Saturday, August 31, 2013

Villanova shut out in second half, Fredo victorious


Basically, they stopped scoring after the first quarter. More to come on this later.

Don't worry though, Jamal Abdur-Rahman is back and looking good.

Friday, August 30, 2013

Keys to Villanova-Boston College


Let's get this out of the way first: Boston College is not the same team they were when Matt Ryan was the quarterback and Tom O'Brien was the coach. They're on their third head coach since then, former Pennsylvania Government Waste head man Steve Addazio. Their senior quarterback, Chase Rettig has never completed more than 54.2% of his passes, and was sacked more than three times a game last season, and he threw more than one interception per game. BC was also 115th in FCS in rushing yardage, averaging only 3.16 yards per carry. They also couldn't play defense, giving up more than 200 rushing yards a game, which was 111th in FBS. All of this amounted to the Eagles finishing 2-10 in 2012, and coach Frank Spaziani getting fired.

Now, of course BC is a BCS conference team with 22 more scholarship players than Villanova, so even if they are a bad BCS team, it should not be assumed that this game will be a cakewalk for the Wildcats. In fact, Villanova are more than two touchdown underdogs in this one. 

Here are the keys to the game:
  1. Get into the backfield- Villanova's defensive line is arguably its greatest strength, with four year starters Rakim Cox and Antoine Lewis holding down the fort. I don't expect the Villanova defensive backs to have great success covering bigger receivers, so Villanova must get pressure on Rettig and contain the running game, because I'm pretty sure that Addazio is going to run try to run the ball early and often.
  2. Run, Run, Pass- Last season was Villanova's greatest rushing team in school history, with two 1,000 yard rushers in Kevin Monangai and John "Pinball" Robertson.
  3. Ball Protection- Villanova was generally good at this last season, but it's even more important in a game like this. If they don't force turnovers and prevent their own turnovers, their chances of winning go down substantially. 
  4. Reassess after halftime- If Villanova is down by more than two touchdowns after their first possession of the second half, there is no sense in risking anything. Starters should be taken out. There's no sense in letting them get demoralized and possibly injured.
With that being said, I'd take Villanova getting -16.5 points 

Villanova football season countdown: 1(!) is for Austin Medley

  Austin Medley
 
Leading up to the opening game of the Villanova football season TOMORROW(!) 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.    
 
Running back: 2010-Present

A junior running back from Franklinville, New Jersey, Austin Medley is a bigger threat to break off a big run than his companion, Kevin Monangai, but the problem is that Medley has shown that he isn't as durable as Monangai when he is given a lot of carries. Had 402 yards on 74 carries last season with one touchdown.

I would expect that he gets closer to 120 carries this season if healthy, because Monangai took quite the pounding last season, carrying the ball 212 times.

Career stats:

Rushing Attempts: 137
Rushing Yards: 730
Rushing Touchdowns: 5
Receptions: 7
Receiving Yards: 63
Receiving Touchdowns: 1

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Villanova football season countdown: 2 is for Murle Sango

  Murle Sango

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.   

Wide Receiver- 1997-2001

I could have taken the easy route and chosen a Villanova player who played more recently like Darrel Young, or current star Kevin Monangai, but I decided to pick Murle Sango, a diminutive wide receiver from El Toro, California who is the best player on this list that nobody seems to mention (he also has one of the great names in Villanova history).  There is a simple explation for his lack of historical recognition:  he was in the same recruiting class as Brian Westbrook.

Sango's 98 receptions in 1999 (the year that Brian Westbrook blew out his knee) are a Villanova single season record, and his 236 career receptions are second in school history to Brian Finneran.

2013 player wearing this number: Kevin Monangai

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Villanova football season countdown: 3 is for Brandyn Harvey

 Brandyn Harvey celebrating a national championship

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.   

Wide Receiver- 2005-2009

A big, talented wide receiver from San Diego who flashed early on in his career, but really came on in his senior season. Starting with a huge game against Temple in week one, Brandyn Harvey wound up having one of the finer seasons by a wide receiver in Villanova history in 2009.  While he didn't put up Brian Finneran like numbers, he did something that even Matt Szczur was never able to do, lead Villanova in receiving yards in a season. Was also a tremendous blocker.

After his career at Villanova, Harvey spent time in camp with multiple NFL teams including the Falcons and Cardinals.

