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February 7, 2013 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
With so few openings, Villanova went for specific positions with its eight-member football recruiting class. The Wildcats are coming off an 8-4 season in which they won the regular-season Colonial Athletic Association title via tiebreaker and earned a Football Championship Subdivision playoff spot. With much of the team returning, Villanova is considered a contender to win a national championship, something the school accomplished in 2009. So the Wildcats could afford to be choosy.
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April 27, 2002 | By Joe Juliano INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Villanova coach Andy Talley hears the question wherever he goes, the one that quickly follows, "Hi, how are you?" How are you going to replace Brian Westbrook? The question has popped up often during this month of Villanova spring football practice, which ends today. It comes from the most passionate to the most casual of Villanova football fans, and with good reason. Westbrook is headed to the Eagles, who made him a third-round draft choice last weekend after a college career that saw him rewrite the record books of the Wildcats and the Atlantic Ten Football Conference, make the All-America team three times and win the 2001 Walter Payton Award as the top player in NCAA Division I-AA.
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October 1, 1992 | By Mike Jensen, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Andy Talley calls Tommy Colombo the heart and soul of Villanova's football team. But Colombo is not likely to be the starting quarterback on Saturday afternoon at Boston University. Talley said he has already decided which of his two quarterbacks - Colombo, a senior, or junior Brad Parpan - will start, but he will not announce the decision until game time. However, unless Talley was on a massive misdirection campaign yesterday, it certainly looks as if it will be Parpan. The Wildcats' head coach all but anointed the 6-foot-4 fireballer, who came on in the fourth quarter against Richmond on Sept.
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November 8, 1995 | By Chris Morkides, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Villanova quarterback Clint Park stared across the line of scrimmage at his former Navy junior-varsity teammates, and he received a semi-cordial, semi- hostile welcome. It was Oct. 21, and Villanova was in the process of losing, 20-14, at Annapolis. Park had entered the game in relief of starter Tom Marchese, but the Navy players did not want to offer relief to an ex-teammate who transferred to Villanova after one season on the Navy JV. "It was weird," Park said. "I knew nine of their 11 starters on defense.
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August 31, 1988 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Villanova's forthcoming football season will be one of firsts: It will be the Wildcats' inaugural year in the Yankee Conference, perhaps the country's premier Division I-AA league. It will feature Villanova's first Division I-A opponent (Wake Forest) in eight years. It will be played with the first senior-dominated team since Andy Talley resurrected the program more than four years ago. With all this, however, comes pressure. This is the season the Wildcats settle into the schedule they have been aiming for since the program was restored at the Division I-AA level, the reward for those years of toiling in relative anonymity against the Paces, Mercyhursts and Catholic Universities of the world.
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October 23, 1999 | By Joe Juliano, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
One week after riding the arm of quarterback Chris Boden to save its season, Villanova will try to avoid a letdown today when the Wildcats play Northeastern in an Atlantic Ten game at Villanova Stadium. A letdown would be a logical concern after the Wildcats' 48-45 triple-overtime victory over Connecticut, a game in which Boden threw for a school-record 444 yards and four touchdowns while completing 43 of 69 passes. But Wildcats coach Andy Talley doesn't think the "L" word fits his team, especially now that the goals of an Atlantic Ten championship and a NCAA Division I-AA playoff berth are back within reach.
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November 13, 1994 | By Nathan Webster, FOR THE INQUIRER
For Villanova freshman quarterback Michael Rusnak, there was the sweet: two touchdown passes and 147 passing yards on 13 completions. And there was the sour: three fumbles, the last of which finished off Villanova's final chance late in the fourth quarter, letting the Wildcats fall to New Hampshire, 21-14. And with that, Villanova completed its season with a record of 5-6 overall and 2-6 in the Yankee Conference. This is the first time Villanova has suffered back-to-back losing seasons since football was reinstated at the university in 1985.
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September 19, 1993 | By Tim Panaccio, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Villanova had gone nearly seven quarters without a big play or a big turnover, or even so much as seeing what the goal line looked like. Then it happened. The Wildcats got two turnovers from their defense and turned them into touchdowns yesterday as they rallied to defeat Fordham, 25-5, at Villanova Stadium. "You can't coach big plays," Wildcats coach Andy Talley said. "We were trying to figure out who would make them. " Free safety Barry Alvis, who led the way with 10 tackles, made the first with an interception of quarterback John Pohlman.
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September 4, 1992 | By Mike Jensen, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Villanova football coach Andy Talley has a flair for theatrics. After pinning up on a bulletin board all the preseason football stories about the Wildcats being ranked in the Top 10 in the nation in Division I-AA and right on top of the Yankee Conference, Talley brought the articles to practice and burned them. The coach started a nice little bonfire right on the field. Message sent and message received, Villanova players said. Talley, whose team opens its season tonight at 7 at Villanova Stadium against Division II West Chester, continues to try to bring his players down a peg or two. "We do not feel we're even close to what we were in '91," said Talley, whose Wildcats were 10-2 in 1991.
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October 13, 2001 | By Joe Juliano INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Perhaps Villanova should have tried harder to get a game against a Division I-A opponent for the nonconference slot in its schedule. Whatever might have happened against a powerhouse couldn't have been as embarrassing as what did happen against New Haven last night. The Wildcats were flatter than bad champagne. They hurt themselves with turnovers and mistakes. The Chargers, a Division II team, fed off this ineptitude and showed no fear against the 12th-ranked team in Division I-AA.
