Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Villanova football season countdown: 94 is for...

 
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.  

Phil Matusz

Nose Tackle: 2006-2009

As the starting nose tackle on the 2009 national championship team, Phil Matusz's most important role was to occupy blockers for the defensive ends and linebackers and to stop the run. When you look at the fact that the 2009 team gave up only 66 rushing yeards per game, I think that he did a pretty good job in his duties.

Since his graduation, Matusz has a stint as Villanova's strength and conditioning coach up until last year. This year he will be starting a new job as the assistant strength and conditioning coach at Ohio State.

Phil Matusz career stats:


TACKLES                G    UA     A Total    TFL-Yds    PD   FF   FR Blkd
2006................   7     1     7     8    1.0-2       0    0    0    0
2007................  10    10    10    20    1.0-2       0    1    0    0
2008................  13    14    14    28    3.5-4       0    0    0    0
2009................  15    17    13    30    5.0-9       2    0    0    0
TOTAL...............  45    42    44    86   10.5-17      2    1    0    0

SACKS                  G    UA     A Total   Yds
2006................   7     0     0   0.0     0
2007................  10     0     0   0.0     0
2008................  13     0     1   0.5     1
2009................  15     1     0   1.0     4
TOTAL...............  45     1     1   1.5     5

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