IRVING, TEXAS – Old Dominion University football registered three players on the 2018 All-Conference USA preseason squad, C-USA announced on Monday. Defensive end Oshane Ximines, kick returner Isaiah Harper and punt returner Darrell Brown earned the honors. Ximines set an ODU single-season record last season with 8.5 sacks and led the team with 14 tackles for loss. He is second among active FBS players in career sacks with 21. Harper was the 2017 Conference USA Special Teams Player of the Year, returning three kickoffs for touchdowns and finished 10th in FBS in kickoff return average at 29.1. Brown led C-USA with an 8.4-yard average on punt returns last season, including a long return of 31. All three players earned first-team All-C-USA accolades last season.
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – Old Dominion University senior defensive end Oshane Ximines was named to the 2018 Chuck Bednarik Award Watch List on Monday. The Bednarik Award is given to the Defensive Player of the Year. A native of Ahoskie, North Carolina, Ximines is second among active FBS players with 21 career sacks, including an ODU single-season record of 8.5 in 2017. Last season as a junior, Ximines had 44 tackles and led the team with 8.5 sacks and 14 tackles for loss, while adding four forced fumbles, three pass breakups and seven quarterback hurries. He earned first-team All-Conference USA honors, as well as CoSIDA Academic All-District and Conference USA All-Academic team. Ximines has started 36 of 37 possible games at defensive end, totaling 118 tackles, 33 tackles for loss and seven forced fumbles, which is tied for the ODU career record. Ximines is one of three players from Conference USA on the watch list, including Azeez Al-Shaair from Florida Atlantic and Jaylon Ferguson from Louisiana Tech.
NORFOLK, Va. – Tickets to Old Dominion's six away football games this season are now on sale, beginning with the season-opener on Saturday, Sept. 1 at Liberty. For ticket information, call 757-683-4444 or go to YNOTTIX.com. The priority deadline to order away game tickets is Wednesday, Aug. 1. All seating assignments for away games are based on ODAF Priority Point rankings after Aug. 1. The Monarchs open the season at Liberty and return to the road on Saturday, Sept. 15 at Charlotte for the Conference USA opener. ODU will hit the road again on Saturday, Oct. 6 against defending Conference USA Champion, Florida Atlantic. The Monarchs return to the road on Saturday, Oct. 20 at WKU. Following a three-game, four week long home stand, ODU finishes the 2018 season on the road in Houston at Rice. Date Opponent Time Price Sept. 1 at Liberty 6 p.m. $35 Sept. 15 at Charlotte 6 p.m. $30 Sept. 29 at East Carolina TBA $50 Oct. 6 at Florida Atlantic TBA $25 Oct. 20 at WKU 7:30 p.m. $25 Nov. 24 Rice 1 p.m. $30
NORFOLK, Va. – Conference USA announced on Thursday that 10 Old Dominion University football games will be televised this season, including the first ever trip for Virginia Tech to play Old Dominion in Norfolk, will be televised on CBS Sports Network.
NORFOLK, Va. – Old Dominion University senior center Nick Clarke was named to the 2018 Rimington Trophy Watch List, the Rimington Trophy committee announced on Wednesday. The Rimington Trophy is given to the top center in the country. A three-year starter at center, Clarke has started 34 career games for the Monarchs, including 31-straight starts. He earned C-USA honorable mention honors last season and earned C-USA All-Freshman honors in 2015. It is the third-consecutive season that Clarke has been named to the Rimington Trophy Watch List. Clarke was one of five C-USA centers on the list, including Marshall's Levi Brown, North Texas's Sosaia Mose, UAB's Lee Dufour and UTEP's Derron Gatewood.
