GAME ONE: No. 6/8 Old Dominion vs. Duquesne
Aug. 28, 2012
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THE QUICK HITS:
Since restarting its football team in 2009, Old Dominion has compiled a three-year total of 27 wins and only eight losses. In the 2011 season, the Monarchs finished the year at 10-3 overall and ranked No. 10 in both The Sports Network/Fathead.com and FCS Coaches Final Polls.
In its first season of conference play ODU went 6-2 in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA), a league that sent five teams to the post-season. The Monarchs, picked to finish 10th in the CAA Preseason Poll, ended the year in a tie for second place in the conference
ODU advanced to its first ever post-season appearance and advanced to the second round of the FCS playoffs. In the first round, ODU defeated cross-town rival and MEAC Champion, Norfolk State, 35-18, and the playoff run ended with a 48-55 loss to #3/2 Georgia Southern.
It took the Monarchs until year three and its 27th game to receive its first Top 25 FCS ranking on October 3, 2011 coming in at No. 21 in The Sports Network Poll. The Monarchs finished the 2011 campaign ranked 10th in both The Sports Network and FCS Coaches Poll and begins the 2012 campaign ranked No. 8 in The Sports Network Poll and No. 6 in the FCS Coaches Poll.
Old Dominion's home field of Foreman Field at S.B. Ballard Stadium, which holds 19,818, has sold out all 22 of its games to date, including Saturday's opener vs. Duquesne. ODU fans purchased more than 14,000 season tickets for the 2012 season. The Monarchs are 16-5 all-time and went 6-1, including a first round FCS playoff game victory, in 2011 at Foreman Field at S.B. Ballard Stadium.
The Monarchs made history on September 5th, 2009 when a three-year dream became a reality. On May 31, 2006, the ODU board of visitors voted to add football and 1,293 days later, the Monarchs kicked off their first season of Division I FCS play. ODU played an 11-game schedule, including seven home dates at the $24.8 million renovated Foreman Field at S.B. Ballard Stadium. The schedule was a mix of both D-II and D-I FCS opponents to help the Monarchs transition into not only its first year of football, but also to get ready for entering the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) in 2011, the toughest FCS conference in the nation.
After playing two years as an independent in the FCS, the Monarchs joined the CAA, considered by many to be the best FCS conference in the nation in 2011. After no selection on the preseason all-conference team and picked to finish 10th in the preseason poll, Old Dominion tied for second in league play with a 6-2 CAA record and had 11 Monarchs honored on All-CAA teams.
On May 17th, Old Dominion announced it would elevate it's football program to the FBS level joining Conference USA. The Monarchs will play in the CAA in 2012 and while not eligible for the CAA Championship, the Monarchs are still eligible for the FCS playoffs via an at-large bid. ODU will be a transitional FCS team in 2013, a transitional FBS team in 2014, and a full Conference USA member in football in 2015 eligible for bowl games.
Last year, DU finished 9-2 and tied for the regular-season league title in its fourth season in the Northeast Conference (7-1 with Albany). Duquesne returns nine position starters from last year's co-championship team.
The Monarchs, ranked No. 8 in The Sports Network Poll and No. 6 in the FCS Coaches Poll are the highest ranked team Duquesne has ever faced.
TASTE OF THE 12TH MONARCH:
Duquesne will be opening the 2012 season before the largest crowd it has played in front of in its history. The Dukes faced their previously largest attended back against No. 11/12 Delaware on September 18th, 2010 at Tubby Raymond Field in front of 18,922 people.
WELCOME TO THE COMMONWEALTH
Duquesne takes its second ever trip to the state of Virginia where the Dukes currently sport a 1-0 record. They faced VMI on September 20, 2000 taking home a 57-31 win over the Keydets.
While Old Dominion is 2-1 in season openers, Duquesne is 13-7 in season openers since 1992. All those seven losses for the Dukes have come at the hands of Bucknell and 2012 marks the first time since 2005 the Dukes are not opening with the Bison.
Old Dominion In Openers:
9/5/2009 - vs. Chowan W, 36-21
9/4/2010 - vs. Jacksonville L, 25-35
9/3/2011 - vs. Campbell W, 41-14
Duquesne is familiar to moving conferences in football. This is Duquesne's fifth season as a scholarship-granting football program. With the move to the NEC, Duquesne offered 18 scholar- ships in February of 2008. That number has increased to 32 this season. Duquesne granted only need-based financial aid for football playing student-athletes as a member of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Football League from 1994 through 2007. The NEC competed as a non-scholarship member of the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision until 2006 when the conference adopted an athletics-based aid model. This is the third season the NEC regular season champion will be an automatic qualifier for the Division I Football Championship.
