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  11/29/19 - Forrest RhyneSr/2021, Villanova, 6-0, 225 (DS#38 ILB) + More +

  2019 ALL-COLONIAL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION FIRST TEAM (COACHES): Forrest Rhyne, Villanova, LB, Jr., Waynesboro, Pa.,...Rhyne is another tri-captain for the Wildcats this season and has had a breakout campaign in his first year as a starter at linebacker. He leads the team and ranks fifth in the CAA with 105 tackles (50 solo, 55 assisted) on the season, including a team-high 6.5 sacks. Rhyne is second on the squad with 13.5 tackles for loss and has recorded six double-digit tackle games on the year. He had a career-high 15 total stops in a win at William & Mary on October 5 and was named the CAA Co-Defensive Player of the Week for that performance. He is the team's first player to top 100 tackles since Ed Shockley in 2017. - Villanova Football

(DS#38 ILB) Sr/2021 ILB Forrest RhyneVillanova
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  11/29/19 - Paul GrattanrSr/2021, Villanova, 6-3, 300 (DS#17 C) + More +

  2019 ALL-COLONIAL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION FIRST TEAM (COACHES): Paul Grattan, Villanova, OL, Jr., Pittsburgh, Pa.,...Paul Grattan and Colin Gamroth have been mainstays on a Villanova offensive line which has been one of the Wildcats biggest team strengths. The line has given up just 12 quarterback sacks for a total loss of 84 yards all season, an average of one sack allowed per game. That ranks Villanova first in the CAA and seventh nationally in fewest sacks allowed. Villanova went three straight games earlier this year against Towson, Maine and William & Mary in which it did not allow a single sack. It was the first time that had happened since at least 2001 based on available data following the three-game stretch. The Wildcats offense has put up at least 20 points in all 12 games on the year, a feat not accomplished by Villanova since 1997. The play of the offensive line has enabled the Wildcats to average 192.1 rushing yards per game and top the 200-yard mark seven times in 12 contests. - Villanova Football

(DS#17 C) rSr/2021 C Paul GrattanVillanova
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  11/29/19 - Nate FondacaroJr/2022, Villanova, 5-10, 185 (DS#999 K) + More +

  2019 ALL-COLONIAL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION FIRST TEAM (COACHES): Nate Fondacaro, Villanova, P, So., Sewell, N.J.,...Fondacaro has been the best punter in the CAA this season and leads the league with an average of 44.5 yards per punt. He has recorded 40 punts on the year, including eight of 50 yards or longer and 13 which were downed inside the opponent's 20-yard line. His efforts on the season include a career-long 75-yard punt at Bucknell on September 14. His average of 44.5 yards per punt would rank sixth in the FCS if Fondacaro had enough attempts to qualify (the minimum is 3.6 attempts per team game to appear in the national stats). Fondacaro has also kicked off 73 times for an average of 58.5 yards. - Villanova Football

(DS#999 K) Jr/2022 K Nate FondacaroVillanova
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  11/29/19 - Changa HodgerSr/2021, Villanova, 6-0, 200 (DS#61 WR) + More +

  2019 ALL-COLONIAL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION THIRD TEAM (COACHES): Changa Hodge, Villanova, WR, Jr., East Stroudsburg, Pa.,...Hodge is having a career year as the Wildcats leading wideout. He has made 59 catches for 1,020 yards and 12 touchdowns on the year, and is the first Villanova player to break 1,000 receiving yards in a single season since Murle Sango in 1999. This is only the sixth 1,000-yard campaign in school history. Hodge has topped 100 yards in a game four times and is coming off a monster game against Delaware in the regular season finale.

He had eight receptions for 236 yards and four scores in the win, with the total yards ranking as the second-highest single game total in the Villanova record book. Hodge was the Wildcats first receiver to catch at least four touchdown passes in a game since 1971, and the first since 1996 to surpass 200 receiving yards. He also became the 17th player in program history to top 1,500 career receiving yards during the Delaware game. - Villanova Football


(DS#61 WR) rSr/2021 WR Changa HodgeVillanova
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  11/29/19 - Justin CovingtonSr/2021, Villanova, 5-10, 215 (DS#55 RB) + More +

  2019 ALL-COLONIAL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION THIRD TEAM (COACHES): Justin Covington, Villanova, RB, Jr., Bronx, N.Y.,...Covington was enjoying a dominant season as Villanova's top running back when we sustained a season-ending injury in the first half of the William & Mary game on October 5. At the time of the injury, Covington was leading the FCS in rushing with 727 yards. He had topped the 100-yard mark in five straight games to open the year while averaging 8.1 yards per carry and 121.2 yards per game. Covington's performance was a key part of the Wildcats racing out of the gates with a 6-0 record, as Villanova surged to a top-five national ranking after being unranked in both polls to open the year. Despite having missed the past 6.5 games, Covington still ranks fifth in the CAA with his 727 rushing yards. - Villanova Football

(DS#55 RB) Sr/2021 RB Justin CovingtonVillanova
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  11/29/19 - Daniel SmithrSr/2021, Villanova, 6-0, 205 (DS#30 QB) + More +

