LEWISBURG, Pa. – Bucknell had eight players named to the All-Patriot League Football Teams, which were announced Tuesday by the conference office. The Bison had five first-team selections and three second-team choices with four-time All-Patriot League selection Julie'n Davenport headlining the list.
Barth, Berg and Davenport are the only seniors among the eight All-Patriot League selections.
Anderson, Davenport, Pyles and Richard have earned All-Patriot League status in previous years.
Just the 12th player in conference history – and the first offensive lineman – to earn All-Patriot League honors four times, Davenport started all 44 games at left tackle over the last four years. He joins Rich Lemon as the only Bucknell players to receive four All-PL citations.
A recent addition to the STATS FCS Walter Payton Award Watch List as the best offensive player in the country, Davenport was a Second Team All-Patriot League selection as a rookie in 2013 and this is his third straight year on the First Team. A team captain, Davenport is a three-time Preseason All-Patriot League selection who was a Second Team STATS FCS All-American in 2015.
Anderson is making his third straight appearance on the All-Patriot League Teams. He was a Second Team All-PL choice as a freshman in 2014 and now has two consecutive First Team nods to his credit. A two-time Preseason All-Patriot League selection, Anderson has started all 33 games on the defensive line since arriving at Bucknell.
The current Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week after a strong performance last Saturday vs. Fordham, Anderson finished the 2016 season ranked fourth on the team with a career-high 55 tackles. He also posted 13.5 tackles for loss and 8.5 sacks, which are both career highs and place him in the top three in the conference in both categories.
A junior, Richard moved up to the First Team after earning Second Team honors last fall in his first year as a starter at linebacker. Richard led the Bison in tackles (95) this year and was among the team leaders in tackles for loss (11.5) and sacks (5). His 178 career tackles are most among current Bucknell players.
Richard’s fellow starter at linebacker is classmate Pyles and he earned his second straight All-Patriot League citation as well. A team captain, Pyles was a Second Team pick for the second consecutive year despite a slow start to the season due to injury. He finished with 54 tackles in nine games and registered 3.5 tackles for loss, two sacks, five pass breakups and one forced fumble.
Perhaps the most important player on the Bucknell squad this year was Berg, who earned his first career All-Patriot League honor. A two-year starter at safety who also took over as the team’s starting punter late in the season, Berg ranked second on the squad with a career-high 75 tackles. He also led the Bison with four interceptions, was second on the team with seven pass breakups and had 3.5 tackles for loss.
As a punter, Berg averaged 40.7 yards on 33 punts with 13 landing inside the 20-yard line.
Marine earned his first career All-Patriot League citation thanks to an outstanding season from his cornerback position. He totaled 54 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, two interceptions and three forced fumbles despite missing two games mid-season due to injury. Marine also registered 13 pass breakups, the most by a Bucknell player since 2004.
Marine, a sophomore, is the first Bison cornerback to earn All-Patriot League honors since All-American Bryce Robertson in 2011.
A junior, DeFloria was impressive as he earned the first regular playing time of his career this season. He became the first Bison in a dozen years to rush for more than 1,000 yards, finishing with 1,070 to rank eighth on the program’s single-season list. DeFloria posted six 100-yard rushing games and led the team in all-purpose yards with 1,286.
DeFloria (10) and fellow running back Chad Freshnock (10) combined to rush for 20 of Bucknell’s 32 touchdowns on the season. DeFloria’s 66 points rank 11th on the school’s single-season scoring list.
Barth gave Bucknell two offensive linemen on the All-Patriot League Teams for a fourth consecutive year. The senior started 10 of 11 games on the right side of the line, splitting time between guard and tackle. Barth played in 17 games over the last two years and was a key member of the senior-laden offensive line this year.
Bucknell completed the 2016 season with a 4-7 record and was 3-3 in Patriot League play. It marked the third time in the last four years the Bison have finished at least .500 in conference play.
