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Ronnie Cameron Named CAA Defensive Player of the Year

Courtesy: ODU Athletics
         
Release: November 21, 2011
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Nov. 21, 2011

NORFOLK, Va. -- Senior defensive tackle Ronnie Cameron was named the Colonial Athletic Association's Defensive Player of the Year highlighting the eleven members of the Football Monarchs who were named All-Conference by the league, it was announced Monday.

Cameron, who joined the Monarchs after Hofstra disbanded its program two years, has been the mainstay of the ODU defense for the last two years. This season Cameron is second on the Monarch squad with 67 tackles (25 solo, 42 assisted) along with a team-leading 15.5 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks. He averaged 6.1 tackles per game, which was second among defensive lineman in the CAA and led the league in tackles for loss averaging 1.41 per contest. Cameron also led the Monarchs with eight quarterback hurries. He also captured a career-high 11 tackles against CAA Champion Towson. His performance on the defensive line helped the Monarchs rank second in the league in rushing defense allowing just 122.55 yards per contest.

The Monarchs had four named First Team All-CAA - wide receiver Nick Mayers, defensive lineman Ronnie Cameron, linebacker Craig Wilkins, and punter Jonathan Plisco, while cornerback Eriq Lewis was named Second Team All-CAA. Quarterback Taylor Heinicke, wide receiver/punt returner Reid Evans, offensive lineman Jeremy Hensley, kicker Jarod Brown, and defensive lineman Chris Burnette were among the five Monarchs named to the CAA's Third Team.

The Monarchs, playing in their third season since resurrecting the program in 2009 and first as a member of the CAA, will be making their first playoff appearance after playing to a 9-2 overall mark and 6-2 record in the CAA, considered by many the toughest FCS conference in the nation. The Monarchs are the fastest start-up program to achieve not only a playoff berth, but a top ten ranking in the national polls.

Old Dominion who was picked to finish 10th in the preseason poll finished the year tied for second in the league and had no member selected to the Preseason All-Conference teams.

Old Dominion will take on Norfolk State in first round of playoff action on Saturday, November 26th at 1:30 p.m. The game will be aired on ESPN3.

FIRST TEAM ALL-CAA PROFILES:
Defensive Lineman - Ronnie Cameron - Redshirt Senior - Westbury, N.Y.
Cameron was second on the Monarch squad with 67 tackles (25 solo, 42 assisted) along with a team-leading 15.5 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks. He averaged 6.1 tackles per game, which was second among defensive lineman in the CAA and led the league in tackles for loss averaging 1.41 per contest. Cameron also led the Monarchs with eight quarterback hurries. He captured a career-high 11 tackles against CAA Champion Towson.

Wide Receiver - Nick Mayers - Redshirt Junior - Va. Beach, Va. Mayers led the Monarchs with 59.3 yards receiving a game, ranking fourth among all conference receivers, and totaled 593 yards on 51 catches with five touchdowns. His 5.10 receptions per contest ranked him sixth in the CAA. Mayers posted a pair of touchdowns against UMass in the Monarchs' first league win and first victory over a nationally-ranked opponent. He also logged scores in games with Rhode Island, Towson, and Villanova. He also captured 100+ yard receiving games with a school-record 166 yards against CAA Champion Towson and 101 yards in the regular season finale victory at William & Mary.

Punter - Jonathan Plisco - Redshirt Junior - Newport News, Va. Plisco led the CAA and ranks second in the nation averaging 46.1 yards per punt. Of his 48 punts on the year, 19 went the distance of 50 yards or more and 11 were placed inside the opponent 20. Plisco also ran a pair of fake punts that picked up two key first downs against Delaware and Villanova.

Linebacker - Craig Wilkins - Redshirt Junior - Washington, D.C. Wilkins collected 101 tackles (56 solo, 45 assisted), including 13.5 tackles for loss to lead the Monarch defense in 2011. Posted double figure stops in four games including a career-high 17 tackles against Hampton, Wilkins became the first Monarch to register over 100 tackles in a season. The redshirt junior also added 2.5 sacks, a pair of interceptions, a fumble recovery, and a forced fumble on the season. He also blocked a James Madison field goal as time expired to preserve ODU's 23-20 win over the Dukes and the Monarchs' first win over a Top Ten program. Wilkins averaged 9.2 tackles per game, ranking him seventh in the league.

