December 17, 2014 |
UNDER ANDY TALLEY, Villanova has had a great tradition of prolific quarterbacks, from Kirk Schulz to Chris Boden to Brett Gordon to Chris Whitney. And there were plenty of other really good ones in between. But none of them had the kind of career that John Robertson is putting together. Two years ago, the North Jersey native won the Jerry Rice Award as the top freshman in FCS. And last night, the dual-threat redshirt junior added the Walter Payton Award that goes to the best player at his level.
December 16, 2014 |
Villanova quarterback John Robertson, who was unable to play in Saturday's 34-31 playoff loss to visiting Sam Houston State because of a concussion, is among three finalists for Football Championship Subdivision's most prestigious honor, which will be presented Monday in Philadelphia. Among the finalists for the Walter Payton Award are Robertson, a redshirt junior; Eastern Washington quarterback Vernon Adams Jr., and Idaho State quarterback Justin Arias. The award will be presented Monday at the Sports Network Banquet at the Sheraton Society Hill.
December 18, 2013 |
ON SATURDAY, the Heisman Trophy ceremony was held in New York. Last night at the Sheraton Society Hill, Hatboro-based The Sports Network handed out the FCS equivalent, named after Jackson State great Walter Payton, at its 27th annual awards dinner. His son Jarrett was there to honor the winner, Eastern Illinois senior quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, who finished 130 points ahead of Eastern Washington QB Vernon Adams. The other finalist was Towson running back Terrance West. In 2002, an EIU QB named Tony Romo won this award, narrowly beating out Villanova's Brett Gordon.
November 26, 2013 |
Northern Illinois moved ahead of Fresno State in the BCS standings and up to No. 14 as the Huskies and Bulldogs jockey to be the last BCS buster. NIU jumped two spots Sunday and Fresno State slipped one, to 16th. The top three teams in the BCS standings were unchanged: Alabama, Florida State, and Ohio State - the remaining undefeated teams in BCS automatic qualifying conferences. The Crimson Tide and Seminoles are still on course to meet in the final BCS championship game if they can stay unbeaten.
October 23, 2013 |
IN THE Andy Talley era, Villanova has more often than not had a big-time quarterback. Whether it was Chris Boden or Brett Gordon (2002 Walter Payton Award runner-up to Eastern Illinois' Tony Romo), who threw it all over the place, to national-champion catalyst Chris Whitney and current starter John Robertson (2012 national freshman of the year), they are guys who can make just as much happen with their legs, as the offense has evolved into something different but no less potent. That kind of legacy had to start somewhere.
October 26, 2011 |
THAT GREAT philosopher, Forrest Gump, once observed that life is like a box of chocolates in that you never know what you're going to get. At times, football fits ever so snugly into the realm of the unexpected. Texas Tech shocks mighty Oklahoma. Michigan State stuns Wisconsin on a last-second, Hail Mary pass. On the same night, too. The question for the surprising Penn State Nittany Lions, maybe the most overlooked, underappreciated 7-1 team in the country, is whether the Illinois squad that turns up in Happy Valley on Saturday afternoon have hard-nut or gooey caramel centers.
October 19, 2010 |
Suspensions may be the only way With the NFL considering suspensions as the only way to effectively deal with helmet-to-helmet hits, the league got an endorsement from an unexpected quarter. Former Chargers and Patriots all-pro Rodney Harrison, now an analyst for NBC, said he thinks suspensions might be the only way. The only pro ever to have 30 sacks and 30 interceptions was fined more than $200,000 during his career and was suspended for a game in 2002 for a helmet-to-helmet hit. "You didn't get my attention when you fined me 5 grand, 10 grand, 15 grand," he said on the Sunday Night Football pregame show.
September 13, 2010 |
Villanova reclaimed the top spot in Sports Network/Fathead.com FCS Top 25 after Saturday's impressive 35-0 win at Lehigh. The Wildcats began the season ranked No. 1 but fell to No. 2 following the season-opening loss at Temple, 31-24. Montana held the top spot last week before losing on Saturday to Cal Poly. Villanova earned 3,338 points and 74 first-place votes. Appalachian State is second with 3,269 points and 25 first-place votes, while James Madison, an upset winner over Virginia Tech, is third with 3,100 points and 30 first-place votes.
October 15, 2009 |
There seems to be no end to the versatility of Evan Royster. The Penn State tailback can block for running plays and help in pass protection. He can catch passes out of the backfield or line up in the slot or split wide. But where Royster excels is running the football. A combination of power and elusiveness, the 6-foot-1, 213-pound junior uses his uncanny vision and patience to wait and find the smallest hole or go a different way if a hole doesn't form and still pick up positive yardage.
October 11, 2009 |
There wasn't a lot to say yesterday after Penn State rolled to a 52-3 victory over Eastern Illinois except "Bring on the Big Ten - please. " It was the kind of game that everyone, including each of the 104,488 people at Beaver Stadium, anticipated. The 14th-ranked Nittany Lions (5-1) compiled a 553-206 advantage in total yards against the outgunned Panthers (4-2) of the Football Championship Subdivision. Quarterback Daryll Clark threw three touchdown passes - all in a 5-minute, 18-second span of the second quarter - and ran for one. The Lions scored six TDs and one field goal on their first nine drives.