Football Team Earns 42 Academic All-Conference Selections
Five football players who were named to the CAA Football All-Conference teams for the 2016 season were among the 42 student-athletes from Villanova who were named to the league’s Academic All-Conference squad which was announced on Thursday afternoon. This is the second straight year that the Wildcats have garnered more than 40 all-academic honors, and the program continues to rank among the best in both CAA Football and nationwide for academic achievement.
Villanova Football Represented On and Off the Field at NFL Combine
At this week’s annual NFL Scouting Combine, the Villanova football team will have representation both on and off the field as personnel from all 32 NFL teams evaluate the nation’s top college football players eligible for the upcoming NFL Draft. Senior defensive lineman Tanoh Kpassagnon (Ambler, Pa.) is among the players to receive an official invite to the Combine, while Associate Athletic Trainer Tyler Waite is attending the event as a guest on behalf of the Professional Football Athletic Trainers Society. He is one of just three collegiate football athletic trainers to be invited. Villanova head coach Mark Ferrante is also due to attend the Combine this week.
Football Team Announces Several Additions to Coaching Staff
First-year head coach Mark Ferrante announced several additions to the football staff for the 2017 season on Wednesday afternoon. In filling a number of vacancies on the coaching staff, Ferrante noted the exceptional quality of the candidates that the Villanova program is able to attract. Joining the staff are Brian Jones as running backs coach, Sean Devine as the offensive line coach, Ross Pennypacker as defensive line coach, and Brian Tracz as the strength and conditioning coach.
Villanova Football Inks 13 Players on National Signing Day
It was an exciting day for the Villanova football program, as first-year head coach Mark Ferrante announced on Wednesday afternoon the commitments of 13 scholastic players to National Letters of Intent on the first day of the early signing period.
Villanova Announces 2017 Football Schedule
Five home games at Villanova Stadium and the first meeting in five years with local FBS foe Temple highlight the 2017 football schedule, presented by Independence Blue Cross, which was announced on Friday afternoon. Director of Athletics Mark Jackson and first-year head coach Mark Ferrante announced the 11-game schedule the Wildcats will play in their 124th season on the gridiron. Villanova begins the 2017 campaign with a road game at Lehigh on September 2, and will host its home opener versus Lafayette on September 16.
Austin Calitro Invited To The East-West Shrine Game
Villanova University senior linebacker Austin Calitro has accepted an invitation to play in the East-West Shrine game to be played on Saturday, Jan. 21, at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. The game will be televised live on the NFL Network.
Three Wildcats Earn All-American Honors From Hero Sports
Hero Sports announced its 2016 FCS Football All-American Team and three Wildcats were named to the first team. The trio includes senior linebacker Austin Calitro (Danbury, Conn.), senior defensive lineman Tanoh Kpassagnon (Ambler, Pa.) and junior safety Rob Rolle (Newfield, N.J.).
KPASSAGNON NAMED FIRST TEAM AFCA ALL-AMERICAN
Villanova senior defensive end Tanoh Kpassagnon (Ambler, Pa.) has been named a first team All-American by the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA). He becomes the 27th player in Wildcat football history to garner first team All-American accolades.