Kwinten Ives redshirted in 2023 but played in four games as a true freshman. He made his debut against Northwestern but did not have a carry. Ives lined up at kick returner against Maryland but did not have a return. He had a 23-yard kickoff return at Wisconsin the following week. Ives was also Nebraska's primary kickoff returner against Iowa but did not have a return.
Before Nebraska (Palmyra HS)
Ives was a standout for Palmyra High School in New Jersey, where he was one of the top running backs on the East Coast. Ives rushed for more than 3,000 yards over his final two prep seasons and had at least 100 rushing yards in each of his final 14 games.
As the Panthers’ starting running back, Ives ran for 3,055 yards and scored 49 touchdowns in his junior and senior seasons combined, according to NJ.com. He averaged 10.1 yards per carry and 160.8 yards per game over his final two seasons.
As a senior, Ives ran for 1,617 yards and 26 touchdowns on 157 carries. He averaged 10.3 yards per carry and had at least 100 rushing yards in all nine games including three 200-yard efforts. Ives also caught 15 passes for 240 yards and three touchdowns and had a 79-yard kickoff return for a touchdown on his lone return of the season. He began his senior season with a 50-yard touchdown on his first carry and then had a 57-yard touchdown on his second carry of the season.
Ives carried 146 times for 1,438 yards and 16 touchdowns as a junior. He had seven 100-yard rushing games with three 200-yard rushing performances. Ives rushed for at least 148 yards in each of the season’s final five games, and he averaged 9.8 yards per carry for the season. Ives also caught seven passes for 225 yards and three touchdowns – averaging 32.1 yards per reception – with a 28-yard punt return. Ives also played on the varsity team as a freshman and sophomore.
Ives also starred on the basketball court and was a standout in track and field. On the hardwood, Ives scored more than 1,200 career points with more than 600 rebounds, averaging 15.4 points and 8.4 rebounds per game. In track and field, Ives was a two-time Burlington County divisional champion in the 100 meters, including winning the title as a senior. As a junior, he finished second at the county championships in the long jump and was fourth in the 100 meters. As a sophomore, he won the divisional title in the 100 meters, the 200 meters and the long jump while finishing second in the triple jump.
A three-star prospect, On3 ranked Ives among the nation's top 40 running backs and the top 10 players in New Jersey. He also had scholarship offers from Temple and UConn, among others.