West Virginia Transfer To Join ODU Football

January 07, 2010
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

Jan. 7, 2010

NORFOLK, Va. -- Old Dominion football head coach Bobby Wilder has announced the addition of West Virginia transfer Dominik Davenport (Hampton, Va.), a 6-1, 264 lbs. defensive lineman to the Monarch roster for the spring. Having redshirted his freshman year with the Mountaineers this fall, Davenport will have four years of eligibility left.

Davenport, who played scholastically at the peninsula's Phoebus High School, was a two-time Daily Press Eastern Region Defensive Player of the Year, two-time AP Group AAA First Team All-State honoree, two-time Daily Press Eastern All-Eastern Region First Teamer on both the offensive and defensive lines, and a VHSCA First Team All-State defensive line selection during his time with the Phantoms. He was rated the No. 13-ranked player in the state of Virginia by the Roanoke Times.

During his high school career, Davenport doubled as a two-way lineman and also served as a short-yardage back on the offense helping Phoebus to a 52-3 record and two state titles. During his senior season, the Phantoms were 15-0 and outscored its opponents, 720-53 ranking as the No. 2 team in the nation according to RivalsHigh.com. Davenport totaled 10 rushing touchdowns at Phoebus and was part of a defensive unit that recorded nine shutouts and scored 13 times.

Davenport becomes the second FBS transfer to join the up-and-coming Old Dominion football program.

The Old Dominion football team, in its inaugural season of FCS football, concluded the 2009 slate at 9-2 overall as the winningest FCS start-up program in history. The Monarchs ended the year on a six-game win streak and will take on national semifinalist William & Mary and perennial top 25 member Cal-Poly in 2010, before entering the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA), the toughest FCS conference in the nation, in 2011.