After leading the Hornet football team to a 38-31 victory at Trine last Saturday, sophomore quarterback Justin Danzy was named the MIAA offensive player of the week for the second time in five weeks.
This is quite a feat for the young quarterback getting his first opportunity as the Hornet’s starting quarterback this season. But when you look at his resume, it’s clear to see Danzy’s honor is well earned.
Against Trine, Danzy was 37/51 for 423 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions. The strong outing improved his season totals to 1,633 passing yards and 12 touchdowns.
He is far and away the MIAA’s superior passer this season. He leads the league in total offense, passing yards, pass completions, pass attempts, completion percentage and passing touchdowns.
Danzy has attempted 62 more passes than the next closest MIAA quarterback, Hope senior Michael Atwell. No other quarterback has completed triple-digit passes, Danzy has tossed 166.
His strong output is noteworthy beyond the MIAA as well. His 166 completions and 245 attempts on the year both lead all of Division III. And his 1,633 passing yards are good for second in the nation. Danzy also cracks the Division III top ten with 1,800 yards of total offense.
Danzy has progressed further into a realm that more Hornet fans may be able to understand, where statistics are reported by major news outlets such as ESPN, and his season is still among some of the nation’s best. Compared to Division I quarterbacks, Danzy’s pass completions and attempts rank fourth. 1,633 passing yards would place him ninth in Division I, ahead of noted quarterbacks Teddy Bridgewater, Aaron Murray, Johnny Manziel, Tajh Boyd and Marcus Mariota. These five names are almost always among those listed on Heisman watch lists.
Danzy is not the only Hornet making national news with his play. Senior wide receiver Josh Wise has been Danzy’s top target thus far this year, and what a formidable duo they make. Like his quarterback, Wise leads the MIAA in nearly every receiving statistic: receptions, yards and touchdowns. Fellow Hornet Alex Dietrich is the closest to Wise’s league-leading 46 receptions with 35. Cameron Shegos, another top target for Danzy, is tied with Wise for the league lead in receiving touchdowns with five. Wise also leads the league in punt return average and is third in all purpose yards.
On a national level, Wise’s 46 receptions rank him fourth in Division III and his 558 receiving yards place eighth. His five touchdowns also tie him for 21st in the nation.
Expect to see these two connect many more times this year as the Hornets continue to chase their first MIAA championship since 1963. If the Hornets hope to achieve this, a healthy dose of Danzy-to-Wise will be necessary. And if Danzy can maintain this level of production, Kalamazoo College may just have to start a Danzy-for-Gaglardi/Melberger campaign (Division III’s Heisman equivalents. #DanzyforGaglardi has a nice ring to it, best to get it trending now.