Three biggest question marks heading into 2015

Old Dominion is going to look very different in 2015, perhaps drastically different from what we are used to.  Taylor Heinicke is gone but Shuler Bentley is stepping in along with 30-40 players recruited to play FBS football with many coming off of a redshirt year. Bobby Wilder is hinting that ODU could be slowing things down offensively while maintaining that the defense is … [Read more...]

Recruiting Update: Monarchs with nine commits


We are entering a slower period as June comes to an end.  July is generally not very newsworthy in terms of collegiate athletics but things will quickly heat up once we get into August. Now would be the perfect time to size up ODU's 2016 recruiting class. The Monarchs stockpiled offensive linemen towards the end of last week prior to today's NCAA mandated dead … [Read more...]

Scout previewed the Monarchs

Rich Cirminiello of provided a lengthy preview of ODU headed into the 2015 season.  I'm still not certain how he thinks the Monarchs will fare but's one of a hundred different previews available this off-season. This preview is heavy on the impact of Shuler Bentley and what kind of progression the defense can make which pretty much sums up the story lines … [Read more...]

Audio: Bobby Wilder talks about controlling the football in 2015

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I'd be surprised if there was an interview, press conference or podcast of any kind that Bobby Wilder has participated in over the past couple of seasons that I have not consumed.  One little thing that I have noticed is that when he conducts one of these with a member of the media outside of Norfolk, he slips in a couple of tidbits that we may not get locally. Wilder was on … [Read more...]

Reid Hulgan is the latest lineman to pick ODU

Reid Hulgan

ODU's four most recent 2016 commitments have come along the trenches with Reid Hulgan becoming the third offensive lineman to commit to the Monarchs in two days. Hulgan (6'4, 280) from Fort Payne, Alabama announced on twitter this afternoon that he has committed to ODU... Blessed to say I have Committed to Old Dominion University 🏈 #ODU16 … [Read more...]

ODU added three linemen this week

Andrew Vastardis

Where's the beef?  It can be found in ODU's 2016 recruiting class as the Monarchs got serious this week adding three interior players to give their nine man 2016 recruiting class some balance. The first to commit was Juwan Ross, a 6'2, 270 pound defensive tackle from Dayton Beach, Florida.  Ross tallied 69 tackles and 7 sacks last season for Father Lopez Catholic High and … [Read more...]

Who are the most versatile for 2015?

Versatility is key in sports.  John Calipari brags about how he teaches "position-less" basketball at Kentucky.  The NBA is trending towards getting the best five on the floor regardless of size or weight. Football is slightly different because there will always be fixed positions such as both lines and special teams.  That does not make being versatile less important.  An … [Read more...]