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

2008-2012

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

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Villanova football season countdown: 10 is for...

 
 
Leading up to the opening game of the Villanova football season on August 31 against Boston College, 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. 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.a Also, it's a ton of work to get pictures of all the players, so it may be incomplete. Oh well.
 
Brett Gordon
 
Quarterback- 1998-2002

I like Chris Whitney, John Robertson has been great as a starter so far, and Chris Boden was a great quarterback, but if Brett Gordon wasn't 5'10 (generously listed as such), there is no way in hell that he would have gone to Villanova. If Gordon were 6'2, he would have ended up at at a school like Miami or Penn State, and I'm convinced that he would be just as good. A dropback passer in every sense of the word, Brett Gordon was one criminally officiated game against McNeese State away from leading VU to Chattanooga in 2002. Gordon was great his first two years as a starter, but he proved his mettle in his his senior year; the year after Brian Westbrook graduated. In 2002, Brett Gordon became the only Villanova quarterback to ever throw for over 4,000 yards in the act of carrying his team on his shoulders to the National Semifinals, but he was robbed of the Walter Payton Award by some chubby chaser from Eastern Illinois named Tony Romo.

If I have any trepidation about saying that Chris Whitney is the greatest quarterback in Villanova history, it is because I saw Brett Gordon at his best. I saw the player who torched Rutgers, and put up ungodly numbers against conference opponents.
 
Career Stats:
833 Completions
1246 Passing Attempts
9.639 Passing Yards
83 Touchdowns

Monday, August 18, 2014

Villanova football season countdown: 11 is for...

 
 
Leading up to the opening game of the Villanova football season on August 31 against Boston College, 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. 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.a Also, it's a ton of work to get pictures of all the players, so it may be incomplete. Oh well.
 
Tom Colombo
 
Quarterback- 1989-1992

At 5'7 inches tall, Tom Colombo may have been the shortest quarterback in Villanova history, but he was also one of the best quarterbacks in school history.  A former walk-on, and nephew of heavyweight champion Rocky Marciano (who himself was diminutive,) Colombo started for three seasons at Villanova and is fifth on the school's passing list with over 5,000 career yards.  He was inducted into the Villanova Hall of Fame in 2010.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Villanova football season countdown: 13 is for...

 
 
Leading up to the opening game of the Villanova football season on August 31 against Boston College, 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. 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.a Also, it's a ton of work to get pictures of all the players, so it may be incomplete. Oh well.
 
Martel Moody
 
Safety- 2006-2010
When he first broke onto the scene, I thought that Martel Moody was going to be a superstar who would end up in the NFL due to his tremendous redshirt freshman season in 2007. That season, he led the team in interceptions, and looked like a genuine ballhawk. The next two seasons, Moody simply disappeared as he garnered sporadic playing time. He finally came back strong and started again in  the 2010 season and recovered a fumble against Delaware that got Villanova into the playoffs (above), but it leaves me to wonder what he could have been had he developed from where he was as a freshman.

Career Stats:
99 Tackles
6 Tackles For Loss
1.5 Sacks
17 Pass Deflections
7 Interceptions
1 Forced Fumble
1 Defensive Touchdown

Friday, August 15, 2014

Villanova football season countdown: 14 is for...


Leading up to the opening game of the Villanova football season on August 31 against Boston College, 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. 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.a Also, it's a ton of work to get pictures of all the players, so it may be incomplete. Oh well.  

 Ross Ventrone

Safety- 2007-2009

As the younger brother of former Villanova super stud and current Cleveland Browns safety Ray Ventrone, it is only natural that Ross Ventrone ended up on the Main Line.  After playing at Pitt for two seasons as a walk-on and earning little playing time, Ventrone decided to head east to his brother's alma mater in 2007 where he was offered a scholarship and was able to garner immediate playing time.  In his three years as a starter, he was one of the key cogs in a defense that ultimately led Villanova to its first ever national championship.

Although undersized, Ross Ventrone was a strong hitter, an instinctual cover man, and very good in run support.

Is currently in training camp with his hometown Pittsburgh Steelers

 Career Stats:
198 Tackles
7 Tackles For Loss
3 Sacks
7 Interceptions
1 Defensive Touchdown

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Villanova football season countdown: 15 is for...

 
Leading up to the opening game of the Villanova football season on August 31 against Boston College, 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. 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.a Also, it's a ton of work to get pictures of all the players, so it may be incomplete. Oh well.  


Frank Jankowski

Quarterback: 2003-2005

A highly touted recruit, Frank Jankowski was expected to do big things at Villanova. Unfortunately for him, he had Marvin Burroughs directly in front of him in line for the starting quarterback job. If you read A Season In Purgatory, you will find that Jankowski's relationship with the coaching staff was contentious, as he felt that he wasn't given the opportunity to compete with Burroughs like he felt he was promised. In the 2005 season, when Burroughs got hurt in the opening game, Jankowski stepped into the starting role and performed admirably given his lack of first team reps for him beforehand. Unfortunately, the 2005 team was collectively terrible and Jankowski feuded with the coaches, and he left the football team after that season, going on to be a pitcher for the baseball team.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Villanova football season countdown: 16 is for...

 
Leading up to the opening game of the Villanova football season on August 31 against Boston College, 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. 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.a Also, it's a ton of work to get pictures of all the players, so it may be incomplete. Oh well.  

Joe Casamento

Quarterback: 2001-2004

One usually does not have a career as long as Andy Talley has if they make a lot of mistakes, and for the most part, Andy Talley's tenure at Villanova has been largely without glaring mistakes. The rush to promote Marvin Burroughs to the starting quarterback job in 2004 when he already had Joe Casamento, perfectly capable in his own right may just qualify as one of them. Casamento had proved that he was more than capable in 2003, setting a then-school record by completing 68.2% of his passes. The fact is that he always had Burroughs breathing down his neck from the moment he took his first snap as Villanova's starter.

An extra year of Joe Casamento starting may have stabilized the program, and prevented it from going into the tail spin it did for two and a half seasons, but we'll never know what the effects of such a decision would have been, and the program has obviously recovered since then.

Career Stats:
325 Passing Attempts
216 Completions
2,121 Passing Yards
14 Touchdowns
12 Interceptions