No. 8 Villanova heads to William & Mary Saturday

Matt Leon
October 02, 2019 - 3:43 pm
Villanova is 5-0 this season.

Courtesy of Villanova University Athletics

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The No. 8 Villanova Wildcats will bring a 5-0 record down to Virginia this weekend for a road Colonial Athletic Association game at the College of William and Mary.

The latest win for the Wildcats (2-0 CAA) came this past Saturday, as they defeated the University of Maine at Villanova Stadium, 33-17. The Wildcats ran out to a 30-0 lead and never looked back.

"Love the physical play of our defense," head coach Mark Ferrante told KYW Newsradio. "Made some really nice plays on offense and took advantage of the short field when it was provided for us. Our guys were able to go out there and finish the game, so real pleased with that."

Villanova is averaging 40.4 points a game this season. Two big reasons for that number are quarterback Daniel Smith and running back Justin Covington. 

Smith has thrown for 14 touchdowns and rushed for six more. Covington has rushed for 674 yards while averaging 8.4 yards per carry. He has rushed for at least 100 yards in each of Villanova's five games this season.

The Wildcats are also getting great production out of their receiving corps, with five players having at least eight catches this season.

"We figured we had pretty good depth and we felt pretty good about the guys coming back — Changa Hodge, Zac Kerxton, Josh McGrigg are some of the older guys," Ferrante said. "Then you sprinkle in some of the other guys. We've been getting good play by Dez Boykin, who is only a sophomore, Jaaron Hayek who is a true freshman and then Jevon Jones is playing. So when you can have that many guys rotating through, you're kind of keeping them all fairly fresh and Dan does a good job distributing the ball. Todd Summers, our tight end, is getting involved as well."

William and Mary is 2-3 this season, but two of their losses came against FBS opponents (University of Virginia and East Carolina University). Last week, the Tribe dropped their CAA opener, losing at the University of Albany, 39-31.

"Good experience in some spots, sprinkled in with some youth," Ferrante said of the Tribe. "The more you play together, the better they're going to be. So they look like they're improving every week from the films we've watched. So we're going to have our hands full."

Last year, these two teams met on the Main Line, with William & Mary grabbing a 24-17 decision.

Saturday's game in Williamsburg kicks off at 3:30 p.m. 

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