Chad Kanoff Caps Record-Setting Season With Princeton’s 11th Bushnell Cup Honor

  • December 5, 2017

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The greatest passing season in Ivy League history was punctuated in style Monday afternoon, as Princeton senior captain Chad Kanoff earned the Asa S. Bushnell Cup as the 2017 Ivy League Football Offensive Player of the Year. He became the 11th Princeton player to receive the Bushnell Cup, and the second in as many years to win Offensive Player of the Year honors.

Kanoff topped Penn wideout Justin Watson, who joined Princeton junior Jesper Horsted in the Top 2 in almost every Ivy League receiving category this past season. Ironically, Watson was a runner-up in 2016, when Princeton’s John Lovettclaimed the Bushnell Cup.

Kanoff now joins the most exclusive company in Princeton history, as he becomes the 11th Tiger to win the Bushnell; other winners from Princeton have included 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 Lovett (2016).

“I’m thrilled for Chad to be earn such a prestigious honor,” said head coach Bob Surace, who has coached an Ivy League Player of the Year in five of the last six years, more than any team in the league. “Chad is a deserving recipient, as he posted historic numbers and served as the ultimate leader for our 2017 team. It has been a privilege coaching somebody with his talent, poise, and dedication, and I think he can make a real impact at the next level.”

Though a bevy of defensive injuries ultimately sabotaged Princeton’s drive for a repeat to the 2016 Ivy League title, which Kanoff earned All-Ivy honors for after starting every game, the Pacific Palisades native still put together a season that isn’t likely to be matched in the near future. Here is a quick look at Kanoff’s accomplishments from the past fall.

• 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