Bushnell Cup Offensive Player of the Year: John Lovett, QB, Princeton
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.
Bushnell Cup Defensive Player of the Year: Isiah Swann, CB, Dartmouth
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.
Rookie of the Year: Griffin O’Connor, QB, Yale
Eli quarterback Griffin O’Connor ’22 grabbed Rookie of the Year recognition. The award is especially impressive given that O’Connor played just three games for Yale and took his first collegiate snaps in Week Eight, against Brown. Starting quarterback Kurt Rawlings led the Elis through the first six weeks of competition before a season-ending injury — despite his early sidelining, Rawlings also earned an Honorable Mention.