After guiding the Princeton football team to its first Ivy League championship since 2006, both Quinn Epperly and Caraun Reid have been named finalists for the Asa S. Bushnell Cup as the Ivy League Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year.
The announcement will be made at a special reception and press conference as part of the festivities surrounding the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame Annual Awards Dinner. The presentation begins at 12:30 p.m. in the Vanderbilt Room of the famed Waldorf Astoria Hotel and will be streamed free of charge on The Ivy League® Digital Network.
Epperly, a junior quarterback who rewrote both the Princeton and Ivy League record books during a captivating season, joins Brown senior John Spooney, who led the Ivy League in rushing with 1,170 yards this season, as a finalist for the Offensive Player of the Year.
Reid, a 2012 All-America defensive lineman, will compete against Harvard junior Zach Hodges for the Defensive Player of the Year. The two shared for the league lead in sacks (6.5) this past season.
If Reid wins, he would be the second straight Princeton lineman to win the Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year award. Mike Catapano, currently a member of the Kansas City Chiefs, took the honor following the 2012 season.
“I am thrilled for both Quinn and Caraun to be finalists for these prestigious honors,” head coach Bob Surace. “Though winning the 2013 Ivy League title was the ultimate team accomplishment, it was very clear that both Quinn and Caraun had incredible individual performances.”
Epperly matched the Princeton single-season passing touchdown record of Doug Butler ’86 (25, 1983), and he came within one of matching the single-season rushing touchdown record of Keith Elias ’94 (19, 1994). He missed the single-season completion percentage record by the slimmest of margins; his 68.0% finished second to Jason Garrett ’89 (68.2%, 1988).
He set an NCAA record with 29 straight completions in Princeton’s 53-20 victory over Cornell; that followed Princeton’s 51-48 triple-overtime win at Harvard, when Epperly set Princeton single-game records for both completions (37) and passing touchdowns (six). He set an Ivy League record by earning the Offensive Player of the Week honor six times, including five in a row; all six of his honors followed Princeton’s six Ivy League victories.
He ended the season ranked first nationally in points responsible per game (26.6), sixth in both completion percentage and scoring, and seventh in rushing touchdowns. Epperly is the only player in Ivy League history to account for more than 40 touchdowns in a single season; he had 43 during the Ivy championship performance.
A returning All-America and 2014 Senior Bowl invitee, Reid led the league in sacks in Ivy games (5.5), and he finished second to teammate Jason Ray in tackles for loss in Ivy games (9.0). A three-time first-team All-Ivy League honoree, Reid overcame double- and triple-teams all season to become one of the league’s most disruptive forces on the line.
He had a team-best five quarterback hurries, and he recorded his first career interception in the victory over Cornell. Reid had at least one tackle for loss in seven of the team’s final nine games, and he helped Princeton rank among the Ivy’s top two in both total defense and rushing defense.
He ended his career in brilliant fashion, recording four tackles for loss and three sacks in the season finale at Dartmouth. He is the fourth player in Princeton history to be named to the All-Ivy first team three times, and the first since Matt Evans (1996-98).