALL | September 30, 1990
Hopkins ends Gettysburg hex, 28-14It may be too soon to declare a complete turnaround for the Johns Hopkins University football team, but the Blue Jays did an amazing thing yesterday at Homewood Field.Johns Hopkins won a football game, 28-14, over GettysburCollege for the first time in 75 years.It was 1915 when Hopkins defeated the Bullets, 21-7, for the first and only time before yesterday.There have been some breaks in the 18-game series, but 7years is a long time without winning."Our kids were pumped up for this game," said first-year Hopkincoach Jim Margraff.
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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,Evening Sun Staff | November 9, 1990
Stu Markley represents the future of Johns Hopkins football. If first impressions are lasting, the Blue Jays' future looks pretty good.Markley, a sophomore who transferred from Columbia University and the Ivy League this fall, has been a smash hit for the Blue Jays -- figuratively and literally.The 6-foot, 210-pound inside linebacker leads the team in tackles with 137, or 43 more than runner-up Ed Lineen, also an inside backer.In a year when new head coach Jim Margraff was hired too late to recruit, Markley represents the new wave of football player that is expected to matriculate to Hopkins.
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By Dave Glassman and Dave Glassman,Contributing Writer | October 30, 1992
More than a few football coaches have been known to look to the heavens and thank their lucky stars when they catch a break, no matter how small.Jim Margraff is certainly entitled because, thanks to the Johns Hopkins Space Consortium, the Blue Jays coach caught a 1990 first-team All-Metro defensive lineman from Poly -- Jelani Rucker.Normally in Division III, where there are no athletic scholarships, a coach must recruit an athlete, then get him into school and scramble to put together a financial aid package for him. Rucker, in a reverse twist of the recruiting process, almost fell out of the sky onto Homewood Field.
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By Edward Lee and The Baltimore Sun | September 18, 2014
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.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | November 7, 2013
The Johns Hopkins football team has run up an 8-0 overall record and a 7-0 mark in the Centennial Conference thanks in part to the league's most prolific passing attack, averaging 257.4 yards and scoring 16 touchdowns. That unit may get stronger with the return of a starting wide receiver. Senior Bob D'Orazio has missed the past two games because of a hamstring injury, but coach Jim Margraff said D'Orazio is expected to play in Saturday's home finale against Franklin & Marshall (5-3, 5-2)
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | October 30, 2013
After Saturday's 34-16 victory over Gettysburg, the Johns Hopkins football team moved from No. 12 to No. 10 in the latest American Football Coaches Association poll. It is the seventh top 10 ranking for the program since the poll debuted in 1999. The Blue Jays spent three weeks last year in the top 10, which may be part of the reason why coach Jim Margraff is not overinflating the significance of the ranking. “Not meaningful at all,” he said Wednesday morning. “I always tell our guys that if we got an extra field goal or a do-over or an extra timeout, then it'd be worth something.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | October 3, 2013
The Johns Hopkins football team has enjoyed unprecedented success under coach Jim Margraff and is aiming for another benchmark. A win against Juniata this Saturday would give the Blue Jays -- ranked No. 14 in the latest American Football Coaches Association Division III Coaches poll -- their third consecutive 5-0 start and sixth under Margraff, who also led the 2002, 2003 and 2005 squads to 5-0 starts. The positive starts are important, but Margraff tried not to make too much of the numbers.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | September 26, 2013
No. 13 Johns Hopkins' 52-14 thrashing of Moravian last Saturday propelled the team to a 3-0 start and a 2-0 opening record in the Centennial Conference. It also represented a rare accomplishment for Jim Margraff. Margraff, who was a four-year starting quarterback for the Blue Jays between 1979-82, became only the second head coach in Maryland to collect 160 wins. Margraff, who is 160-81-3 in 24 years at the school, trails only Eddie Hurt, who won 174 games at Morgan State from 1929-59.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | September 25, 2013
Football coaches love to talk about the importance of all three phases of the game, but special teams often sounds like lip service. When Muhlenberg is involved in the conversation, special teams is a relevant topic. Since 1999, the Mules have scored 25 touchdowns on special teams. In last Saturday's 58-0 demolition of McDaniel, Muhlenberg blocked a 37-yard field-goal attempt and returned it 72 yards for a score and blocked a punt that the offense turned into a touchdown. That aspect of the Mules (2-1 overall and 1-1 in the Centennial Conference)
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By Bill Tanton and Bill Tanton,Staff Writer | November 1, 1992
The mistake-prone Johns Hopkins football team lost to Dickinson, 32-0, at Homewood Field yesterday, abruptly ending the Blue Jays' three-game winning streak.The Blue Jays lost five fumbles, and quarterback Mike Bopp threw four interceptions.The Jays are 5-3 overall and 3-2 in the Centennial Football Conference. Dickinson (6-1-1, 3-1-1), the defending conference champion, had lost to Western Maryland and tied Swarthmore the previous two weeks.For Dickinson, the star was Alex Plomaritis. The 6-foot-1, 185-pound running back from St. Petersburg, Fla., scored on runs of 26, 5, 6 and 2 yards.
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By Bill Free and Bill Free,SUN STAFF | September 16, 2004
Quarterback Zach DiIonno is tired of Johns Hopkins getting snubbed at playoff time and is showing it on the field. "We don't want to rely on any stupid tie-breaker systems in the [Centennial Conference] or any NCAA committees this season," said the junior, who passed for career highs of 371 yards and four touchdowns in Saturday's win over Kean. "We want to win the Centennial Conference title outright and go to the NCAAs. We should have received an at-large bid last year." DiIonno (pronounced D-o-no)
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From Sun staff reports | September 16, 2012
Morgan State @N.C. A&T Sept. 27, 7:30p.m. TV: ESPNU Radio: 88.9FM The Morgan State defense allowed 753 total yards, including 565 passing yards, as Akron (1-2) demolished the visiting Bears, 66-6, on Saturday at InfoCision Stadium, ending a 10-game losing streak for the Zips. "It was a very fast tempo," Morgan State freshman defensive back DeShaun Summers said. "I still was adjusting to it throughout the game. They looked much better in person than they did on tape.
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By From Sun staff and news services | November 1, 2009
Running back Andrew Kase rushed for 146 yards and a school-record-tying four touchdowns in the first half to lead Johns Hopkins past host Juniata, 58-7, Saturday in Huntingdon, Pa. The win is the third straight for the Blue Jays against Juniata and improves Hopkins' record to 6-2 overall and 5-1 in the Centennial Conference. Juniata slips to 1-8 overall and 1-6 in the Centennial. With the win, Johns Hopkins head coach Jim Margraff notched his 125th career victory. Already the all-time winningest coach in school history with a 125-74-3 record, he is just the second college football coach in Maryland state history to win 125 games, after Eddie Hurt, who won 174 games at Morgan State from 1929 to 1959.
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