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Johns Hopkins' Jonathan Germano would trade touchdown record for deep playoff run

In his first campaign as Johns Hopkins' fulltime starting quarterback, Braden Anderson set a program record for touchdown passes in a season, tossing 25 in 2014.

In his first year as the team's fulltime starter, Jonathan Germano has matched Anderson's achievement.

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Germano, a junior who has guided the No. 11 Blue Jays to a 9-0 overall record and an 8-0 mark in the Centennial Conference, tied Anderson's record with a pair of touchdown throws in Saturday's 45-24 victory over league rival Franklin & Marshall. Germano completed 19 of 27 passes for 304 yards, his second 300-yard game of the season.

But Germano said he would gladly exchange the touchdown record for greater team success.

"I'd rather be known for taking us to the national championship than something like that," he said. "That's just a product of what the offense is and the guys around me. It's great to be named among those guys. They're awesome guys. I was around Braden for two years. It's a great honor, but we just want to focus on going 1-0 every week and continue that into the playoffs."

Coach Jim Margraff, who has the second most passing yards (6,669) and passing touchdowns (50) in program history, said Germano has proved adept at utilizing his teammates' talents.

"We've got guys who can make plays around him," Margraff said. "And Jon's done a great job with his decision-making. When we come to the ball offensively, there's three or four things that can happen at least, and he's gotten us into a good play nearly every time. So he's been outstanding with his decision-making, and what he's doing on the field is really remarkable, too."

Germano ranks in the top 10 in program history in single-season categories such as passer efficiency (second at 179.7), yards (eighth, 2,215) and completions (ninth, 168). Germano said he never aims low.

"I don't doubt myself at all," he said. "I'm confident. I think the whole offense is confident. Everybody's pretty confident in everything that they do. We hold everybody accountable, and that's a big thing."

Margraff, who is not shy about promoting newcomers, is enjoying what he is seeing from Germano.

"He's a special player, and he makes everyone around him better," Margraff said. "We've got guys around him who can score, but our offense runs through Jon Germano. Someone else might be having a spectacular game, but when you look at the film, it's Jon making our offense go."

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