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Head Coach Andy Talley Announces 2014 Recruiting Class

Feb. 5, 2014

Villanova University head football coach Andy Talley today announced his 2014 recruiting class with the signing of 14 players to National Letters of Intent. All 14 players are expected to enroll for the fall semester and be a part of the 2014 Wildcat football team.

The 14 signees include seven defensive players, six offensive performers and one kicker. This year's recruiting class features players from four states with six hailing from New Jersey and five from Pennsylvania. There are also two recruits from New York and one from Florida.

"We are excited to add these 14 young men to the Villanova Football family. We are very confident that this talented group satisfies all of our positional needs," said Talley. "The class is evenly split between offensive and defensive players. One thing that stands out with this class is the overall skill it possesses, especially in the defensive secondary. We were also able to address our special team needs by signing a kicker."

Villanova returns 15 starters and 33 letterwinners from last year's team that went 6-5 overall and 5-3 in CAA play. The Wildcats open the 2014 season on Saturday, August 30, at the Carrier Dome against the Syracuse Orange.

Below are capsules of the 14 players that the Wildcats signed.

Zack Bednarczyk / Quarterback / Wallington, NJ / DePaul Catholic High School / 6-1, 190

  • Senior year- 1st team all-conference, 1st team all-county, state champions
  • Senior year- passing: 1667 yards, 18 td's, rushing: 514 yards, 5 td's
  • Junior year- 1st team all-conference, 1st team all-county
  • Junior year- passing: 1330 yards, 11 td's, rushing: 816 yards, 9 td's
  • Sophomore year- passing: 953 yards, 12 td's, rushing: 325 yards, 3 td's
  • TOTAL PASSING YARDS / TD'S: 3950 / 41
  • TOTAL RUSHING YARDS / TD'S: 1655 / 17

Chris Buchalski / Offensive Lineman / Sound Beach, NY / Miller Place High School / 6-3, 280

  • 2 year captain
  • 4 year starter
  • 1st Team All-Division OL
  • 1st Team Suffolk County All-Star OL
  • NY State Scholar Athlete Team

 

 

Eric Drains / Defensive Lineman / Philadelphia, PA / Father Judge High School / 6-4, 275

  • 1st Team All-Catholic League

Matt Gudzak / Running Back / Toms River, NJ / Toms River East High School / 5-9, 190

  • All-Shore Selection 2012 & 2013
  • All Class A South selection in 2013
  • Star-Ledger 1st Team All-Ocean County
  • Rushed for over 1,000 yds in 2012 & 2013
  • Gudzak finished his career with 2,874 yards rushing and 31 touchdowns
  • Team Captain

Brandon Hitner / Offensive Lineman / Glen Mills, PA / Garnet Valley High School / 6-6, 255

  • All Central League Team (Senior Year)
  • All Delco Honorable Mention (Senior Year)

Alex Padovani / Wide Receiver / Hammonton, NJ / Hammonton High School / 6-0, 190

  • 1st Team All-South Jersey (SR)
  • Brooks Irvine All South Jersey Team (SR)
  • 1st Team All Cape Atlantic League (SR)
  • 26 receptions for 502 yards and 8 TD as a senior
  • Team Captain

Taurus Phillips / Wide Receiver / Beacon, NY / Beacon High School / 5-9, 175

  • Team Captain
  • All League RB
  • All County RB
  • Section 1 All Star RB
  • 79 Carries for 1,074
  • 18 Receptions 279 yards
  • 15 TDs 2 Kick Return TDs

Malik Reaves / Defensive Back / Jacksonville, FL / Duncan Fletcher High School / 6-0, 180

  • Team Captain
  • 4 year letterman
  • 6x defensive player of the week
  • 1st Team All-Gateway Confernce
  • Florida Times Union All-First Coach Honorable Mention
  • 31.5 tackles, 2 forces fumbles, 2 interceptions

Rob Rolle IV / Defensive Back / Newfield, NJ / Delsea Regional High School / 6-0, 175

