After breaking conference records for Offensive Player of the Week wins this season, it was no surprise when the CAA Football conference announced that Villanova's John Robertson was their Offensive Player of the Year for the 2014 season. He was also named the First Team All-CAA Football quarterback.
Offensive lineman Vince Kowalski joined him on the First Team Offense, while linebacker Don Cherry was the lone Wildcat on the First Team Defense. The Wildcats had 10 players honored in total on the first, second and third teams released by the league.
Villanova's four Second Team selections included receiver Poppy Livers, offensive lineman Ross Hall, defensive tackle Pat Williams and safety Joe Sarnese. Their three Third Team selections included running backs Kevin Monangai and Gary Underwood, along with cornerback Jason Ceneus.
The full list of awards is available through the CAA website [PDF].
Robertson is the sixth player in Villanova history who has been named Offensive Player of the Year by the CAA and it's predecessor leagues. He led the nation in passing efficiency at 183.0 and was second in the nation for passing touchdowns. He generated 3,607 yards of total offense and was fifth in rushing yards with 978 -- he may break the 1,000-yard milestone for the third-straight season in the playoffs.
National Award winners will be announced by the Sports Network on December 15th. Robertson is a finalist for the Walter Payton Award for the best offensive player in FCS football, while Cherry was included among the finalists for the Buck Buchanan Award that goes to the top defensive player. Robertson previously won the Sports Network's Jerry Rice Award two years ago, honoring the nation's top FCS freshman.
The CAA's annual award recipients and All-Conference teams are voted on by the league's head coaches.