The NFL may be experiencing a lockout, along with injuries to star players such as T.O, but the college football season is right around the corner and is ready for another thrilling year. After two stellar back to back seasons, the Villanova football team is preparing for the 2011-2012 season with many questions at hand. First, with the loss of quarterback Chris Whitney the Wildcats are searching for a new leader of the pack. Senior Marlon Calbi is next in line, however only standing at 5-11 may limit his chances of taking the starting role under center. This is a similar situation for the other senior quarterback Christian Culcerto. So what does this mean for Nova? In a recent video, Coach Andy Talley said that the incoming freshman class has an extreme amount of talent and potential which means that the starting QB could be young and inexperienced at the college level. Though the quarterback situation is uncertain, Talley believes in Nova's fierce defense which the Wildcats have displayed the past few years through winning a championship to knocking off two #1 seeds and falling just short in the semifinals last year.
I had the opportunity to catch up with senior running back Lawrence Doss and ask him how the team has been looking throughout the summer. "The team is looking great" Doss replied. "Guys are looking forward to proving themselves this season and working hard to get in shape." When asked to describe this year's team in one word, Doss responded "Hungry. We had a few well established players graduate and many of our younger guys are looking forward to proving they are just as talented." These few established players, one being Whitney and the other being emporer Matt Szczur, have left big footprints to fill in the Wildcat offense. I concluded by asking Doss what the football team would love to see out from the Nova Nation. His answer was simple, "Honestly just more numbers. The more people, the better the atmosphere of the game. We feed off our fan support." The Villanova football team will be playing their traditional first game on September 1st at Lincoln Financial Field against the Temple Owls. Furthemore, half of the team's games are home against opponents such as Monmouth, William and Mary, Old Dominion and Delaware, along with a short bus ride to UPenn to face the Quakers. So get ready Nova Nation. This team needs the fan support this year as Talley looks to lead his troops into battle again in order to bring home another trophy for the Nova community.