Football Produces Ivy-Best Four Academic All-District Honors

  • November 17, 2017


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While Princeton will try to conclude its 2017 football season with a winning record this Saturday, the Tigers have already produced a winning effort off the field this fall. Richard BushKurt HolubaChad Kanoff, and Charlie Volker were each named to the 2017 College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District® Football Teams this week, meaning all four will be eligible for Academic All-America honors in December.

While every Ivy League team produced at least one Academic All-District honoree, Princeton was the only school to have at least four honorees this fall.

This isn’t the first major academic honor for Bush, who will complete his first season as the starting center this weekend. A former high school NFF Scholar Athlete Scholarship Award recipient, Bush hasn’t allowed the offense to skip a beat this fall, despite being the only new starter on the offensive line. An Operations Research and Financial Engineering major, Bush has helped lead a unit that ranks atop the Ivy League in total, scoring and passing offense.

Holuba, a 2016 Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year finalist, was in the middle of another brilliant season before suffering a second season-ending injury over the last three years during Princeton’s 52-17 win at Harvard. Holuba, who had more than four sacks before his injury in Boston, is a Psychology major and a tri-captain for the Tigers.

Another tri-captain, Kanoff will wrap up a historic 2017 season this Saturday. A former Academic All-Ivy honoree and a semifinalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy, Kanoff broke Princeton’s single-season touchdown passes record last weekend, and he could break Doug Butler’s single-season and career passing yards record during the game in Hanover this weekend. A Public Policy & International Affairs major, Kanoff has an outside chance at breaking the Ivy League single-season passing record this weekend.

The lone junior of the quartet, Volker is a History major who had one of the most brilliant two-week stretches earlier this season. He scored four touchdowns in a 53-0 win over Brown, including a Princeton record 96-yard run, and followed that game with a three-touchdown performance at Harvard. A two-sport athlete, Volker is also an Ivy League champion sprinter for the track team.