The NFL Draft starts April 25.
ODUSports.com takes a look at the ODU defense this spring.
Eight former Monarchs will participate in front of NFL scouts.
Taylor Heinicke won the Walter Payton Award this year as the top player in the FCS.
ODU placed 10 players on the CAA Academic All-Conference Team.
First-Team All-CAA ... Third-Team The Sports Network All-American ... BSN Honorable Mention All-American ... First-Team All-State ... Started all 13 games at defensive tackle ... Led all CAA defensive lineman and finished fourth on ODU with 73 tackles ... Second on the team with four sacks ... Had seven tackles for loss ... Recorded three tackles and notched his first career interception in the win at Towson ... Recorded seven tackles in the win versus Delaware ... Had a career-best 13 tackles against Villanova ... Posted eight tackles in the win at Richmond and seven against New Hampshire ... Recorded two sacks in the win over Campbell ... Earned CAA Academic All-Conference.
Third Team All-CAA selection...Continued his roll as one of the top members of the defense starting all 13 games at nose guard ...Totaled 49 tackles (20 solo, 29 assisted)...Had a career-high eight stops in the inaugural CAA game in week four with #6/7 Delaware...Also made five stops in week one against Campbell and week seven against CAA Champion #17/23 Towson...Third on the squad in tackles for loss making eight for a loss of 24 yards...Had a pair of tackles for a loss of eight yards in week eight against #9/10 James Madison, ODU's first-ever top-10 victory...Also had a pair of TFL's at William & Mary...Also among the leaders in sacks with 3.5 for a loss of 14 yards...Helped ODU rank number on in the nation in blocks with three...Has totaled five blocked kicks in his career... Blocked a 37-yard field goal attempt by Norfolk State in the first round of the FCS Playoffs....Also stopped a 35-yard field goal attempt by William & Mary in week ten and a 37-yard field goal attempt at #6/7 Delaware in week four...
Started all 11 games, making six starts at nose guard...Posted 38 tackles (8 solo, 30 assisted)...Fourth on the team in tackles for loss with 8.5 resulting in opponent's losing 24 yards...Registered two sacks coming against Monmouth and Gardner-Webb...Recorded three QB hurries...
Started all 11 games at nose guard...Recorded 37 tackles (18 solo, 19 assisted)...Captured a season-high eight stops against Monmouth...Registered five tackles for loss pushing opponents back 18 yards...Posted a pair of sacks - a five yard loss in the season opener vs. Chowan and an eight-yard loss at Fordham...Blocked two kicks on special teams...Thwarted a 37-yard field-goal attempt by Virginia Union and a 32-yard attempt by Presbyterian....
Three-year starter... An All-State selection in 2007...Named First Team All-Met by the Baltimore Sun as a senior after making the second team as a junior... 78 tackles, including 21 tackles for loss and eight sacks, five forced fumbles and one fumble recovery for a touchdown...Coached by Biff Poggi.
Born February 15, 1990...Son of Crystal Burnette...Majoring in sports management with a minor in marketing.