2016 Football All-Patriot League Teams
Offensive Player of the Year: Nick Shafnisky, Lehigh (Sr., QB)
Defensive Player of the Year: Pat Afriyie, Colgate (Jr., DL)
Rookie of the Year: Abu Daramy, Colgate (Fr., RS/DB)
Coach of the Year: Andy Coen, Lehigh
QB: Nick Shafnisky, Lehigh (Sr.)
RB: Dom Bragalone, Lehigh (So.)
RB: Chase Edmonds, Fordham (Jr.)
FB/HB: John Wilkins, Colgate (Sr.)
WR: Gatlin Casey, Lehigh (Jr.)
WR: Brendan Flaherty, Holy Cross (Sr.)
WR: Troy Pelletier, Lehigh (Jr.)
TE: Dylan Wadsworth, Lafayette (Jr.)
OL: Anthony Coyle, Fordham (Jr.)
OL: Jordi Dalmau, Colgate (Sr.)
OL: Julie'n Davenport, Bucknell (Sr.)
OL: Zach Duffy, Lehigh (Sr.)
OL: Ryan Paulish, Colgate (Jr.)
PK: Ed Mish, Lehigh (So.)
RS: Gatlin Casey, Lehigh (Jr.)
DL: Abdullah Anderson, Bucknell (Jr.)
DL: Pat Afriyie, Colgate (Jr.)
DL: Dewayne Cameron, Holy Cross (Sr.)
DL: Justin Vaughn, Fordham (Sr.)
LB: Colton Caslow, Lehigh (Sr.)
LB: Kyle Diener, Colgate (Sr.)
LB: Nick McBeath, Holy Cross (Jr.)
LB: Ben Richard, Bucknell (Jr.)
DB: Bret Berg, Bucknell (Sr.)
DB: Caleb Ham, Fordham (Jr.)
DB: Bryan Marine, Bucknell (So.)
DB: Chris Morgan, Colgate (Jr.)
P: Ed Mish, Lehigh (So.)
STNS: Hunter Kiselick, Georgetown (Sr.)
QB: Kevin Anderson, Fordham (Sr.)
RB: Joey DeFloria, Bucknell (Jr.)
RB: Keyon Washington, Colgate (Jr.)
FB/HB: Isaiah Searight, Fordham (So.)
WR: Austin Longi, Fordham (So.)
WR: John Maddaluna III, Colgate (Sr.)
WR: Matt Mrazek, Lafayette (Jr.)
TE: Nick Martinsen, Colgate (So.)
TE: Lucas Nikolaisen, Holy Cross (Sr.)
OL: Griff Barth, Bucknell (Sr.)
OL: Ben Hartman, Fordham (Jr.)
OL: Tim O’Hara, Lehigh (Sr.)
OL: James Murray, Holy Cross (Sr.)
OL: Brandon Short, Lehigh (Sr.)
PK: Henry Darmstadter (Sr.)
RS: Jihaad Pretlow, Fordham (Sr.)
RS: Jake Wieczorek, Holy Cross (Sr.)
DL: Alex Campbell, Colgate (Jr.)
DL: Tyler Cavenas, Lehigh (Jr.)
DL: Brett Field, Colgate (Sr.)
DL: Hunter Kiselick, Georgetown (Sr.)
LB: J’V’on Butler, Georgetown (So.)
LB: Charles Cairnie, Colgate (Sr.)
LB: George Dawson, Fordham (Jr.)
LB: Leo Loughrey, Georgetown (Sr.)
LB: Mark Pyles, Bucknell (Jr.)
DB: Tyler Castillo, Colgate (So.)
DB: Joe Figueroa, Colgate (Sr.)
DB: Brandon Leaks, Lehigh (Sr.)
DB: Jerry Powe, Lafayette (So.)
DB: Jihaad Pretlow, Fordham (Sr.)
P: Harry McCollum, Georgetown (Sr.)
STNS: Khristian Tate, Georgetown, (Fr.)
# - 18 players due to tie in voting
% - 16 players due to tie in voting
Teams are sorted alphabetically by position