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January 21, 2012 | By Rick O’Brien, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Amile Jefferson has yet to make a much-awaited decision about where he will play college basketball. And Billy Cassidy, his first-year teammate at Friends' Central, says he doesn't know any more about it than the next guy. "I do ask him from time to time," Cassidy said. "But he hasn't said anything, at least not to me. I would like to see him go to Duke or Temple. I think those two schools fit his playing style the best. " Saturday, in the 12th annual Kobe Bryant Philly.com/Rally Classic, Cassidy and Jefferson combined for 39 points as the Phoenix, ahead by as many as 23 points, downed Penn Wood, 74-67, at Lower Merion's Bryant Gymnasium.
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August 23, 2011
Villanova is ranked 13th and Penn is tied for 24th in the FCS coach preseason poll released yesterday. Villanova went 9-5 last season and reached the national semifinals before losing to eventual champion Eastern Washington. The Wildcats return 12 starters. Penn owns the longest active conference win streak in the FCS (15 games) and is the only Ivy League team represented in the Top 25 with 84 points. Penn finished at No. 16 in the poll last season. Defending national champion Eastern Washington is the preseason favorite to with 23 of the 28 first-place votes and 687 points.
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December 13, 2010 | By the Inquirer Staff
The Villanova Wildcats will play Eastern Washington in the Football Championship Subdivision national semifinals Friday at 8 p.m. in Cheney, Wash. The game will be televised by ESPN2. In the other semifinal, Delaware (11-2) will host Georgia Southern (10-4) on Saturday at noon. The defending national champions, Andy Talley's Wildcats (9-4) advanced Saturday with a 42-24 victory over Appalachian State in the quarterfinals. Eastern Washington (11-2) defeated North Dakota State, 38-31, in overtime.
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December 18, 2012 | INQUIRER STAFF REPORT
It certainly is the year of the freshman quarterback. Nine days after Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M won the Heisman Trophy, Villanova quarterback John Robertson took home the Jerry Rice Award, given to the Football Championship Subdivision freshman of the year. Robertson was especially pleased to win the award named after Rice, who attended the event Monday night at the Sheraton Society Hill hotel. "I remember being younger and playing video games and having him as my wide receiver," Robertson said.
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November 19, 2012 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Villanova will open on the road in the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs, but senior safety Ronnie Akins of North Penn doesn't mind - and for good reason. "I think we play better on the road," Akins said on Sunday. "We bond together, and I am excited to be going on the road. " The 20-team FCS playoff field was announced on Sunday, and Villanova (8-3) will visit Stony Brook (9-2) in a first-round matchup at 3 p.m. on Saturday. The winner of that game will play at Montana State on Dec. 1. Villanova earned the automatic berth for winning the Colonial Athletic Association title, yet it earned them neither a first-round bye nor a home game.
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November 9, 2010 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Villanova dropped six places to No. 9 in the Sports Network/Fathead.com Football Championship Subdivision top 25 national poll that was released Monday. The Wildcats suffered a 17-14 loss to unranked Rhode Island on Saturday. Penn, which defeated Princeton, 52-10, Saturday, remained at No. 18. William and Mary moved up three spots to No.1, while Delaware was ranked second. Three Quakers were recognized after the lopsided victory over the Tigers. Sophomore quarterback Billy Ragone was named the Ivy League offensive player of the week.
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December 13, 2010 | By MIKE KERN, kernm@phillynews.com
This is starting to get serious. Less than a month ago, defending FCS national champion Villanova was one loss away from not even making it back to the playoffs. Then the Wildcats beat top-ranked Delaware, for the fifth consecutive time, on the road in overtime. Then they won at No. 3 Stephen F. Austin, by 30, their first road playoff victory in seven tries. And Saturday they went to Boone, N.C., and took out the top seed in the tournament, Appalachian State, 42-24. The Mountaineers had won 55 of their previous 58 there.
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December 9, 2010 | By BILL FLEISCHMAN, fleiscb@phillynews.com
NEWARK, Del. - Ask Delaware football coach K.C. Keeler whether quarterback Pat Devlin is everything he expected and Keeler replies, "He's more than we expected. " Then Keeler lists Devlin's strengths. "Mechanically, he's so sound, so bright," Keeler said Tuesday following Delaware's practice for tomorrow night's NCAA Football Championship Subdivision quarterfinal vs. New Hampshire (ESPN2, 8 o'clock). "Every NFL scout that comes here is so impressed with his mechanics, how he doesn't get rattled.
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July 9, 2014
VILLANOVA junior quarterback John Robertson is one of 20 players on the watch list for the 2014 Walter Payton Award given to the top player in FCS. Last year, he finished ninth in the voting after accounting for 3,362 offensive yards and 33 touchowns for a 6-5 team. In 2012, he won the Jerry Rice Award as the top freshman in FCS. Wildcat Brian Finneran was the Payton recipient in 1997, the only wideout to ever be so honored. Four years later his one-time teammate, running back Brian Westbrook, also finished first.
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May 12, 2016 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
The speed is what everyone worries about. Even Carson Wentz admitted the most noticeable difference between what he saw during his playing days at North Dakota State and what he faced at the Senior Bowl earlier this year in Mobile, Ala., was the speed of the game. Wentz will get another taste of the NFL's rapid pace on Friday, when the Eagles open a rookie camp at the NovaCare Complex. One person who saw him play up close believes he will be able to make the adjustment. "There is a little bit of difference in the speed of the game at our level and the next one," said K.C. Keeler, the Sam Houston State football coach who has spent 13 of the last 14 years coaching in the Football Championship Subdivision.
