Chad Kanoff Named Bushnell Cup Finalist For Ivy League Offensive Player of the Year Award
Chad Kanoff, the unanimous first-team All-Ivy League quarterback who rewrote the Ivy and Princeton record books this past season, will be one of the two offensive finalists for the Asa S. Bushnell Cup Presentation, where the Ivy League will announce its Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year. Kanoff, who broke the Ivy League record for single-season passing yards this season (3,474), will go up against Penn senior Justin Watson, who ranked among the Ivy League Top 2 with Princeton’s Jesper Horsted in most Ivy League receiving categories this past season.
The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) and the Ivy League are partnering for the eighth consecutive year to co-host the press conference and reception, presented by the Pasadena Tournament of Roses®, to announce the Asa S. Bushnell Cup to the League’s Football Players of the Year. Part of the festivities surrounding the 60th NFF Annual Awards Dinner in New York City, the event will take place Monday, Dec. 4, at 12:30 p.m. ET in the Mercury Ballroom of the New York Hilton Midtown, the site of the NFF gala on Dec. 5. The Pasadena Tournament of Roses returns for a fourth consecutive year as the presenting sponsor of the event. The presentation will be carried live on The Ivy League Network (ILN) at IvyLeague.tv.
Kanoff, who started 30 consecutive games for Princeton and earned All-Ivy League honors during the Tigers’ 2016 Ivy championship season, took his game to an unprecedented level during his senior season. Besides the single-season team and league marks he broke (see list below), he also moved into elite territory in several other career categories, including touchdown passes, efficiency, and yards.
Kanoff can become the 11th Bushnell Cup recipient in Princeton history, as well as the second in as many years. The previous Tiger winners are Walt Snickenberger (1974), Jason Garrett (1988), Judd Garrett (1989), Keith Elias (1993), Dave Patterson (1995), Jeff Terrell (2006), Mike Catapano (2012), Quinn Epperly (2013), Mike Zeuli (2014), and John Lovett (2016); ironically, Lovett topped Watson for the Offensive Player of the Year award last year.
Brown senior Richard Jarvis, Penn junior Nick Miller, and Yale senior Matthew Oplinger are the finalists for Defensive Player of the Year honors.
KANOFF’S 2017 SEASON … BY THE NUMBERS
• broke the Princeton career record for passing yards with 7,510 … previous mark was Doug Butler ’86 (7,291)
• moved into sixth place in the Ivy League career passing yards list … Gavin Hoffman is fifth with 7,542
• broke the Princeton AND Ivy League record for single-season passing yards with 3,474 … previous Ivy mark was Jeff Mathews (3,412, 2011) and previous Princeton mark was Butler (3,175, 1983)
• broke the Princeton AND Ivy League record for single-season completion percentage with 73.2% … previous Ivy mark was Gavin Hoffman (70.5, 2000) and previous Princeton mark was Jason Garrett (68.2, 1988)
• finished second on the Princeton rankings and fourth on the Ivy League rankings in career completion percentage (64.5%)
• broke the Princeton pass efficiency single-season record and finished third on the Ivy list with 168.4 … previous Princeton mark was 151.64, set by Quinn Epperly in 1983
• broke the Princeton record for single-season completions and finished third on the Ivy League single-season list with 284 … previous Princeton mark was 224 (Butler, 1983) … only Brown’s James Perry (309, 1999) and Eric Webber (289, 2000) completed more
• broke the Princeton record for career completions and finished fourth on the Ivy League career list with 655 … previous Princeton mark was 542 (Butler, 1983-85) … only Mathews (901), Perry (789) and Cornell’s Ricky Rahne (678) have more
• broke the Princeton record and finished second on the Ivy League list for passing touchdowns with 29 … previous Princeton mark was 25 (Butler/Epperly) … only Webber has more (30, 2000)
• finished second on the Princeton career touchdown passes list with 43 … Butler threw 47 touchdown passes
• set Princeton record and finished sixth on the Ivy League list with 11 consecutive games with at least one touchdown pass
• tied the Ivy League record for most 400-yard passing games (three) and 300-yard passing games (eight) in a single season