Thursday, July 10, 2014

Villanova football season countdown: 50 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. Also, it's a ton of work to get pictures of all the players, so it may be incomplete. Oh well.    

Dan Shirey

Center/Guard 2009-2013

On the 2009 national championship team, Villanova had two true freshman starters, Dan Shirey at guard and Eric Loper at cornerback. While Loper had started since the beginning of the season, Shirey first started in the game at Penn a few weeks into the season. Shirey started in the 2010 and 2011 seasons at center until hurting himself in 2012 and being forced to sit out the entire season and take a medical redshirt year. He came back in 2013 and played vey well as the Villanova running game was brilliant once again. It also had the positive consequence of allowing guard Kyle Wallace to redshirt last season, giving the Villanova offensive line an extra year with a talented player who will be able to start for four seasons.

We're halfway throught the countdown.

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