John Lovett, Kurt Holuba Add FCS All-America Honors To 2016 Championship Performances

  • December 22, 2016

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Juniors John Lovett and Kurt Holuba, both of whom helped lead Princeton to the 2016 Ivy League championship this past fall, were both named to the 2016 STATS FCS All-America Teams, it was announced Dec. 20. Lovett became the fourth Princeton football player this century to earn First-Team All-America honors, while Holuba was named to the Third Team.

Lovett, who also earned the Bushnell Cup as the 2016 Ivy League Offensive Player of the Year, earned the All-Purpose spot on the First Team, a fitting spot for a player who did it all during the Tigers’ championship run. He did more than just lead the FCS in rushing touchdowns (20) this season. He also threw 10 touchdowns and caught one, meaning he accounted for 31 touchdowns this season. Five other Ivy League teams scored 30 touchdowns or fewer. Lovett accounted for a Princeton-record seven touchdowns in the win at Cornell, and he accounted for at least two touchdowns in every Ivy League game this season.

He became the 10th Princeton player to win the Bushnell Cup earlier this month, and he joins Taylor Northrop ’02, Jay McCareins ’06 and Caraun Reid ’14 as First-Team All-Americas this century.

Junior defensive lineman Kurt Holuba, a first-team All-Ivy League honoree and finalist for the 2016 Bushnell Cup as the Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year, punctuated his championship season by earning third-team All-America honors. He started on the defensive line and led the Ivy League with seven sacks in conference play. Holuba, the Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week after a three-sack performance against Harvard, recorded at least a half sack in five of the last six games, and he recorded 34 tackles on the defensive line. He was the anchor on the Ivy League’s top-ranked defense, and a rushing defense that ranks third in the FCS.

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