COMPARE & CONTRAST:
PROMOS AND OTHER FUN FACTS:
ODU football is sold out for the fourth straight season. If you don't have tickets, join the ODU Football Waiting List and be the first to hear if game tickets become available and improve your chances of getting season tickets for the 2013 season by becoming a member of the Old Dominion Athletic Foundation.
There are more fan promotions and contests than ever before surrounding the football games. Click here to see what's new
There's a new GameDay App for Iphones, Ipads and Droids that provides you live stats, social media feeds and up to minute fan information. Download now!
The problem of not hearing the ESPN radio broadcasts in the stadium has been corrected. Now you can listen to the games in and around Foreman Field at SB Ballard Stadium by tuning to 94.5 FM on game day, beginning with the pre-game show one hour prior to kick off.
The padded seats in the priority sections have been removed to eliminate the drainage issues and improve the game day experience.
Color coordinate your Gameday wardrobe this season with the Monarchs uniforms. Click here to see what color to wear for each of the six home games and purchase your ODU gear at the ODU bookstore!
Get all the inside information on all things Monarch with Rich Radford at www.odusports.com and his Inside the Monarchy weekly blog. Rich also joins the radio broadcasts as the sideline reporter for home games.
Monarch football highlights and interviews can be seen on ODUTV, Channel 2642 on Cox On Demand.
Home games for all of ODU's sports teams can be watched on Monarch Media at www.odusports.com/allaccess.
A new show radio show kicks off this year on ESPN 94.1 FM every Saturday morning at 9 a.m., featuring up to date Monarch sports news and features.
Wanna go to the Towson and JMU games this season? Venture Tours, Inc is offering special day trips to these games. Reserve your ride and ticket today by calling 757-494-1480.
And speaking of road trips - did you know the football Monarchs only leave the state of Virginia twice this year? Only the Towson and Georgia State games are outside of the Commonwealth's boundaries, providing our fans with the chance to see the majority of the games.
The Oyster Bowl is back for a second year on Oct. 27 against Delaware, and the Khedive Shriners will be selling oysters at this year's event.
And, the Monarchs are featured four times on TV this fall, twice to an NBC national audience on Oct. 27 vs. Delaware and Nov. 17 at James Madison, and on Comcast on Sept. 22 vs. New Hampshire and William and Mary on Nov. 10.
RISING UP THE RANKS:
It took the ODU Football Monarchs until year three and 27 games to receive its first Top 25 ranking on October 3, 2011, coming in at No. 21 in The Sports Network Poll. Looking at other recent start-up programs, it took Coastal Carolina 32 games to achieve a national ranking when they came in at No. 24 in The Sports Network Poll in their third year on Nov. 8, 2005. That season the Chanticleers finished 9-2 and were the Big South co-champions. The Monarchs enter 2012 ranked at No. 6 in the FCS Coaches Poll and No. 8 in The Sports Network Poll.
WELCOME TO THE TOP 25:
When the ODU Football Monarchs take the field on Saturday, it will be as a nationall-ranked team in both the in both The Sports Network/Fathead.com and FCS Coaches Polls for the ninth consecutive week and as a member of the Top Ten for the fourth straight week.
ODU FOOTBALL IN THE POLLS
In another first for the ODU Football program, the Monarchs were ranked in the Top-25 for the first time in school history coming in at No. 21 in The Sports Network/Fathead.com FCS Top-25 College Football Poll following a 48-33 win over then-#20 UMass, the Monarchs first ever CAA and Top-25 victory. Following ODU's 31-23 victory over Rhode Island the next weekend, ODU made its FCS Coaches Poll debut during week seven coming in at No. 22. ODU steadily moved up the ranks until it cracked the Top-10 at the conclusion of the season with a 35-31 win at nearby William & Mary to end the regular season on a four-game win streak and a 9-2 overall and a 6-2 record in its inaugural season of CAA play.
BLOCK THAT KICK:
Special teams has 23 blocks to its credit in the last three seasons, including 11 in the 2011 season, which according to an unofficial poll of FCS schools led the nation for the most blocks by a school last season.
