Robertson needs to keep up his pace for Villanova against Maine

Villanova's John Robertson has 304 passing yards and 406 rushing yards in the last two weeks. MICHAEL BRYANT / Staff
Villanova's John Robertson has 304 passing yards and 406 rushing yards in the last two weeks. MICHAEL BRYANT / Staff
Posted: October 26, 2013

Villanova's John Robertson has been a dominant performer the last two weeks, and it's likely he will need to maintain this level for the Wildcats to make a playoff push.

In the last two weeks, Robertson has thrown a total of three incomplete passes. During a 45-35 win over Towson and in last week's 29-28 loss at New Hampshire, Robertson has completed 32 for 35 passes for 304 yards, two touchdowns, and no interceptions.

And that hasn't even been the most impressive part of his game. Robertson has also rushed for 406 yards and six touchdowns on 59 carries.

For the season he has rushed for 849 yards (6.3 average) and 11 touchdowns. Robertson has also completed 73.2 percent of his passes for 1,196 yards, seven touchdowns, and three interceptions. His completion percentage is No. 2 nationally among Football Championship Subdivision players, and his average rushing yards per game (121.3) is 11th.

"He has been Superman for us," Villanova coach Andy Talley said.

The Wildcats have suffered a number of key injuries. Most recently, Talley says that receiver Joe Price could possibly miss the rest of the season with a back injury.

Slot receiver Jamal Abdur-Rahman has been bothered by a knee injury and remains questionable this week.

Robertson is doing his best to help make up for his injured teammates.

"Once a couple of guys go down, everybody has to pick up in their absence," Robertson said after Wednesday morning's practice. "When a couple of guys are out I say to myself, and the rest of the team does the same thing, we have to pick it up."

On Saturday, Villanova (4-3, 3-1 Colonial Athletic Association) hosts Maine (6-1, 3-0) in a key 1 p.m. matchup between nationally ranked teams.

Villanova is ranked No. 17 in the FCS Coaches Poll and No. 18 by the Sports Network, while Maine is 14th and 11th.

The key is keeping the 6-foot-1, 215-pound Robertson healthy. He insists that despite the added running work the last two weeks, that he isn't wearing down from all the hits.

"I have been going to the training room and getting my legs right and everything," Robertson said. "I haven't been taking a lot of hits lately, and a lot of times my offensive line does a great job protecting me so when I do run the ball I am usually getting out to the secondary and not having to deal with a linebacker or defensive lineman."

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