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PRINCETON – Liam Johnson has been named a finalist for the Bushnell Cup for Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year.

Four Ivies will travel to New York City for the press conference and reception, honoring the Ivy League Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year, on Monday, Dec. 12, at the famed New York Athletic Club. The event is set to begin at 12:30 p.m. ET with doors opening at noon. Admission for the presentation is free of charge.

Johnson led Princeton and ranked fourth in the Ivy League in tackles (90). A former Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week, Johnson averaged 13 tackles per game over the final two weeks of the season and scored two touchdowns during the year, including a 92-yard fumble return against Penn. He averaged 9.9 tackles per Ivy League game, the third-best mark in the league.

Harvard’s defensive lineman Truman Jones is the other defensive finalist. Harvard’s Aidan Borguet and Yale’s Nolan Grooms are the offensive finalists.

Presented annually since 1970, The Asa S. Bushnell Cup honors its namesake, a 1921 Princeton alumnus and the commissioner of the Eastern College Athletic Conference from 1938 to 1970. The Bushnell Cup is awarded by a vote of the Ivy League’s eight head football coaches to the players who display outstanding qualities of leadership, competitive spirit, contribution to the team and accomplishments on the field.

From 1970 to 2010, the Bushnell Cup recognized an Ivy League Player of the Year (or co-Players of the Year if there was a tie in voting). Beginning with the 2010 season, the award was presented as part of the festivities surrounding the NFF Annual Awards Dinner with four finalists named a week prior to the presentation. Beginning with the 2011 season, the award began recognizing Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year, honoring each as a recipient of the Bushnell Cup. Two offensive finalists and two defensive finalists are named, with the Players of the Year unveiled at the presentation.