Friday, June 21, 2013

Villanova football season countdown: 71 is for Ben Ijalana

Ben Ijalana

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.

Offensive Tackle: 2007-2010

Any discussion about the greatest offensive linemen in the history of Villanova football could probably begin and end with Ben Ijalana. Not only did he play left tackle, the most important position on the line, but he started and played at a high level at the position for all four years of his college career, becoming an All-American, winning a national championship, and ultimately getting drafted in the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft. Ijalana is currently on the Indianapolis Colts in the NFL, but he has suffered season ending knee injuries in each of the last two seasons. This season will be a real make or break for him.

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