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ODU Pro Day Set For Wednesday

Courtesy: ODU Athletics
         
Release: March 13, 2012
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March 13, 2012

NORFOLK, Va. -- As the Old Dominion Football Monarchs prepare for 2012, seven members of the 2011 senior class will get a chance to show off their skills for NFL teams on Wednesday.

Among those expected to be on hand to watch the Monarchs workout are scouts from the Detroit Lions, Miami Dolphins, Arizona Cardinals, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins, Green Bay Packers, Kansas City Chiefs, New York Giants, and New England Patriots.

Those Monarchs participating in Pro Day include:


 

Ronnie Cameron

Cameron earned All-America accolades from seven different publications in 2011, including first team honors from the AFCA, The Sports Network, and Beyond College Sports Network, as well as second team accolades from the AP and Phil Steele. The 2011 CAA Football Defensive Player of the Year and CAA Football Student-Athlete of the Year ranked second on the Monarch squad with 73 tackles (28 solo, 45 assisted) to go with a team-leading 17 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks. He averaged 5.6 tackles per game, which was fourth among defensive lineman in the CAA and finished second in the league in tackles for loss averaging 1.31 per contest.  He captured a career-high 11 tackles along with a season-best 3.5 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks against CAA Champion Towson. The senior helped the Monarchs to their first-ever Top-10 victory by making 10 stops with three for loss against James Madison.


Thomas DeMarco

DeMarco, a two-time Walter Payton Watch List member, started in 27 consecutive games as the Monarchs signal caller totaling 51 passing and 30 rushing touchdowns in his career.  He completed 417 of his 816 passes averaging 163.8 yards per game in the air.  DeMarco also captured 1,456 yards on the ground averaging 41.6 per contest.  As a junior in 2010, he ranked seventh nationally in total offense averaging 289.00 yards per game throwing 23 touchdown passes and averaging 250.5 yards passing, which included a career-high 407 yards at Monmouth.  In ODU's inaugural season in 2009, DeMarco was the second leading quarterback in the FCS and seventh among FCS student-athletes in scoring averaging 9.45 points per contest.  He averaged 255.7 yards of total offense a game and completed 137 of his 255 attempts while throwing only four interceptions to go along with 21 touchdown passes.


Prentice Gill

Gill, who was among the top Monarch receivers the last two seasons, made 83 receptions for 1,277 yards and 12 touchdowns in his two-year career with the Monarchs.  In his senior campaign in 2011, Gill captured seven touchdowns and averaged 45.5 yards per game and 14.1 yards per catch.  He tied his career mark with 154 yards on eight catches in the Monarchs' second round FCS playoff game with #3 Georgia Southern.  In 2010 as a junior, Gill made 41 catches for 686 yards averaging 62.4 yards per game.  Gill was also the first Monarch to crack the 100-yard receiving mark, ending the season with three 100+ yard games including a season-high 154 yards at Monmouth.


Jeremy Hensley

Hensley, a Third Team All-CAA honoree at center, helped pave the way for ODU to rank fifth nationally and lead the CAA in scoring offense at 36.69 points per game.  The Monarch offense also ranked 10th nationally among FCS schools and lead the highly competitive CAA in total offense averaging 439.08 yards per contest. Hensley was a part of the offensive line, which allowed the Monarchs to average 168.15 yards of rushing offense, third in the league, and 270.92 yards of passing offense, second in the league and 18th in the country.  As a junior in 2010, he helped Old Dominion ranked eighth in the FCS in scoring offense (33.55 points per game) and 22nd in total offense (258.73 yards per game), while in the Monarchs' inaugural season in 2009, he helped ODU to rank ninth among FCS schools in rushing offense (216.73 yards per game) and 18th among FCS schools in total offense (399.1 yard per game).


 

Ryan Jensen

Jensen, who started at left tackle as a senior in 2011, helped his squad to rank fifth nationally scoring offense at 36.69 points per game as well as 10th nationally among FCS schools in total offense averaging 439.08 yards per contest, while leading the CAA in both categories. With Jensen, the Monarchs averaged 168.15 yards of rushing offense, third in the league, and 270.92 yards of passing offense, second in the league and 18th in the country.  In the Monarchs' inaugural season in 2009, Jensen started at right tackle helping Old Dominion to rank ninth among FCS schools in rushing offense (216.73 yards per game) and 18th among FCS schools in total offense (399.1 yards per game).

 


Edmon McClam

McClam is the first Monarch to put his name into the NCAA record books.  In all, McClam has totaled seven career blocks - six blocked PAT's and one blocked field goal attempt.   He holds the NCAA Division I record for most blocked PAT's by a single player in a game (FCS or FBS) with three against the Chowan Hawks in the inauguaral season opener in 2009 and his blocking prowess also tied the FCS record for combined blocked kicks in a game (includes blocked punts, PAT's, FG's). In 2009, McClam also set a FCS season record by blocking five PATs  (3 vs. Chowan, 1 at Jacksonville, 1 at Fordham).  The Monarch had his first blocked field goal in ODU's first round playoff victory over Norfolk State in 2011.  During his senior campaign, McClam recorded 42 tackles (15 solo, 27 assisted) along with seven tackles for loss and three sacks and also added a pair of forced fumbles.  As a junior in 2010, he registered 23 tackles (8 solo, 15 assisted) along with 4.5 tackles for a loss of 15 yards, while as a sophomore in 2009 he was among the Monarch leaders in sacks with 3.5 for a loss of 26 yards.


J.J. Williams

Williams compiled 108 tackles for the Monarchs at linebacker, including 67 as a senior in 2011.  In his senior campaign, he collected 13 solo and 35 assisted stops to rank third among all the Monarch defenders.  Williams recorded a career-high 10 tackles in the Monarchs' inaugural CAA contest against Delaware and also captured eight stops in ODU's first-ever top-25 victory over then-#20 UMass.  Williams also added in six stops against CAA Champion Towson and in the second round FCS playoff game with #3 Georgia Southern.  Also in his senior campaign, Williams made a pair of sacks, registered four tackles for loss, along with a forced fumble, two pass break-ups and two hurries.  In 2010, Williams appeared in eight games making 41 tackles (15 solo, 26 assisted) and recorded three QB hurries and a forced fumble as well.  He registered a season-high 10 tackles in the victory over Garner-Webb.

 


 

MONARCH MOMENT:  Head Coach Bobby Wilder will be on the Tony Mercurio Show on ESPN Radio 94.1 FM at 5:45 p.m. on Wednesday to talk about ODU Pro Day.

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