John Robertson was productive again in the Wildcats' second game of the season, leading the team to it's first win and giving the 'Cats their first win at Villanova Stadium since 2010. On Monday, the CAA Football conference announced that the redshirt freshman signal-caller was their CAA Offensive Rookie of the Week. His ability to make plays with his feet helped supercharge a strong rushing attack that gained close to 300 yards on the ground on Saturday night.
Robertson was the only Wildcat player named to the CAA honor roll this week.
His stat line in the game is somewhat deceiving, since he gained 93 yards rushing, but had his net-yardage reduced to just 43 after being sacked three times in the game. He also threw for 78 yards and a touchdown to Norman White (on the 'Cats' first possession of the game). Robertson didn't turn the ball over, though he fumbled once, with the ball being recovered and advanced for a touchdown by his teammate Clay Horne.
"Nova has a QB who reminds me of Chris Whitney when running the ball and can throw it to Norman White, impressive," URI coach Joe Trainer said of Robertson on this morning's CAA teleconference.
The official CAA Week Two Players of the Week follow...
Offensive Player of the Week: Dae'Quan Scott, RB, James Madison
Scott played just 27 minutes in a 42-3 win over Alcorn State, but it was enough time to haul in five catches for 39 yards and a touchdown. The junior also accounted for 108 rushing yards and two touchdowns on just eight carries for the Dukes.
Defensive Player of the Week: Paul Worrilow, LB, Delaware
Worrilow was instrumental in helping Delaware retain the First State Cup in a 38-14 win over in-state rival Delaware State. The senior accounted for a career-high 18 tackles in the contest, helping him surpass the 300-tackle plateau in his career...the 16th Blue Hen ever to reach the mark.
Rookie of the Week: John Robertson, QB, Villanova
Robertson led the Wildcats to a come-from-behind win over Fordham in Villanova's home opener, 28-13. The freshman completed eight of 17 passes for 78 yards and touchdown, and also rushed for a net of 46 yards and a TD. Robertson gained nearly 100 yards (93) on the ground, but Fordham registered three sacks which dropped his net total to 46.
Special Teams Player of the Week: Rauley Zaragoza, P, Delaware
Zaragoza logged four punts in the Blue Hens' 38-14 win over Delaware State in the Route 1 Rivalry. His long punt of 54 helped him average a single-game career-best 48.0 yards on the day. The senior also converted a 4th-and-6 in the second quarter with a nine-yard rush.
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