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29 Ben Richard

Three-time All-Patriot League (2017, 2016, 2015) ... two-time All-Patriot League First Team (2017, 2016) ... two-time Preseason All-Patriot League (2017, 2016).

2017 (Senior): All-Patriot League First Team honoree ... served as team captain with Abdullah Anderson, Joey DeFloria and Mark Pyles ... Preseason All-Patriot League selection ... one of six players to start all 11 games, starting at Mike linebacker ... team leader with 77 tackles (38 solo) ... also posted six tackles for a loss, 2.5 sacks, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery ... named the Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week, Bison Athlete of the Week and Honorable Mention STATS FCS Defensive Player of the Week (Sept. 25) after posting 15 tackles, one fumble recovery and one pass breakup against Sacred Heart on Sept. 23 ... his 15 tackles tied Brandon Benson for the 2017 high ... made 11 tackles at Cornell on Oct. 14 ... registered at least five tackles in nine games ... made the 200th tackle of his collegiate career during the Sacred Heart game ... posted a season-high two tackles for a loss against Lehigh on Nov. 4 ... shared the Tom Gadd Coaches' Award with Trey Johnson and also took home the Captains Award.

2016 (Junior): First Team All-Patriot League selection ... Preseason All-Patriot League selection ... Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week (Sept. 5) after recording 13 tackles, four tackles for loss, two sacks and one pass breakup in season-opening game at Marist ... also named Bison Athlete of the Week and Honorable Mention STATS FCS Defensive Player of the Week for that performance ... shared team’s Tom Gadd Coaches’ Award with Julién Davenport ... led the Bison in tackles (95) and was among the team leaders in tackles for loss (11.5) and sacks (5) ... at least one tackle for loss in seven games ... team-high four double-figure tackle games ... season-high 13 stops in season opener at Marist ... posted at least four tackles in every game.

2015 (Sophomore): Second Team All-Patriot League selection ... named Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week Oct. 5 after posting 18 tackles, one tackle for loss, one sack and one pass breakup in win at VMI ... 18 tackles were most by a Bison player all season ... tied for the 18th-most tackles in an FCS game in 2015 ... three double-figure tackle games in a four-game stretch during first half of season ... at least one tackle for loss in each of season’s first four games ... second on team with 79 tackles ... fourth on squad with 8.5 tackles for loss ... also had two sacks and three pass breakups.

2014 (Freshman): Appeared in five games ... posted season-high three tackles and one-half sack in season opener against VMI ... played in all four November contests ... earned start in place of Evan Byers against Fordham ... finished campaign with four tackles.

Herriman High School: Three-year letterwinner in both football and lacrosse … two-time all-state selection in football … three-time first-team all-region choice … team captain as a senior … four-time all-state selection in lacrosse … served as lacrosse team captain all four years … named Faceoff MVP.

Personal: Benjamin Michael Richard … born Feb. 8, 1996 in West Chester, Pennsylvania … son of Alan and Maureen Richard … has two younger brothers, Nolan and Evan … relative, Shannon Keen, Bucknell Class of 2016, is a former goalkeeper on the Bison field hockey team ... majoring in psychology.

Position: Linebacker
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 220
Year: Senior
Hometown: Coatesville, Pa.
High School: Herriman (Utah)
Graduating Year: 2014


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