2011 FCS LEADERS (TOTAL BLOCKED KICKS)
Old Dominion 11 (5 FG, 5 Punts, 1 PAT)
North Dakota 10 (6 FGs, 4 PATs)
Citadel 9 (9 Punts)
Portland State 9 (2 FG, 7 Punts)
Drake 8 (3 FG, 2 PAT, 3 Punts)
Murray State 7 (1 FG, 3 PAT, 3 Punts)
Weber State 7 (7 punts)
Dartmouth 6 (2 FGs, 2 PAT, 2 Punts)
Nicholls State 6 (2 FGs, 4 PATs)
Norfolk State 6 (2 punts, 4 FGs)
- Erik Saylor blocked Georgia Southern's Adrian Mora's extra point attempt to snap his streak of 151 consecutive made PATs which was an FCS record in the second round of the FCS playoffs.
- Chris Burnette blocked his third field goal on the year and fifth of his career on a 37-yard attempt by Norfolk State in the first round of the FCS playofs. In addition to thwarting field goals against the William & Mary and Delaware earlier in the year, Burnette stopped a 37-yard field-goal attempt by Virginia Union and a 32-yard attempt by Presbyterian back in 2009.
- Former Monarch Edmon McClam, who holds NCAA Division I record for most blocked PAT's by a single player in a game (FCS or FBS) with three against Chowan in the inaugural game in 2009, was just one blocked PAT shy of tying the FCS record for blocked extra points in a career. He blocked his first field goal attempt on a 50-yard Spartan attempt by Norfolk State in the first round of the FCS playoffs.
- In week 10, Jakwail Bailey blocked his second punt of the 2011 season against Richmond. In week five, Jakwail Bailey blocked a UMass punt that results in a safety, giving the Monarchs a 26-25 lead they would not relinquish late in the third quarter. For his efforts, Bailey was named the CAA Special Teams Player of the Week.
- In week nine, Craig Wilkins blocked a 47-yard James Madison field goal attempt in last moments of ODU's 23-20 win over the Dukes leading the Monarchs to their first Top 10 victory in school history.
- In week three's game with Hampton true freshman James Faircloth blocked a Pirate punt resulting in Larry Pinkard returning the ball five-yards for a touchdown to open up the fourth quarter in the 45-42 victory. It was the third time in the two-game series with the Pirates that ODU has blocked a punt attempted by Hampton.
- In week two's 40-17 win at Georgia State, Alex Arain blocked his second career punt that was picked up by Blair Roberts and returned for a touchdown. Additionally, Paul Morant blocked a punt in the victory.
Old Dominion is currently 16-5 all-time and went 6-1 last season at Foreman Field at S.B. Ballard Stadium following its 35-18 victory over Norfolk State in first round playoff action The Monarchs have won three straight at home following a 39-35 set back to Towson, which had snapped a six-game home game win streak for ODU that had dated back to Oct. 9th, 2010 in a 50-37 setback to Cal Poly. ODU went 4-2 on the road in 2011 and is 11-3 all-time on the road.
Old Dominion is just one of a handful of programs that have brought football to its campuses the last few years. Here are some recent start-up programs:
OH CAPTAIN, MY CAPTAIN:
12th MONARCH MOMENTS:
There may be 11 Monarchs on the field, but the 12th Monarch is in the stands. Thanks to all the noise of being "Loud and Proud" from the 12th Monarchs at Foreman Field at S.B. Ballard Stadium, the opposition was charged with 58 in 2011, 51 in 2010, and 41 in 2009 for a total of 150 penalties.
2011 12th Monarch Stats:
2010 12th Monarch Stats:
2009 12th Monarch Stats:
KEEP AN EYE ON:
Sophomore quarterback Taylor Heinicke is among the 20 student-athletes named to the 2012 Walter Payton Award List Watch List for the Football Championship Subdivision's (FCS) top individual honor.
PRESEASON ALL-CAA SNAPSHOTS:
Wide Receiver - Nick Mayers - Redshirt Junior - Va. Beach, Va.
