Zach Bednarczyk, a 6'2" 185 lb. quarterback from DePaul Catholic High School in Wayne, NJ, signed a National Letter of Intent with the Villanova Wildcats football program today, the school announced. Bednarczyk can be classified as a dual-threat quarterback, as he possesses the ability to both run and throw the ball. Of note, Bednarczyk is a lefty.
Zach Bednarczyk committed to Villanova in mid-July, which made him the fourth commitment in the 2014 class. Bednarczyk gave his pledge to Andy Talley during an unofficial visit, where he was hosted by current Wildcats quarterback John Robertson.
The North Jersey quarterback is an important addition to the program, which is hurting for quality depth under current Wildcats starter John Robertson. Here's the depth chart entering next season:
|Junior||John Robertson||6'1"||215 lbs.|
|Senior||Chris Polony||6'3"||215 lbs.|
|Junior||Cody Pittman||5'9"||180 lbs.|
|Sophomore||Peter Burkly||5'9"||180 lbs.|
Polony will be entering his final season in the program, and while he's a reliable backup in case of injury to Robertson, he is more of a pocket-passer and thus not an ideal fit for the Wildcats offense. And, though Cody Pittman has been known to make a cameo on trick-plays, both he and Burkly are walk-on players that are not the long-term answer to lead the offense.
Ideally, John Robertson stays healthy throughout 2014, giving Bednarczyk the opportunity to study and learn the Wildcats offense while Polony plays one final season in the role of understudy, and Bednarczyk can enter 2015 as the backup to John Robertson with an eye on the full-time gig in 2016.
"They have a great quarterback right now, but I’ll have a chance to start in three years," Bednarczyk said. "[Robertson’s success at Villanova] had a big effect on me because I think we can both run and we can both throw. If he can work the offense, hopefully after redshirting and learning, I can run it just like he can." via NorthJersey.com