Horsted, Lovett Earn Preseason All-America Recognition; Lovett Added To Payton Award Watch List
As juniors, both John Lovett and Jesper Horsted broke single-season scoring records for a Princeton football offense that ranked atop the Ivy League in multiple categories. Prior to a senior season that both hope ends in a championship, the duo was honored as members of the STATS FCS Preseason All-America Team.
Horsted was named to the FCS Second Team. He earned unanimous first-team All-Ivy League honors in 2017 after breaking Princeton single-season receptions (92) and touchdown receptions (14) records. Horsted led the Ivy League in receptions, receiving yards (1226), and receiving TDs, and he was ultimately named to the Walter Payton Award Watch List, which honors the top offensive players in the FCS.
Horsted’s numbers last season were historic within the Ivy League. He finished third on the all-time Ivy list with 92 catches; only Brown’s Steve Campbell (120, 2000) and Chas Gessner (114, 2002) had more; he also finished second in Ivy League single-season history with 14 touchdowns; only Brown’s Sean Morey (15, 1997) had more. Horsted was a consistent force on the Tiger offense; he finished second on the Princeton single-season receiving yards list and sixth on the Ivy list with 1,226, and he caught at least one touchdown in eight games, and multiple touchdowns in six.
Lovett, a Preseason Third-Team selection, missed his 2017 season due to injury, but he is set to return this fall to follow up a remarkable 2016 campaign. Lovett earned both First-Team All-America honors and won the Bushnell Cup as the Ivy League Offensive Player of the Year after leading Tigers to the 2016 Ivy League championship. He led the FCS and broke the Princeton single-season rushing touchdowns record with 20, and he accounted for 31 TDs (20 rush, 10 pass, 1 receive) throughout that championship run, which was more than five Ivy League teams scored all season. He helped Princeton lead the Ivy League in scoring (34.6), total (415.5), and rushing (183.2) yards, and he accounted for multiple touchdowns in nine of 10 games, and for at least three in five games.
Lovett was named to the 2018 Preseason Watch List for the Walter Payton Award, which honors the top offensive player in FCS Football.
Princeton will begin its 2018 season with two new opponents, including a Sept. 15 opener at Butler. Lovett and Horsted will make their home debut Sept. 22 in a 4:30 pm matchup against 2017 NCAA qualifier Monmouth.