• December 18, 2018

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John Lovett became the eighth Princeton player in the last 100 years to earn multiple First-Team All-America honors Tuesday when he was named to the 2018 FCS Stats All-America Team at the all-purpose position. Teammate Jesper Horsted earned second-team All-America honors, and he also became the 11th player in program history to earn an invitation to the prestigious East-West Shrine Game. 

Yes, it was another good day for Princeton Football.

Lovett, the 2018 Ivy League Offensive Player of the Year, is the first Princeton football player since Keith Elias to earn First-Team All-America honors for the second time, and he did so after leading the Tigers to one of their most historic seasons in program history. Princeton went 10-0 to post the Tigers’ first undefeated season in 54 years, and Lovett’s all-purpose abilities went a long way in achieving the perfect season.

Lovett’s historic season includes the following accomplishments:
• ranked first in the Ivy League in total offense (303.0 yards/game), second in rushing (99.3 yards/game) and second in passing (203.7 yards/game)
• ranked fourth in the FCS in points responsible for per game (20.9)
• ranked second in the Ivy League and ninth in the FCS with 13 rushing touchdowns
• ranked sixth in the nation in completion percentage (66.1%)
• led the Ivy League with 18 passing touchdowns

Lovett joins an elite set of Princetonians to earn multiple First-Team All-America honors over the last century, a list that includes: James Keck (1920, 21); Holland Donan (1949, 50); Dick Kazmaier (1950, 51); Frank McPhee (1951, 52); Cosmo Iacavazzi (1963, 64); Stanislaw Maliszewski (1964, 65); and Elias (1992, 93).

Horsted, the runner-up for Ivy League Offensive Player of the Year honors, claimed his first All-America honor as a member of the FCS Stats Second Team. His numbers stood with the best in the nation; Horsted ranked sixth in the FCS in touchdown catches (13), seventh in receptions per game (7.2), and 12th in receiving yards per game (104.7). He ended his career in style, as he was named FCS National Offensive Player of the Week after catching three touchdown passes and rushing for a fourth score in the 42-14 win over Penn that clinched Princeton’s perfect season.

Horsted, whose off-the-field excellence made him a finalist for the Doris Robinson Scholar-Athlete Award, will get to a show his abilities to a national audience next month. Horsted became the 11thPrinceton player, and the first since Mike Catapano (2013), to earn an invitation to the East-West Shrine Game, which will be played Jan. 19 at 3 pm in St. Petersburg, Fla. You can watch the game on the NFL Network.

Horsted is only the fourth Princeton player to receive a Shrine Bowl invitation since 1950; the other three are Elias, Taylor Northrop and Catapano.

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