September 18, 2016 |
Sean "Champ" Chandler, Temple Owls safety, defensive star, lingered on the middle of the practice field Tuesday after former 76ers president and Philadelphian for the ages Pat Croce finished talking to the Owls about embracing life and maximizing each day. Chandler had a more specific reason to touch base. He has a strong interest in physical therapy as a career after football. He knew that was Croce's background. Chandler already knew about Croce? Chandler was 5 years old when Croce was on top of the world - or at least the Walt Whitman Bridge - with the Sixers in 2001.
September 11, 2016 |
After losing its opener 28-13 to Army, the thought of Temple taking a Football Championship Subdivision team lightly this week is preposterous to head coach Matt Rhule. That team is Stony Brook, which visits Lincoln Financial Field Saturday at 1 p.m. and is coming off a 13-9 win over last week's No. 19 FCS team North Dakota. The Seawolves, who compete in the same Colonial Athletic Association as Villanova, traditionally have benefitted from Football Bowl Subdivision transfers. This year's roster includes eight former FBS athletes.
May 12, 2016 |
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.
April 25, 2016 |
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.
December 10, 2015 |
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.
November 13, 2015 |
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.
November 8, 2015 |
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.
September 24, 2015 |
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.
September 4, 2015 |
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.)
August 15, 2015 |
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?