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Ten Earn All-Ivy Football Honors; Catapano, Gaffney, Reid Named To 1st Team
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Courtesy: Princeton Athletic Communications
Release: 11/20/2012
After leading the program on its biggest turnaround in more than 20 years, 10 Princeton football players earned All-Ivy League recognition Tuesday afternoon. Three players earned four first-team All-Ivy sports, including freshman Anthony Gaffney, who earned first-team honors as both a defensive back and a return specialist.

Gaffney joined the dynamic defensive line duo of Mike Catapano and Caraun Reid, both of whom earned unanimous first-team honors.

The offense placed three players on the All-Ivy second team in senior tight end Mark Hayes, junior wide receiver Roman Wilson and sophomore offensive lineman Spenser Huston.

Seniors Andrew Starks and Joe Cloud also earned second-team honors, while senior Tim Kingsbury and Phillip Bhaya both earned honorable mention.

Earning four spots on the All-Ivy first team is a team-best mark since the 2006 Ivy League championship season, when the Tigers earned five spots.

The announcement of finalists for Defensive Player of the Year will be made next week.

For Catapano, whose 12 sacks this season was the most at Princeton since 1998, it was a fitting end to a brilliant season. After earning honorable mention in 2010 and second-team honors in 2011, Catapano was a unanimous first-team pick after leading the Ivy League in sacks and placing second (ninth nationally) in tackles for loss.

“I thought Mike Catapano was the best defensive player in the league this season,” said head coach Bob Surace, a finalist for the Eddie Robinson Award as the FCS National Coach of the Year. “He worked tirelessly to lead this defense, and his hard work paid off with a terrific year.”

Reid earned first-team honors for the second consecutive year. While playing inside and often facing double-team blocking schemes, he still placed in the Top 10 in both sacks (sixth) and tackles for loss (ninth) in the Ivy League. Reid was at his best in a shutout of Brown during Week 5; he recorded four tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks and a safety in a 19-0 victory over the Bears.

Caraun Reid may not have the same numbers as other players, but the coaches know his value on the defense,” Surace said. “Other guys have easier jobs because of the focus placed on Reid. He plays at such a high level, and he took over some games.”

The defensive backfield was a big issue for Princeton last season, and Surace turned to a pair of freshmen to take over at cornerback. Gaffney started all 10 games this season and placed in the top five in the Ivy League in both passes defensed (nine) and interceptions (three). He also earned the first-team spot as a return specialist after leading the league with a 25.9-yard return average. Gaffney opened the Ivy season with a 94-yard touchdown return against Columbia, and he had a key return in the comeback win over Harvard.

Anthony Gaffney made an immediate impact on this league,” Surace said. “Between his play at corner and his threat in the return game, he gave us another playmaker on the field. With his drive and work ethic, I look forward to see what he can become next season and beyond.”

Wilson ranked ninth in the Ivy League with 64.9 receiving yards per game, and he averaged 17.5 yards per catch. Wilson had seven touchdowns this season, including five receiving ones; his most memorable came from 34 yards out with 13 seconds remaining in the 39-34 win over Harvard.

Huston started every game at left tackle this season and led an offensive line that helped Princeton become the second-ranked scoring offense in the league. Huston even added to that total against Brown, when he took a throwback and rushed for a 15-yard touchdown.

Hayes finished the season with 15 receptions for 120 yards and three touchdown catches, the second most in the league. He was also viewed as the best blocking tight end in the league.

For both Starks and Cloud, it was a third time earning All-Ivy recognition. Starks, a second-team pick last season, led Princeton and finished second in the league with 96 tackles; he capped his career with a 16-stop effort last weekend against Dartmouth. The 2012 co-captain has led Princeton in tackles each of the last two seasons.

Cloud finished second in the Ivy League with a punting average of 41.3 yards. He had 17 punts that pinned opponents inside the 20, and he had 11 punts of at least 50 yards.

Both Kingsbury and Bhaya earned All-Ivy honorable mention for the first time. Kingsbury, a three-year starter, helped the run defense with 72 tackles, second-most on the team. Bhaya matched Gaffney with a team-best three interceptions, including one he returned for a score at Lafayette, and his hard-hitting play at the safety position often played a key role in the run game.

