Quartet of Football Ivies to Play in College All-Star Games
Portions courtesy of Cornell Athletic Communications, Harvard Athletic Communications and Princeton Athletic Communications
PRINCETON, N.J. -- Four Ivy League football student-athletes are playing one last game for their respective schools with Cornell quarterback Jeff Mathews in the East-West Shrine Game, Harvard tight end/long snapper Tyler Ott and Princeton defensive lineman Caraun Reid in the Reese's Senior Bowl and Harvard defensive back D.J. Monroe in the College All-Star Bowl.
Mathews will be the first Ivy in action as his East squad takes on the West team on Saturday, Jan. 18 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. Kickoff is set for 4 p.m. on the NFL Network. Mathews is one of three quarterbacks on the East Roster for the 89th edition of the longest-running college all-star game in the country. He will be the 52nd Ivy League football player to play in the Shrine Game.
Mathews ended his career as the most prolific quarterbacks in Ivy League history and one of the best in college football. He ranks among the top 20 all-time in career passing yards in the FCS and set the Ivy League's all-time passing record by more than 2,000 yards. He ended his career with 47 Big Red school records and 18 Ivy League marks for passing and total offense.
Ott and Reid will be on opposite sides with Ott on the North team and Reid on the South team for the 65th Senior Bowl slated for Saturday, Jan. 25 at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala. Kickoff is set for 4 p.m. on the NFL Network.
Ott finished his senior campaign with 15 catches for 188 yards and four touchdowns. He also served as the primary long snapper for one of the top special team units in the Ivy League. Harvard finished the season a perfect 45-of-45 when kicking points after touchdowns and 14-of-17 on field goal attempts. The Crimson sent 46 punts down the field for a total of 1,838 yards.
Reid, a two-time All-America selection and three-time, first-team All-Ivy pick, overcame double- and triple-teams throughout his senior season to become one of the League's most disruptive forces on the line. He led the Ivy League in sacks in Ivy games (5.5), and finished second to teammate Jason Ray in tackles for loss in Ivy games (9.0).
Ott and Reid are the 11th and 12th Ivies to receive Senior Bowl invitations.
Monroe will play on Valentine's Day in the College All-Star Bowl, being played at Paladin Stadium in Greenville, S.C. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. on the CBS Sports Network. He is slated to play for the Nationals squad coached by former Clemson head coach Danny Ford.
A second-team All-Ivy choice as a senior, Monroe broke up 16 passes, stood second on the team with 64 tackles and tied for the team lead with two interceptions.
Ott's and Monroe's Crimson and Reid's Tigers shared the 2013 Ivy League title after both teams finished the year with identical 6-1 records in conference play.