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Football Names Four As Captains For 2023 Season

PRINCETON – The Princeton Football Team has announced Blake StenstromLiam JohnsonOzzie Nicholas and Jalen Travis as captains for the 2023 season.

Stenstrom was second-team All-Ivy in 2022 after posting an Ivy League-best 2,742 passing yards and 69.4 completion percentage, while ranking second in the league in completions (243) and third in touchdown passes (16). Stenstrom’s completion percentage was the second-best single-season mark for a Princeton quarterback in program history, trailing only Bushnell Cup winner Chad Kanoff’s 2017 mark of 73.2%.

Johnson was named to the Buck Buchanan Award Preseason Watch List for FCS Defensive Player of the Year earlier in the summer.

The linebacker co-won the Bushnell Cup for Ivy Defensive Player of the Year in 2022. The senior 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.

Nicholas was second-team All-Ivy last campaign after he finished second on the team and sixth in the Ivy League with 75 tackles. He got stronger as the year went on and averaged nearly 12 tackles per game over the final three weeks of the season. Nicholas added four tackles for loss during the year and recorded his first interception at Yale.

Travis was recently named to the 2024 Senior Bowl Watchlist a few weeks ago. He was second-team All-Ivy in 2022 while also adding Phil Steele and Blue Bloods Second-Team All-Ivy. He was a starter on the offensive line that helped Princeton post the Ivy’s No. 1 passing offense and No. 2 scoring offense last year.