The Bulldogs travel to Princeton this week to take on the Tigers in a 1 PM showdown on Saturday. The game will be aired on ESPN+.
Princeton’s offense is lead by senior quarterback Kevin Davidson. Davidson is a very efficient passer completing 68.6% of his passes this season for an average of 281 yards per game. He has thrown 20 touchdowns with just 5 interceptions. When Princeton’s offensive line has provided Davidson with ample time in the pocket, he has made opposing defenses pay with his arm strength and accuracy. Davidson spreads the ball around to a number of talented receivers as 6 Tigers have over 100 yards receiving. Junior wideout Jacob Birmelin is Davidson’s favorite target with 663 receiving yards and 3 touchdowns on the season. Sophomore Dylan Classi and senior Andrew Griffin are having fantastic seasons averaging roughly 16 yards per reception. Senior tight end Graham Adomitis (6’4”, 255 lbs.) and sophomore tight end Carson Bobo (6’5”, 240 lbs.) are big targets that are effective at run blocking and pass catching. Aside from Princeton’s games versus Harvard and Dartmouth, the offensive line has been dominant keeping defenders away from Davidson and paving the way for running backs Colin Eaddy and Ryan Quigley. Eaddy has rushed for 547 yards (4.9 yards per carry) while Quigley has rushed for 353 yards (5.4 yards per carry). From top to bottom, this is the most explosive offense in the Ivy League.
Princeton’s defense does not possess the sheer size and strength of Dartmouth’s defense, however, the Tigers are very fast, swarm to the ball, and blanket receivers. Senior defensive lineman Joey DeMarco seems to be a lock for a 1st Team All-Ivy selection with 26 tackles, 8 tackles for loss, 5 sacks and 3 blocked kicks. DeMarco’s fellow defense linemen Samuel Wright and Jake Strain are top-notch defenders that have combined for 11 tackles for loss and 7 sacks. If Dartmouth’s Traynor did not return for his fifth year, the discussion for top linebacker in the league would center around Jeremiah Tyler and James Johnson. Tyler has been a game-wrecker racking up 53 tackles, 16 tackles for loss and 5 sacks. Johnson leads the team in total tackles with 58 drawing comparisons to his brother and former Tiger, Tom Johnson. Senior safety TJ Floyd was an All-Ivy selection a year ago and has lived up to the high expectations for his final season. Junior cornerback Delan Stallworth has shutdown the top receivers that he’s faced, although his hands will be full this week versus Shohfi and Klubnik.
Freshman punter Will Powers has shown incredible leg strength averaging 41.4 yards per punt with 2 punts over 50 yards. Senior kicker Tavish Rice is just 3 for 6 on field goal attempts this season. Birmelin is an above-average punt returner averaging 9.9 yards per punt return. Sophomore Trey Gray is a serious threat at kick returner averaging 23.3 yards per return.