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Football links: Ijalana, Young & Expansion

There were a few stories in the last 24 hours worth noting and discussing, but perhaps not worthy of a post to re-hash them in the entirety. Every so often, we here at VUhoops want to take note of them for you.

Ben Ijalana and the Indianapolis Colts are preparing for their first preseason game and their first real test. Right now the Villanova product is listed as the number-2 right tackle for the Colts, but the franchise hopes that he can grow into a starting role sooner rather than later. It has only helped him to be staring down a Pro-Bowl defensive end in Robert Mathis when he lines up in practice.

Meanwhile, in the nation's capitol, another Villanova football product solidified his role as a starter. After playing linebacker and safety at Villanova, Darrel Young joined the Washington Redskins as an undrafted free agent. He struggled to make the team at linebacker, but when a need for a fullback arose last season, Young readily moved to the offensive side of the ball. After impressing last season he was named the starter for 2011.

The other major story is the increasing smoke around a possible earth-shattering move of Texas A&M to the SEC. The move comes as a result of displeasure with the way the University of Texas' Longhorn Network has been set up and the plans (though currently shelved) to air high school football games on that network. reported the move as a "done deal" today, and other outlets have confirmed that there have been discussions on the matter, but so far no official announcement has been made. South Florida blog, VoodooFive is not convinced that it will happen, however.

Back to Villanova: A young sportswriter out of Villanova and intern at the Main Line Media News, wrote a preview of the 2011 Villanova football season for that publication. He did a very good job on the piece and there is a video included of Head Coach Andy Talley discussing the football program and expectations for the season.

Finally, posted some quotes from Villanova football players about themselves and the coming season. There isn't much depth to read into the quotes to be honest, but if you don't mind the standard fare you get when asking football players a question, it is worth a look. Included are quotes from Norman White (WR, Senior), James Pitts (CB, Senior) and Dustin Thomas (QB, Sophomore/RS Freshman).