NORFOLK, Va. – Old Dominion University football had 11 football student-athletes named to the Athlon Sports 2018 preseason All-Conference USA team. Seniors Miles Fox and Oshane Ximines were named to the first-team all defensive squad, while Isaiah Harper earned first-team kick returner honors, and Darrell Brown first-team punt returner. Running back Jeremy Cox and center Nick Clarke were named to the offensive second-team, while Jonathan Duhart and Isaac Weaver were named to the third-team. Safety Sean Carter was added to third-team defense, while linebacker Marvin Branch was named to the fourth-team. Fox led all ODU defensive linemen and finished fourth on the team last season with 57 tackles. He notched a career-high 5.5 sacks and nine tackles for loss. Ximines, a 2017 first-team All-C-USA performer, broke his own single-season school record with 8.5 sacks and tied the school record for forced fumbles in a season with four. He also owns the ODU career record with 21 sacks. Harper was named the 2017 Conference USA Special Teams Player of the Year after returning three kickoffs for touchdowns and finished 10th in FBS in kick return average with 29.1 yards per return. Brown earned first-team All-C-USA honors as a punt returner last season, averaging 8.4 yards per return with a long of 31. Cox rushed for 621 yards and four touchdowns last season, and as a sophomore in 2016, rushed for 685 yards and 13 touchdowns. Clarke, a C-USA honorable mention performer last season, is a three-year starter at center and has started 31-straight games for the Monarchs. Duhart started the first two games last season but suffered a season-ending injury in the win at UMass. For his career, he ranks sixth in school history with 109 receptions and is sixth with 1,619 receiving yards. Weaver started all 12 games at left tackle last season and earned C-USA All-Freshman honors while
NORFOLK, Va. – Old Dominion University football defensive end Bunmi Rotimi signed with the Chicago Bears as an undrafted free agent following the NFL Draft Saturday night. Rotimi played in nine games as a senior, recording Rotimi had 29 tackles, 5.5 sacks and 7.0 tackles for loss. For his career, he played in 46 games and notched 139 tackles, ranks fifth in school history with 26.5 tackles for loss, and second in school history with 19 sacks. A former walk-on, Rotimi became the second Monarch to compete at the NFL Combine, joining Zach Pascal who participated in 2017. Rotimi, a native of Alexandria, Virginia, earned C-USA All-Freshman honors in 2014. He was named C-USA honorable mention in 2016 and 2017. Rotimi joins Ray Lawry as Monarchs that signed free agent contracts on Saturday. The pair joins Rashaad Coward (Chicago Bears), Taylor Heinicke (Carolina Panthers), Rick Lovato (Philadelphia Eagles) and Zach Pascal (Tennessee Titans) on NFL rosters.
NORFOLK, Va. – Old Dominion University football all-time leading rusher, Ray Lawry, signed as an undrafted free agent with the Cincinnati Bengals on Saturday night following the NFL Draft. Lawry played in nine games last season rushing for 742 yards on 132 carries and seven rushing touchdowns. He also caught 11 passes for 55 yards and a score. A native of Logan Township, New Jersey, Lawry holds the three highest single-season rushing yardage totals in ODU's nine-year history and the only two 1,000 yard seasons, including 1,255 yards in 2016. Lawry finished with 4,080 yards on 660 carries and ended his career as the all-time FBS leader in rushing yards in the state of Virginia. He is tied for third in C-USA history with 45 rushing touchdowns and ninth in rushing yards. Lawry joins Rashaad Coward (Chicago Bears), Taylor Heinicke (Carolina Panthers), Rick Lovato (Philadelphia Eagles) and Zach Pascal (Tennessee Titans) on NFL rosters.
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NORFOLK, Va. - A total of 286 student athletes from all of Old Dominion University's athletic teams, the highest number of any league member, have earned recognition to the Commissioner's Honor Roll during the 2017-18 academic year, Commissioner Judy MacLeod announced today. Student-athletes named to the Commissioner's Honor Roll maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better. This is the fourth year in a row that ODU placed the highest number of total athletes on the honor roll. In all, 2,824 total student-athletes were named to the Commissioner's Honor Roll from the 14 C-USA member institutions.
Old Dominion University held its annual Special Olympics Little Feet Meet on Thursday Morning at S.B. Ballard Stadium