  • 1st Team All South Jersey (SR)
  • Brooks Irvine All South Jersey Team (SR)
  • 1st Team All-Conference (JR & SR)
  • 5 time South Jersey Player of the Week
  • 2 time State Champ (Public Group 3)
  • All County Track
  • Team Captain

Ed Shockley / Linebacker / Millville, NJ / Millville Senior High School / 5-11, 215

  • 1st Team All-South Jersey (SR)
  • 1st Team all-league (JR & SR)
  • 2013 Daily Journal Player of the Year
  • 2013 National Football Foundation & College Football Hall of Fame (South Jersey Chapter) Scholar Athlete Award Winner
  • 1st Team all-league wrestler (JR & SR)
  • 2nd in Millville history in career wins (wrestling)
  • Team Captain

Jeff Steeb / Linebacker / Sweetwater, NJ / Holy Spirit High School / 6-0, 225

  • 1st Team All-South Jersey (JR & SR)
  • Brooks Irvine All South Jersey Team (SR)
  • 2nd Team All-State (JR & SR)
  • 1st Team all Cape Atlantic League (JR & SR)
  • Mini-Maxwell Award Winner (SR)
  • 3 time State Champion (non-public)
  • Team Captain

Rasaan Stewart / Defensive Back / Collegeville, PA / Perkiomen Valley High School / 6-1, 180

Senior Season:

  • PCTV Outstanding Back of the Year award
  • Times Herald Player of the Year
  • Team Captain
  • PAC 10 Most Valuable Player
  • 1st Team all-state
  • 1st team all-area offense and defense
  • Big 33
  • Mini Maxwell award
  • Chesapeake Bowl game

Junior Season:
  • Mercury Offensive Player of the Year
  • Times Herald Player of the Year
  • Team Captain
  • Pac 10 2 way Player of the Year
  • 1st team all-area offense and defense

Steve Weyler / Kicker / Media, PA / Cardinal O'Hara High School / 5-10, 170

  • 4-Time (9th, 10th, 11th, 12th) 1st Team All-Catholic League

SENIOR SEASON:
  • Team Captain
  • 1st Team All-Delaware County Specialist 2013
  • 1st Team All-Catholic AAA Kicker 2013
  • 1st Team All-Catholic AAA Punter 2013
  • 1st Team Philadelphia Daily News All-City Punter 2013
  • 1st Team Philadelphia Daily News All-Philadelphia All-Catholic Punter 2013
  • 1st Team Philadelphia Daily News All-League Punter 2013
  • 2nd Team 2013 Philadelphia Inquirer All-Southeastern PA Team
  • Selected as Kicker for the 2013 Chesapeake Bowl North Team (PA, NJ, DE)

JUNIOR SEASON:
  • 1st Team All-Catholic AAA Punter 2012
  • 2nd Team All-Catholic AAA Kicker 2012
  • 2nd Team Philadelphia Daily News All-League Punter 2012
  • 2nd Team Philadelphia Daily News All-Philadelphia All-Catholic Punter 2012
  • 3rd Team Philadelphia Daily News All-City Punter 2012

Ricky Young / Defensive Lineman / Telford, PA / Souderton High School / 6-2, 290

Senior:

  • 2013 Team Captain
  • Injured in Pre-season and missed entire season

Junior:
  • 2012 Team Captain
  • 2012 Team MVP - Defense
  • 2012 Suburban One -Continental 1st Team Defense
  • 2012 Suburban One -Continental 1st Team Offense
  • 2012 All Southeastern Pennsylvania 2nd Team Offense
  • 2012 PFN AAAA All State Honorable Mention Defense
  • 2012 All-Intel 2nd Team Offense
  • 2012 All-Intel 1st Team Defense

Sophomore:
  • 2011 Team MVP - Defense
  • 2011 Suburban One -Continental 1st Team Defense
  • 2011 Suburban One -Continental 1st Team Offense
  • 2011 All Southeastern Pennsylvania 2nd Team Offense
  • 2011 PFN AAAA All State 2nd Team Offense
  • 2011 All-Intel 1st Team Defense

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