FIRST TEAM ALL-IVY
Nathan Bernstein, Brown (Sr., OL)
Cole Hooper, Brown (Sr., OL)
*J.C. Tretter, Cornell (Sr., OL)
Rob Bathe, Dartmouth (Sr., OL)
John Collins, Harvard (Sr., OL)
Jack Holuba, Harvard (Sr., OL)
Joe Bonadies, Penn (Sr., OL)
Colton Chapple, Harvard (Sr., QB)
Marcorus Garrett, Columbia (Jr., RB)
*Kyle Juszczyk, Harvard (Sr., H-Back)
Treavor Scales, Harvard (Sr., RB)
Tyler Varga, Yale (So., RB)
*Luke Taker, Cornell (Sr., WR)
Michael Reilly, Dartmouth (Sr., WR)
*Cameron Brate, Harvard (Jr., TE)
Josh Martin, Columbia (Sr., DL)
Zach Hodges, Harvard (So., DL)
Brandon Copeland, Penn (Sr., DL)
*Mike Catapano, Princeton (Sr., DL)
*Caraun Reid, Princeton (Sr., DL)
Stephen Zambetti, Brown (Sr., LB)
Michael Runger, Dartmouth (Jr., LB)
*Josh Boyd, Harvard (Sr., LB)
Daniel Davis, Penn (So., LB)
*A.J. Cruz, Brown (Sr., DB)
Garrett Waggoner, Dartmouth (Sr., DB)
Sebastian Jaskowski, Penn (Jr., DB)
Anthony Gaffney, Princeton (Fr., DB & RS)
David Mothander, Harvard (Jr., PK)
Jacob Dombrowski, Harvard (Sr., P)
Scott Lopano, Penn (Sr., P)

SECOND TEAM ALL-IVY
Anthony Fabiano, Harvard (So., OL)
Chris Bush, Penn (Sr., OL)
Michael Piniciotti, Penn (Sr., OL)
Spenser Huston, Princeton (So., OL)
Roy Collins, Yale (Sr., OT)
Jeff Mathews, Cornell (Jr., QB)
Dominick Pierre, Dartmouth (Jr., RB)
Lyle Marsh, Penn (Sr., RB)
Tellef Lundevall, Brown (Sr., WR)
Grant Gellatly, Cornell (Jr., WR)
Connor Scott, Penn (Jr., WR)
Roman Wilson, Princeton (Jr., WR)
Mark Hayes, Princeton (Sr., TE)
Ross Walthall, Brown (Sr., DL)
Michael Yules, Brown (Sr., DL)
Teddy Reed, Dartmouth (Sr., DL)
John Lyon, Harvard (Sr., DL)
Nnamdi Obukwelu, Harvard (Sr., DL)
Zach Olinger, Columbia (Jr., LB)
Bronson Green, Dartmouth (Jr., LB)
Alexander Norman, Harvard (Sr., LB)
Andrew Starks, Princeton (Sr., LB)
Emery Polley, Brown (Jr., DB)
Norman Hayes, Harvard (So., DB)
Chris Splinter, Harvard (Jr., DB)
Dave Twamley, Penn (Sr., DB)
Dan Wilk, Penn (Jr., DB)
Alexander Norocea, Brown (Jr., PK)
Joe Cloud, Princeton (Sr., P)
A.J. Cruz, Brown (Sr., RS)
Tyler Varga, Yale (So., RS)

HONORABLE MENTION ALL-IVY
Daniel Austin, Brown (Jr., OL)
Patrick Lahey, Dartmouth (Sr., OL)
Wes Gavin, Yale (Jr., OL)
John Oppenheimer, Yale (Jr., C)
Billy Ragone, Penn (Sr., QB)
Mordecai Cargill, Yale (Sr., RB)
Ryan McManus, Dartmouth (So., WR)
Grant Sickle, Harvard (Sr., DL)
Adewole Oyalowo, Brown (Jr., LB)
Mike Waller, Columbia (Sr., LB)
Brett Buehler, Cornell (Jr., LB)
Bobby Schneider, Harvard (Sr., LB)
Tim Kingsbury, Princeton (Sr., LB)
D.J. Monroe, Harvard (Sr., DB)
Phil Bhaya, Princeton (Jr., DB)
Collin Bibb, Yale (Sr., DB)
Connor Loftus, Penn (So., PK)
* Unanimous Selection

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