SECOND TEAM ALL-CAA PROFILES:
Cornerback - Eriq Lewis - Redshirt Freshman - Washington, D.C.
Lewis, a member of the Jerry Rice Watch List for the FCS' most outstanding freshman, led the Monarchs with four interceptions and became the first Monarch with more than one interception in a game having two against William & Mary. Lewis, who missed three games with a high ankle sprain, posted 36 tackles, eight pass break-ups, and defended 12 passes in his nine games. He ranked fifth in the CAA in interceptions and was the top freshman in the category. Lewis also ranked third in fumbles forced, again the top performance by a CAA freshman defender.

THIRD TEAM ALL-CAA PROFILES:
Kicker - Jarod Brown - Redshirt Sophomore - Yorktown, Va.
Brown led the Monarchs in scoring accounting for 90 of Old Dominion's 394 points on the season. He connected on 14 of his 20 field goals attempts, which included a career-high 51-yard field goal against future CAA opponent Georgia State. He also only missed one PAT going 46-of-47 coming in second in the league at 97.9%. Brown averaged 8.2 points per contest ranking him third in the conference.

Defensive Lineman - Chris Burnette - Redshirt Junior - Baltimore, Md. Burnette collected 43 tackles (17 solo, 26 assisted) and was among the team's leaders in tackles for loss with 7.0 and sacks with 3.5. His performance on the defensive line helped the Monarchs rank second in the league in rushing defense allowing just 122.55 yards per contest. Burnette also blocked a pair of field goals against Delaware and William & Mary.

Wide Receiver/Punt Return - Reid Evans - Redshirt Junior - Va. Beach, Va. Evans averaged 48.1 yards receiving per game totaling 593 yards on 45 catches. Evans captured touchdown receptions in victories over Georgia State, UMass - in the Monarchs' first CAA win and first victory over a nationally-ranked opponent, and William & Mary. He captured a career-high 149 yards receiving on a school-record 12 receptions in the win over Richmond. He was also the Monarchs' go to on punt returns averaging 8.6 yards per return ranking him third in the conference.

Quarterback - Taylor Heinicke - Freshman - Atlanta, Ga. Heinicke's name does not appear in the conference or national stats due to the fact he had not played in the minimum 75% of games played to qualify. However, his 252.9 passing yards per game would have ranked him second in the CAA and 19th nationally, his 155.0 pass efficiency rating would lead the conference and place him sixth nationally, and his 290.4 yards of total offense per contest would put his name second in the CAA and 10th nationally. A member of the Jerry Rice Watch list for the most outstanding freshman, Heinicke collected seven touchdowns in his seven appearances, the most of any CAA quarterback. He has played 32 quarters competing 165 of his 233 passes, making just one interception coming against Towson in the final minute of play.

Offensive Lineman - Jeremy Hensley - Senior - La Palma, Calif. Hensley, the Monarchs' center, helped pave the way for ODU to rank ninth nationally and lead the CAA in scoring offense at 35.82 points per game. Hensley was a part of the offensive line which allowed the Monarchs to average 170.82 yards of rushing offense, third in the league, and 262.36 yards of passing offense, second in the league. In total, Hensley helped clear the way to have the Monarchs rank 16th in the country and third in the CAA in total offense at 433.18 yards per contest.

2011 CAA Football Major Awards (as voted on by the head coaches)
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR - Kevin Decker, New Hampshire, Sr., QB, Armonk, N.Y.
DEFENSIVE PLAYERS OF THE YEAR - Ronnie Cameron, Old Dominion, Sr., DL, Westbury, N.Y.
SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE YEAR - Jonathan Grimes, William and Mary, Sr., KR, Palmyra, N.J.
OFFENSIVE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR - Terrance West, Towson, Fr., RB, Baltimore, Md.
DEFENSIVE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR - Dillon Lucas, Villanova, Fr., LB, Medford, N.J.
COACH OF THE YEAR - Rob Ambrose, Towson, Three Seasons

2011 All-CAA Football First Team
(as voted on by the head coaches)
OFFENSE
Position - Player - School - Class

QB - Kevin Decker - New Hampshire - Senior
RB - Jonathan Grimes - William and Mary - Senior
RB - Terrance West - Towson - Freshman
FB/HB - Emil Igwenagu - Massachusetts - Senior
WR - Tre Gray - Richmond - Senior
WR- Nick Mayers - Old Dominion - Junior
WR - Maurice McDonald - Maine - Junior
WR - Julian Talley - Massachusetts - Senior
TE - Alex Gottlieb - William and Mary - Senior
OL - Shea Allard - Delaware - Senior
OL - Gino Gradkowski - Delaware - Senior
OL - Chris Howley - Maine - Junior
OL - James Pagliaro - William and Mary - Senior
OL - Dan Shirey - Villanova - Junior
OL - Earl Watford - James Madison Junior
PK - Sean Baner - Delaware - Sophomore
KR - Jesse Julmiste Massachusetts Senior
PR - Trevor Coston- Maine - Senior

