• April 27, 2020

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A year ago, Kevin Davidson was hoping to earn the starting quarterback spot at Princeton University as a senior with one career start. Now, after a huge senior year, he’s again looking to establish himself, this time in the NFL.

Davidson, who started all 10 games last season for the Tigers, is signing a free agent contract with the Cleveland Browns.

“I can’t wait to get the playbook and get to work with my new teammates,” Davidson said. “It’s a great situation, especially with the new coaching staff, and I’m excited to make the most out of the opportunity.”

Davidson completed 209 of 313 passes for 2,569 yards and 20 touchdowns this past season while leading the Tigers to an 8-2 record. He set the Ivy League record with seven touchdown passes against Bucknell, and he is the only Princeton quarterback ever with two games of at least five TD passes. He also had the fourth-highest number of touchdown passes and fifth-highest total of passing yards in a season at Princeton.

He ranks second all-time at Princeton in lowest career interception percentage (trailing only John Lovett) and yards per attempt (trailing only Dick Kazmaier), and he is third all-time in career completion percentage (behind Jason Garrett and Lovett). His 25 career touchdown passes rank seventh in program history.

Following the season he competed at the East-West Shrine Bowl participant.

“We all couldn’t be happier for Kevin,” said Princeton head coach Bob Surace. “He’s worked so hard to put himself in this position. He’s been a loyal and well-respected member of our program for four years, and now he has the opportunity to make an impact in the NFL. Everyone at Princeton football is so proud of him.”

The team Davidson joins is led by a pair of Ivy Leaguers, General manager Andrew Berry is a 2009 Harvard graduate (and twin brother of Princeton’s Adam Berry), and the head coach is 2005 Penn grad Kevin Stefanski.

The Browns also feature Princeton alum Stephen Carlson, who caught his first NFL TD pass a year ago. Davidson’s one start junior year came against Brown in a game in which he threw for 299 yards and four touchdowns in a 48-10 win, and one of those TD passes went to Carlson. Now he’ll be trying to join him in Cleveland, and former teammates Jesper Horsted and John Lovett in the NFL.