Ivy Champion Quartet Competes At Annual Football Pro Day
More than 20 scouts from 15 NFL teams made their way to Princeton Stadium Tuesday to watch the Ivy champion quartet of Stephen Carlson, Jesper Horsted, John Lovett, and Charlie Volker compete at the annual Princeton Pro Day. All results from the Pro Day can be found at the bottom of this release.
Princeton has seen the trio of Mike Catapano, Caraun Reid and Seth DeValve get drafted over the last seven years, while 2017 Bushnell Cup winner Chad Kanoff signed with the Arizona Cardinals last offseason. The Tigers would love to add to that total when the 2019 NFL Draft is held April 25-27 in Nashville, Tenn., and they have arguably the most accomplished senior class in more than 50 years to try to make that happen.
Leading the way is Lovett, the two-time Bushnell Cup winner and two-time All-America honoree. The 2018 Ivy League Offensive Player of the Year, he 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 2018 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 2018 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 after Princeton’s perfect season. 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 ended arguably — any maybe it’s not even an argument — the greatest wideout career in Princeton history all over the Ivy League record book. His resumé included leading the Ivy League with 15 touchdowns scored (13 receiving, two rushing), breaking the Princeton record for career receptions in the Penn game (finished with 196 career catches), and ending his career with a Princeton-record 28 touchdown catches, which is tied for fifth most in Ivy history; no other Princeton player ever caught 20 touchdowns in their career. Horsted finished second on Princeton’s all-time receiving yards list (2,703), a total that ranks 10th most in Ivy League history, and he was named a Willam Campbell Trophy semifinalist as one of the top scholar-athletes in college football, as well as a finalist for the Doris Robinson Scholar-Athlete Award by Stats LLC.
Carlson paired with Horsted to put together the best 1-2 receiving punch in the league over the last two seasons. He had 51 catches for 683 yards and five touchdowns on the season, including two in a nationally televised win over Columbia, and he finished fourth in the Ivy League in both categories. He ended his career with 125 catches for 1632 yards and 16 touchdowns.
Volker is the only player in the Ivy League to rank above Horsted and Lovett in scoring; he finished with 14 rushing touchdowns in only nine games, and he averaged 75.0 yards per game during the championship season. In his nine starts, Volker had more games with multiple touchdowns (five) than games without (four), a stretch that included a three-touchdown game at Cornell. He ended his career with back-to-back 14-touchdown seasons, and his 96-yard touchdown run against Brown during the 2017 season remains a program record.
PRO DAY RESULTS
|Stephen Carlson||WR||6041||240||9.6||32||77||18||4.70||2.69||1.64||32 1/2||10.3||4.40||12.26||7.01|
^ – Horsted pulled his hamstring about six yards short of the finish line on the 40, and then he was unable to complete the rest of his day