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Offensive line for Johns Hopkins football has allowed just four sacks in 2015

Johns Hopkins wide receiver Quinn Donaldson, right, celebrates his second touchdown catch of the game for the go-ahead score in the fourth quarter. On left is quarterback Jonathan Germano, who threw four TDs in the game.
Johns Hopkins wide receiver Quinn Donaldson, right, celebrates his second touchdown catch of the game for the go-ahead score in the fourth quarter. On left is quarterback Jonathan Germano, who threw four TDs in the game. (Kenneth K. Lam / Baltimore Sun)

Among several eye-opening numbers for the Johns Hopkins offense is the note that junior quarterback Jonathan Germano has been sacked only four times for a loss of 22 yards in seven games.

That means that Germano, who has attempted 184 passes, has been sacked just once every 46 dropbacks. The No. 10 Blue Jays (7-0 overall and 6-0 in the Centennial Conference) are tied for sixth in Division III in sacks allowed and lead the Centennial in the same category.

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Credit for Germano's relatively clean jerseys should go to the starting offensive line of senior tackles Baxter DeBruyn and Rowan Cade, senior guards Fernando Concepcion and Colin Egan and junior center Chantz Anderson.

"Pass protection, we've been great, and our focus this week has been be more aggressive in the run game and move people off the ball," coach Jim Margraff said Wednesday. "I thought that's where we lacked a little something last week. We've been a really good pass-protection team for a number of years now. For as much as we throw the ball, we give up very few sacks."

Margraff is right. In four of the previous six seasons, Johns Hopkins quarterbacks had been sacked 11 times or less. They were sacked just seven times in 2009 and 2014, and the team hasn't allowed 20 sacks since 2007 when that squad surrendered 25 sacks.

Margraff credited the offensive line's success to the health and cohesion of the five starters and junior tackle Blake LaDouceur and sophomore guard Anthony Campanile.

"We don't mind playing a lot of guys," Margraff said. "This year, it just happens to be seven that we feel like can play at a conference championship level, and other guys are coming along real well. But having that continuity helps. Rowan Cade and Colin Egan have gotten used to each other on the one side, and Baxter DeBruyn and Fernando have gotten used to each other on the left side, and all four of those guys are seniors. Our only junior starter is our center, and we play a couple young guys in Blake LaDouceur and Anthony Campanile regularly."

Margraff also credited Germano for using his mobility to evade opponents when the pocket collapses.

"I think there's all different strengths, and there's a lot that goes into not giving up sacks, too," Margraff said. "It's the timing of the pass routes, how things are put together by our offensive coordinator, and then it's certainly the function of your quarterback. Jon Germano has gotten himself out of some jams this year. He's got great feet and great awareness. He's a terrific athlete. He makes things exciting for the football team. He runs around and who knows what's going to happen? I think one of the factors why we have given up so few sacks is because we have a very mobile quarterback who makes things happen."

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