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Game One Preview: Old Dominion vs. Hampton

Courtesy: ODU Athletics
         
Release: August 26, 2014
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NORFOLK, Va. – Old Dominion University football takes on Hampton in the 2014 season opener Saturday, Aug. 30 at 3:30 p.m.  The game will be televised in 55 million homes around the country on the American Sports Network, as Mike Gleason and Jim Donnan will be on the call.

• The contest is sold out marking ODU’s 36th-straight sellout.

 • ODU Head Coach Bobby Wilder is 46-14 in his five years in Norfolk.  The former Maine offensive coordinator led ODU to FCS playoff berths in 2011 and 2012 along with a CAA Championship in 2012.

 • Old Dominion will play a full Conference USA schedule for the first time in school history in just the sixth season since it restarted football in 2009.  The Monarchs are eligible for the C-USA Championship and berth in the C-USA Championship game played on Saturday, Dec. 6.

 • Eleven of 12 games will be televised this season, including the season opener Aug. 30 against Hampton.  Four contests: vs. Hampton, at UTEP, vs. FIU and at FAU, will be broadcast by the Sinclair Broadcasting Group, which just signed a contract to televise Conference USA games.  ODU’s game against Middle Tennessee will be broadcast nationally on Fox Sports 1 Friday, Sept. 26 at 8 p.m.  It is the first Friday night game in school history.

 • Senior quarterback Taylor Heinicke returns for his senior season for the Monarchs.  Heinicke passed for 4,022 yards and 33 touchdowns as a junior after winning the Walter Payton Award as the top player in the FCS as a sophomore.  He is one of just 18 Division I QB’s to pass for 10,000 yards and rush for 1,000 and was the first Division I quarterback in Virginia to pass for 10,000 or more career yards.

 • Antonio Vaughan and Zach Pascal are the top-two returning receivers this year.  Vaughan caught 60 passes for 843 yards and nine touchdowns while Pascal had 41 receptions for 534 yards and six touchdowns.

 • ODU returns four of their top-five tacklers from a season ago in junior Fellonte Misher, 95 tackles, and senior captain, Andre Simmons, 78 tackles.  The Monarchs also return No. 4 tackler in Richie Staton and No. 5 tackler in D.J. Simon.

 • Hampton is led by first-year coach, Connell Maynor.  Maynor comes to Hampton after four seasons at NCAA Division II Winston-Salem State.  He led WSSU to a four-year record of 45-6, including three-straight playoff appearances and a berth in the 2012 championship game.

This is the fourth meeting between the two schools with ODU holding a 3-0 record.  ODU won a storm-shortened 45-7 contest over Hampton in 2012.

 TV Network:                   American Sports Network (ASN)
Play by Play:
                    Mike Gleason
Color Analyst:               Jim Donnan

Channel Information:
Antenna
– Ch. 33 & 33-1(HD)
Cox - Ch. 2 & 1002(HD)
FIOS - Ch.11 & 511(HD)
DirecTV - Ch. 33
Charter - Ch. 9 & 709(HD)

 Radio Network:           ESPN Radio 94.1 FM, Sports FM 100.5 (Richmond), WBRG 104.5 FM, 1050 AM (Lynchburg)

Play by Play:                    Ted Alexander
Color Analyst:                  Andy Mashaw
Sideline Reporter:           Rich Radford
Pre-Game Host:               Rick Kiefner
(Pre-game show starts one hour prior to kick)

Pregame Activities
Tailgate lots open
– 11:30 a.m. - close two hours after game
Monarch Walk – Football team departs L.R. Hill at 1:10 PM; Arrival at
Kaufman Mall  - 1:20 PM
Stadium Gates Open – 2 p.m.
Game Day Sponsor – Liberty Tax
Game Day Color – Wear Blue

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