Football Places 12 On All-Ivy; Horsted, Kanoff, Johnson & Sweigart Claim First-Team Honors
A historic season for the Princeton offense ended with three Tigers earning first-team All-Ivy League honors, while junior inside linebacker Tom Johnson joined the trio after recording the second-most tackles of any player in Ivy League games this season. All told, Princeton had 12 All-Ivy League honorees following the 2017 season.
Chad Kanoff, Jesper Horsted, and Mitchell Sweigart each joined Johnson on the All-Ivy League first team, while Tiger Bech, Stephen Carlson, Reily Radosevich, Erik Ramirez, and Charlie Volker earned second-team All-Ivy honors. Graham Adomitis, Kurt Holuba, and CJ Wall each earned All-Ivy Honorable Mention.
The finalists for the Bushnell Cup, which honors the Ivy League Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year, will be announced Tuesday, Nov. 28.
Kanoff capped his brilliant career with an unprecedented season in Ivy League play. He broke the Ivy League single-season passing record with 3,474 yards, eclipsing the previous mark of 3,412, set in 2011 by Cornell’s Jeff Mathews. He also broke the Ivy League single-season completion percentage of 73.2, breaking the mark held by current Dallas Cowboys head coach and former Princeton Bushnell Cup winner Jason Garrett. You can find a full recap of his many — and there were many — records and accomplishments here.
Like his senior quarterback, Horsted also had a record-setting season. He broke the Princeton single-season receptions record and finished third on the Ivy League list with 92 catches; it was the most catches by an Ivy League wide receiver since 2002. His 14 touchdown receptions also broke a Princeton record and ranks second all-time in the Ivy League, and his 1,434 receiving yards is sixth-best in Ivy League history.
Both Kanoff and Horsted were unanimous first-team All-Ivy League selections.
Johnson finished fourth in the Ivy League in overall tackles, but his 76 stops in Ivy League games ranked second to only Columbia’s Ryan Gilbert (77), and were five more than any other player in the league. On a defense that saw five starters on either the line or linebacker positions suffer season-ending injuries, Johnson took greater responsibility each week and posted a pair of 16-tackle efforts over the final four games of the season.
Sweigart has been the anchor of the Princeton offensive line for the last two years, when the Tigers have led the Ivy League in both total and scoring offense. He is only the second Tiger, joining former NFL lineman Dennis Norman ’01, to earn consecutive first-team All-Ivy League honors on the offensive line over the last 22 Princeton seasons.
Two of Sweigart’s position mates also earned All-Ivy League honors in their second seasons as starters. Radosevich earned honorable mention as a freshman last season, while Ramirez earned second-team honors. Both were consistent forces as 10-game starters this past season, and each helped lead the Ivy League in fewest sacks allowed (eight) during the season.
The also helped two talented skill players join them on the All-Ivy League second team. Carlson, who entered this season with only two career receptions, would have tied the Princeton single-season touchdown receptions record of 11, had Horsted not broken it this season. Carlson ranked fourth in the league in both receptions and receiving yards, and he had three games with both 10+ catches and 100+ yards in the second half of the season.
Volker also earned second-team honors after ranking second in the Ivy League with 14 rushing touchdowns, and he led the league with 12 touchdowns in Ivy League games. He had a brilliant two-game stretch in New England, when he scored seven touchdowns between the Brown and Harvard games, including a Princeton-record 96-yard score at Brown.
Bech proved to be one of the most dangerous return men in the league. He averaged 23.1 yards per kick returns, and he added 10.1 yards per punt return. Bech also proved to be a dangerous threat in the pass game, as he caught 40 passes for 596 yards and two touchdowns this season.
Adomitis caught 20 passes for 173 yards and two touchdowns in his first season as a starting tight end, but the offensive coaching staff considered him to be an even greater asset as a blocker, where he helped Princeton put together one of the FCS’ top scoring offenses.
Holuba played all of 2.5 Ivy League games this season, but that was enough for him to earn Honorable Mention. The 2016 Defensive Player of the Year finalist had four sacks in limited time, including two in the shutout at Brown and a half-sack against Columbia.
