Following his standout sophomore season, Bryan Marine was named a Preseason All-American by College Sports Madness. In 2016, he became the first Bucknell cornerback since 2011 to receive All-Patriot League honors after totaling 54 tackles (39 solo) and 15 pass breakups in nine games. A native of Owings Mills, Md., he enters his junior campaign with 107 tackles (82 solo), six interceptions and 24 pass breakups in 20 career games. He is also one of only two juniors who has already reached the double digits in career starts.

Q: College Sports Madness named you a Preseason All-American. What does that honor mean to you?

A: It’s a privilege to be considered an All-American. I worked all of my life to get an honor like that and appreciate that College Sports Madness recognized me and my hard work. But I also understand that it’s a preseason honor, and it’s raised the expectations for me. I’m ready to work even harder to live up to them. Hopefully, by doing so, I’ll help the team win a lot of games because that’s what really matters. Individual honors are nice, but my focus is on helping the team succeed.

Q: As usual, Bucknell has a strong Patriot League schedule. What can we expect to see from the Patriot League in 2017? 

A: Every game will be a fight. Last year, we went toe-to-toe with the Lehigh Mountain Hawks, who ended up going undefeated in league play, and it came down to the wire. There’s talent from the top to the bottom of the league. In my mind, the little plays are going to decide who wins the championship. We’re prepared to battle every game and every play because that’s going to be what it takes to win.

Q: What has the recent locker room renovation meant to the Bison?

A: We are really, really thankful. It means so much to us to have the support of such amazing donors. We want to go out and repay the people who supported us on the field, and we’re going to work hard to make them proud.

Q: When you were making your college decision, why did you choose Bucknell?

A: I chose Bucknell because it gives you the best of both worlds. It’s a good football program, and, most importantly, academics come first. I knew that I could excel on the football field and that the academics would give me a challenge and help me progress in life.

Q: During your sophomore year, you decided to major in geography. What drew you to that field of study?

A: When I came in, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do. I took a geography class, and it broadened my horizons. I could see how the world worked, and I like how geography fits into a lot of different fields. I feel like I’ll be an asset to any company because of how well-rounded my major is.

Q: What’s your favorite thing about living in Lewisburg?

A: Lewisburg is such a tight-knit town. Everybody knows everybody, and everybody supports everybody. I’m from an urban area, and I love Lewisburg’s community feel. I also can’t get enough of Tuesday Wing Night at The Towne Tavern (laughs).

Q: When did you start playing football, and how did you get involved in the sport?

A: I was four years old, and my older brother, Ryan, started playing. I would go to practice and just run around on the sidelines. Sometimes, there’d be a ball lying around, and I’d pick it up and start playing with it. Most of my family also played football so that’s a big reason why I wanted to get involved.

Q: Do you have any pre-game rituals?

A: No, not really (laughs). I just try to get to the field early to stretch, do some yoga and listen to music. I also try to warm up and work on my footwork. Sometimes, I dance around a little bit, but I wouldn’t say I have any silly pre-game rituals. 

Q: What’s on your pre-game playlist?

A: I like Migos, Playboi Carti and Kendrick Lamar because their music keeps me up. But I also like to mellow it down with a couple of songs that have a chill vibe to them.