The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

Bill Bowman

November 1, 2011

Bucknell's Robertson has been a revelation

As far as I can tell, it’s just a rumor that Bryce Robertson is looking for a pick-up football game this Saturday so he can snipe a couple of quarterback tosses. Then again, if you are playing with your friends in the backyard and you see an orange bolt of lightning fire out from behind a tree and pick off one of your passes, it’s probably him.

You have to wonder at what point people check and see where No. 5 is and go in another direction. You know, after Bryce Robertson intercepted six passes in the first seven games, you might start to think about it.

Now that the Bucknell senior has picked off two more passes in each of the past two games, upping his nation-leading total to 10, they can’t still keep throwing his way, can they? Well, quarterbacks, as smart as they are, are stubborn. They know, just know, they can fit the ball into that tiny window. They know, just know, they are the guy who is going to burn Bryce Robertson.

Right now, though, they are all wrong.

“Quarterbacks are confident, and they have faith that they can make the throw and their receiver will make the catch,” Robertson said Monday. “That’s fine with me. But I am kind of, sort of, surprised they are still throwing at me.”

Robertson entered this, his senior season in Lewisburg, with as much experience as anyone on the Bucknell defense. He had started 26 games in his first three years, played in 30 of them. In those 30 games he had one career interception.

One.

A single pick his sophomore year at Penn. And that was it. So maybe that’s why teams think they can throw in his direction. It took the kid 30 games to intercept one pass. Well, it’s taken him nine games this season to break the Patriot League record with 10 interceptions. Saturday at Lafayette, he intercepted two for the second consecutive game and the third this year.

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