Wall is the lone Princeton freshman to earn All-Ivy honors, and he did so after ranking second in the Ivy League in passes defended (11) this season. The two-time Ivy League Rookie of the Week led Princeton with three interceptions this seasons, including one he returned for a touchdown against Georgetown.
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
*Zane Dudek, Yale (Fr., RB – Kittanning, Pa.)
COACH OF THE YEAR
AL Bagnoli, Columbia
Jon Bezney, Yale (Sr., OL – Cincinnati)
Matt Kaskey, Dartmouth (Jr., OL – Winnetka, Ill.)
Nathan Kirchmier, Penn (Sr., OL – Pembroke Pines, Fla.)
Karl Marback, Yale (Sr., OL – Birmingham, Mich.)
Mitchell Sweigart, Princeton (Sr., OL – Washington Boro, Pa.)
*Chad Kanoff, Princeton (Sr., QB – Pacific Palisades, Calif.)
*Zane Dudek, Yale (Fr., RB – Kittanning, Pa.)
Charlie Booker III, Harvard (Jr., RB – Houston)
*Jesper Horsted, Princeton (Jr., WR – Shoreview, Minn.)
Josh Wainwright, Columbia (Jr., WR – Austin, Texas)
*Justin Watson, Penn (Sr., WR – Bridgeville, Pa.)
Jaeden Graham, Yale (Sr., TE – Aurora, Colo.)
John Herubin, Yale (Sr., DL – Coppell, Texas)
Lord Hyeamang, Columbia (Sr., DL – Lakeville, Minn.)
*Richard Jarvis, Brown (Sr., DE – Watertown, Mass.)
Louis Vecchio, Penn (Sr., DE – Orange, Calif.)
Tom Johnson, Princeton (Jr., LB – Moorestown, N.J.)
Nick Miller, Penn (Jr., LB – New Market, Md.)
*Matthew Oplinger, Yale (Sr., LB – Summit, N.J.)
*Jack Traynor, Dartmouth (Sr., LB – Lake Forest, Ill.)
Hayden Carlson, Yale (Sr., DB – Glen Ellyn, Ill.)
*Nick Gesualdi, Cornell (Sr., S – Sykesville, Md.)
Cameron Roane, Columbia (Sr., DB – Durham, N.C.)
Spencer Rymiszewski, Yale (Sr., DB – West Chester, Pa.)
Jack Soslow, Penn (Jr., K – Bryn Mawr, Pa.)
Parker Thome, Columbia (Sr., P – Hortonville, Wis.)
*Justice Shelton-Mosley, Harvard (Jr., WR/RS – Sacramento, Calif.)
Eric Ramirez, Princeton (Sr., OL – York, Pa.)
Patrick Kilcommons, Dartmouth (Jr., OL – Berwyn, Ill.)
J. Edward Keating, Cornell (Jr., OL – Birmingham, Mich.)
Anders Huizenga, Yale (Sr., OL – Trophy Club, Texas)
Christian Montano, Brown (Sr., OL – Orange, Conn.)
Clay Eubank, Brown (Sr., OL – Coto De Caza, Calif.)
Bewley Wales, Columbia (Sr., OL – Tulsa, Okla.)
Tommy Dennis, Penn (Jr., OT – East Setauket, N.Y.)
Reily Radosevich, Princeton (So., OL – Manalapan, N.J.)
Sterling Strother, Yale (So., OL – Moraga, Calif.)
Anders Hill, Columbia (Sr., QB – Boulder, Colo.)
Tre Solomon, Penn (Sr., RB – Brooklyn, N.Y.)
Charlie Volker, Princeton (Jr., RB – Fair Haven, N.J.)
Stephen Carlson, Princeton (Jr., WR – Jamestown, N.Y.)
Hunter Hagdorn, Dartmouth (So., WR – Manvel, Texas)
Chris Williams-Lopez, Yale (Sr., WR – Duluth, Ga.)
Nick Bokun, Penn (Sr., TE – Hobart, Ind.)
