Villanova looks to get back on track Saturday vs. UNH

Matt Leon
October 24, 2018 - 12:05 pm
Villanova head coach Mark Ferrante

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The Villanova Wildcats will be back in action on Saturday after a bye week, welcoming New Hampshire to the Main Line.

The Wildcats are 3-4 (0-4 in the CAA) in a season where they have been hit by a lot of key injuries, including one to starting quarterback Zach Bednarczyk. A shoulder issue has cost the redshirt senior the last two-and-a-half games.

"Right now, Zach has been practicing," Villanova head coach Mark Ferrante said. "Last week, he didn't do a ton, but once we got into Sunday, he's doing more and more each day."

Ferrante talks about the status of some other players who have been dealing with various injuries.

"Brandan Hitner, our right tackle, looks like he's going to be cleared to play," he said. "Couple of our secondary guys, (Christian) Benford and (Terrell) Vassel, are doing a lot more then we anticipated they'd be doing at this point and time. So out of the six starters that we haven't had the last couple of weeks, it looks like at least half of them, if not more, will be ready for action this Saturday."

New Hampshire, which will see its 14-year streak of making the FCS playoffs come to an end this year, has also had a season that has been hurt by a key injury.

"Their starting quarterback, Trevor Knight, who was the preseason Offensive Player of the Year for the CAA got hurt in their opening game against Maine," he said. "So they've been without him, but he's back."

UNH is coming off a 35-14 loss to Delaware which dropped their record to 1-6 (0-4 CAA).

"You watch them on film, they do not look like a 1-6 football team," Ferrante said, "and I don't think if you watch us from time to time, we don't look like a 3-4 football team. So I think it's two teams that will come in and give it everything they've got."

Saturday's game will get underway at 2 p.m.

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