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  Old Dominion linebacker Jason Henderson tied for the second-most tackles in three seasons in the FBS with 21 against Arkansas State. Henderson had made 18 against Virginia Tech in the Monarchs' season opener, which had been tied for the national season high. His total of 64 in four games is most in the country. - AP College Football

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  Hayden Wolff passed for 279 yards with two touchdowns and led a second-half rally as Old Dominion defeated Arkansas State 29-26 on Saturday for its first Sun Belt Conference victory. The Monarchs (2-2, 1-0) trailed 12-0 at halftime and 19-7 early in the third quarter. After Wolff hit Ali Jennings with a 77-yard touchdown pass to get within 19-14, the teams would trade touchdowns - and the lead - three times in the next 20 minutes of play. With 2:13 left in the third quarter, Deeve Harris returned an interception 16 yards for a touchdown and Old Dominion took a 21-19 lead. With 12:10 left in the fourth, quarterback AJ Mayer ran 23 yards for a touchdown and a 26-21 Arkansas State lead.

Wolff's second touchdown went to Zack Kuntz and a successful two-point conversion put Old Dominion ahead 29-26 with 6:33 to go. Arkansas State turned the ball over on downs near midfield on its next possession then an ODU punt pinned the Red Wolves at their own 2 with 1:09 remaining. The Red Wolves were unable to mount a drive and the clock ran out on when Old Dominion recovered a fumble on a wild scramble play. James Blackman completed 23 of 35 passes for 285 yards with one touchdown and one interception for Arkansas State (1-3, 0-1). Jeff Foreman had four catches for 115 yards, including a 49-yard touchdown. Old Dominion was a member of Conference USA last season. - Old Dominion/AP College Football


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  SEPT 5 SUN BELT DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Jason Henderson, Old Dominion, (So., LB - Dingmans Ferry, Pa.),...Monarchs sophomore linebacker Jason Henderson tallied a career-high 18 tackles, tying the Old Dominion single-game record. Twelve of those tackles came in the second half, as the Monarchs outlasted in-state foe Virginia Tech, 20-17, for a signature victory. The Dingmans Ferry, Pa., product also registered 1.5 tackles for loss and a pair of pass breakups—one of which was a deflection that led to one of Old Dominion's program-record four interceptions on the night. - Sun Belt football

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  Blake Watson scored on a 1-yard run with 33 seconds to play and Old Dominion beat Virginia Tech for the second time in as many tries on its home field, 20-17 on Friday night. The Monarchs made a big splash in their debut as a member of the Sun Belt Conference and spoiled the debut of Hokies coach Brent Pry. He was coaching against a longtime colleague at Vanderbilt and Penn State, Ricky Rahne. When it was over, as they had in 2018 when the Monarchs knocked off the then-No. 13 Hokies 49-35, fans streamed on to the field in celebration. ODU is 2-12 in its history against Power Five programs, but 2-2 against Tech.

Keshawn King ran for 111 yards and caught a touchdown pass from transfer quarterback Grant Wells for the Hokies. Wells also ran for a score, but threw two first-half interceptions, and then one to set up the decisive drive. The Hokies were driving and trying to put the game away when Wells' pass from ODU's 40 bounced off of Jalen Holston to the Monarchs' Ryan Henry. A 15-yard penalty against ODU moved the ball back to their 26 with 2:58 left, but a long completion by Hayden Wolff and then a defensive pass interference call near the goal line on Dorian Strong set the Monarchs up at the 1-yard line. Watson needed two tries to make it, but tumbled in with 33 seconds left. - Old Dominion/AP College Football


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  2022 PRESEASON ALLSTATE AFCA GOOD WORKS TEAM NOMINEE: B.R. Hatcher, Old Dominion University,...A native of Jefferson, South Carolina, Hatcher has been an active member of the ODU SAAC (Student-Athlete Advisory Committee). He has volunteered for a variety of events, including creating Blessing Bags for homeless in Norfolk, writing Valentines letters for veterans, helping the ODU police department with a toy drive and much more. - Old Dominion

rJr/2024 LS B.R. HatcherOld Dominion
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  2022 PRESEASON WUERFFEL TROPHY (COMMUNITY SERVICE) WATCHLIST: B.R. Hatcher, Old Dominion, Jr., LS,...Hatcher was ODU's long snapper in 2018 and 2019 and played in the 2021 opener against Wake Forest before suffering a season-ending injury against the Demon Deacons. Hatcher and the Monarchs open the 2022 season at home against Virginia Tech on Friday, Sept. 2 on ESPNU. - Old Dominion Football

