LEWISBURG, Pa. – It is Senior Bowl week for Bucknell football offensive lineman Julie'n Davenport (Paulsboro, N.J./Paulsboro). The five-time All-American is in Mobile, Alabama, this week with a number of other top college players preparing for Saturday’s Reese’s Senior Bowl. The prestigious game will take place Jan. 28 at Ladd Peebles Stadium and will be televised on NFL Network beginning at 2:30 p.m.
The Senior Bowl started in 1950 and annually features the country’s best senior collegiate football players and top NFL draft prospects on teams representing the North and South that are coached by NFL coaches.
Davenport will be playing on the North team on Saturday. He is slated to wear his familiar number 70 and is one of just five Football Championship Subdivision players on the North squad.
Early this week players participating in the Senior Bowl were measured and Davenport’s wing span of 87.5 inches was the longest of any player participating in this year’s Senior Bowl, and one of the longest ever recorded at the event. Davenport also weighed in at 310 pounds, has 36-inch arms and 10.5-inch hands.
Leading up to Saturday’s broadcast, the NFL Network will be providing live coverage of Senior Bowl week practices Tuesday (2 p.m.), Wednesday (1 p.m.) and Thursday (1 p.m.). One-hour Senior Bowl Recap shows will air Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 8 p.m.
One of 13 players to be named All-Patriot League four times, Davenport was a member of the STATS FCS Walter Payton Award Watch List this past fall. He was a three-time First Team All-Patriot League selection after being named to the Second Team as a freshman in 2013.
The only member of Bucknell’s senior class to start all 44 games over the last four years, Davenport was a two-year team captain who was a First Team STATS FCS Preseason All-America selection and was named to the Athlon Sports Preseason FCS All-America Team. He was a Second Team STATS FCS All-American following last season.
This year, Davenport earned All-America honors from STATS, Walter Camp Football Foundation, Associated Press and AFCA.
Davenport earned the team’s Stuart M. Smith Award as its top newcomer in 2013, the Most Improved Offensive Player Award at the conclusion of 2015 spring practice, and he took home the John Campana Award as the team’s outstanding offensive lineman last year. This year, he was the winner of the Tom Gadd Coaches Award and the team’s Captains Award at the squad’s postseason banquet.