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ODU, LaRussa Earn Weekly Honors ODU, LaRussa Earn Weekly Honors
Football 09/23/2018

ODU, LaRussa Earn Weekly Honors

LaRussa Named Walter Camp National Offensive Player of the Week LaRussa Named Walter Camp National Offensive Player of the Week
Football 09/23/2018

LaRussa Named Walter Camp National Offensive Player of the Week

Get the Max With Minium: ODU victory was the biggest in school history, and a sweet one for President John R. Broderick Get the Max With Minium: ODU victory was the biggest in school history, and a sweet one for President John R. Broderick
Football 09/23/2018

NORFOLK, Va. - Let me begin by stating the obvious. Old Dominion's stunning, 49-35, football victory over 13th-ranked Virginia Tech Saturday night was the biggest sports triumph in school history. And by that, I mean the biggest victory in any sport. Others may disagree and say it was the 1975 Division II national basketball championship. There were the three national titles won by the Lady Monarch basketball team. And who can forget the ODU basketball victory over No. 1 DePaul? But football is the big dog in college athletics and for the first time in its football history, ODU landed a blow worthy of national attention. ODU joins Appalachian State (remember App State's upset at Michigan?) as a giant killer. ESPN reported that this was the biggest upset of an ACC team, based on the point spread, in 40 years. And ODU won in dominant fashion. Every time the Hokies punched the Monarchs, ODU punched back. Toward the end of the fourth quarter, it was clear that ODU had worn the Hokies down. Think about that. ODU wore down the team from a program that has been to 25 consecutive bowl games and won 14 in a row over archrival Virginia. ODU was the second trending topic on Twitter much of Saturday night and the Monarchs were all over national TV as pundits expounded to how a relatively unknown, winless mid-major managed to pound the Hokies. And pound they did -- ODU rolled to 632 yards, the most ever surrendered by Tech in Bud Foster's 24 years as the school's legendary defensive coordinator. Trying to encapsulate the emotion as the seconds ticked away is difficult for me to because I'm not unbiased. I admire and like the people at Virginia Tech, who do things the right way. I have dear friends there. But I was rooting for ODU. The school not only feeds my family, ODU is my alma mater. As students stormed the field and celebrated wildly with the team, I shared

ODU Shocks No. 10/13 Virginia Tech, 49-35 ODU Shocks No. 10/13 Virginia Tech, 49-35
Football 09/22/2018

Old Dominion registered its biggest win in program history, stunning No. 10 Virginia Tech, 49-35, on Saturday afternoon at Foreman Field at S.B. Ballard Stadium.

Get the Max with Minium: Dear Va. Tech fans, ODU's Stadium will be Jumping Saturday and so will the tailgate lots Get the Max with Minium: Dear Va. Tech fans, ODU's Stadium will be Jumping Saturday and so will the tailgate lots
Football 09/21/2018

Get the Max with Minium: Dear Va. Tech fans, ODU's Stadium will be Jumping Saturday and so will the tailgate lots

Monarch Feature Story: Jonathan Duhart Comes Back Strong Monarch Feature Story: Jonathan Duhart Comes Back Strong
Football 09/20/2018

Monarch Feature Story: Jonathan Duhart Comes Back Strong

Where to Watch Saturday's Game Where to Watch Saturday's Game
Football 09/20/2018

Where to Watch Saturday's Game

Monarch Feature Story: A Journey Into Lala LandPlay Monarch Feature Story: A Journey Into Lala Land
Football 09/20/2018

NORFOLK, Va. -- Monarch fans received their first look into Lala Land last Thursday. Elijah Davis, or more commonly known by his childhood nickname Lala, exploded for 63 yards and two touchdowns on 10 carries against Charlotte in his ODU debut. With ODU's deep stable of running backs, the early of emergence of Davis may have come as a surpise. Even for Lala, himself. Davis was expecting to play just one play last Thursday. "My play was the third play of the game and that was the only play I was expecting," said Davis. That play was a 5-yard run on a 3rd-and-9 on the Monarchs' opening drive. "After that play, when they called my name, I just went out and did my job." The next time he touched the ball was in the second quarter, when he bursted for a 15-yard run up the middle. Jolting life into the ODU ground game, the coaching staff stuck with him and, on the next drive, he broke a 20-yarder, bouncing off of would-be tacklers, for his first career touchdown. "I was excited, but I was humbled," said Davis about his breakout performance. "I know there's plenty more times ahead and that I need to keep getting better." Despite running for a Virginia state-record 6,690 yards in his high school career at Heritage High School in Lynchburg, including a nation-high 3,670 yards as a senior, Davis was rated as a three-star recruit and the 97th-best running back in the country, according to 247 Sports. Old Dominion recruited him from the get-go and a strong connection was established. "It just felt like home. They treated me right," said Davis. "And when I got here, I got the same effect. Everything was just real. They were upfront with it." Virginia Tech, who the Monarchs host on Saturday, and West Virginia entered the process late, but Davis' decision was set in stone. "I was Old Dominion all the way," said Davis. Even with his gaudy high school statistics, D

Get the Max from Minium: Some advice for ODU: Loosen up and have fun against Virginia Tech Get the Max from Minium: Some advice for ODU: Loosen up and have fun against Virginia Tech
Football 09/19/2018

Get the Max from Minium: Some advice for ODU: Loosen up and have fun against Virginia Tech

U.S. Navy's "Leap Frog" Parachute Team to Deliver Game Ball on Saturday U.S. Navy's "Leap Frog" Parachute Team to Deliver Game Ball on Saturday
Football 09/19/2018

U.S. Navy's "Leap Frog" Parachute Team to Deliver Game Ball on Saturday

Monarch Feature Story: Once Struck with an Injury, Garner Now Leads the FBS in Tackles Monarch Feature Story: Once Struck with an Injury, Garner Now Leads the FBS in Tackles
Football 09/19/2018

NORFOLK, Va. In his senior year of high school, linebacker Lawrence Garner suffered an ankle injury that led the New Jersey native to rethink his college options. Other schools were set aside and Garner chose Bobby Wilder and Old Dominion University, who stuck to their word to give him a scholarship to play football for the Monarchs, regardless of his physical condition. Three years later, Garner is now three starts into the 2018 football season leading the FBS with 14 tackles per game. Garner's road to this national success did not come easy. "I didn't know when I was going to be able to run, jog or get into pads, but I just put my head down and worked," said Garner. "Even though I might've not played again, I still had to come here and work hard and try to get back to normal." Garner watched from the sidelines as his teammates worked to get better on the field, while he worked on getting healthy again. The sophomore credits his supportive family and the ODU coaching staff for his success through the winding ride of his young college football career. "The coaching staff has been with me all the way through my ups and downs. Coach Wilder has done a great job reminding me that there's more to life than football, this is just setting you up for the real world. My parents telling me to fight through it and that I'm not a quitter, that keeps me going and it makes me want to work even harder knowing I have their support and knowing that if I was to quit, who it would impact." Despite offers from other FBS programs, including some Power Five schools, Garner stuck with a close-knit ODU team, where he now is going to play the biggest game in program history on Saturday afternoon against No. 10 Virginia Tech. Coming into the game, Garner has 42 total tackles, inking a season-high 16 against FIU. "I'm trying to work even harder, because I've had great success early

Bobby Wilder Coach's Show Set For Thursday at Wild Wing Cafe Bobby Wilder Coach's Show Set For Thursday at Wild Wing Cafe
Football 09/19/2018

Bobby Wilder Coach's Show Set For Thursday at Wild Wing Cafe