Mayers eamed First Team All-CAA last season as he led the receiving corps with 62 catches for 698 yards and seven touchdowns. He averaged 11.3 yards per catch and 58.2 receiving yards per game to rank sixth in the CAA and averaged 5.17 receptions per game to rank third in the league. Through ODU's 32 total games played, Mayers has registered 100 or more yards of receiving six times, which included a career-high and school record 166 yards receiving against CAA champion Towson. Mayers also caught a season-high nine passes for 101 yards in the regular season finale at William & Mary, made eight catches at Rhode Island, and had six receptions against #20 UMass and Norfolk State in the first round of the FCS playoffs.
Punter - Joanthan Plisco - Redshirt Junior - Newport News, Va.
In all, the Monarch punter has earned nine All-America honors in his three-year career with Old Dominion, which included First Team All-America accolades by Beyond College Sports Network, Second Team All-America honors from College Sports Madness, The Sports Network the Associated Press, and Phil Steele and an All-American nod by College Sports Journal last season. Additionally, Plisco was named First Team All-State by The Roanoke Times and First Team All-CAA as he led the CAA and ranked second in the nation in punting averaging 46.2 yards per punt. Of his 51 punts last year, 20 went the distance of 50 yards or more and 12 were placed inside the opponent 20. Plisco has already been named among the Top 10 Special Teams Players to Watch this Fall and a Preseason All-American by The Sports Network.
Linebacker - Craig Wilkins - Redshirt Junior - Washington, D.C.
A stalwart of the Monarch defense, linebacker Wilkins was named First Team All-CAA and First Team All-State by The Roanoke Times as he collected 111 tackles (58 solo, 38 assisted), including 14.5 tackles for loss to lead the ODU defense. Wilkins became the first Monarch to record over 100 tackles in a season and posted double figure stops in four games including a career-high 17 tackles against Hampton. The senior co-captain also made 13 tackles against Towson and 11 tackles against #10 James Madison and Richmond. Wilkins also added 3.5 sacks, a pair of interceptions, three pass break-ups, five defended passes, a fumble recovery, and a forced fumble last season and blocked a James Madison field goal as time expired to preserve ODU's 23-20 win over the Dukes and the Monarchs' first win over a top-10 program. Averaging 8.5 tackles per game, Wilkins ranked 12th in the league in the category.
Defensive Lineman - Chris Burnette - Redshirt Junior - Baltimore, Md.
A Third Team All-CAA selection a year ago, defensive tackle Burnette continued his roll as one of the top members of the defense starting all 13 games at nose guard and totaling 49 tackles (20 solo, 29 assisted). Burnette had a career-high eight stops in the inaugural CAA game in week four with #6/7 Delaware and also made five stops in week one against Campbell and week seven against CAA Champion #17/23 Towson. A senior co-captain this season, Burnette was third on the squad in tackles for loss making eight for a loss of 24 yards. He 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 and also had a pair of TFL's at William & Mary. Burnette was also among the leaders in sacks with 3.5 for a loss of 14 yards On special teams, he helped ODU rank number one in the nation in blocks with three and has totaled five blocked kicks in his career including a 37-yard field goal attempt by Norfolk State in the first round of the FCS Playoffs, 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.
Quarterback - Taylor Heinicke - Freshman - Atlanta, Ga.
Heinicke begins his second season not only a preseason honoree on the All-CAA squad, but as one of 20 student-athletes named to the Walter Payton Award List Watch List for the Football Championship Subdivision's (FCS) top individual honor. As a true freshman, Heinicke was the College Football Performance Awards National Performer of the Year, CFPA Freshman Performer of the Year and winner of the CFPA Quarterback Award and Runner-up for the Jerry Rice Award by The Sports Network, awarded to the National Freshman of the Year He was named to the Sports Journal All-Freshman Team as well as a Third Team All-CAA honoree, two-time National Freshman of the Week by The Sports Network and three-time CAA Rookie of the Week. Heinicke took over quarterback duties for the Monarchs in the second half of ODU's Oct. 1st contest with #20 UMass and finished out the 2011 campaign completing 211 of his 307 passes with 25 touchdowns with just one interception, a hail mary pass at the end of ODU's contest with Towson. In playoff action, the true freshman signal caller set school records with five touchdown passes in games against both Norfolk State and #3/2 Georgia Southern and averaged 307.5 yards passing in the post-season. Although Heinicke's name does not appear in the conference or national stats having not played in the minimum 75% of games played to qualify, if his name did appear, his 265 passing yards per game would have ranked 18th nationally, his 160.2 pass efficiency rating would place him fifth nationally, and his 305.3 yards of total offense per contest would put his name 10th nationally.