Monday Notes/Hightlights: Lovett Earns Ivy Honors, Rush Defense Moves Into FCS Top 10 Ranking

  • October 11, 2016

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Here are the Week 4 Monday Notes following the 31-17 victory over Georgetown:

• You can watch the Monday Rewind highlight package here.

• Junior John Lovett was named the Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week after his second straight three-rushing, one-passing touchdown effort. Lovett scored on runs of 1, 1, and 5 yards, and he added a three-yard touchdown pass to Graham Adomitis in the 31-17 victory over Georgetown. He is Princeton’s first Offensive Player of the Week since Quinn Epperly won the award after clinching the 2013 Ivy League title in a Week 9 win over Yale.

• Adomitis’ touchdown came on his first collegiate catch. The last Princeton player to score a touchdown on his first collegiate touch was Kurt Holuba, who caught a one-yard score (also from Lovett) in the 2015 season-opening win at Lafayette.

• Lovett now has nine rushing touchdowns on the season. The Princeton record for single-season rushing touchdowns is 19, set by Keith Elias in 1993. The aforementioned Epperly nearly matched that record in 2013, when he ended with 18 in his Bushnell Cup season.

• Princeton’s rushing defense moved to the top of the Ivy League and now ranks seventh in the FCS; the Tigers are allowing only 89.0 rushing yards per game, and they have limited opposing rushers to 2.6 yards per carry.

• Counting next season, eight of Princeton’s next 10 games will be played on Powers Field at Princeton Stadium. After wrapping up the 2016 season with four of six at home (including Saturday’s 3 pm showdown with Brown), Princeton will open 2017 at home against (in order) San Diego, Lafayette, Columbia and Georgetown.

• At halftime of Saturday’s game, Princeton will honor former head coach Bob Casciola, a former All-Ivy League player who played under Hall of Fame coaches Charlie Caldwell and Dick Colman during his Tiger playing days. He was a collegiate coach for 20 years, including a five-year run leading his alma mater (1973-77), and he eventually became the president of the National Football Foundation.

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