2013 player wearing this number: Mike Burke

30 years ago today: Sydney Maree sets 1500m World Record


 Sydney Maree Triumphant

Thirty years ago today in Cologne, West Germany, Villanova alum Sydney Maree became the last American to set a distance World Record on the track when he ran 1500m in 3:31.24. Of course, this record wouldn't last very long as it was broken by Great Britain's Steve Ovett only a week later. Two years later in 1985, in a race that was also in Cologne, Maree became the third man in history to break 3:30 in the 1500 when he ran 3:29.77, setting an American record that wouldn't be broken until 2005, when Bernard Lagat ran the current record of 3:29.40. At the time his record was broken, it was the longest standing American record at any IAAF championship distance.

If you want to read more about Sydney's career, read this excellent piece about him on Villanova Running. Sydney was recently released after serving five years in prison for fraud in his native South Africa under somewhat shady circumstances. His son Daniel is making a documentary about his life in South Africa, his running career, his legal troubles, and how South Africa is still imperfect, even now that it has ascended from Apartheid.

Unfortunately, I have never been able to find video of this event.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Villanova football season countdown: 4 is for Matt Szczur

Matt Szczur
 
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.   

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. 

One more time: All Hail Szczur!

Monday, August 26, 2013

Villanova football season countdown: 5 is for Antwon Young

Antwon Young
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.   
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.


Career Highlights:

2013 player wearing this number: Shane Harris

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Villanova football season countdown: 6 is for Ronnie Akins

  Ronnie Akins

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.   

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 ten career interceptions, including five in 2013 Will need to be replaced in 2013.

2013 player wearing this number: Jason Ceneus

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Villanova football season countdown: 7 is for Cameron McCurry

 
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.   

Safety: 2012-Present

New number from last season, most improved defensive player during 2013 spring practice. Should battle for a starting position at one of the

Friday, August 23, 2013

Villanova football season countdown: 8 is for Norman White

 Norman White

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.    
 
Wide Receiver: 2008-Present

Norman White enters his senior season on the heels of  a 2010 season where he had 69 catches for 886 and 11 touchdowns, a campaign that ranks as one of the most prolific by a wide receiver in Villanova history. A co-captain and two year starter, White will be counted on to be a security blanket for a young quarterback this season, whoever that may be. By all accounts, he's also a tremendous run blocker for a receiver. Here's hoping he's healthy and ready to go for the season opener.

Villanova's George Raveling featured on CBS News


The story, by James Brown of CBS Sports is about Coach Raveling's possession of the original copy of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s iconic "I have a dream" speech.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Villanova football season countdown: 9 is for JJ Outlaw

  JJ Outlaw

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.   

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

2013 player wearing this number: Aaron Wells

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Villanova football season countdown: 10 is for Brett Gordon

Brett Gordon
 
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.    
 
Quarterback- 1998-2002

I like Chris Whitney, 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

Video: Villanova football media day


Notice the pistol formation in the video, which could serve the team well given the multitude of running threats along with a quarterback who can throw the ball. If you aren't excited for the season, then you need to rethink your priorities.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Villanova football season countdown: 11 is for Craig James

  Craig James (background)
 
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.    
 
Cornerback: 2010-Present
Senior defensive back Craig James, a native of Mays Landing, New Jersey enters the 2013 season as one of the best and most seasoned players on the Villanova defense, having started 21 games over the last two seasons, and will be counted on to hold down one of the two cornerback positions, one of which was vacated by the graduation of four year starter Eric Loper. Last season, the Villanova pass defense was better than it had been in years, and it has the potential to be dominant again this year, with James as its anchor.

Career stats: 
 
DefenseGSoloAsst.TotalSacks/YdsTFL/YardsFFFRP DefInt/Yds
2010810311.5----21----
201110402251------23--
201212371846--1 / 12--4--
TOTAL308743108.5--1 / 1437--

Monday, August 19, 2013

Villanova football season countdown: 12 is for Kirk Schulz

Kirk Schulz

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.   
Quarterback 1986-1989

A 6-3 190 pound four year starter, Kirk Schulz was the second quarterback in the Andy Talley era, the first quarterback to lead Villanova onto the field against exclusively 1-AA competition, and the first quarterback to start a playoff game.

