Of the 12 Johns Hopkins players who have caught passes thus far, more than half of them are wide receivers. In fact, the top four in receptions and yards are wideouts.
But in just four games, sophomores Quinn Donaldson and Bradley Munday have emerged as senior quarterback Braden Anderson’s favorite targets.
The 6-foot, 190-pound Donaldson leads the No. 10 Blue Jays (4-0 overall and 3-0 in the Centennial Conference) in catches (18), yards (301) and receiving touchdowns (three). The 5-8, 170- pound Mundley ranks second in all three categories with 16 receptions, 170 yards and one score.
“We play a lot of people, but we’re depending on those guys to make big plays,” coach Jim Margraff said Wednesday. “But I think there are other guys ready to step up. [Sophomore] Boone Lewis [Jr.] had two huge catches at the end of the game [against Muhlenberg on Saturday] on a third-and-5 and a fourth-and-3. So guys have stepped up at different times. Quinn and Brad have been the most explosive and most consistent right now.”
Juniors Ryan Finkel (nine catches for 103 yards) and Evan Adamo (eight for 74 yards) rank third and fourth, respectively, in both receptions and yards. Lewis has caught six passes for 56 yards, and freshmen Brett Caggiano (two for 22) and Tory Palmer (one for 12) have also gotten some playing time.
Margraff said the plethora of receiving options is a boon for Johns Hopkins.
“I like being able to choose from one or two or three of a number of guys,” he said. “But I think we have a couple of guys that are maybe explosive and a couple of guys that are maybe bigger. They all have similar skills sets, but they’re all very valuable right now.”