Sport: Football

Last Season: 4-7 overall, 3-3 Patriot League


All-America: Julién Davenport (1st team AFCA, AP, STATS and Walter Camp)

All-Patriot League: Abdullah Anderson (1st team), Bret Berg (1st team), Julién Davenport (1st team), Bryan Marine (1st team), Ben Richard (1st team), Griff Barth (2nd team), Joey DeFloria (2nd team), Mark Pyles (2nd team)

Academic All-Patriot League: Jack Horan, Andrew Podbielski

CoSIDA Academic All-District Team: Jack Horan, Andrew Podbielski

NFL Draft: Julién Davenport (Houston Texans, 4th round, 130th overall)

Games of Note:

  • (Sept. 3) Bucknell 26, Marist 10 – the Bison began the 2016 campaign with a commanding win, moving to 91-39-1 all-time in season openers. Bucknell’s defense led the way, forcing six turnovers and recording six sacks. In his first career start at running back, Joey DeFloria rushed for 145 yards; he went on to reach the 100-yard plateau five more times over the course of the season.
  • (Oct. 8) Bucknell 21, Holy Cross 20 – the Bison erased a 17-0 deficit to dispatch the Crusaders at Fitton Field. Bucknell held Holy Cross off the scoreboard in the second half, and Chad Freshnock gave the Bison the lead for good with 6:37 remaining in regulation by rushing for a nine-yard touchdown. Will Carter also became Bucknell’s all-time leader in receptions and receiving yards in this game.
  • (Oct. 22) Bucknell 42, Lafayette 17 – the Bison offense exploded for a season-best 42 points against the Leopards on Homecoming. Bucknell scored the game’s final 21 points and totaled 349 yards of total offense. Carter (2), Freshnock (2) and DeFloria all rushed for touchdowns while Andrew Podbielski hauled in a nine-yard touchdown throw from R.J. Nitti.

Looking Ahead to 2017: With depth, experience and talent at every position and four of its five 2016 All-Patriot League honorees returning, head coach Joe Susan expects Bucknell’s defense to once again be among the Patriot League’s elite. A pair of Bison on the defensive side of the ball—Abdullah Anderson and Bryan Marine—were honored as preseason All-Americans by STATS and College Sports Madness, respectively; that duo, along with Mark Pyles and Ben Richard, will drive the defense in 2017. Bucknell’s offense will have a different look, but Susan is confident in the personnel he has returning, which includes a 2016 All-Patriot League pick, a pair of tight ends who have combined to start 35 games and a stable of 10 wide receivers. After graduating all five of its starting offensive linemen and its starting quarterback of three seasons, the Bison are using the preseason to shore up these positions. Notably, Bucknell has the benefit of playing six of its 11 games at Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium for the first time since 2010.

Season/Home Opener: Sept. 2 vs. Marist (6 p.m.)

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