clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

The Sun's Arizin: Villanova Football defense outperforming the offense

For all the hoopla surrounding John Robertson, the other unit seems to be shining brightest in preseason.

TGIF, 'Nova Nation! The football team held their annual Media Day yesterday, providing some more insight in to the preseason preparation of the team. Most surprising, to me at least, was the praise given to the defense. The unit returns 8 starters and a ton of lettermen, but struggled at times last year.

John Robertson himself said his offense was struggling all day to handle the defense. While that may not be totally surprising given how many skill players the offense lost, it's still Superman Robertson saying it.

So, the defense may need to carry the team early this season through a tough opening stretch of games while 'Nova beds in the new offensive players. That's, interesting.

And now, the "news."

Villanova Football Media Day 2015 |
The defense was the story of this year's Media Day, as Andy Talley and several players pumped up the unit, which has stymied the offense thus far in practice.

Can Villanova linebacker Cherry top last season? |
Villanova linebacker Don Cherry may have been a bit overlooked last season because of the play of his teammate, quarterback John Robertson, who won the Walter Payton Award as the best player in the Football Championship Subdivision.

Villanova placekicker has a lot riding on his shoulders |
After struggling in his freshman season, Wildcats' Steve Weyler knows he needs to show improvement.

Now healthy, Villanova QB John Robertson has no regrets | Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia
With last season's difficult decision to sit out Villanova's FCS quarterfinal playoff game in the past, John Robertson is healthy again and ready to win.

Who had the toughest nonconference schedules since 2005? Part 2 | Big East Coast Bias
Christopher Novak delves into Part 2 this Big East Coast Bias study, in which the 'Catholic Seven' is under the microscope.

ESPN's 2016 Big Board | ESPN ($)
Chad Ford takes an early look at the best 2016 has to offer. Jalen Brunson's lack of elite size is the only thing holding him back from the lottery.

The 10 most important college basketball players for 2015-16 |
Guess what Villanova player made the list?

Ranking the NCAA tournament's best Cinderellas ever |
Which team is the best Cinderella in NCAA tournament history? They're eliminating "high-major" programs so this is more of a contest. *wink* I'm going with the George Mason Final 4 squad.

#14 Angela Brosnan | Hinge's Most Eligible
Villanova Law graduate and current judicial clerk, Angela Brosnan was named to dating app Hinge's "most eligible" list for law and policy, at number 14. Don't try to take her out unless you speak English though, because her French apparently isn't so good.

Meet The Champion Arm Wrestler Who's Minnesota's Very Own 'Popeye'
Dabe, 52, began arm wrestling competitively as a senior in high school. He had a promising start: his fans at the time nicknamed him "Popeye" because of his exceptionally large arms and hands, he told the Daily Mirror.