CAA Football Media Day Quote Sheet
July 27, 2011
BALTIMORE, Md.--Villanova head coach Andy Talley offered some comments on the upcoming season for the Wildcats during CAA Football Media Day on Wednesday morning at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.
Media Day Quote Sheet
Villanova Head Coach Andy Talley
On replacing last year's senior class: We lost as good a class as we have ever had. There were similar questions about our team back when Brian Westbrook graduated and we made the semifinals the year after. Brian was only one player, though, and with last year's class there were so many outstanding players. The big thing with the players that graduated is that they all did the majority of the playing for the past three, four years. We have a lot of talented players on our team but they don't have a lot of experience.
On the team's expectations for the season in the competitive CAA landscape: The challenge of the CAA is that you are playing what could potentially be a playoff game every week of the season. When you are rebuilding you have to settle in and know that at some point in the season you are going to be a pretty good football team but early on you will have a tough test each week. If we had an experienced quarterback that can fix some of the problems a team will have early but with a new quarterback as well we are a work in progress starting our preseason.
On playing Delaware this season at PPL Park: PPL Park is a beautiful venue. The stadium is fantastic and in a terrific location on the water in a lively and up-and-coming area in Chester. Playing our home game against Delaware at PPL Park is a great opportunity to give both teams a great game experience. Our kids are really looking forward to it.
On Villanova's ability to recruit nationwide, especially on the West Coast: We have had a recruiting presence in California for about the last 15 years, ever since Brian Finneran came to play at Villanova. Once you get a couple of kids you can use them as the prototype player to attract more players from a certain area. There is no shortage of very good players from the West Coast that are looking for an opportunity to both play college football and also attend an elite academic school on the East Coast.