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.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Villanova football season countdown: 49 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.    
 
 
Nick Yako 
 
Kicker 2009-2012
 
Strong-legged kicker for the 2009 national championship who made some huge kicks in that season but struggled the very next season. Did an admirable job, but was replaced by Villanova legend Mark Hamilton.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Villanova football season countdown: 50 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.    

Dan Shirey

Center/Guard 2009-2013

On the 2009 national championship team, Villanova had two true freshman starters, Dan Shirey at guard and Eric Loper at cornerback. While Loper had started since the beginning of the season, Shirey first started in the game at Penn a few weeks into the season. Shirey started in the 2010 and 2011 seasons at center until hurting himself in 2012 and being forced to sit out the entire season and take a medical redshirt year. He came back in 2013 and played vey well as the Villanova running game was brilliant once again. It also had the positive consequence of allowing guard Kyle Wallace to redshirt last season, giving the Villanova offensive line an extra year with a talented player who will be able to start for four seasons.

We're halfway throught the countdown.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Villanova football season countdown: 51 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.    
 
 
Joe Makoid
 
Defensive Tackle: 2008-2011
 
A second generation Villanova football player, Joe Makoid saw fairly limited action his first three years on the Main Line, but wound up seeing substantial playing time in his 2011 senior season.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Villanova football season countdown: 52 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.    

Pat "Hammer" Williams

Defensive Tackle: 2011-Present

After being stuck behind Villanova great Antoine Lewis his first two seasons on Villanova's three man defensive line, Pat Williams saw substantially more action in 2013 as Villanova played with four man defensive fronts more often. Williams rose to the occasion, finishing third on the team with eight tackles for loss. This year, Williams should be the primary defensive tackle after the graduation of Antoine Lewis and he is the team's top returning defensive lineman.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Villanova football season countdown: 53 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.    
 
Jamil Butler

Defensive End: 2000-2004

A three year starter and four year contributor on the dominant Villanova 4-2-5 defenses of the early 2000s, Norristown native Jamil Butler finished his career on the Main Line with 23.5 sacks, one of the highest totals in school history. Also tallied 229 tackles and 40 tackles for loss for his career, tremendous numbers for a defensive lineman.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Villanova football season countdown: 54 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.   

Dillon Lucas

Linebacker: 2011-Present

After a freshman season where he had over 100 tackles, Dillon Lucas cooled off in his 2012 sophomore season after a torn labrum in his shoulder. In 2013, he redshirted because of an injury that kept him out the entire season. Dillon Lucas does have ability, and Villanova has openings in the linebacker corps. Expect him to see plenty of action.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Villanova football season countdown: 55 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.  

Howie Long

Defensive Line: 1977-1980

A Pro Football Hall of Famer, Howie Long is unquestionably the greatest pro player in the history of the Villanova football program. Howie is most famous for wearing 75 for the Oakland and Los Angeles Raiders, but he wore 55 at Villanova. Unfortunately, photos of him playing at Villanova in that jersey are seemingly nonexistent. Now, Long is most famous as the straight man to Terry Bradshaw on the FOX NFL Sunday pregame show and as the father of two NFL players, Chris Long of the St. Louis Rams, and Kyle Long of the Chicago Bears.