Monday, July 28, 2014

Villanova football season countdown: 32 is for...

 
 
Leading up to the opening game of the Villanova football season on August 29 against Syracuse, Fact on Villanova Sports will be counting down the days between now and the beginning of the football season using the jersey numbers of Villanova football players of the past and present. For as many numbers as possible, effort will be taken to introduce players from the current team, with the exception of "important" players from the past. Also, it's a ton of work to get pictures of all the players, so it may be incomplete. Oh well.
 
Javon White

Tailback: 2012-Present

Junior tailback from Souderton, PA. Will see his share of snaps, but will be behind both Kevin Monangai and Austin Medley. Possible kick returner.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Villanova football season countdown: 33 is for...

 
Leading up to the opening game of the Villanova football season on August 29 against Syracuse, Fact on Villanova Sports will be counting down the days between now and the beginning of the football season using the jersey numbers of Villanova football players of the past and present. For as many numbers as possible, effort will be taken to introduce players from the current team, with the exception of "important" players from the past. Also, it's a ton of work to get pictures of all the players, so it may be incomplete. Oh well.

Darnell Greene

Defensive Back: 1998-2002

As a starter on the 2002 national semifinalist team, Darnell Greene contributed to one of the most underrated defenses in Villanova history, to go along with perhaps the greatest secondary in team . Greene finished the 2002 season tied for third on the team in total tackles with 83 and tied safety Gary Johnson for the team lead in interceptions with three. 

Career Stats:
Tackles: 200
Tackles For Loss: 9
Sacks: 1
Interceptions: 6
Pass Breakups: 7

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Villanova football season countdown: 34 is for...

Leading up to the opening game of the Villanova football season on August 29 against Syracuse, Fact on Villanova Sports will be counting down the days between now and the beginning of the football season using the jersey numbers of Villanova football players of the past and present. For as many numbers as possible, effort will be taken to introduce players from the current team, with the exception of "important" players from the past. Also, it's a ton of work to get pictures of all the players, so it may be incomplete. Oh well.
Jamison Young
Linebacker: 1999-2002

Jamison Young's 2002 senior season may be the greatest season ever by a Villanova linebacker, which is saying something when you consider the great linebackers who have come along in program history. In that season, Young finished with 115 total tackles, 19 tackles for loss, 11.5 sacks, two interceptions, six pass breakups, and one forced fumble in 15 games. In 2001, he led all of I-AA football with five forced fumbles, and the team with 89 total tackles.

Career Stats:
286 Tackles
31 Tackles For Loss
21 Sacks
2 Interceptions
9 Pass Breakups
6 Forced Fumbles
2 Fumble Recoveries

Friday, July 25, 2014

Villanova football season countdown: 35 is for...


Leading up to the opening game of the Villanova football season on August 29 against Syracuse, Fact on Villanova Sports will be counting down the days between now and the beginning of the football season using the jersey numbers of Villanova football players of the past and present. For as many numbers as possible, effort will be taken to introduce players from the current team, with the exception of "important" players from the past. Also, it's a ton of work to get pictures of all the players, so it may be incomplete. Oh well.

Billy Joe 

Fullback: 1960-1962
Villanova's last ever bowl win was the 1961 Sun Bowl, a game in which Billy Joe was the MVP. Although Joe gained less than 600 yards on the ground during his career on the Main Line, he remains one of Villanova's all time great players because of his accomplishments as a professional (1963 AFL Rookie of The Year, 1965 AFL All Star) while playing with the Broncos, Bills, Dolphins, and Jets. On top of his accomplishment on the football field, Joe also was on the track team, and still holds the Villanova record for the shot put.
After his career as a player, Billy Joe became a coach, most notably for Florida A&M and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in that capacity in 2007.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Villanova football season countdown: 36 is for...

 
 
Leading up to the opening game of the Villanova football season on August 29 against Syracuse, Fact on Villanova Sports will be counting down the days between now and the beginning of the football season using the jersey numbers of Villanova football players of the past and present. For as many numbers as possible, effort will be taken to introduce players from the current team, with the exception of "important" players from the past. Also, it's a ton of work to get pictures of all the players, so it may be incomplete. Oh well.


Gary Underwood

Running Back: 2012-Present

Former high school quarterback who is a part of a talented stable of Villanova running backs. If Villanova does any trick plays where someone other than the quarterback throws the ball, Underwood is likely to be that person. 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Villanova football season countdown: 37 is for...

 
Leading up to the opening game of the Villanova football season on August 29 against Syracuse, Fact on Villanova Sports will be counting down the days between now and the beginning of the football season using the jersey numbers of Villanova football players of the past and present. For as many numbers as possible, effort will be taken to introduce players from the current team, with the exception of "important" players from the past. Also, it's a ton of work to get pictures of all the players, so it may be incomplete. Oh well.
 
Defensive Back: 2012-Present
 
Reserve defensive back, and a REALLY hard position  to find pictures for.
 

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Villanova football season countdown: 38 is for...

 
 
 Leading up to the opening game of the Villanova football season on August 29 against Syracuse, Fact on Villanova Sports will be counting down the days between now and the beginning of the football season using the jersey numbers of Villanova football players of the past and present. For as many numbers as possible, effort will be taken to introduce players from the current team, with the exception of "important" players from the past. Also, it's a ton of work to get pictures of all the players, so it may be incomplete. Oh well.     

Adam Nelson

Long Snapper: 2010-2012

Two sport athlete who played long snapper on the football team and catcher on the baseball team.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Villanova football season countdown: 40 is for...

