Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Football Signings and early 2009 outlook

Villanova's Football team came off an impressive showing last season finishing 10-3 and making it to the quarterfinals of the Football Championship Subdivision Playoffs before losing to Colonial Athletic Association rival James Madison. It was a great season for the Wildcats who made the playoffs for the first time since losing in the semifinal to McNeese St. in 2002. Even with the success the team had this year, they still return 17 starters Including the starting Quarterback, Tailback, two Wide Receivers and four of the five offensive linemen from last campaign. With the team set for another good season in the first place, the key to this current recruiting class was addressing needs. That is exactly what Head Coach Andy Talley and his staff did, plug holes and building depth, so with that the staff signed 12 players to national letters of intent. This class includes three players who were selected to the prestigious Big 33 All-Star game played annually in Hershey, PA.

Included in this class was:

Ronnie Akins, DB, 5-11, 185, Lansdale/North Penn
Devon Bridges, LB, 6-1, 215, Upper Marlboro, Md./Douglass
Josh Bucci, OL, 6-6, 315, Beaver, Pa./Beaver Area
Rakim Cox, DE, 6-4, 240, San Diego/San Diego
Brennan Erbeznik, TE, 6-6, 240, Santa Monica, Calif./Santa Monica
Mike Giresi, DB, 5-11, 185, Westerville, Ohio/ Central
Patrick Haggerty, LB, 6-0, 215, Shillington, Pa./Gov. Mifflin
Eric Loper, DB, 6-0, 190, Sicklerville, N.J./Timber Creek
Kenny Miles, WR, 6-1, 190, Buena, N.J./Buena Regional
Joe Price, WR, 6-3, 185, Havertown/Malvern Prep
Daniel Shirey, OL, 6-2, 280, Feasterville/Neshaminy
Tamai Young, DL, 6-3, 260, Ewing, N.J./Peddie School


Don't expect to see too many of these guys on the field due to the talent already in the program at most of these positions. I would only expect to see Tight End Brennan Erbeznik, Defensive End Tamai Young and Potentially Cornerback Eric Loper playing significant minutes due to the Depth on the team at the other positions especially the Offensive Line. With the talent they have amassed over the past several seasons, The 'Cats seem set to be a dangerous football team when they open the season on September 3rd against Temple at Lincoln Financial Field. The Philadelphia Daily News Article regarding with regards to the signings can be found here.

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