  2019 ALL-COLONIAL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION THIRD TEAM (COACHES): Daniel Smith, Villanova, QB, Jr., Leesburg, Va.,...Smith is having a sensational 2019 campaign in his first year at Villanova. The transfer from Campbell has thrown for 2,991 yards and 31 touchdowns while also running for 367 yards and a team-high 11 rushing touchdowns. Smith also has been credited with a 68-yard touchdown reception. He needs just nine more passing yards to record the seventh 3,000-yard passing season in school history, while his 3,358 yards of total offense are the fifth-most in a single season in school history. Smith ranks second in the nation with the 258 points he is responsible for. He is also sixth in passing touchdowns (31), 14th in passing efficiency (150.4), 17th in passing yards and 19th in both total offense per game (279.8) and yards per completion (13.8). - Villanova Football

(DS#30 QB) rSr/2021 QB Daniel SmithVillanova
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  11/29/19 - Jaquan AmosSr/2021, Villanova, 6-0, 180 (DS#57 CB) + More +

  2019 ALL-COLONIAL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION THIRD TEAM (COACHES): Jaquan Amos, Villanova, CB, Jr., Philadelphia, Pa.,...Amos has continued to be a big playmaker for the Villanova defense while seeing time at both corner and safety. He has played in 10 games on the year and his season totals include 43 tackles (33 solo, 10 assisted), 2.5 tackles for loss, six pass breakups, four interceptions and one fumble recovery. Amos leads the Wildcats with his four picks on the year and has returned two interceptions for touchdowns. He had a 27-yard pick-six in the season opener against Colgate and a 34-yard interception return for a score at Bucknell on the game's first play from scrimmage. Amos has scored four career defensive touchdowns, the most of any Villanova player during the program's FCS era (since 1985). - Villanova Football

(DS#57 CB) Sr/2021 CB Jaquan AmosVillanova
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  11/29/19 - Drew WileyrSr/2020, Villanova, 6-1, 242 (DS#91 OLB) + More +

  2019 ALL-COLONIAL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION THIRD TEAM (COACHES): Drew Wiley, Villanova, LB, Sr., Pennington, N.J.,...Wiley has been playing some of his best football of the season recently. He has recorded at least five tackles in each of the last eight games he has played in and has been credited with at least a partial sack in six of his last seven contests. For the season, Wiley has recorded 57 total tackles (36 solo, 21 assisted), a team-best 15.0 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks, three forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, two interceptions and six pass breakups. He had a career-high four tackles for loss against Stony Brook on October 26, followed up that performance with six total tackles at New Hampshire and then had 3.5 tackles for loss in a win over Richmond on November 9. The latter performance earned him CAA Defensive Player of the Week honors. - Villanova Football

(DS#91 OLB) rSr/2020 OLB Drew WileyVillanova
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  11/29/19 - Malik FisherSr/2021, Villanova, 6-3, 255 (DS#50 DE) + More +

  2019 ALL-COLONIAL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION THIRD TEAM (COACHES): Malik Fisher, Villanova, DL, Jr., New York, N.Y.,...Fisher has been a force at defensive end where he has made 27 total tackles (14 solo, 13 assisted) for the year, including six sacks. He began the year by recording a sack in four straight games and having at least half a sack in six of the first seven contests. Fisher tallied five total stops to go along with 1.5 sacks and two quarterback hurries in a 52-45 win over Towson which helped put the Wildcats on the national radar. In his third year as a starter on the defensive line, Fisher has played in 34 career games and has tallied 60 total tackles, 18.5 tackles for loss, 14.0 sacks, five pass breakups, five forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and one blocked kick. - Villanova Football

(DS#50 DE) Sr/2021 DE Malik FisherVillanova
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  11/29/19 - Colin GamrothSr/2021, Villanova, 6-3, 285 (DS#999 OG) + More +

  2019 ALL-COLONIAL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION THIRD TEAM (COACHES): Colin Gamroth, Villanova, OL, Jr., Mercer Island, Wash.,...Paul Grattan and Colin Gamroth have been mainstays on a Villanova offensive line which has been one of the Wildcats biggest team strengths. The line has given up just 12 quarterback sacks for a total loss of 84 yards all season, an average of one sack allowed per game. That ranks Villanova first in the CAA and seventh nationally in fewest sacks allowed. Villanova went three straight games earlier this year against Towson, Maine and William & Mary in which it did not allow a single sack. It was the first time that had happened since at least 2001 based on available data following the three-game stretch. The Wildcats offense has put up at least 20 points in all 12 games on the year, a feat not accomplished by Villanova since 1997. The play of the offensive line has enabled the Wildcats to average 192.1 rushing yards per game and top the 200-yard mark seven times in 12 contests. - Villanova Football

(DS#999 OG) Sr/2021 OG Colin GamrothVillanova
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  11/29/19 - Chucky SmithSr/2020, Villanova, 5-10, 205 (DS#999 SS) + More +

  2019 CHUCK BOONE LEADERSHIP AND EXCELLENCE AWARD (COACHES): Chucky Smith, Villanova,...Smith was the recipient of the prestigious Chuck Boone Leadership and Excellence Award, an honor that embodies the highest standards of leadership, integrity, teamwork and sportsmanship in academics and athletics. The senior safety started saw action in all 12 games this season and recorded 43 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss and a pass breakup.

