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FOOTBALL REPORTS: One Team, One Year, One Shot

Courtesy: ODU Athletics
         
Release: August 05, 2012
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Aug. 5, 2012

NORFOLK, Va. -- It was reporting day for the members of the 2012 Football Monarchs. Sunday was filled with team filling out paperwork, under going physicals, meeting with coaching and administrative staff, a welcome by Athletic Director Wood Selig, and gearing up for the first practice of the 2012 season on Monday.

2012 THEME:
The theme for the 2012 season is "One Team, One Year, One Shot". While the Football Monarchs will not be eligible for the CAA Championship in 2012, the team will have a shot at one of 10 at-large bids to the FCS playoffs which culminates in the FCS National Championship game in Frisco, Texas on January 5th, 2013.

PRESEASON SLATE:
Here's what the Football Monarchs are up to the next three weeks. Preseason Camp will include 23 practices leading up to the September 1st season opener with Duquesne at 6 p.m.

Sunday, August 5th  Players Report
Monday, August 6th  Practice #1 (Helmets)
Tuesday, August 7th Practice #2 (Helmets)
Wednesday, August 8th  Practice #3 (Uppers)
Thursday, August 9th  Practice #4 (Uppers)
Friday, August 10th Practice #5 (Full) /Media Day 
Saturday, August 11th Practice #6 (Full)/Practice #7 (Uppers) 
Sunday, August 12th  OFF
Monday, August 13th  Practice #8 (Uppers)/Practice #9 (Practice Gear)
Tuesday, August 14th  Practice #10 (Uppers)
Wednesday, August 15th Practice #11 (Full)
Thursday, August 16th Practice #12 (Full) 
Friday, August 17th  Practice #13 (Uppers)/Practice #14 (Practice Gear)
Saturday, August 18th Practice #15 (Uppers)
Sunday, August 19th  OFF
Monday, August 20th Practice #16 (Uppers)/Practice #17 (Uppers)
Tuesday, August 21st Practice #18 (Uppers) 
Wednesday, August 22nd Practice #19 (Uppers)/Practice #20 (Game Gear)
Thursday, August 23rd  Practice #21 (Uppers)
Friday, August 24th  Practice #22 (Helmets) 
Saturday, August 25th  Practice #23 (Uppers)

NEW FACES:
Looking over the roster, you might notice some new names that include the walk-ons and transfers added below:

25 - Andre Simmons - S - 6-0 - 205 - Lorton, Va./South County/Vanderbilt
29 - Phil Dickens - TE - 5-11 - 185 - Wilson, N.C./James B. Hunt
34 - Johnel Anderson - TB - 5-8 - 175 - Sicklerville, N.J./Paul VI
47 - TJ Ricks - LB - 6-0 - 225 - Hampton, Va./Kecoughtan
62 - Shane Palmateer - LS - 5-10 - 225 - Charlottesville, Va./Saint Annes-Belfield
63 - Joseph Pulisic - K/P - 5-9 - 155 - Mechanicsville, Va./Atlee
64 - Ricky Segers - K/P - 5-11 - 175 - Glen Allen, Va./Henrico
74 - Jason Rexroad - OL - 6-3 - 275 - Myrtle Beach, S.C./Myrtle Beach/Middle Tennessee
76 - Tyler Compton - OL - 6-4 - 320 - Va. Beach, Va./Princess Anne
75 - Tony Williams - OL - 6-2 - 265 - Chesapeake, Va./Great Bridge
82 - Harvey Taylor - TB - 5-9 - 185 - Ridgeway, Va./Magna Vista
84 - Connor Martin - TE - 6-2 - 195 - Richmond, Va./Deep Run
96 - Caleb Taylor - LB - 6-3 - 215 - Hampton, Va./Phoebus/Virginia

NUMBER CHANGES:
A few Monarchs have moved numbers...
- Safety Paul Morant, previously #20, will now be #21
- Linebacker Rodney Hunter, previously #17, will now be #44
- Linebacker Mike Lennox, previously #47, will now be #86
- Wide receiver Aquante Thornton, previously #35, will now be #89

TIMELINE OF THE MOVE TO FBS/C-USA:
2012 - Last season competing in the CAA; Eligible for FCS Playoffs
2013 - Independent (Transitional FCS Team)
2014 - Independent (Count at FBS level)
2015 - Full member of Conference USA

FRIEND US, LIKE US, FOLLOW US:
Don't forget to follow the Football Monarchs on twitter @ODUFootball and use the hashtag #ODUFB.

Also like the Football Monarchs' Fan Page on facebook at Facebook.com/MonarchFootball.

UP NEXT:
Practice begins tomorrow with the 40-test in the morning and the team taking to the practice field for the first time in the afternoon with helmets.

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