Charles Callender, Yale (So., DE – Cutler Bay, Fla.)
Stone Hart, Harvard (Sr., DT – Olympia, Wash.)
Kyle Mullen, Yale (Jr., DE – Manalapan, N.J.)
Nick Tomkins, Dartmouth (Sr., DL – Matawan, N.J.)
Kurt Frimel, Cornell (Sr., LB – Cream Ridge, N.J.)
Luke Hutton, Harvard (Sr., LB – Austin, Texas)
Eric Meile, Dartmouth (Sr., LB – Ramsey, N.J.)
Foyesade Oluokun, Yale (Sr., LB – St. Louis)
Landon Baty, Columbia (Sr., DB – Mountain View, Calif.)
Tanner Lee, Harvard (Sr., S – Spanish Fort, Ala.)
Danny McManus, Dartmouth (Sr., DB – Mendota Heights, Minn.)
Sam Philippi, Penn (Jr., DB – Trabuco Canyon, Calif.)
Isiah Swann, Dartmouth (So., DB – Queen Creek, Ariz.)
Nickolas Null, Cornell (So., K – Bradenton, Fla.)
Alex Galland, Yale (Jr., P – Bakersfield, Calif.)
Tiger Bech, Princeton (So., WR/RS – Lafayette, La.)
Jack Anderson, Dartmouth (Sr., OL – Palo Alto, Calif.)
Greg Begnoche, Penn (So., OT – Delray Beach, Fla.)
Dieter Eiselen, Yale (So., OL – Stellenbosch, South Africa)
Markham Paukune, Columbia (Sr., OL – Fort Worth, Texas)
Jack Heneghan, Dartmouth (Sr., QB – Atherton, Calif.)
Kurt Rawlings, Yale (So., QB – Bel Air, Md.)
Karekin Brooks, Penn (So., RB – Marietta, Ga.)
Deshawn Salter, Yale (Sr., RB – Syracuse, N.Y.)
Ryder Stone, Dartmouth (Sr., RB – Calgary, Alberta, Canada)
Jakob Prall, Brown (So., WR – Tipp City, Ohio)
Justice Shelton-Mosley, Harvard (Jr., WR/RS – Sacramento, Calif.)
Ronald Smith II, Columbia (So., WR – St. Louis)
Graham Adomitis, Princeton (Jr., TE – Ross Township, Pa.)
Stephen Johnston, Dartmouth (Sr., TE – Potomac, Md.)
Rocco Di Leo, Dartmouth (Sr., DL – Elmhurst, Ill.)
Kurt Holuba, Princeton (Sr., DL – Ho-Ho-Kus, N.J.)
Dominic Perkovic, Columbia (Sr., DL – Bloomfield Hills, Mich.)
Charlie Pontarelli, Dartmouth (Sr., DL – Glenview, Ill.)
Richie Ryan, Harvard (Jr., DT – Pittsburgh)
Jay Cammon, Jr., Penn (Jr., LB – Landover, Md.)
Colton Moskal, Penn (Sr., LB – Lake Zurich, Ill.)
Michael Murphy, Columbia (So., LB – Tampa, Fla.)
Colin Boit, Dartmouth (Jr., DB – Sammamish, Wash.)
Connor Coughlin, Brown (Sr., FS – Medford, N.Y.)
Malcolm Dixon, Yale (So., DB – Gardena, Calif.)
Jason Alessi, Yale (Sr., DB – Bloomfield Hills, Mich.)
David Jones, Cornell (So., DB – Sugar Land, Texas)
C.J. Wall, Princeton (Fr., DB – Plano, Texas)
DJ Woullard, Cornell (JR., DB – Fullerton, Calif.)
David Smith, Dartmouth (Sr., K – Montreal)
Hunter Kelley, Penn (Sr., P – Huntington Beach, Calif.)
Nickolas Null, Cornell (So., P – Bradenton, Fla.)
Will Allen, Columbia (Fr., DB/RS – Pembroke Pines, Fla.)
^-second team expanded due to ties in the voting