July 23, 2014
BALTIMORE, Md. - The Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) held its annual football media day on Wednesday, July 23, at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland. Villanova junior quarterback John Robertson (Paramus, N.J.) was selected as the CAA Preseason Offensive Player of the Year and the Wildcats were picked to finish second in the preseason predicted order of finish. In addition, senior center Ross Hall (Leola, Pa.) and senior offensive tackle Vince Kowalski (Williamstown, N.J.) were named to the preseason All-Conference team.
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.
Earlier this summer, Robertson was of 20 players named to 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. He was also named a 2014 third team preseason All-American by the Sports Network.
Hall enters his third year as a starter in 2014. As a junior last season, Hall started all 10 games he played in and earned third team All-CAA accolades.
Kowalski has started all 34 games of his Villanova career. During his sophomore campaign in 2012, he garnered third team All-CAA acclaim. Hall and Kowalski were both instrumental in helping Villanova average 250.9 rushing yards per game last year which led the CAA and ranked ninth nationally.
Villanova earned two first place votes and were picked to finish second in the preseason poll. New Hampshire tallied 15 first place votes to be chosen as the preseason league favorite. The Wildcats return 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 campaign against Syracuse at the Carrier Dome on Friday, August 29.
2014 CAA PREDICTED ORDER OF FINISH
1. New Hampshire (15)
2. VILLANOVA (2)
3. Richmond (3)
4. William & Mary (3)
8. James Madison (1)
9. Stony Brook
11. Rhode Island