Robertson, the 2014 Walter Payton Award winner as the top player in FCS football, sustained the injury during the fourth quarter of Saturday’s 28–21 victory over Delaware. Over three games, the senior has completed 43 of 74 pass attempts for 522 yards with three touchdowns and one interception. He also rushed 50 times for 138 yards and three touchdowns.
After Robertson left, redshirt freshman Zach Bednarczyk replaced him and completed four of six pass attempts for 57 yards and one touchdown, plus one 21-yard touchdown run. He was named the Colonial Athletic Association’s freshman of the week as a result.
“He has the same stuff John has,” Villanova head coach Andy Talley said on his weekly conference call on Monday, according to CSNPhilly.com. “He can throw, he can run. He’s as fast as John is, he’s a really good runner. What he doesn’t have is a total grasp of the offense for the last four years. John was a master of our offense. ... Zach doesn’t have that experience so we have to really dumb down the offensive playbook for this game.”
Villanova will host Penn on Thursday night.
- Mike Fiammetta