Villanova Wildcats quarterback John Robertson has been named the CAA's Offensive Player of the Week for the final week of the regular season. Robertson was instrumental in Villanova's come-from-behind win against rivals Delaware this past weekend at PPL Park.
Robertson finished the game with 252 yards passing for 3 TDs and 1 INT. He also carried the football 31 times for 165 yards and another touchdown. Robertson was especially impressive in Villanova's furious comeback, going 11-13 through the air for 3 touchdowns in the final eight minutes.
The award is Robertson's fourth offensive player of the week award from the conference. He is also a finalist for the Walter Payton Award.
The full CAA release follows:
Offensive Player of the Week: John Robertson, So., QB, Villanova
Robertson receives his fourth weekly honor of the season on the heels of another stellar day during which he led a late Wildcats rally from 34-12 down to defeat rival Delaware. The Walter Payton Award finalist went 11-for-13 for 146 yards and three scores over the final eight minutes to spark the comeback. Robertson would finish 19-of-28 for 252 yards and three touchdowns through the air to go with 165 yards and a score on 31 rushes for his second-career contest with 400 yards of total offense (417).
Defensive Player of the Week: Tye Smith, Jr., CB, Towson
Smith turned in an all-around effort to lead the Towson defense on Saturday against James Madison. The junior totaled eight tackles and an 18-yard return on an interception that led to the Tigers' go-ahead touchdown in the second quarter. Smith also broke up three passes in the win, including a pair in the end zone to prevent potential touchdowns.
Special Teams Player of the Week: Tre McBride, Jr., KR/PR, William & Mary
McBride concluded his junior campaign with one of the most complete performances in program history. The versatile junior racked up 115 yards on four kickoff returns and another 59 yards on three punt returns, with kick and punt return longs of 34 and 31 yards, respectively. McBride added 108 yards receiving to finish with 282 all-purpose yards, an effort that ranks tenth in the Tribe annals.
Rookie of the Week: Casey DeAndrade, R-Fr., CB, New Hampshire
DeAndrade was a difference-maker on defense as New Hampshire knocked off rival Maine, 24-3, in Saturday's Battle of the Musket. The redshirt freshman finished with seven tackles, including six solo, and returned his second-career interception 10 yards in the win. DeAndrade also had a pass breakup and now boasts a league-best 17 passes defended on the year, a figure which ranks fourth nationally as well.