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.
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.
26 Tackles For Loss
19 Pass Breakups
1 Defensive Touchdown