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.
Tight End: 2000-2003
After a breakout junior season in 2002 where he caught 48 balls for 514 yards with five touchdowns, Matt Chila was looking like a possible NFL player, having already secured invites to multiple postseason all-star games. Unfortunately, seven games into his senior season in 2003, he injured suffered a knee injury that was described by Tony Moss in his book A Season in Purgatory as "So gruesome that few who witnessed it could stomach recounting the tale," and as a result missed the rest of his college career. This injury was the turning point of a disastrous season which saw Villanova get off to a torrid start, winning their first six games, only to lose four of their final five games. This collapse coincided with the loss of Matt Chila.
So yeah, Matt Chila could ball.