Princeton celebrated its 2013 Ivy League championship, as well as its 26th "Big Three" title, Sunday during both its annual Donold B. Lourie '22 Football Banquet and its traditional bonfire on Cannon Green.
The bonfire drew a full crowd of students, staff and alumni on a frigid Sunday night. Among the speakers was President Christopher Eisgruber, who commended the team for bringing "home an Ivy League championship to this campus, where it belongs."
"I want you to look out there at all these students and alumni and faculty and staff and University and town coming together because of what you did," Eisgruber said. "Thank you for beating Harvard. Thank you for beating Yale. Thank you for letting us light this bonfire tonight."
Head coach Bob Surace, a finalist for the Eddie Robinson Award for FCS Head Coach of the Year, thanked the community for its support, and captains from both the 2012 (Andrew Starks) and 2013 (Caraun Reid and Phillip Bhaya) spoke before the lighting took place.
Prior to the bonfire, the Princeton Football Association held The Donold B. Lourie '22 Football Banquet Sunday afternoon and handed out the following members of the 2013 football team:
The Donold B. Lourie Award - Awarded annually to that freshman offensive player who, by his ability, conduct and attitude, has most clearly demonstrated in the best Princeton tradition the qualities of leadership and the spirit of amateur athletics.
2013 winner: Chad Kanoff
Harland "Pink" Baker '22 Award - Established in 1981 by the Friends of Princeton Football in honor of Harland "Pink" Baker '22, varsity letterman on the "Team of Destiny" and longtime friend of Princeton football players. Awarded annually to that freshman defensive player of good moral character who has proven himself an intelligent and stalwart player and who has demonstrated a cooperative spirit and an ability to motivate his teammates.
2013 winner: Dorian Williams
The Charles W. Caldwell Memorial Trophy - Awarded to that senior member of the varsity football squad who has shown the greatest improvement in football during his years at Princeton. In memory of Charles W. Caldwell '25, head coach of Princeton football from 1945-1957.
The Class of '52 Football Award - Established in 1988 by the Class of 1952 as a mark of their love, devotion and service. Awarded annually to that member of the football team who has excelled on special teams play, exemplifying pride, hustle and determination.
2013 winner: Max Coale
The Ronald A. Rogerson Award - Awarded annually to that member of the football team whose spirit and love of the game have served as a special inspiration to his fellow players. In memory of Ronald A. Rogerson, head coach from 1985-1988.
2013 winner: Jason Ray
The Dr. Harry Roemer McPhee Award - Awarded annually to a member of the football squad who has determined the qualities of durability and fortitude.
The Henry T. "Hank" Towns h82 Award - Awarded annually to that senior football player who has actively mentored younger athletes, demonstrated great devotion to Princeton and made contributions to the community at large to bring honor to Princeton football.
2013 winner: Caraun Reid
The Richard W. Colman Scholar-Athlete Award - Awarded annually to that senior member of the football team who has demonstrated excellence in scholarship, athletic skill, team contribution and sportsmanship. In memory of Dick Colman, head football coach from 1957-1968.
2013 winner: Phillip Bhaya
The John P. Poe - Richard W. Kazmaier, Jr. Football Trophy - Awarded to that member of the Princeton football team of good moral character who, during the season in addition to proving himself a player of ability, has best exemplified the following traits and characteristics: loyalty and devotion to Princeton's football interests, courage, manliness, self-control and modesty, perseverance and determination under discouraging conditions, observance of the rules of the game and fairness towards opponents.
2013 winner: Roman Wilson