Schulz currently sits at second all-time in career passing yards at Villanova with 9,676, third all time in touchdowns with 74, and third in career total offense with 9,261 yards.  Schulz also holds the single season and career interception marks with his 22 picks in 1989 and the 73 he threw in his career.  At the time of his graduation, he held just about every conceivable passing record in school history (then Chris Boden came along and broke just about all of them).

Career Stats:
793 Completions
1330 Passing Attempts
9,676 Passing Yards
74 Touchdowns
73 Interceptions

2013 player wearing this number: Chris Polony

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Villanova football season countdown: 13 is for Martel Moody

  Martel Moody

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.  

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

2013 player wearing this number: Shayne Jones 

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Villanova football season countdown: 14 is for Ross Ventrone

 Ross Ventrone
 
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.  

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.

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

2013 player wearing this number: Corey Reeder

JVP in FOX Sports 1 promo


At about 12 seconds in

Friday, August 16, 2013

Villanova football season countdown: 15 is for Joey Harmon

 Joey Harmon

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.   

Linebacker: 2011 Present

A starter as a freshman, and a key reserve last season, Joey Harmon will be competing for a starting linebacker position this fall, and will see significant time regardless.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Villanova football season countdown: 16 is for Joe Casamento

 Joe Casamento

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.   
 
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 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

2013 player wearing this number: Cody Pittman

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Villanova football season countdown: 17 is for Chris Whitney

 Chris Whitney

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.  

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.

2013 player wearing this number: Joe Price

30 years ago today: Eamonn Coghlan is World Champion


The great Eamonn Coghlan wins Villanova's only men's world championship for Ireland. More extensive video here.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Villanova football season countdown: 18 is for Chris Boden

 Chris Boden

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.   
 
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
2013 player wearing this number: Poppy Livers

Monday, August 12, 2013

Villanova football season countdown: 19 is for John Robertson

 
 John Robertson
 
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.  

Quarterback: 2011-Present

Who would have thought that Villanova fans would be this excited about a sophomore quarterback who didn't even begin last season as a starter. Well, that's the case for John "Pinball" Robertson, right after he became the first quarterback in Villanova history to rush for more than 1,000 yards in one season while scoring 14 rushing touchdowns. He also threw for 1965 yards and 14 touchdowns with only seven interceptions. Robertson's contributions to the Villanova offense did not go unnoticed, as he was honored with the Jerry Rice Award for the best freshman in FCS football after the season, and a few weeks ago was named preseason first team all-Conference.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Villanova football season countdown: 20 is for Brian Westbrook

 Brian Westbrook

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.   
 
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 has 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

2013 player wearing this number: Joe Sarnese

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Villanova football season countdown: 21 is for John Dempsey

 John Dempsey

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.  

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

2013 player wearing this number: Ransford Quarrie

Friday, August 9, 2013

Villanova football season countdown: 22 is for Jamal Abdur-Rahman

  Jamal Abdur-Rahman

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.  

Swiss Army Knife: 2011-Present

Missed the entire 2012 season for disciplinary reasons after being one of the few bright spots of the disappointing 2011 season. Was especially dominant in the loss to Delaware. During the 2011 season, Abdur-Rahman  carried 38 times for 293 yards (7.7 per carry) with two rushing touchdowns. He also caught 21 passes for 218 yards and a touchdown, and ran back 38 kickoffs for 910 yards (23.9 per return).

Will be one of a plethora of options for Villanova in the slot this season.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Villanova football season countdown: 23 is for Aaron Wells

 Aaron Wells
 
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.  

Running Back/Slot Receiver: 2012-Present

The sophomore from Maryland gained 110 yards on 11 rushes last season and caught one pass for 23 yards, should see plenty of time in the slot this season, as well as some time in the backfield.

Taking a stab at a Villanova football depth chart


This week, Villanova released season previews for the football team on both offense and defense. Based on that information, I've taken a stab at the depth Chart for 2013.

My version of the depth chart is after the jump

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Villanova football season countdown: 24 is for Ducarmel Augustin

Ducarmel Augustin 

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.   
 
