BALTIMORE – Johns Hopkins is just a few more steps from an NCAA football title.
The Blue Jays, ranked No. 7, will play host to Randolph-Macon at noon on Saturday in the quarterfinals.
Quarterback Bay Harvey is a stand-out performer and he has a stand-out story.
He is a citizen of Switzerland, a country not known for American football. He was born in Rhode Island and moved to Europe with his family when he was 3 years old.
Harvey became a Swiss citizen and found a football team near the village where he grew up.
His love of the game brought him back to the United States.
Harvey enrolled at a high school in Cleveland, Ohio for his senior year, and played football well enough there to get a shot at Johns Hopkins.
He became the starter as a junior this year and has passed for nearly 3,000 yards with 33 touchdowns. He’s also the team’s leading rusher.
That’s not bad for a guy who grew up in Switzerland.
“I am proud what I have done, proud to represent Switzerland,” Harvey said. “In this football world over here in the U.S., I have a lot of buddies still over there that I grew up with. I am part of their success in a sense coming over there and succeeding, showing that there are ballplayers over in Switzerland and Europe in general. So, I think that’s really fun.”
Harvey said he grew up a New England Patriots fan, but in Switzerland, he skied and played soccer and tennis, and club football.
Harvey has led Hopkins to a 12-0 record, a first in program history.
A win over Randolph-Macon would put Hopkins in that national semifinals for just the second time.
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