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Football Team Announces Several Additions to Coaching Staff

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 13:36:00 EST

First-year head coach Mark Ferrante announced several additions to the football staff for the 2017 season on Wednesday afternoon. In filling a number of vacancies on the coaching staff, Ferrante noted the exceptional quality of the candidates that the Villanova program is able to attract. Joining the staff are Brian Jones as running backs coach, Sean Devine as the offensive line coach, Ross Pennypacker as defensive line coach, and Brian Tracz as the strength and conditioning coach.

Villanova Football Inks 13 Players on National Signing Day

Wed, 01 Feb 2017 14:15:00 EST

It was an exciting day for the Villanova football program, as first-year head coach Mark Ferrante announced on Wednesday afternoon the commitments of 13 scholastic players to National Letters of Intent on the first day of the early signing period.

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Villanova Announces 2017 Football Schedule

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 13:54:00 EST

Five home games at Villanova Stadium and the first meeting in five years with local FBS foe Temple highlight the 2017 football schedule, which was announced on Friday afternoon. Director of Athletics Mark Jackson and first-year head coach Mark Ferrante announced the 11-game schedule the Wildcats will play in their 124th season on the gridiron. Villanova begins the 2017 campaign presented by Independence Blue Cross, with a road game at Lehigh on September 2, and will host its home opener versus Lafayette on September 16.

Austin Calitro Invited To The East-West Shrine Game

Tue, 03 Jan 2017 15:03:00 EST

Villanova University senior linebacker Austin Calitro has accepted an invitation to play in the East-West Shrine game to be played on Saturday, Jan. 21, at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. The game will be televised live on the NFL Network.

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Three Wildcats Earn All-American Honors From Hero Sports

Mon, 02 Jan 2017 12:02:00 EST

Hero Sports announced its 2016 FCS Football All-American Team and three Wildcats were named to the first team. The trio includes senior linebacker Austin Calitro (Danbury, Conn.), senior defensive lineman Tanoh Kpassagnon (Ambler, Pa.) and junior safety Rob Rolle (Newfield, N.J.).


Mon, 19 Dec 2016 11:37:00 EST

Villanova senior defensive end Tanoh Kpassagnon (Ambler, Pa.) has been named a first team All-American by the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA). He becomes the 27th player in Wildcat football history to garner first team All-American accolades.

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Tanoh Kpassagnon Earns Associated Press All-America Honors

Mon, 19 Dec 2016 10:17:00 EST

Villanova senior defensive end Tanoh Kpassagnon (Ambler, Pa.) has been named a first team Associated Press All-American. He becomes the 27th player in Wildcat football history to garner first team All-American accolades.

Office of Academic Support Recognizes Student-Athletes of the Month

Wed, 14 Dec 2016 15:03:00 EST

During a successful fall sports season both in competition and academically, the Office of Academic Support for Athletics recognized three student-athletes for their accomplishments during the season. Junior safety Rob Rolle (Newfield, N.J.) from the football team was named the Student-Athlete of the Month for September, while senior Patrick Tiernan (Toowoomba, Australia) and sophomore Bella Burda (Pleasant Valley, N.Y.) from the cross country teams were also recognized. Tiernan was the Student-Athlete of the Month for October, and also shared the November award with Burda.

Trio of Wildcats Named to Academic All-Area Football Team

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 20:10:00 EST

Junior tight end Ryan Bell (Basking Ridge, N.J.), senior defensive end Tanoh Kpassagnon (Ambler, Pa.) and junior safety Rob Rolle (Newfield, N.J.) were each announced on Thursday afternoon as selections to the Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area Football Team. The academic honor is voted on by the sports information offices at the Philadelphia area colleges and universities. This is the 10th straight year and the 11th time in the 12-year history of the Academic All-Area program that Villanova has had multiple selections to the all-area football squad.

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Wildcats Fall to South Dakota State, 10-7, in Second Round of Playoffs

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 18:25:00 EST

A late field goal in the closing minutes of play proved to be the decisive margin in a tight defensive battle and No. 9 Villanova (9-4) saw its terrific season come to an end in a 10-7 loss to No. 7 South Dakota State (9-3) at Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium on Saturday afternoon. The difference in the game was a 40-yard field goal kicked by Jackrabbits redshirt freshman Chase Vinatieri with 1:21 to play. On their final possession following the field goal, the Wildcats turned the ball over on downs at their own 32-yard line with 41 seconds remaining.

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Wildcats Head to South Dakota State For Second Round Playoff Game

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 16:00:00 EST

It will be a top-10 showdown on Saturday afternoon when No. 9 Villanova (9-3) travels to No. 7 South Dakota State (8-3) for a second round game in the FCS playoffs. The teams will meet for the first time ever on the gridiron, with kickoff scheduled for 3 p.m. Eastern time on Saturday at Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium in Brookings, S.D. The game can be seen live on ESPN3 and can be heard locally on 610 Sports WTEL-AM, with streaming audio from that broadcast available online with a Nova Nation All-Access subscription.

Andy Talley and Austin Calitro Preview Second Round of NCAA FCS Playoffs

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 15:11:00 EST

During the CAA Football Teleconference on Monday, Villanova head coach Andy Talley and senior linebacker Austin Calitro gave their thoughts on the Wildcats’ win against Saint Francis (PA), and how the team is preparing for a road trip to South Dakota State in the Second Round of the NCAA FCS Playoffs.

Villanova/Saint Francis Post-Game Notes

Sat, 26 Nov 2016 20:06:00 EST

Villanova/Saint Francis (PA) Post-Game Quotes

Sat, 26 Nov 2016 19:34:00 EST

Quotes from today's game between Villanova and Saint Francis (PA).

Fast Start Paces Wildcats Over Saint Francis 31-21 in FCS Playoffs

Sat, 26 Nov 2016 19:02:00 EST

Three touchdowns in a span of just over eight minutes in the first half helped No. 9 Villanova (9-3) build an insurmountable lead and advance to the second round of the Division I Football Championship with a 31-21 win over Saint Francis (7-5) at Villanova Stadium on Saturday afternoon. The scoring burst that spanned the first and second quarters sent the Wildcats into the locker rooms with a 24-point lead at halftime. Villanova is now set for a second round playoff game at #8 seed South Dakota State (8-3) next Saturday, December 3 at 3 p.m. Eastern time.