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Head Coach Andy Talley Quotes From Opening Preseason Practice

Aug. 5, 2013

Talley on the first practice: The weather is fantastic. We had a great first practice and the players were all excited. We have big expectations for this team and we couldn't wait to get out there. We are rocking and rolling.

Talley on having 16 returning starters: In our league that is big time. You have to have an experienced quarterback and in John Robertson we have one of the best quarterbacks in the country. We have a 1,000 yard runner in Kevin Monangai. There is a great group of defensive players, led by Antoine Lewis and Rakim Cox. We have a lot of leadership on this team.

Talley on the team's mindset as the CAA preseason favorite: The mindset for us is to of course continue the program's winning tradition. We ask our players what they want and what they want is to win a championship, win a national championship. To have a target on your back early in the season is always a rough thing but I would rather play it this way than to be picked eighth in the league. This way we are picked first, everyone knows that we have a good team and here we come.

Talley on playing the season opener at Boston College: We are excited about Boston College. This is a team that Villanova likes to be involved with and we are looking forward to going to Chestnut Hill and playing up there against an ACC team. Boston College is a school that we know well and they are a football team on the rise. Their new head coach, Steve Addazio, was the head coach at Temple so we know him very well. We are excited about having another Division I game and the fact that it will be televised on ESPNEWS is spectacular for our alumni around the country.