LEWISBURG, Pa. – Bucknell juniors Jack Horan and Andrew Podbielski were both named to the Academic All-Patriot League Football Team on Wednesday. It is the first career honor for both players, and it marks the fourth consecutive year multiple Bison have earned the citation.
Horan and Podbielski earlier this fall were CoSIDA Academic All-District selections as well.
Horan spent his first two years as a backup quarterback. He moved to wide receiver during preseason camp this year and finished with 16 receptions for 239 yards and two touchdowns. Horan caught a 71-yard touchdown pass in his very first game as a wide receiver at Marist, and he later completed a 33-yard pass against Colgate on a trick play.
A member of Sigma Chi Fraternity, Horan is a member of Bucknell’s Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society for being in the top 10 percent of all first-year students. He is also a leader and organizer of Saint Joseph’s Parish Youth Ministry in Mendham, New Jersey. Horan is majoring in accounting and financial management and is a two-time Patriot League Academic Honor Roll member.
A veteran of 27 career games, Podbielski is a two-year starting tight end for Bucknell. He caught a career-high 20 passes for 161 yards and one touchdown this season.
Named the team’s Most Improved Offensive Player following 2016 spring practice, Podbielski is a member of the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll while majoring in environmental studies.
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.
Corvias Patriot League Football Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Jake Wieczorek, Holy Cross (Sr., WR)
Football Academic All-Patriot League Team
Jack Horan, Bucknell (Jr., WR)
Andrew Podbielski, Bucknell (Jr., TE)
Jonah Bowman, Colgate (Sr., PK)
Josh Cerra, Colgate (So., P)
Makay Redd, Fordham (Sr., PK)
Jimmy McLaughlin, Georgetown (Jr., WR)
Phil Novacki, Georgetown (Sr., DL)
Jelani Williamson, Georgetown (Jr., DB)
Luke Ford, Holy Cross (Sr., DB)
Jake Wieczorek, Holy Cross (Sr., WR)
Collin Albershardt, Lafayette (Sr., DL)
Anthony Labudev, Lafayette (Sr., DT)
Jimmy Mitchell, Lehigh (Sr., DL)
Micah Tennant, Lehigh (Sr., OL)