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Quarterback Jonathan Germano validated starting status for Johns Hopkins football

In what should qualify as the least surprising news of the young season thus far, Jonathan Germano cemented his status as Johns Hopkins' starting quarterback after throwing for 320 yards and five touchdowns in the team's 52-17 thumping of Randolph-Macon on Saturday.

"He's our starter," coach Jim Margraff said Wednesday as the No. 11 Blue Jays (1-0 overall and 0-0 in the Centennial Conference) prepare to host Susquehanna (1-0, 0-0) on Saturday at 1 p.m. at Homewood Field in Baltimore. "By Thursday or Friday, we just said, 'We're going to start him and just go with him and see where he takes us.'

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"The other quarterbacks are ready to go if needed, and I think they'll both continue that way. I think every guy needs to prepare each week as if he's going to play, as if he's going to start, but he's our starter right now."

Germano, a 5-foot-11, 190-pound junior, completed 18 of 23 passes (78.3 percent). He also carried the ball 13 times for 66 yards and one score and did not throw an interception or fumble the ball.

"Jon played well," Margraff said. "We've got good players around him, and he did a nice job getting the ball to our receivers and running backs. But he was most impressive by just making good decisions in the pass game and the run game and that was really encouraging."

On the defensive side, outside linebacker Dan Johnson had seven tackles, one tackle for a loss and one interception in his first career start. The 5-10, 180-pound junior who graduated from Westminster High School has evolved from special teams ace to blossoming defensive standout.

"He led our team in tackles last year, especially in kickoff coverage, and he had another great hit during the game," Margraff said. "He's just improved. You hope that if you're a strong program, there are some guys that are going to take a year or two before they're ready to compete at the highest level, and he's really invested his time over the last two years and he's playing very, very well right now. I'm excited for him. He's worked hard, he's a very good athlete, he's a bright guy, and he's had a great camp and a very good first game. I'm only expecting more out of him."

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