Reid, Gaffney Earn Ivy Weekly Honors; Brown Shutout Highlights Now Online
Princeton had two players honored by the Ivy League following its 19-0 victory over Brown. Senior Caraun Reid was named the Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week, while freshman Anthony Gaffney picked up his second Rookie honor of the last three weeks.
Reid earned the Defensive Player of the Week honor after recording four tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks in the shutout of Brown. He outscored the Bears on his own with a safety against Mark Kachmer early in the second quarter. Reid, a 2011 first-team All-Ivy League selection, had six tackles in the game and ranks third in the Ivy League in sacks.
"I'm glad to see Caraun earn this honor after his impressive performance against Brown," head coach Bob Surace said. "I thought he set the tone for the entire defense, and his safety was a huge momentum swing for us."
Just as he did following the 33-6 win over Columbia, Gaffney was named the Ivy Rookie of the Week. He recorded his Ivy League best third interception and added five tackles and a sack in the shutout win over Brown.
"Anthony just keeps getting better at his position," Surace said. "He made some tough plays against a good set of Brown receivers, and his interception was another one of those momentum-changing players. I was really impressed with both he and Matt Arends last weekend."
You can watch highlights of Saturday's game by clicking the play link in the photo above.
Over the last three weeks, five of the 12 Ivy League individual honors have gone to Princeton players. Freshman placekicker Nolan Bieck took the Special Teams honor after making four field goals against Columbia, and Mike Catapano took the Defensive Honor after 2.5 sacks at Lafayette.
Of course, each of those players will be facing their toughest test coming up, as Harvard is currently ranked third in all of FCS football in scoring offense. The Crimson is averaging 41 points per game, and it has scored 45 in each of its two Ivy League wins.
Princeton has the second-ranked scoring defense in FCS football and is allowing only 11.6 points per game. The Tigers haven't allowed a touchdown in either of their two Ivy League games, and they have limited their opponents to a 20.9% success rate on third downs in the last three weeks.
Saturday's game against Harvard will begin at 1 pm and will be available on ESPN3, the online platform for ESPN.