McDaniel junior Jarius Ransom is the reigning Centennial Conference Defensive Player of the Week.
McDaniel junior Jarius Ransom is the reigning Centennial Conference Defensive Player of the Week. (Courtesy of McDaniel Athletics)

McDaniel College’s defense is garnering a good bit of attention in the first month of the Green Terror’s football season.

And rightfully so.


When the Terror visit Juniata on Saturday, they’ll do so with the reigning Centennial Conference Defensive Player of the Week in Jarius Ransom.

The junior defensive back leads the Green Terror with 37 tackles, including 6.5 for loss. He has recorded double-digit tackles in three straight games.

Ransom came to McDaniel this year from Anna Maria College, a Division III school in Massachusetts. He had 109 tackles in two seasons with the Amcats, along with one interception and 2.5 sacks.

Ransom led the Green Terror (2-2, 1-2 Centennial) to a 25-0 victory at Gettysburg last week, and was the center of a complete team defensive effort with 10 tackles (1.5 for loss).

As a unit, the defense limited the Bullets to 123 yards of offense, including just 33 rushing, in McDaniel's first shutout since 2010.

Ransom has a pair of defensive teammates carrying accolades of their own this week.

Lineman Garvin Brooms and punter Joey Cornwell landed on the Team of the Week.

Brooms, a senior defensive lineman, and Cornwell, a senior punter, were both named to the team for their efforts in the Gettysburg game.

Brooms recorded four tackles, including two sacks — the second of which went for a safety in the final 1:40 to preserve the shutout.

Cornwell, a second-team all-Centennial pick in 2017, averaged 41.5 yards on eight punts against the Bullets. On his first punt of the day, he unleashed a program-record-tying 71-yard punt. He dropped three of his punts inside the 20, including pinning the Bullets at the 2-yard line late in the game to set up Grooms’ safety — the program’s first in six years.

The Green Terror are first in the Centennial in scoring defense (11.8 points per game) and second in yards allowed (228.8 per game).

McDaniel is likely gearing up for another stalwart defensive performance this week against a Juniata team (0-4, 0-3) that absorbed a 62-7 loss last week against Muhlenberg.

The Eagles rank last in the conference in scoring defense (43.8 ppg) and total defense (405 ypg).

Juniata’s roster includes former Carroll standouts Troy Blessing (Winters Mill) and Aaron Golberg (Westminster). Blessing has seen action in two games and has an assisted tackle; Golberg has one game appearance.


The Eagles came to McDaniel last season at a point when the Terror had won three of their first four games, and stunned the home team with a 42-41 overtime victory. Juniata eschewed an extra-point attempt in the first OT and used a trick play to post a two-point conversion for the win.

McDaniel never recovered last fall and dropped its next five games to finished 3-7.

A win Saturday would match last year’s total, however, and even the Terrors conference record before a home game with Dickinson is set for Oct. 6.