John Robertson has begun to show signs of the player he was last season in his first two home games of 2013, and the CAA football conference has noticed the change. After throwing the ball for 266 yards and adding another 132 on the ground on Saturday, Robertson's performance stood above the rest of the league.
The redshirt sophomore completed 19-of-28 passes and achieved his rushing yardage on just 15 carries. He accumulated 398 yards of total offense and scored three touchdowns (two passing). It was the second week in a row that the Wildcats' quarterback has rushed for more than 100 yards.
He leads the team in rushing with 373 on 58 carries this season, and a 6.4 yard-per-carry average. He has scored four touchdowns on the ground and five in the passing game as well.
In the last two weeks, Robertson has played a clean game, avoiding turnovers against Stony Brook and Penn. He will look to continue his upward trend at home on Saturday when the Wildcats host CAA foe William & Mary at 1:00 pm.
The full CAA football week five honor roll follows:
Offensive Player of the Week: John Robertson, Soph., QB, Villanova
Robertson led Villanova to its second-straight win and the 200th of head coach Andy Talley's tenure with Saturday's 35-6 victory over defending Ivy League champion Penn. The sophomore dual threat's skills were on full display against the Quakers, as he finished 19-of-28 for 266 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions to complement a ground game in which he racked up a 36-yard score and 132 total yards on 15 rushes.
Defensive Player of the Week: Stephon Robertson, Sr., LB, James Madison
CAA Football's Preseason Defensive Player of the Year picks up his second-consecutive weekly honor on the heels of a standout defensive effort against Delaware on Saturday. The senior turned in a career-high 16 tackles, including a career-best 4.5 for loss, in Newark and now leads the league with 61 stops on the year. Robertson would also come away with his third career interception in the loss.
Special Teams Player of the Week: Brad Prasky, Jr., P, New Hampshire
Prasky retained his place atop the nation's punting chart after sending five punts sailing 255 yards to highlight New Hampshire's special teams play against nationally-ranked Lehigh. The junior, who showcased a long punt of 62 yards in Saturday's setback, continues to lead all FCS punters with a 49.1-yard average through three games.
Rookie of the Week: Christophe Mulumba, R-Fr., LB, Maine
Mulumba receives his second rookie nod of the season after securing six tackles and his second career interception as Maine held the Spiders to just 65 rushing yards on Saturday. The redshirt freshman skied over the middle in the second quarter to secure the pick, which led to one of sophomore Nigel Jones' three scores on the day. Mulumba also added a pass breakup to help the Black Bears improve to 4-1 with their 28-21 win.