Jan. 9, 2013
VILLANOVA, Pa. - Redshirt freshman quarterback John Robertson has been named the 2012 CFPA FCS National Freshman of the Year by College Football Performance Awards, as announced on Wednesday evening. The CFPA is in its fourth year of recognizing the top performers in college football nationwide.
After beginning the season as the backup, Robertson took over as Villanova's starting signal caller in week two and led the Wildcats to the CAA regular season championship and a berth in the FCS playoffs.
In 12 games during the 2012 season Robertson completed 152-of-253 passes (60.1%) for 1,965 yards to go with 14 touchdowns and seven interceptions. He also became the first quarterback in school history to rush for 1,000 yards in a season, when he ran for 1,021 yards on 189 carries (5.4 avg.) and a team-high 14 rushing scores. Robertson also led the Wildcats in scoring with 84 points and total offense with 2,986 yards.
Last month Robertson was presented with the prestigious Jerry Rice Award by the Sports Network. The award is presented to the top freshman in FCS football and is one of the nation's top honors. Robertson was also named the CAA Offensive Rookie of the Year in addition to being a third team All-CAA selection. During the season he was named the CAA Rookie of the Week on five occasions.