 
 
Leading up to the opening game of the Villanova football season on August 29 against Syracuse, Fact on Villanova Sports will be counting down the days between now and the beginning of the football season using the jersey numbers of Villanova football players of the past and present. For as many numbers as possible, effort will be taken to introduce players from the current team, with the exception of "important" players from the past. Also, it's a ton of work to get pictures of all the players, so it may be incomplete. Oh well.     


Frank Boal

Runningback: 1966-1968

Finished his career with 1,005 career rushing yards, and still holds the school record for most career punt return yardage with 649. In his three year career, Frank Boal led Villanova in rushing once, and scoring twice.

After his playing career was over, he was a sportscaster in Kansas City. Boal was inducted to the Villanova Hall of Fame in 2007.

2014 player wearing this number: Fred O'Connor

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Villanova football season countdown: 41 is for...

 
Leading up to the opening game of the Villanova football season on August 29 against Syracuse, Fact on Villanova Sports will be counting down the days between now and the beginning of the football season using the jersey numbers of Villanova football players of the past and present. For as many numbers as possible, effort will be taken to introduce players from the current team, with the exception of "important" players from the past. Also, it's a ton of work to get pictures of all the players, so it may be incomplete. Oh well.     
 
Cameron Cross

Fullback: 1998-2002

Mostly a receiver out of the backfield, Cross finished his career with 106 receptions for 867 yards, not very shabby when you consider the fact that he was a fullback who had to share a backfield with perhaps the greatest receiving running back in the history of college football.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Villanova football season countdown: 42 is for...


Leading up to the opening game of the Villanova football season on August 29 against Syracuse, Fact on Villanova Sports will be counting down the days between now and the beginning of the football season using the jersey numbers of Villanova football players of the past and present. For as many numbers as possible, effort will be taken to introduce players from the current team, with the exception of "important" players from the past. Also, it's a ton of work to get pictures of all the players, so it may be incomplete. Oh well.     
Curtis Eller

Linebacker: 1989-1992


Some numbers are particularly difficult to assign to a player. The first time I did this, I assigned 42 to Brian Hulea, who is Villanova's all time leader in tackles. This time however, I have decided to assign 42 to a different player, Curtis Eller, who was Villanova's first ever two-time all-American, a two time Yankee Conference player of the year, and is still second in school history in career tackles. After his career on the Main Line, Eller played with the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the CFL.

When his number was retired in 1998, Villanova head coach Andy Talley had this to say about Eller:


"Curtis is the best linebacker that ever played in the new Villanova era. He was the first two-time All-American at Villanova and the only player here named to the Yankee Conference All-Time Team. Curtis is easily one of the most celebrated players of any football era at Villanova, and he is the best linebacker I have ever coached."
Even from someone whose first language is hyperbole like Andy Talley, that's especially pretty high praise. 

2014 player wearing his number: Corey Majors

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Villanova football season countdown: 43 is for...

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Leading up to the opening game of the Villanova football season on August 29 against Syracuse, Fact on Villanova Sports will be counting down the days between now and the beginning of the football season using the jersey numbers of Villanova football players of the past and present. For as many numbers as possible, effort will be taken to introduce players from the current team, with the exception of "important" players from the past. Also, it's a ton of work to get pictures of all the players, so it may be incomplete. Oh well.     
 
Delano Ferguson
 
Linebacker: 2008-2011
A native of Jamaica, West Indies, Delano Ferguson spent much of his time on the Main Line covering kicks. 

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Villanova football season countdown: 44 is for...

 
 
Leading up to the opening game of the Villanova football season on August 29 against Syracuse, Fact on Villanova Sports will be counting down the days between now and the beginning of the football season using the jersey numbers of Villanova football players of the past and present. For as many numbers as possible, effort will be taken to introduce players from the current team, with the exception of "important" players from the past. Also, it's a ton of work to get pictures of all the players, so it may be incomplete. Oh well.    

Devon Bridges

Linebacker: 2009-2012

Linebacker who increased his role in each of his four seasons on the Main Line, culminating with a 2012 season where he was one of the best defensive players on a resurgent Wildcats team who stormed back to the playoffs after one of the worst seasons in team history.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Villanova football season countdown: 45 is for...

 
 
Leading up to the opening game of the Villanova football season on August 29 against Syracuse, Fact on Villanova Sports will be counting down the days between now and the beginning of the football season using the jersey numbers of Villanova football players of the past and present. For as many numbers as possible, effort will be taken to introduce players from the current team, with the exception of "important" players from the past. Also, it's a ton of work to get pictures of all the players, so it may be incomplete. Oh well.    

Austin Calitro

Linebacker: 2012-Present

In a crowded Villanova linebacker corps, Austin Calitro will battle for playing time, most of which will likely come on special teams.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Villanova football season countdown: 46 is for...

 
Leading up to the opening game of the Villanova football season on August 29 against Syracuse, Fact on Villanova Sports will be counting down the days between now and the beginning of the football season using the jersey numbers of Villanova football players of the past and present. For as many numbers as possible, effort will be taken to introduce players from the current team, with the exception of "important" players from the past. Also, it's a ton of work to get pictures of all the players, so it may be incomplete. Oh well.    

Jeremy Rodriguez

Linebacker- 2008-2011

Oft-injured linebacker who was an ace on special teams. Never started on a team of consequence, but was a missile covering kicks.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Villanova football season countdown: 48 is for...

 
Leading up to the opening game of the Villanova football season on August 29 against Syracuse, Fact on Villanova Sports will be counting down the days between now and the beginning of the football season using the jersey numbers of Villanova football players of the past and present. For as many numbers as possible, effort will be taken to introduce players from the current team, with the exception of "important" players from the past. Also, it's a ton of work to get pictures of all the players, so it may be incomplete. Oh well.    

Will Thompson

Long Snapper, 2006-2009

Starting long snapper for the 2009 National Championship team.