LEWISBURG, Pa. – Bucknell senior offensive lineman Julie'n Davenport (Paulsboro, N.J./Paulsboro) was named a First Team All-American by the Associated Press (AP) this week. It is the latest in a long line of awards for the four-year starter at left tackle who was recently invited to play in next month’s Reese’s Senior Bowl.
Davenport is the first Bison player to be named to the AP All-America First Team since Kevin Eiben in 2000. It is the third consecutive year a Bucknell player has been honored as LB Evan Byers was a second-team selection in 2014 and S Clayton Ewell was a third-team choice last year. Davenport is the first Bison offensive player named an AP All-American since OL Jay Butler was a second-team selection in 1990.
Davenport was one of four Patriot League players named to the AP All-America teams, and he was one of just two named to the First Team, along with Fordham’s Chase Edmonds.
This is the second All-America honor of Davenport’s career. He was named a STATS FCS Second Team All-American following his junior campaign.
A two-year team captain, Davenport is one of 13 players in Patriot League history to be named All-Patriot League four times. He was a three-time First Team 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 First Team STATS FCS Preseason All-America selection and was named to the Athlon Sports Preseason FCS All-America Team. He was a three-time Preseason All-Patriot League choice.
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.