2006 Scouting Report: Returning starter at center... excellent student of the game who figures to be an important catalyst for this year's line with his knowledge and leadership...is a versatile player who has also worked at guard and tackle during his career...originally joined Pitt as a walk-on transfer in 2003 but earned a scholarship prior to the 2005 season.
2005: Starter at center in all 11 contests to earn his second letter.
2004: Played in all 12 games to letter...contributions primarily came as a special teams player (field goal and PAT units).
2003: Joined Pitt as a walk-on for spring drills after transferring from Bucknell...sat out the season under NCAA transfer guidelines.
High School: Multiple-sport athlete at St. Anthony's High, lettering four times in football, twice in lacrosse and once in basketball... led football team to the 2001 Catholic High School Football League (CHSFL) championship...team MVP and captain...all-league, all-city and All-Long Island selection...Golden 50 of New York State honoree... chosen to play in the Governor's Bowl (New Jersey vs. New York) and Boomer Esiason Outback Bowl... played under Coach Richard Reichert.
Personal: Joseph Philip Villani, born 3/19/84, is the son of Philip and Clara Villani...has one brother...brother (Dominic) played lacrosse at Sacred Heart University...dual major in history and communication and rhetoric.
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