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.a Also, it's a ton of work to get pictures of all the players, so it may be incomplete. Oh well.
When incumbent placekicker Nick Yako, who had been nearly perfect in the National Championship 2009 season decided that he could no longer make even short field goals in the 2010 season, Villanova turned to then walk-on Mark Hamilton to handle kicking duties, which he held for three seasons. In addition, Hamilton served as Villanova's punter for two seasons.
Hamilton finished his career with 229 career points, fourth most in school history, his 78.6% field goal conversion rate is second in school history, his 97.7% extra point percentage is the best in school history. On the punting side, Hamilton is the school record holder in punting average with 42.1 yards per punt.
New kicker/punter Chris Gough has a big leg, but he has awfully big shoes to fill.