Running Back: 1997-2000

On any other Villanova team, Ducarmel "Duc" Augustin would have been without question the primary running threat on the roster. Unfortunately for Augustin, he came to Villanova in the same class as Brian Westbrook. When Westbrook missed the 1999 season because of a serious knee injury, Augustin was forced to be the feature back, and he made the most of it, with 136 carries for 680 yards and 12 touchdowns to go along with 25 catches for 267 yards and a touchdown. Even though he was relegated to mostly a receiving role as a senior, he was still the second leading rusher on the team and scored eight total touchdowns. Born in Montreal of Haitian descent, but raised in Florida, Augustin had a brief career in the CFL after he was finished at Villanova.

Career Stats:
237 Rushing Attempts
1,151 Rushing Yards
107 Receptions
1,206 Receiving Yards
26 Total Touchdowns

2013 player wearing this number: Cameron McCurry

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Villanova football season countdown: 25 is for Brian Finneran

 Brian Finneran

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.  
Wide Receiver: 1994-1997

If you use statistics as a basis, Brian Finneran is quite simply the greatest wide receiver in Villanova history. 15 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, 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.

This week, he was named to the Madden All-25 team based on his dominance in Madden 04. 

Career Stats:
265 Receptions
3,872 Yards
34 Touchdowns
2013 player wearing this number: Connor Cuccinelli

Monday, August 5, 2013

Andy Talley speaks about the first practice of the season


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Villanova football season countdown: 26 is for Allyn Bacchus

Allyn Bacchus

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.   
 
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
 
2013 player wearing this number: CJ Logan

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Villanova football season countdown: 27 is for Terry Butler

Terry Butler
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.  

Running Back- 2001-2004

After backing up Brian Westbrook during his freshman season, Terry Butler took over as a sophomore and became the feature back for Villanova's 2002 national semifinal run. During the 2002 season, Butler ran for 868 rushing yards on 202 carries and scored 12 touchdowns. As his career wound on, he began to share the load more and more with Moe Gibson, but he still ranks fourth all time in school history in career rushing yards with 2,220 yards, and scored as many total touchdowns in his career as Matt Szczur. After his Villanova career was over, Butler spent the 2005 season in the NFL with the New York Jets.

Career Stats:
498 Carries
2,220 Rushing Yards
30 Total Touchdowns
2013 player wearing this number: John Maughan

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Villanova football season countdown: 28 is for Ray Ventrone

Ray Ventrone

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.   

Safety: 2001-2004

Rarely do you hear about coaches wanting players to be less physical in practice, but if Ray Ventrone went all out in practice, he would have knocked out every Villanova skill position player possible, because he hit that hard. Before getting injured against Penn during his senior year of 2004, Villanova had arguably the best defense in school history, but his injury absolutely devastated the team. Ventrone recovered from his injury, and looked good enough that he was signed by the New England Patriots, where he spent a few years on the practice squad before eventually making the active roster, including being active for Super Bowl XLII and making what looked at the time to be a game saving tackle on a kickoff. Ray's younger brother Ross later came to Villanova, and was a starter at safety on the 2009 National Championship team. Ray currently plays for the San Francisco 49ers after a stint with the Cleveland Browns.

Career Stats:
251 Tackles
19 Tackles For Loss
2 Sacks
11 Pass Breakups 
1 Interception
5 Forced Fumbles
4 Fumble Recoveries

2013 player wearing this number: Chris Burley

Friday, August 2, 2013

Villanova football season countdown: 29 is for Brad Finneran

  Brad Finneran (right)

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.  

Wide Receiver: 1994-1997

Brad Finneran had a very solid career, and on another Villanova team, he probably would have been a star, but he happened to have an identical twin brother who holds almost every single meaningful receiving record at the school. Brad's greatest contribution at Villanova was as a reliable possession receiver on the 1997 Atlantic-10 championship team for whom he had 47 catches for 727 yards and three touchdowns.

Also was a legendary intramural basketball player along with his brother.

Career Stats:
96 Receptions
1,252 Receiving Yards
6 Touchdowns

Current player wearing this number: Jerry Miles

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Villanova-Delaware tickets on sale now


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Villanova football season countdown: 30 is for Matt McCann

Matt McCann
 
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.  

Safety: 2011-Present

After redshirting his first season on the Main Line, the former high school running back from Pittsburgh was the team's defensive rookie of the year, finishing the season with 44 total tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, an interception and three pass breakups while also notching a safety.