Eric Hartline-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire
Both freshman quarterback John Robertson and senior cornerback Eric Loper were honored by the CAA for their contributions to the Wildcats' victory over the ODU Monarchs.
John Robertson probably had the best week of any offensive player in the CAA football conference, generating 340 yards of offense with four touchdowns (one passing, two rushing) and no turnovers. Georgia State's Donald Russell was perhaps close with 235 yards of offense and three touchdowns, and for that effort he received the league's Offensive Player of the Week honors.
"John Robertson had a day," head coach Andy Talley said. "The guy was just fantastic running the ball and throwing the ball."
Robertson passed for 151 yards and a touchdown and ran for 189 more with three scores to earn the CAA's Rookie of the Week award. He was joined on the honor roll by senior cornerback Eric Loper, who was responsible for two of Old Dominion's turnovers on Saturday, grabbing an interception and picking up a fumble to help the Wildcats get control. He also had four tackles in the contest.
The full CAA honor roll follows:
Offensive Player of the Week: Donald Russell, Sr., RB, Georgia State
Russell rushed his way to the top of the Panther record books with his showing in Georgia State's win at Rhode Island. The senior was nearly unstoppable on the ground, turning in a school-record 201 yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries, while also hauling in his lone reception of the game for a 34-yard score. Russell, who is just the second league player to rush for more than 200 yards this season, becomes the first Panther in program history to tally three touchdowns in a game.
Defensive Player of the Week: Eric Loper, Sr., DB, Villanova
Loper was locked in during the Wildcats' road win over third-ranked Old Dominion, leading a defense that limited a high-octane Monarch offense that entered the weekend averaging 56.2 points and 654 yards per game to just 14 points and 350 total yards on Saturday. In addition to his four tackles, Loper played a part in both of ODU's turnovers, snagging an interception and recovering a fumble that would lead to a third-quarter score.
Special Teams Player of the Week: Mike MacArthur, Jr., K/P, New Hampshire
MacArthur's kicking game was an undisputable difference-maker in New Hampshire's win over upset-minded Richmond. After booting a 51-yard punt that pinned the Spiders at their own 1-yard line as they looked to continue their second-half rally, the junior nailed a 27-yard field goal attempt with 1:08 remaining to seal the eventual victory. MacArthur was also perfect on each of his five PATs to help lead the Wildcats to their fourth win in five weeks.
Rookie of the Week: John Robertson, R-Fr., QB, Villanova
Robertson looked like a proven veteran as Villanova poured on 38 unanswered points to upset Old Dominion on Saturday. The now four-time CAA Rookie of the Week finished an efficient 10-of-18 passing for 151 yards, including a 44-yard score, and no interceptions. As has consistently been the case this season, Robertson could not be contained on the ground, racking up a career-high 189 yards and three touchdowns on 24 carries. The newcomer's rushing performance represents his second-straight 100-yard outing and the ninth best in school history.
"John of course is that dual-threat that you're looking for — someone who can run and throw. Saturday he rushed for 24 times and had 199 yards rushing and went 10 for 18 throwing. He had a fantastic game and kept us going throughout the game. He's much further advanced than Chris Whitney was because he actually has much more speed, not as big as Chris, but he has Matt Szczur's kind of speed. He can really run and he has a great feel for our passing game. I think he's probably ahead of where Chris was in his development."
The TSN honors read as follows:
FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK
John Robertson, Villanova, R-Freshman, 6-1, 210, QB, Paramus, N.J.
In a surprising, yet convincing, 38-14 victory at Old Dominion, Villanova turned to Robertson yet again to set the tone offensively. The redshirt freshman set a school record for a quarterback, rushing for 189 yards and three touchdowns. He also threw for 151 yards and one touchdown. Robertson finished with 340 yards of total offense, while 'Nova totaled 527 yards, 376 of which came on the ground. The first-year signal-caller, who has gained 765 yards of total offense in the last two games, has captured four CAA Rookie of the Week selections.
Loper was also the recipient of a national honor for his performance. The College Sporting News named him an "all-star" for his work against ODU:
Eric Loper, Villanova, Cornerback, 5-11, 190, Senior, Sicklerville, NJ
Loper was locked in during the Wildcats' 38-14 road win over ranked Old Dominion, leading a defense that limited a high-octane Monarch offense that entered the weekend averaging 56.2 points and 654 yards per game to just 14 points and 350 total yards. In addition to his four tackles, Loper played a part in both of ODU's turnovers, snagging an interception and recovering a fumble that would lead to a third-quarter score.ould lead to a third-quarter score.