He will graduate in December with a degree in Biology (pre-medicine track) and a double minor in Economics and Naval Science. Smith has already been selected to attend Navy Flight School in Pensacola, Florida. A platoon leader with the Naval ROTC program at Villanova, Smith received the Jake Nevin Award for character, integrity and leadership. He serves as chair of RUIBAL, a volunteer program for tutoring underprivileged inner-city children. - Colonial Athletic Association Football


(DS#999 SS) Sr/2020 SS Chucky SmithVillanova
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  11/25/19 - Changa HodgerSr/2021, Villanova, 6-0, 200 (DS#61 WR) + More +

  NOV 25 CAA FOOTBALL CO-OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Changa Hodge, Jr., WR, Villanova (East Stroudsburg, Pa./East Stroudsburg South),...Hodge made eight receptions for a career-high 236 yards and four touchdowns in Villanova's 55-33 victory over Delaware. The junior had TD catches of 16 and 82 yards in the first half and 43 and 37 yards in the second half. He's the first VU player with a 200+ yard receiving game since 1996 and the first with at least 4 TD catches since 1971. The 236 yards are the 5th-most by a FCS player this season. - CAA Football

(DS#61 WR) rSr/2021 WR Changa HodgeVillanova
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  11/24/19 - Daniel SmithrSr/2021, Villanova, 6-0, 205 (DS#30 QB) + More +

  One day after closing out the regular season with a sensational "Battle of the Blue" victory, the celebration continued for Villanova (9-3) on Sunday afternoon when the selections for the Division I Football Championship were announced live on ESPNU. For the 13th time since becoming an FCS member in 1985, the Wildcats are headed to the playoffs and will travel for a first round game at Southeastern Louisiana (7-4) this coming Saturday, November 30 at 4 p.m. Eastern time. This is the first playoff berth since 2016 for Villanova, which was picked to finish ninth in CAA Football in the league's preseason poll but instead surged to a top-five national ranking while sprinting out of the gates with six straight wins.

The final regular season national rankings which were released on Sunday morning ahead of the playoff selection show has the Wildcats at No. 8. Villanova tied for third in the regular season CAA standings and was one of three teams from the league to make the 24-team playoff field. Wildcats head coach Mark Ferrante, who was part of all 12 of the team's previous playoff appearances during his years as an assistant coach, is now taking Villanova back to the postseason for the first time in his three years as head coach. He leads a team which earned a top-10 national ranking this year for the seventh straight season and features dynamic playmakers on both sides of the ball. - Villanova Football


(DS#30 QB) rSr/2021 QB Daniel SmithVillanova
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  11/23/19 - Daniel SmithrSr/2021, Villanova, 6-0, 205 (DS#30 QB) + More +

  Daniel Smith threw four of his five touchdown passes to Changa Hodge and ran for a sixth score as Villanova crushed Delaware 55-33 in the annual rivalry game Saturday afternoon. Smith completed 17 of 24 passes for 378 yards. Hodge had eight catches for 236 yards to become the first Villanova player with more than 200 receiving yards since Brian Finneran in 1996 against Rhode Island.

Smith guided a seven-play, 67-yard opening drive that he capped with a 3-yard run and followed it up by hitting Zac Kerxton from 33-yards out. Will Knight ran 68 yards for a touchdown to get the Blue Hens on the board, but Smith came right back, hitting Hodge from 16-yards out to make it 20-7 after one. Smith found Hodge with an 82-yard touchdown in the second quarter and added touchdowns of 43 and 37 yards in the third. Pat Kehoe was 29 of 49 for 336 yards and two touchdowns for Delaware. Delaware coach Danny Rocco now is 0-3 against Villanova. - AP College Football


(DS#30 QB) rSr/2021 QB Daniel SmithVillanova
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  11/16/19 - Daniel SmithrSr/2021, Villanova, 6-0, 205 (DS#30 QB) + More +

  Daniel Smith passed for 201 yards and four touchdowns and ran for another TD to help Villanova beat Long Island University 35-7 on Friday night. Changa Hodge had seven catches for 103 yards and two touchdowns for the Wildcats (8-3). Simon Bingelis and Jaaron Hayek also had TD receptions for Villanova. Bingelis opened the scoring with a 17-yard TD catch with 5:48 left in the first quarter. Hayek had a 7-yard TD catch on Villanova's next possession for a 14-point lead before the end of the quarter. Hodge caught both of his touchdowns in the second quarter and Smith ran in a 5-yard keeper in the middle of the third quarter. Malcolm Denbow scored on a 6-yard TD run between Hodge's TDs for Long Island's only points of the game. Jonathan DeBique ran for 91 yards on 24 carries for the Sharks (0-9), accounting for nearly half of the team's 183 yards of offense. - AP College Football

(DS#30 QB) rSr/2021 QB Daniel SmithVillanova
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