Local roundup: Bucknell football holds end of season banquet

Bryan Marine earned the Bison Gridiron Club Award as Team MVP, and 21 of his teammates were recognized with awards, at the 57th annual Bison Gridiron Club Awards Banquet on Sunday evening in the Terrace Room inside the Langone Center.

Marine, who also received the Keating-Rieu Memorial Award as the outstanding player of the Colgate game and shared the Captains Award with Pat Finn, Joe Lauro and Alex Pechin, was previously selected as a William V. Campbell Trophy semifinalist and named to the All-Patriot League Second Team and Academic All-Patriot League Team.

Marine was one of four Bison who took home multiple awards at the Bison Gridiron Club Awards Banquet, joining his fellow senior captains.

Marine registered 85 tackles (69 solo), three interceptions, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries in 2018. The cornerback also served as Bucknell’s primary return man, posting the third-most punt return yards (296) and seventh-most kickoff return yards (603) in school history. He finished his career with 242 tackles (192 solo), 8.5 tackles for a loss, 42 passes defended, 10 interceptions, seven forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries in 40 career games, 35 of which were starts; he is one of only 12 Bison who reached the double digits in career interceptions and will graduate tied for eighth in the Bucknell annals.

This year’s Tom Gadd Coaches’ Award winners were Finn, Alex Twiford, Drew Newcomb and Chanse Riley. Finn, who was previously named to the All-Patriot League Second Team, also took home the John Campana Award as Bucknell’s outstanding offensive lineman. The center started 10 of the Bison’s 11 games, missing one due to injury. A leader in the trenches and a force to be reckoned with up the middle, he started 20 of Bucknell’s 22 games over the past two campaigns after spending his first two years as a reserve. In 2018, Twiford started 10 of Bucknell’s 11 games at tight end, posting 94 yards on 16 catches and making an impact as a blocker.

Despite battling injuries over the course of the season, Newcomb and Riley were key senior leaders for the Bison at safety. Newcomb, the lone Lewisburg native on the roster, returned from breaking his hand in the 2018 opener to start three of Bucknell’s final six games while Riley made four starts despite missing chunks of time to injury.