DEFENSE
Position - Player - School - Class

DL - Frank Beltre - Towson - Junior
DL - D.J. Bryant - James Madison - Senior
DL - Ronnie Cameron - Old Dominion - Senior
DL - Brian McNally - New Hampshire - Senior
LB - Matt Evans - New Hampshire- Junior
LB - Tyler Holmes - Massachusetts Senior LB - Stephon Robertson - James Madison Sophomore
LB - Craig Wilkins- Old Dominion - Junior
CB - James Pitts - Villanova - Senior
CB - B.W. Webb - William and Mary - Junior
S - Jordan Dangerfield - Towson - Junior
S - Jerron McMillian - Maine - Senior
P - Jonathan Plisco - Old Dominion - Junior

2011 All-CAA Football Second Team
(as voted on by the head coaches)
OFFENSE
Position - Player - School - Class
QB - Warren Smith - Maine - Senior
RB - Andrew Pierce - Delaware - Sophomore
RB - Dae'Quan Scott - James Madison Sophomore
FB/HB - Brian Barlow - James Madison Junior
WR - Anthony Baskerville - Rhode Island - Senior
WR - R.J. Harris - New Hampshire - Freshman
WR - Nihja White - Delaware - Junior
TE - Justin Perillo - Maine Sophomore
OL - Ricky Archer - New Hampshire - Sophomore
OL - Roane Babington - James Madison - Senior
OL - Jason Foster - Rhode Island - Senior
OL - Henry Glackin - Towson - Senior
OL - Rob McDowell - Delaware - Senior
OL - Josh Spearin - Maine - Junior
PK - Mike MacArthur - New Hampshire - Sophomore
KR - Derrick Joseph - Towson - Freshman
PR - Dae'Quan Scott - James Madison - Sophomore

DEFENSE
Position - Player - School - Class
DL - Michael Atunrase - Delaware - Senior
DL - Michael Cole - Maine - Sophomore
DL - Marcus Hyde - William and Mary - Senior
DL - Willie McGinnis - Rhode Island - Senior
LB - Vinson Givans - Maine - Senior
LB - Darius McMillan- Richmond - Junior
LB - Pat Williams - James Madison- Senior
LB - Paul Worrilow - Delaware - Junior
CB - Travis Hawkins - Delaware - Sophomore
CB - Eriq Lewis - Old Dominion - Freshman
S - Trevor Coston - Maine - Senior
S - Brian Thompson - William and Mary - Junior
P - David Skahn - James Madison - Junior

2011 All-CAA Football Third Team
(as voted on by the head coaches)
OFFENSE
Position - Player - School - Class

QB - Taylor Heinicke - Old Dominion Freshman
RB - Pushaun Brown - Maine - Senior
RB - Jonathan Hernandez - Massachusetts - Senior
FB/HB - Tyler Wharton - Towson - Senior
WR - Reid Evans - Old Dominion - Junior
WR - Jesse Julmiste -Massachusetts - Senior
WR - Kerby Long - James Madison - Senior
WR - Joey Orlando - New Hampshire - Junior
TE - Rob Blanchflower - Massachusetts Sophomore
OL - Kyle Bogumil - Rhode Island - Senior
OL - Jeremy Hensley - Old Dominion - Senior
OL - Stephane Milhim - Massachusetts - Junior
OL - Seamus O'Neill - New Hampshire - Sophomore
OL - Eric Pike - Towson - Sophomore
OL - Josh Samuda - Massachusetts Senior
OL - Nick Speller - Massachusetts Junior
PK - Jarod Brown - Old Dominion - Sophomore
KR - Jonathan Grimes - William and Mary - Senior
PR - Reid Evans - Old Dominion - Junior

DEFENSE
Position - Player - School - Class

DL - Chris Burnette - Old Dominion - Junior
DL - Kevin Byrne -Massachusetts - Sophomore
DL - Raibonne Charles - Maine - Senior
DL - Lamar Middleton - James Madison - Senior
LB - Doug Johnson - Rhode Island - Junior
LB - Dillon Lucas - Villanova - Freshman
LB - Perry McIntyre - Massachusetts - Junior
LB - Jabrel Mines - William and Mary - Junior
CB - Marcus Burley - Delaware - Junior
CB - Kendall James - Maine - Sophomore
S - Dean Marlowe - James Madison - Freshman
S - Colin Pehanick - Richmond - Senior
P - Mark Hamilton - Villanova - Junior

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