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Patriot League Preview: Bucknell Bison

by Mike Watts

Bucknell Athletics

Bison have a November 9th date in the Bronx.

This is the first of seven articles that preview the 2013 Patriot League teams.  They are in the inverse order of the preseason poll voting by Patriot League football head coaches and sports information directors, who did not include their own school in the selections.

Fordham was not included in the poll because it will not be able to compete for the Patriot League championship and NCAA automatic bid in 2013, and its games against League members will not count towards the final standings for either team.

Travis Friend is a prototypical team player. The fullback is an excellent receiver and an even better blocker out of the back field, and was rewarded as such on Patriot League Media Day with a preseason all-PL nomination.  His straight forward and professional demeanor is a reflection of his coach and the program Bucknell hopes to build.  They will have a mountain to climb this year, though, being picked to finish last in the Patriot League media day preseason poll.

Head Coach Joe Susan returns quarterback Brandon Wesley to lead the offense and a stout group of performers on both sides of the ball, they could surprise people come season’s end. As their three point win over Fordham last year illustrates, they weren’t far from making some serious noise in conference play.

To hear interviews with Coach Susan and Travis Friend, see below.

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Head Coach Joe Susan Fullback Travis Friend