Rick Voight

Fall Camp Preview: Quarterbacks

July 31, 2017
By ODU Athletics

Old Dominion University Football begins camp on Monday, Aug. 7. With camp just one week away, ODUSports.com will do a position-by-position preview this week, starting with the quarterbacks.

Quarterbacks on Roster (4)

Blake LaRussa So-r. 5-10 189
Drayton Arnold Fr-r. 5-11 201
Jordan Hoy So. 6-1 195
Steven Williams Jr. Fr. 6-4


Quarterback Preview
Redshirt sophomore Blake LaRussa is the only quarterback on the roster that has thrown a pass in an FBS game, albeit just 24 passes in mostly backup duty in 2016. However, that experience and a solid spring gives LaRussa a slight edge over the other three quarterbacks on the ODU roster. A native of Virginia Beach and former walk-on, LaRussa completed 14-of-24 passes for 140 yards with one interception, while rushing for one touchdown. His most extensive action was at the end of the first half of the FIU game when Washington was sidelined briefly with an injury. LaRussa led the offense on a two-minute drill, lofting a Hail Mary to Isaiah Harper that was caught at the one-yard line. He finished the game 6-for-8 for 68 yards.

Redshirt freshman Drayton Arnold traveled to every game as a true freshman while redshirting. He passed for more than 8,500 yards at Myrtle Beach High School and led them to a state championship as a sophomore.

Junior college transfer Jordan Hoy has three years of eligibility after transferring from Fullerton CC in California. In 2016, Hoy passed for more than 3,400 yards and contributed more than 4,100 yards of total offense and 46 total touchdowns en route to player of the year honors.

True freshman Steven Williams Jr. was the No. 14 recruit out of Woodrow Wilson High School in Washington, D.C. He passed for 2,400 yards and 31 touchdowns as a senior and rushed for 300 yards and nine touchdowns.

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