Last year's winners
First, a quick note on the four finalists for the Bushnell Cup, (players of the year awards):
The two offensive finalists are Harvard QB Colton Chapple and Cornell QB, (and 2011 winner), Jeff Mathews.
The defensive finalists are Princeton DL Mike Catpanano and Brown DB AJ Cruz.
The defensive choices are good ones and I think that Catapano will probably win.
But I have to say that the true MVP of the season isn't even named above and that's just plain wrong.
As much as we Columbia fans might hate to admit it, Penn's Billy Ragone was the heart and soul of his Ivy championship team. And I think it's really puzzling why he isn't even a finalist for the top award.
Think about it: in the key moments against Columbia, Dartmouth, Princeton, and Harvard, Ragone was the difference between winning and losing.
Usually, he did it with his feet. But Ragone also had some clutch completions and the Lions know all too well how much better he performed when the Quakers were backed into a corner.
Since Cornell finished with such a disappointing record, I assume Chapple will win the Bushnell. As good as he was, he wasn't a champion. Ragone is.
Special Teams Report Card
After years of subpar and even downright scary play, the Lion special teams in 2012 showed the most improvement of any unit on the team.