July 8, 2014
Villanova junior quarterback John Robertson (Paramus, N.J.) is one of 20 players named the 2014 Walter Payton Award Watch List. As a sophomore last season, Robertson finished ninth in the voting for the Payton Award which is given to the top player in FCS Football.
Robertson enters his third year as the Villanova starting signal caller in 2014. During his sophomore campaign in 2013, Robertson completed 169-of-247 for 1,957 yards to go with 13 touchdowns and seven interceptions. He also ran for a team-best 1,405 yards on 217 carries (6.5 avg.) and 20 touchdowns a season ago.
He enters the 2014 season ranked fourth on Villanova's all-time rushing list with 2,426 yards and seventh on the school's all-time passing list with 3,922 yards through the air. Robertson is also tied for second on the program's career touchdown list with 34 scores.
The Walter Payton Award Watch List can undergo revision during the 2014 season. Ballots will be sent to a national panel of over 150 sports information and media relations directors, broadcasters, writers and other dignitaries following the regular season. The top three vote-getters will be invited to the presentation of the award.
Villanova has had two Walter Payton Award winners in its history. Wide receiver Brian Finneran won the award in 1997, while running back Brian Westbrook earned the honor in 2001. Finneran is still the only wideout to ever garner the award.
Robertson and the Wildcats open the 2014 campaign against Syracuse at the Carrier Dome on Friday, August 29.