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  2022 PRESEASON RAY GUY WATCHLIST: Ethan Duane - Old Dominion,...Duane (6-1, 212) is a native of Melbourne, Australia. He played his first competitive football game ever in ODU's first game of the 2021 season at Wake Forest. He punted 58 times for a 39.7-yard average. He had a long punt of 60 yards and had 13 punts downed inside the 20. An Australian rules football player, Duan trained for a year in the Prokick Australian program to learn punting. He was rewarded with a full scholarship and said good-bye to family and friends in January 2020 and headed for Old Dominion. Alas, the COVID-19 pandemic left him sort of stranded in a new land that year and he used Facetime to visit folks at home. When ODU told players to go home in March 2020, Duane was in a tough spot since Australia closed its borders. ODU quarterback Hayden Wolf and his mother, Lori Wellbaum Emery, invited Duane to stay with their blended family - meaning it involved three different homes - for several months. By Christmas, 2020, Duane was calling Lori Emery "Mum." - Old Dominion Football

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  Zack Kuntz and R'Tarriun Johnson exchanged a knowing glance before the question was even finished, as if to wonder what took so long. What effect, the Old Dominion football players were asked, does being picked to finish dead last in the Sun Belt's East Division even have? Kuntz, a junior tight end, spoke first. "With the transfer portal and how things are different, it honestly makes an analyst's job harder and harder, because it's hard to see how if a kid were to transfer from one place to another, how their impact's going to be," he said. "If anything, it puts a larger chip on our shoulder, and we'll take that going into the season."

In the end, it was a classic answer to a tired but obligatory preseason question. The Monarchs this week were indeed picked to finish seventh in the new seven-team division despite last season's appearance in the Myrtle Beach Bowl. Appalachian State, a Sun Belt powerhouse, was picked to win the division, which Monarchs coach Ricky Rahne called "the toughest Group of Five division in college football." Even James Madison, which is making the jump from FCS to FBS this season, was picked a spot ahead of ODU. - The Virginian Pilot


rJr/2024 TE Zack KuntzOld Dominion
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  If voters are accurate, the Sun Belt's first season as a 14-team football conference will be a difficult initiation for new member Old Dominion. The Monarchs, who rallied for five consecutive victories in Conference USA to qualify for the Myrtle Beach Bowl and finished 6-7 last season, were picked last among seven Sun Belt East Division teams in a poll released Monday. Head coaches and media were the voters.

The SBC's other new member from Virginia, James Madison, was chosen sixth in the division. The Dukes, who were Football Championship Subdivision semifinalists last season, are eagerly awaiting their first Football Bowl Subdivision season after being a powerhouse in the lower-level FCS since the middle of last decade. Appalachian State, Coastal Carolina, Georgia State, new member Marshall and Georgia Southern were chosen first through fifth in the East. ASU's Mountaineers are expected to reach their fourth conference championship game in the event's five-year existence. - The Virginian Pilot


rSr/2023 CB Tre Hawkins IIIOld Dominion
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  2022 PRESEASON DOAK WALKER AWARD CANDIDATE: Blake Watson (Jr.), Old Dominion,...After missing the 2020 season, running back Blake Watson (5-9, 193) made a strong comeback last season. He played in 11 games with 10 starts and totaled 1,112 yards and eight touchdown. He set a school record with five straight 100-yard games. In 2019, Watson made Conference USA Honorable Mention kick returner ... Conference USA All-Freshman Team kick returner ... Appeared in 11 games, making three starts ... Led ODU with 828 all purpose yards and 75.3 all purpose yards per game ... Led Conference USA with 26.4 yards per kick return ... Caught 13 passes for 79 yards ... Rushed 25 times for 119 yards and one touchdown . Brother Brad played at Wake Forest and with the Los Angeles Chargers. - Old Dominion Football

