Fulgham a potential X-Factor for ODU Offense

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Who is this Travis Fulgham guy who keeps making plays at fall camp?

A quick google search produces very little in terms of recruiting information.  247 Sports doesn’t seem to be aware of him.  Rivals showed interest from Hampton, Richmond and Ohio but no offers.  ESPN was not aware of him.

He does not have a bio on ODUSports.com, not yet anyways.  That’s because he is a freshman walkon. I imagine one will be coming shortly, especially at his current trajectory.  Fulgham is now listed as Melvin Vaughn’s backup at wide receiver, a pretty significant accomplishment considering he has seemingly vaulted past recruits the staff worked tirelessly to recruit.

Here’s what we do know.

During ODU’s first scrimmage he took a Shuler Bentley sideline pass 90 plus yards for a score.  He’s listed at 6’3, 195 pounds and can separate in the air.  In 2012 he posted 58 catches for 1,614 yards and 14 touchdowns for Massanutten Military Academy.  That was in ten games.  In 2013 he transferred to Broad Run and posted 37 catches for 810 yards, maintaining a very high ypc average, and 8 touchdowns.  Then he proceeded to lead the Broad Run Basketball team as a high flying small forward.  His play earned him 5A South second team honors in basketball.

Did the Monarchs find a diamond in the rough?

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Five to keep an eye on at Open Scrimmage

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ODU will have their only open scrimmage of 2014 to close fall camp on Friday evening from 6-8pm at SB Ballard Stadium.  It is free and open to the public.

I would expect them to keep it close to the vest but still put forth an entertaining product on the field.  This may be your only chance to see Shuler Bentley in action this season as he is expected to redshirt.  Kyle Bottoms will get work at left tackle filling in for an injured Connor Mewbourne.

This season ODU is eligible for postseason awards and it’s likely that they will place several on the All C-USA Freshman Team.

Here are five to watch at the Open Scrimmage:

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Heinicke named to Senior Bowl watch list

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Taylor Heinicke is one of over 350 college seniors named to the Reese’s Senior Bowl Watch List.  A stellar 2014 season could place him on either the North or South roster as one of the select 110 players to perform in front of over 800 NFL personnel leading up to the game on January 24, 2015.

The game is played at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Alabama and televised on the NFL Network.  Senior Bowl Week will be televised as well, around 15 hours of live coverage, where seniors will perform in front of NFL Head Coaches, General Managers and Scouts.

At ODU fall camp scouts from the Vikings, 49ers, Ravens, Chargers, Seahawks, Packers, Panthers and Raiders have stopped by to check in on Heinicke.  Last season he completed exactly 70 percent of his passes with 33 touchdowns against 8 interceptions.

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Biggest Depth Chart Moves ten days out

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An updated depth chart was provided today from Harry Minium and it revealed several key changes.  That is to be expected with this many newcomers fighting to see the field in 2014.

Players such as Taylor Heinicke (QB), Gerard Johnson (RB), Antonio Vaughan (WR), Josh Mann (C), Andre Simmons (Rover), Fellonte Misher (SS) and Ricky Segers (PK) appear to be well entrenched for the opener against Hampton.  There still remain battles at key positions that could last into the season.

Here are the biggest movers since the opening scrimmage:

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Opening Week C-USA Games

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Conference USA begins their season on Friday night and unless a few teams can pull off an upset, there just may not be that many wins.  A few teams are road fodder to AP Top 25 teams, one is a home underdog to a FCS school and two others are playing against the top of the MAC and AAC.

Friday August 29th

Bowling Green -8 at Western Kentucky 7:30 CBSSN-The first C-USA game of the season is a critical one as WKU hosts a MAC power in Bowling Green.  The Falcons went 10-4 last season, defeating Northern Illinois in the title game and narrowly losing to Pitt in the Little Caesar’s Bowl.  Yes, that is a thing.

UTSA +11 at Houston 9pm ESPNU-We will find out if UTSA is for real very quickly in the 2014 season as the travel to face AAC favorite Houston.  The Roadrunners were in the same position as ODU last year and went 7-5 and 6-2.  This year they return 20 starters.  That is a lot.

Saturday August 30th

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