Villanova quarterback John Robertson is a finalist for the 2012 Jerry Rice Award, given to the Football Championship Subdivision freshman of the year.
The award - along with awards for FCS player of the year, defensive player of the year, and coach of the year - are scheduled to be announced Monday night at the Sheraton Society Hill Hotel.
The 6-foot-1, 210-pound Robertson, a redshirt freshman, directed the Wildcats to an 8-4 record and a share of the Colonial Athletic Association championship. He ended his season with a loss to Stony Brook in the FCS playoffs.
Including the playoff game, Robertson ran 189 times for 1,021 yards and 14 touchdowns. He became the fifth player and first quarterback in Wildcats history to surpass 1,000 rushing yards in a season.
Robertson completed 152 of 253 passes for 1,965 yards and 14 touchdowns, with seven interceptions. He had a 138.05 passing-efficiency rating.
Villanova graduate Brian Finneran, the winner of the Walter Payton Award as the FCS player of the year in 1997, will present that award on Monday.