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April 25, 2016 | By Jeff McLane, STAFF WRITER
Iowa State may not be an NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision powerhouse, but the Cyclones do play in one of the BCS conferences and do have recruiting advantages even over an elite Football Championship Subdivision program such as North Dakota State. Carson Wentz's first collegiate start came at Iowa State in front of 55,000 fans - a number significantly greater than the 19,000 that regularly fill the Fargodome to watch the Bison. It wasn't quite like Hickory High School walking into an Indianapolis arena for the state championship in Hoosiers - "I think you'll find the measurements the same as our gym back in Hickory" - but it had to be daunting for the quarterback.
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December 10, 2015 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
MARK FERRANTE has been with Andy Talley since he played quarterback for him at St. Lawrence University in Canton, N.Y., where he was the 1982 Division III Player of the Year and led the Saints to the NCAA semifinals. Five years later he joined Talley's staff at Villanova, where in 2009 he was part of the team that won the FCS championship. Now the Wildcats' assistant head coach/offensive line coach has been named the FCS Assistant of the Year by the American Football Coaches Association.
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November 13, 2015 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer
3:30 p.m. Saturday, Villanova Stadium TV: None. Radio: WTEL-AM (610 AM) Records: Richmond 7-2, 5-1 Colonial; Villanova 5-4, 4-2 History: Villanova leads, 21-11. Richmond has won the last two. Last year it was 10-9 down there. About Richmond: Spiders are ranked 9th in FCS . . . Lost last week at New Hampshire, 30-25 . . . They're really good on offense, not so much on defense . . . Soph QB Kyle Lauletta (Downingtown East) has thrown for 2,458 yards and 15 TDs. He's completing 62 percent of his passes, and has been intercepted nine times . . . Brian Brown has 50 catches for nearly 1,000 yards . . . Jacob Green has carried 145 times for 933 yards, with 12 scores . . . They're giving up 26 points per. About Villanova: Wildcats won at Rhode Island, 24-3 . . . Have won three of last four, all against teams with losing records.
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November 8, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
In July, the Villanova football team was picked to win the CAA. Quarterback John Robertson was the last season's national offensive player of the year. This was supposed to be their season. The Wildcats were quickly hit by injuries. Robertson's career was cut short in October due to concussions. The team's offensive line has been battered. Running back Javon White is out with a broken leg. Yet, Villanova is still alive. The Wildcats, winners of two of their last three games, are still in the running for a berth in the FCS playoffs.
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September 24, 2015 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
VILLANOVA quarterback John Robertson, who won the Walter Payton Award last season as the outstanding offensive player in FCS, will be out indefinitely with the injury to his right knee he suffered in the fourth quarter of Saturday's 28-21 win against Delaware. Robertson, a fifth-year senior, suffered a torn posterior cruciate ligament. He opted not to undergo surgery at this time. If the rehab is successful, he could return late in the regular season. He is 43-for-74 for 522 yards and three touchdowns this season.
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September 4, 2015 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
SO WHAT WOULD you do in your spare time, when you're not busy being one of the top defensive players in FCS or the Colonial Athletic Association's Football Student-Athlete of the Year? Well, if you're Villanova senior linebacker Don Cherry, you're trying to conceptualize that next game-changing business idea. "It has to be out there somewhere," said Cherry, who finished second in last season's voting for the Buck Buchanan Award, which goes to the top defensive player in FCS. "I'm looking for it. I don't know where it is yet. "Right now I don't have any, but . . . " When Cherry was still at Trumbull (Conn.)
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August 15, 2015 | By John N. Mitchell, Inquirer Staff Writer
Villanova linebacker Don Cherry may have been a bit overlooked last season because of the play of his teammate, quarterback John Robertson, who won the Walter Payton Award as the best player in the Football Championship Subdivision. That won't be the case this season. "Everybody knows who Don Cherry is and everyone closely related to football knew who he was last year," Villanova coach Andy Talley said Thursday at the close of the team's practice. "Can he have the kind of season he had last season?
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July 30, 2015 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
BALTIMORE - Villanova has been picked to win the Colonial Athletic Association. Which makes sense, since quarterback John Robertson, the CAA's preseason Offensive Player of the Year, is the returning Walter Payton Award winner. And linebacker Don Cherry, the choice on the defensive side, was runner-up for the Buck Buchanan Award. The Wildcats lost three times in 2014, by a combined five points. They were eliminated in the FCS quarterfinals at home to Sam Houston State, a game that Robertson missed after suffering a concussion the previous week.
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November 16, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Villanova coach Andy Talley thought the Wildcats had to win one of their final two regular-season games to secure a Football Championship Subdivision playoff berth. Others thought the Wildcats were already in, but 'Nova went ahead and made its coach feel more secure with a 48-31 win over Albany in a Colonial Athletic Association game Saturday night at chilly Villanova Stadium. Villanova scored touchdowns on its first six possessions to take a 42-10 lead. The Wildcats, ranked No. 6 by the Sports Network, are 9-2 overall and 6-1 in the CAA heading into the regular-season finale Saturday at Delaware.
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