rJr/2024 RB Blake WatsonOld Dominion
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  2022 PRESEASON BILETNIKOFF AWARD WATCH LIST: Ali Jennings III, Old Dominion,...Jennings led the Monarchs in receiving yards last season with 1,066 yards and tied for the team lead with five touchdown catches. A native of Richmond, Virginia, Jennings caught 62 passes on the year, including 46 passes in the final seven games of the year. In the final regular season game of 2021, Jennings had nine receptions for 252 yards and three touchdowns. The 252 yards were the second most in program history and the most against an FBS opponent. - Old Dominion Football

rJr/2024 WR Ali Jennings IIIOld Dominion
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  2022 PRESEASON MAXWELL AWARD WATCH LIST: Blake Watson, Old Dominion,...Redshirt junior running back Blake Watson (5-9-193) played 11 games and started 10 for Old Dominion in 2021. He had 215 carries for 1,112 yards and eight touchdowns, all led the team ... Caught 10 passes for 55 yards and a touchdown ... Set the ODU single-season record for carries with 215 ... Finished fifth in Conference USA with 1,112 yards and 101.1 yards per game ... Finished 22nd in the country with 101.1 yards per game and 36th in the country with 1,112. yards ... The second player in school history (Ray Lawry) to rush for more than 1,000 yards in a season ... Had six 100-yard rushing games.

Set a school record with five-straight 100-yard rushing games ... Had 15 carries for 55 yards in the season-opener at Wake Forest ... Missed the next two games due to injury ... Had 13 carries for 81 yards and a touchdown against Buffalo ... Rushed 13 times for 35 yards against UTEP ... Registered first career 100-yard game, rushing 26 times for 168 yards at Marshall ... Had 22 attempts for 104 yards and a TD against WKU ... Rushed 25 times for 108 yards in the win over Louisiana Tech ... Notched a career-high 28 carries for 158 yards and his first career two touchdown game at FIU ... Recorded 23 carries for 163 yards and a touchdown in the win over FAU. - Old Dominion Football


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  Old Dominion gained bowl eligibility in Rahne's first season thanks to the emergence of quarterback Hayden Wolff, a 6-foot-5 freshman out of Florida. He was at the helm for a five-game win streak that landed ODU in the Myrtle Beach Bowl. He averaged 258 passing yards per game during that stretch while completing 61.6% of his passes with nine touchdowns and four interceptions. - Roanoke Times

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  The end of the workweek marked the start of a new era for Old Dominion. Friday was the Monarchs' first day as official members of the Sun Belt Conference after leaving Conference USA a year early. ODU joins the Sun Belt in all sports the conference offers, including baseball, men's basketball, football, men's soccer, men's golf, men's tennis, women's basketball, women's golf, women's soccer, women's tennis and volleyball. James Madison, Southern Miss and Marshall also joined the Sun Belt on Friday, making the league a 14-member conference. The four schools join the 10 standing members: Appalachian State, Arkansas State, Coastal Carolina, Georgia Southern, Georgia State, Louisiana, Louisiana Monroe, South Alabama, Texas State and Troy.

ODU will be in the Sun Belt East Division with Marshall, JMU, Appalachian State, Coastal Carolina, Georgia Southern and Georgia State. The Sun Belt, ODU officials have said, is a more geographically palatable league than C-USA, which ranged as far west as El Paso, Texas. The Sun Belt offers ODU more bus trips and fewer flights, which will save the athletic department significant revenue. The Sun Belt's members are contained to 10 contiguous states. - The Virginian Pilot


rJr/2024 TE Zack KuntzOld Dominion
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  2021 ALL-CONFERENCE USA FIRST TEAM (COACHES): TE: Zack Kuntz, RS So., Old Dominion,...A redshirt sophomore from Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, Kuntz leads the Monarchs and is second in the country among tight ends with 71 receptions. He is seventh in the country among tight ends in receiving yards with 674 and tied for 12th with five touchdowns. A transfer from Penn State, Kuntz has led ODU in receiving nine times this season and has had eight or more catches in five games. - Old Dominion Football

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