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

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Villanova football season countdown: 17 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.  

Chris Whitney

Quarterback- 2007-2010

Chris Whitney does not hold many Villanova records;  He was not the best athlete to play quarterback at VU; he didn't have the strongest arm; what you can say about Chris Whitney is that he is perhaps the toughest SOB ever to put on a Villanova uniform in any sport. Usually overshadowed by his more famous teammate Matt Szczur, and never given enough credit for what he could do on his own, Whitney managed to win 34 games, including Villanova's only national championship while losing only ten.  From the moment he stepped in for an injured Antwon Young, all Chris Whitney did was win.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Villanova football season countdown: 18 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.  

Chris Boden
 
Quarterback- 1996-1999

In 1997, Villanova quarterback Chris Boden had what is quite simply the greatest statistical season by a Villanova quarterback in the of the program.  In that magical season, Boden threw for over 3,700 yards and a school record 42 touchdowns for a team that went undefeated in the regular season and wound up finishing 12-1 after a heartbreaking loss to Youngstown State.

Now, 13 years after graduating from the Main Line, Boden is a football coach at ASA College in New York.

Chris Boden's Villanova career passing records


  • 10,146 passing yards
  • 99 passing touchdowns
  • 1,412 passing attempts
  • 868 career completions
2014 player wearing this number: Poppy Livers

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Villanova football season countdown: 19 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. 

John Robertson

Quarterback

2011-Present

In just two seasons as the starting quarterback for the Villanova football team, John Robertson has established himself as one of the greatest offensive weapons in team history, becoming the first Villanova quarterback to rush for 1,000 yards or more in his freshman year, and only the second Villanova player in history to rush for 1,000 yards more than once last season, his sophomore year. With 2,427 career rushing yards, Robertson is already fourth in school history in rushing yardage, less than 500 yards behind the second placer, Aaron Ball. In addition, Robertson is an  extremely efficient passer, setting a school record in 2013 with a 68.1% completion percentage.

What Villanova does this season is largely on the arm and legs of John Robertson.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Villanova football season countdown: 20 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.

Brian Westbrook

Running  Back: 1997-2001

By stats or intuition, Brian Westbrook is simply the greatest player Villanova has ever had. He is the school's career rushing leader by a good margin, ended his collegiate career as the NCAA career leader in all purpose yards, was the first (and to this point only) player in NCAA history to gain 1,000 rushing and receiving yards in the same season, and has more than double the touchdowns as the second person on the Villanova career list. It also doesn't hurt his cause that he had an NFL career in which he was a two time All-Pro for the Philadelphia Eagles. After a senior season in which he gained 2,823 total yards and scored 29 touchdowns in only 11 games, Westbrook became the second player in school history to win the Walter Payton Award, after Brian Finneran won the award just four years earlier.

Let me just add that he achieved everything he did in college on one knee

Career Stats:
725 Carries
4,298 Rushing Yards
219 Receptions
2,582 Receiving Yards
2,289 Return Yards
84 Total Touchdowns

Friday, August 8, 2014

Villanova football season countdown: 21 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.

John Dempsey
 
Safety: 2007-2010

A speedy safety who turned down offers from much bigger schools, John Dempsey went on to be a key contributor to the success of Villanova over the last four seasons. While Dempsey was adept in pass coverage, he excelled against the run and when he blitzed, as evidenced by his six sacks and 11.5 tackles for loss in the national championship season of 2009.

Career Stats:
242 Tackles
26 Tackles For Loss
10 Sacks
5 Interceptions
19 Pass Breakups
1 Defensive Touchdown

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Villanova football season countdown: 22 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.

Angelo Babbaro

Running Back: 2006-2010

Equally adept at running, receiving, and special teams made Angelo Babbaro far more valuable than his career ending stat-line would suggest. Originally a backup to Matt Dicken and Aaron Ball respectively, he earned his way onto the field more and more as his career wound on, eventually garnering a virtual 50/50 split between himself and Ball by his senior year.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Villanova football season countdown: 25 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.

Brian Finneran

Wide Receiver: 1994-1997

If you use statistics as a basis, Brian Finneran is quite simply the greatest wide receiver in Villanova history. 16 years after his graduation, Finneran is still atop the Villanova career list in career receptions, receiving yards, and receiving touchdowns. In his senior season of 1997, he caught 96 passes for 1,389 yards and 17 touchdowns, (the latter two of which are still school records) en route to being the first, and as of this writing only wide receiver to ever win the 1997 Walter Payton Award as the best player in I-AA football. After he left Villanova,  he spent some time in NFL Europe with the Barcelona Dragons, and then with the Seahawks and Eagles before settling on the Falcons, for which he played for ten seasons until he was not re-signed earlier this season.

A year ago,  he was named to the Madden All-25 team based on his dominance in Madden 04, so video game legend is another item on his CV.

Career Stats:
265 Receptions
3,872 Yards
34 Touchdowns

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Villanova football season countdown: 26 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.
 
Allyn Bacchus
 
Safety: 2003-2006

Allyn Bacchus is one of the rare players who doesn't redshirt, yet is still able to start every game of his collegiate career. A six foot safety from Hampton Virginia, a city that produces some of the best athletic talent per capita as any other part of America, Bacchus was a tackling machine in the defensive backfield, a leader on the field, and a central figure in the amazing turnaround Villanova underwent at the end of the 2006 season, leading the team in tackles with 103 and interceptions with two to help the team finish over .500 after an abysmal start to their season.

Career Stats:
 
374 Tackles
8 Tackles For Loss
1.5 Sacks
3 Interceptions
13 Pass Break Ups
3 Forced Fumbles
3 Fumble Recoveries