Aug. 12, 2011
Bronx, N.Y. -
As we begin our position-by-position breakdown of the 2011 Fordham University football Rams we'll start with the position that is the biggest, and most significant, question mark. Quarterback.
The competition seems to boil down to two players: junior Ryan Higgins and sophomore Griffin Murphy. One, Higgins, has starting experience while the other, Murphy, missed all of his freshman season with an injury. Blake Wayne, who won the starting job during last year's camp, has moved over to wide receiver and he may also see time at running back. Wayne was the second leading rusher for the Rams last fall.
Higgins started the final four games of the 2010 season, winning his first three starts, and has that experience in his corner. In six games, he completed 59 of 105 passes (56.2%) for 665 yards and four touchdowns, averaging 110.8 passing yards per game. Higgins' top game was his first start as he completed 19 of 32 passes for 185 yards and one touchdown (20 yards) in a win over Lafayette. He also rushed six times for 20 net yards in the Lafayette win.
A graduate of Chaminade High School in Mineola, New York, Higgins was the recipient of the Oliver DeJesus Award as Chaminade's MVP as a senior. He was also named New York Catholic High School Football League (NYCHSFL) All-League as well as a NSCHSAA Senior Bowl All-Star. As a senior, Higgins threw for ten touchdowns and rushed for two more.
Murphy, who was injured at the very beginning of camp last summer and missed all of camp as well as the season, saw his first action this spring during spring practice. He was an All-State quarterback at St. John's High School in 2009 where he was named All-State in 2009 by both the Boston Globe
and the Boston Herald
. Murphy made the Massachusetts Coaches Association Super 26 team as one of the top two quarterbacks in the state and led the 2009 St. John's squad to a Division I-A Super Bowl championship. A 2009 & 2008 All-League selection, he set St. John's school single season records by completing 132 of 240 passes for 2,109 yards and 28 touchdowns as a senior.
Both signal callers had a good spring season. Higgins capped the spring by completing eight of 13 passes for 104 yards, including a 40-yard scoring strike to Greg Wilson in the 2011 Spring Game while Murphy completed ten of 26 passes for 149 yards and two touchdowns, a 55-yarder to Andrew Spanarkel and a 28-yarder to Aaron Mays, in the game
Higgins and Murphy aren't the only two quarterbacks in camp. They are joined by senior Doug Papy and freshmen Peter Maetzold and Nick Glogau.
Papy appeared in two games in 2010, completing one of his three pass attempts for four yards. In 2009 he served as the back-up to Fordham record-setter and current Arizona Cardinal quarterback John Skelton
Maetzold, a graduate of Friendswood High School in Friendswood, Texas, was the number one ranked passing quarterback in south Texas by the Houston Chronicle last year. He completed 284 of 456 passes (62% completion rate) for 3,693 yards, setting a school record at a school that has produced more than five Division I quarterbacks. Maetzold scored 53 touchdowns in 2010 (33 passing, 19 rushing, 1 receiving) and 85 in his high school career. He was a 2010 5-A Honorable Mention All-State selection as well as a District MVP.
Glogau, another Texas product who graduated from Plano West Senior High School in Plano, Texas, was named Academic All-State in football while serving as a team captain in 2010.