New Hampshire Football Report

Ivy League honors Swann

NEW YORK — Princeton senior quarterback John Lovett and Dartmouth junior defensive back Isiah Swann were announced as the Ivy League’s 2018 Football Players of the Year and Asa S. Bushnell Cup recipients in front of a capacity crowd at the Mercury Ballroom of the New York Hilton Midtown on Monday.

Lovett was named Offensive Player of the Year for the second time over the past three seasons, while Swann took home Defensive Player of the Year honors at a press conference and reception co-hosted by the National Football Foundation & College Football Hall of Fame (NFF).

Swann is the eighth Big Green player to be honored with the Bushnell Cup — and the second from the defensive unit, joining 2016 recipient linebacker Folarin Orimolade.

Lovett is the fifth two-time winner of the Bushnell Cup, joining an esteemed club that includes Cornell’s Ed Marinaro (1970-71), Yale’s John Pagliaro (1976-77), Harvard’s Carl Morris (2001-02) and Harvard’s Zack Hodges (2013-14). He is the 12th Bushnell Cup winner from Princeton and the third-straight Tiger quarterback to be named Offensive Player of the Year (John Lovett, 2016; Chad Kanoff, 2017).

A three-time First Team All-Ivy selection, Lovett led the Ivy League with 303 yards of total offense per game, while ranking second in the League in both rushing (99.3 yards per game) and passing (203.7 yards per game). The senior quarterback tallied 894 yards and 13 touchdowns on the ground—the second-most in the League—while concluding his collegiate career with a rushing touchdown in an Ivy League record 20-straight games. Lovett also accumulated 1,833 yards and an Ivy League-best 18 touchdowns through the air. The Wantagh, N.Y., product, who ranked fourth in the FCS with 20.9 points responsible for per game, led a Princeton offensive unit that ranked second in the FCS with 47.0 points per game and third with 536.8 yards per game.

Off the field, Lovett claims a 3.29 GPA as a history major and is the co-director of Teams and Toys, a charity event that provided over 300 gifts to low-income families during the 2017 holiday season through Athletes in Action, a Christian fellowship on Princeton’s campus.

A two-time All-Ivy honoree, Swann set a Dartmouth program record and led all of NCAA Division I with nine interceptions on the season. The Queen Creek, Ariz., native also led the Ivy League and ranked third in the FCS with 18 passes defended, while recording 39 tackles and recovering a fumble. Swann propelled a Dartmouth defensive unit that allowed just 12.0 points per game—second in the FCS—and just 280.4 yards per game—fifth in the FCS. Having appeared in every Dartmouth contest during his career, the junior defensive back will open his senior campaign with 110 tackles, 13 interceptions (tied for the Big Green career record) and 21 passes broken up for a total of 34 passes defended.

In the classroom, Swann is an environmental studies major that owns a 3.00 GPA. His post-football career aspiration is to enter sustainability or environmental consulting.

Lovett and Swann were selected as Bushnell Cup finalists, alongside Princeton senior wide receiver Jesper Horsted and Harvard senior defensive lineman Stone Hart in a vote by the League’s eight head coaches.

Each of this year’s four Asa S. Bushnell Cup finalists were First Team All-Ivy selections, with Lovett and Swann earning unanimous nods. Lovett is 1-of-25 finalists for the Walter Payton Award, presented annually to the most outstanding offensive player in the FCS. Swann is 1-of-25 finalists for the Buck Buchanan Award, presented annually to the most outstanding defensive player in the FCS.

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