Trio of Villanova players have excelled in competition as well as academically
Villanova: Will battle for the place kicking duties ... Possesses a strong leg ... Loyal performer with a good work ethic.
2010: Played in all 14 games and made 2-of-7 field goal attempts, 32-of-34 PATs and had 70 kickoffs for 4,209 yards (60.1 avg.) ... Made 1-of-3 field goals, including connecting on a 41-yarder to go with a perfect 3-of-3 in PATs at Temple ... Went 5-of-5 in PATs at Lehigh ... Connected on 5-of-6 PATs versus Towson ... Was 2-of-2 in PATs against Penn ... Made a 26-yard field goal and was 3-of-3 in PATs versus William & Mary ... Went 6-of-7 in PATs at Maine ... Missed two field goal attempts (43 yards, 23 yards) and was 2-of-2 in PATs versus James Madison ... Connected on all four PATs against Richmond ... Made two PATs and missed a 24-yard field goal at Rhode Island.
2009: Named to the CAA All-Academic team ... Led the team in scoring with 95 points ... Connected on 12-of-16 field goal attempts and a school-record 59-of-60 extra points ... Kicked a 32-yard field goal as time expired in his first career game to defeat Temple ... Went 1-of-1 in field goals versus Lehigh ... Missed a 40-yard field goal at Penn ... Made a career-high eight extra points in a career-high eight attempts versus Northeastern ... Went 1-of-2 including connecting on a 37-yard field goal at New Hampshire ... Made a 42 and a 32 yard field goal at James Madison ... Missed a 29-yard field goal at Richmond ... Connected on a career-high three field goals including a career-long 45 yard effort versus Delaware ... Tallied a 25-yard field goal versus Holy Cross in the first round of the NCAA playoffs ... Made 1-of-2 field goal attempts against New Hampshire in NCAA quarterfinals ... Connected on a 23-yard field goal against Montana in the National Championship game.
St. Ignatius High School: Hold school record for longest field goal (50 yards) ... Team captain ... 2007 Northeast Ohio second team ... 2007 All-Ohio second team ... 2006 Honorable Mention All-State ... 2006 Northeast Ohio first team ... 2006 and 2007 Special Teams MVP ... Selected to participate in 2008 East/West All Star game ... National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete Award ... National Honor Society member.
Personal: Finance major ... Born 2/8/90 in North Royalton, Ohio ... Oldest of three children of Frank and Sue Yako ... Father wrestled at the University of Dayton.