Tuesday, October 1, 2013

John Robertson avoiding the sophomore slump


Through four games in 2013, Villanova starting quarterback John "Pinball" Robertson has been playing some of the best football of his career, outpacing his 2012 averages in both passing and rushing per game, while also being a more efficient passer, completing passes at a 65.1% clip, five percent better than his respectable 60.1% rate from last, and gaining a full yard greater per carry than he was last year, while also gaining more total passing and rushing yards on a per game basis by substantial numbers. His nine total touchdowns through four games means that Robertson has had a hand in 75% of the team's total touchdowns, an impressive total for a team that is averaging almost four touchdowns per game.

Obviously, his performance thus far in the season is not a perfect predictor of what will happen later on, but it's worth noting, because Robertson only got better as the season rolled on last year. One thing that needs to happen is that Robertson needs to take fewer hard hits while running the ball, perhaps that can be achieved by throwing the ball more often, or occasionally taking the ball and running out of bounds to avoid getting hit. A less negative consequence of Robertson running the ball with such authority thus far this season is that Kevin Monangai, Austin Medley, Gary Underwood, Jamal Abdur-Rahman, and Villanova's receivers will get more of an opportunity to contribute on offense, when teams start to key in on Robertson, given his ability to run the ball.

John Robertson is young, fast, throws a good ball, and is well on his way to being one of the most prolific offensive weapons in Villanova football history.

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