Blake LaRussa
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Blake LaRussa to Forego Senior Season for Seminary School

December 26, 2018
By ODU Athletics

NORFOLK, Va. – Old Dominion University football quarterback Blake LaRussa will forego his senior season to attend Seminary School, LaRussa announced on Wednesday.

LaRussa will graduate in May and plans to attend Seminary School to earn a Master’s of Divinity and become a Christian Minister.

LaRussa completed 249-of-393 passes for 19 touchdowns and 10 interceptions, throwing for 3,015-yards. He passed for 495-yards and four touchdowns in the win over No. 13 Virginia Tech, and was named National Player of the Week by multiple media outlets, as well as Conference USA Player of the Week. He was named C-USA honorable mention by the league’s coaches. 

Bobby Wilder Statement
Everyone associated with our program is very proud of Blake and the decision he has made for his future. From the moment he walked on campus he represented our program “aim high” philosophy. He will always be a great representative of Old Dominion University and a future leader of our country. 

Blake LaRussa Statement
It has been an incredible journey with Old Dominion football, but I would like to announce that I will be moving on from football after I graduate this spring and will be going into full-time ministry. This fall (2019) I will be going to seminary school to start my Master’s of divinity. I am so grateful for all my coaches and teammates who I have grown so close with these past four years. I want to thank all of them for all that they have done for me as well as all the support they have shown me in making this life decision. I’ve made memories with this team and these coaches that I will never forget the rest of my life. I am confident entering this next chapter of my life and excited to pursue what I have always known to be my heart's greatest desire, and that is to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ and help people find hope. 

Ron Whitcomb (ODU Quarterbacks Coach) Statement
In 2014 we recruited Blake as hard as any scholarship QB, because we saw something special in him. He took a chance on Coach Wilder, myself and ODU.

  • He earned a full scholarship in 2016
  • He earned the starting QB position in 2017
  • And went on to beat Virginia Tech and earn All-Conference honors in 2018
  • He will earn his degree from Old Dominion this April.

In saying all of that, those accomplishments combined don’t equal the respect I have for who Blake is as a person, and everything he has taught me.  Blake has found his passion off the field, and I cannot be more happy for him as a young man!    

We thank Blake for representing the “aim high” philosophy and he will always be close member of the ODU family.

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