Coming into Saturday’s game against Bucknell, Villanova sophomore wide receiver Josh McGrigg had five career receptions. By the end of the first half of the Wildcats’ 49-7 blowout win, McGrigg managed to match that total and set a record for the longest touchdown reception in Villanova history.
The 2016 Mount Vernon graduate serves as the Wildcats primary kickoff and punt returner, but on Saturday he saw more targets in the passing game due to injuries. He made the most of it, leading the team in receptions, including a 90-yard touchdown that saw him get wide open and haul in a pass from quarterback Zach Bednarczyk before outrunning Bucknell’s secondary to the end zone.
“We had that play in all week,” McGrigg said in a press conference after the game. “The thing about me was I was just following the game plan. I was just doing what the coaches told me to do. So to me, it really wasn’t nothing big because that’s what we’ve been doing all week.”
McGrigg is averaging more than 20 yards a return on kickoffs this season.
Asked after the game if McGrigg would now become a bigger part of the offense, Villanova coach Mark Ferrante indicated the Mount Vernon alum was likely to see more throws coming his way.
“Josh will now be considered a weapon,” Ferrante said.