Dec. 19, 2012
VILLANOVA, Pa. - The list of awards and accolades that redshirt freshman quarterback John Robertson (Paramus, N.J.) has received this season grew by one today when he was named the ECAC Offensive Rookie of the Year. Robertson and senior cornerback Eric Loper (Sicklerville, N.J.) were each named ECAC All-Stars this week.
In 12 games during the 2012 season Robertson completed 152-of-253 passes (60.1%) for 1,965 yards while throwing 14 touchdowns and just seven interceptions. He also became the first quarterback in school history to rush for 1,000 yards in a season. Robertson finished the year with 1,021 rushing yards on 189 carries (5.4 average) and a team-high 14 rushing touchdowns. He also led the team in scoring with 84 points and in total offense with 2,986 yards.
Earlier this week at the Sports Network FCS Awards Banquet, Robertson was named the Jerry Rice Award winner. The award is given to the top freshman in FCS football and comes on the heels of Robertson earning CAA Offensive Rookie of the Year acclaim last month. During the 2012 season Robertson was chosen as the CAA Rookie of the Week on five occasions.
Loper was a key player on a strong Villanova defensive unit. He registered 55 tackles, including 38 solo stops, for the season and also led the team with four interceptions and 13 pass breakups. He returned two interceptions for touchdowns and also had a fumble recovery during the year. Loper is the first Wildcats player since 1989 to return two interceptions for scores in a single season.
In a win over Delaware on the last day of the regular season which clinched an automatic playoff berth for Villanova, Loper had seven tackles, returned an interception for 42 yards and a touchdown and had one pass break-up in the 41-10 victory.
Loper finished a terrific collegiate career with 52 games played in a Wildcats uniform. He made 238 tackles (159 solo) and registered totals of 4.5 tackles for loss, eight interceptions for 105 yards, 38 passes defended and three fumble recoveries.
Villanova finished the 2012 season with an 8-4 overall record after going 6-2 in regular season CAA action. The Wildcats earned a playoff berth for the fourth time in the last five years and took on Stony Brook in the first round of the Division I Football Championship.