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April 24, 2015 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
VILLANOVA'S football team lost three times last season, by a total of five points. Quarterback John Robertson won the Walter Payton Award as the Outstanding Offensive Player in FCS. Linebacker Don Cherry finished second in the voting for the Buck Buchanan Award, which goes to the top defensive guy. Both are now seniors. If Robertson hadn't suffered a concussion in their first playoff game and missed the quarterfinals, which the Wildcats lost by three to Sam Houston State at home, they might have made a serious run at their second national title in 6 years.
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February 26, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - Before walking into the news conference Tuesday to announce that he would be Columbia's new football coach, Al Bagnoli spotted a Philadelphia reporter and asked, "What are you doing here?" The response to the former Penn football coach: "What are you doing here?" This was not a scene that anybody could have predicted, as Bagnoli acknowledges. Yet his return to coaching after 23 seasons as Penn's head coach is a story with Philadelphia roots. The road to Columbia began on the Main Line.
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February 6, 2015 | By John N. Mitchell, Inquirer Staff Writer
Andy Talley has been the head football coach at Villanova since 1985, so when he says what he said Wednesday about the 2015 recruiting class, it's worth noting. "I think this is as talented a group as we've recruited since I've been here," Talley said. Sixteen players signed national letters of intent to attend Villanova on Wednesday. For the first time that Talley can remember, he has landed three players - 5-foot-9, 170-pound running back/receiver Jarrett McClenton (Archbishop Wood)
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February 5, 2015 | By John N. Mitchell, Inquirer Staff Writer
When soft-spoken Jarrett McClenton arrived at Archbishop Wood High School as a freshman, he "just wanted to play and make a contribution" to the football team. He wound up doing much more. Headed to Villanova in the fall, McClenton capped his career with the Vikings last fall by rushing for a school-record 2,188 yards and 37 touchdowns while helping Wood to its third PIAA Class AAA state title in the last four seasons. In his last three seasons, the 5-foot-9 and 170 pounder ran for 4,536 yards and 73 touchdowns.
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February 5, 2015 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
IN RECRUITING, it often comes down to fit. The way Villanova runs an offense, there can never be enough playmakers. Especially when you have the Walter Payton Award winner returning for his senior season in John Robertson, a quarterback who gets it done with his arm and legs. Still, every additional weapon you can put around him only makes him that much more valuable. The Wildcats think they're bringing in one such piece in Jarrett McClenton, a 5-9, 170-pound running back from Archbishop Wood who rushed for 1,700 yards and 28 touchdowns for the team that repeated as PIAA state Class AAA champions.
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December 16, 2014 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
WE'LL NEVER know what might have happened, had Villanova's John Robertson been able to play in Saturday's FCS quarterfinal against visiting Sam Houston State. The redshirt junior quarterback - who already is the program's all-time leader in total offense and tonight has a very good chance of winning the Walter Payton Award as the top player at the FCS level - was a late scratch due to a concussion suffered late in last week's second-round home win over Liberty. Senior Chris Polony - who actually beat out Robertson for the job in both 2011 and '12 - got his first start in 2 years and played about as well as he could.
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December 10, 2014 | By Jason Wolf, For The Inquirer
After Widener University was hammered 45-7 by Linfield College of Oregon in a NCAA Division III national quarterfinal game Saturday afternoon in nearby Chester, Pride coach Mike Kelly took a shot at the head coach of the Eagles, who had allowed Linfield to prepare at the NFL team's practice facility. "Make sure you put in the paper that we thank Chip Kelly and I hope the Seahawks do well tomorrow," Mike Kelly said. "He was helping them out. Maybe somebody in Philadelphia ought to buy him a map so he knows where he lives now. But, go Seahawks.
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December 8, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Villanova became grounded when it counted. During a turnover-filled performance, the Wildcats avoided miscues and marched 84 yards on 18 plays late in the game, all on the ground.  Quarterback John Robertson's 1-yard touchdown run with 1 minute, 12 seconds left capped the drive, giving the Wildcats a 29-22 win over visiting Liberty in a second-round Football Championship Subdivision playoff game. Villanova (11-2) will host Sam Houston State, guided by former Rowan and Delaware coach K.C. Keeler, in a quarterfinal at 1 p.m. Saturday.  "This is a team that has carried us through the rough spots, especially when you come up against a team like Liberty who are as good a team as we played this year," Villanova coach Andy Talley said.
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December 5, 2014 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
IN 2009 and '10, Villanova went 6-1 in the FCS playoffs, beating three No. 1 teams, two of them on the road and another at a neutral site in the 2009 national-title game. The Wildcats have played once in the postseason since then, losing at Stony Brook in an NCAA opener 2 years ago. Only two redshirt seniors, center Ross Hall and running back Austin Medley, were on the 2010 team. Tomorrow afternoon, the Wildcats (10-2), who had an opening bye, host Liberty (9-4) in the second round.
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November 16, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Two carries by a walk-on running back in the final minute of Villanova's convincing, 48-31 Colonial Athletic Association win over visiting Albany set off verbal volleys between Albany coach Greg Gattuso and his counterpart, Villanova's Andy Talley. After Albany's Brian Parker scored on a 25-yard pass from quarterback Will Fiacchi for the final touchdown of the game with 49 seconds remaining, Villanova had one last possession after downing the ensuing kickoff on its own 25-yard line.
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