Princeton’s Catapano, Harvard’s Chapple Named Top Ivy Players

Princeton University defensive lineman Mike Catapano and Harvard University quarterback Colton Chapple are Ivy League football’s players of the year

The two seniors received the Asa S. Bushnell Cup, awarded to the league’s top offensive and defensive players, at a reception today in New York, the conference said in an e-mailed statement.

The award is voted on by the league’s eight football coaches.

Catapano, 22, led the Ivy League with 12 sacks and was second in tackles for a loss, with 15.5, according to the release. A co-captain on the Tigers for the last two years, he finished the season with 41 tackles, five deflected passes and three forced fumbles.

Chapple had 3,169 total yards and 24 passing touchdowns in 2012, both Harvard single-season records, the league said in the statement. The Crimson offense scored a league-high 39.4 points per game and averaged 487.5 yards per game, over 55 yards more than the next closest Ivy League team.

The University of Pennsylvania (6-4 overall, 6-1 Ivy League) won the league title this season, its third in four years. Harvard (8-2, 6-2) finished second, while Princeton (5-5, 4-3) tied for third.

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