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CAA Football honors Wildcats Zach Bednarczyk and Jake Prus; eight All-CAA picks

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Villanova may have missed out on the playoffs, but the 'Cats were well-recognized in the conference's postseason awards.

Matthew Gregory

Villanova battled through injuries, two bone-marrow donations, and some major changes of plans, to finish the season with a 6-5 record, falling a win short of the CAA's title. When the CAA Football conference released it's postseason awards, naming eight Wildcats to the All-Conference teams and giving two major award winners, Zach Bednarczyk and Jake Prus. All of the awards were voted on by the league's head coaches.

Senior offensive lineman Jake Prus was given the Chuck Boone Leadership Award, which recognizes the player who best embodies the highest standards of leadership, integrity, teamwork and sportsmanship in academics and athletics. The Villanova lineman had a 3.83 GPA as a Biochemistry major (pre-med track) and was a Capital One Academic All-District selection for this season and last season. While achieving high marks in the classroom, and being a key performer on the gridiron, Prus also saved a life this season by donating blood marrow to someone in need, missing just one game in the process.

Redshirt freshman quarterback Zach Bednarczyk was named the Co-Offensive Rookie of the Year, sharing the honor with Delaware running back Thomas Jefferson. He was named the CAA Rookie of the Week twice during the 2015 season. The Villanova rookie started his Wildcats career with a bang, helping to finish a wild victory against Delaware at home; though he struggled in the next few games, the team went 4-4 with Bednarczyk at QB. He passed for 1,396 yards and 10 touchdowns, completing 58.1 percent and being intercepted seven times. Bednarczyk also led the Wildcats with 515 rushing yards and added five more touchdowns on the ground.

Eight players were named to the CAA's All-Conference teams as well. Linebacker Don Cherry and defensive end Tanoh Kpassagnon joined tailback Gary Underwood on the First Team. Wide receiver Kevin Gulyas and sophomore cornerback Malik Reaves were named to the Second Team. Three more defensive players earned Third Team honors, linebacker Austin Calitro, cornerback Jason Ceneus, and safety Cameron McCurry.