LEWISBURG, Pa. (STATS) – Robert Naylor isn’t jumping up and down when he emerges from the home tunnel. He isn’t signaling to the crowd to rise to its feet. He isn’t preparing to break into a run or sprint through a paper banner to bombastically announce the beginning of a new Bucknell football season.Not far from him, the near-empty visitors’ bleachers are set behind the home locker room entrance of Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium. They ramp out into an overlooking brick campus mingling with towering oaks and the occasional surviving centuries-old elm of Bucknell Grove. The campus is as he left it. It only recently started feeling like that again.He still isn’t as it left him.His teammates aren’t smacking him on the helmet. In fact, he isn’t even certain of where his helmet is or how it was last removed – cut? clamped and carefully slid off? – yet he is a rostered member of the Bucknell Bison football team. The players aren’t pushing each other. There’s no yelling to pump each other up. They’re orderly, maybe somber, many with their heads tilted toward turf.This might be the tamest team entrance in the history of college football, subdued even for the… Read full this story
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