Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Jalen Brunson chooses Villanova over Illinois

In a recruiting story of some local intrigue given the fact that his father is a Temple legend, Adlai E. Stevenson High School (IL) guard Jalen Brunson chose Villanova over University of Illiinois. Brunson, who is regarded by many as the best point guard in the recruiting class of 2015 sounded a common refrain when said that Villanova's family atmosphere played a big part in his choice to go to the Main Line.

Brunson bolsters an already strong 2014 recruiting class that features guard Donte DiVincenzo from Delaware and forward Tim Delaney from New Jersey. 

Watch Live: Jalen Brunson announcement

Happening at 5 PM eastern.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Highlights of Villanova's win over Fordham

An absolute demolition. A well deserved week off this weekend, and then they'll be back against James Madison on the 20th of this month.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

UPDATED: Things looking bright for Villanova with Jalen Brunson

I normally only comment on recruiting when I have actionable intel on someone, like when Villanova was out of the Amile Jefferson sweepstakes, or when I'm talking about how stupid it is to cover recruiting. Well, today fits into the former category, as I was told yesterday by people who would know that after his visit to the school, Villanova is now a leading contender for Illinois point guard Jalen Brunson, the son of former Temple player Rick Brunson, and that he COULD commit by this week. The key word there is could.

Now is the time to temper your expectations and remind everyone that we are talking about a kid who only turned 18 a week ago, and 18-year-olds tend not to be the most decisive people on earth and that they are prone to changing their minds, but judging from the vibes coming from Team Brunson, it's looking pretty good at the moment. 

UPDATE: 9/8- Brunson will announce his decision between Villanova and Illinois at 5 PM Eastern this Wednesday.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

What major change did Villanova make after Syracuse?

Based on the newest depth chart, which was released today, Chris Gough, who struggled in kicking field goals against Syracuse, has been replaced by true freshman Steve Weyler for this Saturday's game against Fordham at Villanova Stadium. Weyler, a local kid from Cardinal O'Hara was listed as second on the depth chart in the last game, and was involved in a camp battle with Gough and fellow freshman Preston Seiler.

Gough will continue to handle kickoffs, a job he has excelled in for going on three seasons now. He will also continue to serve as backup punter.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

An Open Letter to Villanova Fans

Dear Villanova fans,

This is my semi-annual plea to you to attend Villanova football games. 

I know, Villanova football doesn't play "big time" college football, and it bothers me more than anyone that such a move did not happen in the late-90s when it was offered and subsequently discussed. This fact does not mean that Villanova football is an inferior product though. Andy Talley's program showcases the best quality football in the I-95 corridor, because Rutgers is a toilet, Temple perennially sucks, and Syracuse, as much as they would like to tell you that they are, is not in the I-95 corridor.

Judging by their all-around performance against Syracuse last Friday, this year's team has the potential to be a special one.  John Robertson has done things through his first two seasons that are unprecedented by any Villanova rusher or passer, he has a stud wide receiver in Poppy Livers, a capable offensive line, and the defense has arguably the deepest linebacker corps of the Andy Talley era. As demonstrated last Friday, the special teams are a bit of a work in progress, but that is the type of thing that will work itself out in time, especially with a team with a lot of kickers and that is generally well coached.

Go to games, and if you can't, and if financially feasible, buy season tickets anyways, the program deserves your support.



Monday, September 1, 2014

John Robertson passes another Villanova great

For more than 20 years after his graduation, Vince Thompson's 2,533 career rushing yards made him Villanova's all time leading rusher. Then came Brian Westbrook, and he was relegated to second. Then, Aaron Ball came along and Thompson was fell to third all time. Last Friday at Syracuse, with his 115 net rushing yards, John Robertson passed Thompson to move into third all time in school history, with 2,542 career net yards. What makes Robertson's numbers even more impressive is that every time he is sacked, he gets rushing yards taken away from him per college rules. If Robertson was in the NFL, the numbers would be even more impressive.

Through 25 career games, Robertson is averaging more than 100 rushing yards per game, which is around what Brian Westbrook averaged per game.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Villanova-Syracuse highlights

All in all a pretty encouraging performance, and a marked improvement on last season. John Robertson is special.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Villanova loses heartbreaker in overtime to Syracuse, 27-26

Harrass this man

John Robertson and Poppy Livers are American heroes. 

More to come.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Villanova football season countdown: 4 is for...

Matt Szczur

Wide Receiver, Running Back, Quarterback, Kick Returner, Messiah: 2007-2010

Prior to recently, when you would name the greatest players in Villanova history, names like Billy Joe, Al Atkinson, Mike Siani, Howie Long, Brian Finneran, Chris Boden, Brian Westbrook, Brett Gordon, and Raymond Ventrone would come up, but Matt Szczur did something that none of the previous players was able to do- lead The Wildcats to a National Championship.  Drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 38th round out of Lower Cape May High School, and with several high level scholarship offers to play baseball under his belt, the fact that Matt Szczur came to Villanova in the first place is a bit of a blessing. 

Boy am I glad that he did come to Villanova.  In four years on the Main Line, Szczur finished his career with a stat line that doesn't adequately describe his true value to his team.  He holds few Villanova records, and he isn't even in the top ten in career receiving yards at the school.  One thing I do know about Matt Szczur: he is the single most versatile athlete that Villanova has ever had. 

He recently made his Major League debut for the Chicago Cubs. 

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Villanova football season countdown: 5 is for...

Antwon Young

Quarterback- 2005-2009

After seeing him start and play well at Maryland in 2007, I was convinced that Fort Lauderdale, Florida native Antwon Young was going to be a stud three year starter for Villanova.  A few weeks later against William & Mary, everything was thrown out the window.  In that game, Young suffered an ACL tear, Chris Whitney came into the game, and the rest is history.  Young was still able to make an impact, including replacing an ineffective Whitney in a game against Penn in 2009, and a ridiculous 82 yard touchdown run against Towson in that same year.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Villanova football season countdown: 6 is for...

Ronnie Akins 

Safety: 2009-2012

After establishing himself as a special teams missile in 2009, carved out a more defined role on defense in 2010 and then became one of the leaders on the defense in 2011 and 2012. Finished his career with 10 career interceptions.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Villanova football season countdown: 8 is for...

Norman White

Wide Receiver


One of Villanova's great recent wide receivers, Norman White had one of the finest junior seasons a Villanova receiver has ever had when he caught 69 balls for 886 yards with 11 touchdowns in 2010. After a foot injury forced him out the entire 2011 season, White was hobbled in 2012, his final season, but was still a beast run blocking, helping set the edge for the greatest Villanova running game in history.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Villanova football season countdown: 9 is for...

JJ Outlaw

Wide Receiver: 2002-2005

Nicknamed "Hollywood" by his teammates for the relative ease in which operated with the media, J.J. Outlaw held essentially all the same responsibilities in the Villanova offense that Matt Szczur did. The son of a former NFL player turned NBA assistant coach, Outlaw led Villanova in receiving in each season from 2003-2005 and is currently fourth in school history in career receptions and sixth in career receiving yards. Is now following in his fathers footsteps as a basketball coach.

Career Stats:
94 Rushing Attempts
754 Rushing Yards
199 Receptions
2,326 Receiving Yards
18 Total Touchdowns