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August 13, 2008

Virginians dominate first ODU football roster

lead photosNorfolk , Va. As of today, Aug. 13 football is back at Old Dominion University for the first time since 1940 as 80 players reported for camp this morning at the new $17 million Powhatan Sports Complex.

The Monarchs checked into their rooms before afternoon meetings with interim president John Broderick, the ODU compliance staff and head coach Bobby Wilder (pictured above). After a break for dinner, players returned for physicals, screening by the strength and conditioning staff and getting fitted for equipment.

Camp resumes tomorrow morning when the Monarchs will continue their work in the weight room, receive their equipment and take media headshots. The late morning will consist of team and segment meetings and the first official practice begins at 3 p.m. Practices are open to the media, but closed to the general public.

2009 Football Schedule Set

Seven home football games will highlight the inaugural football season at Old Dominion University as Athletic Director Jim Jarrett and head football coach Bobby Wilder announced today that the Monarchs have finalized their 2009 schedule.

"We are very excited to have our 2009 schedule completed," added Coach Wilder. "Our goal for the past 18 months as we put this schedule together has been to play predominantly I-AA teams so that we're eligible for the playoffs starting in 2009."

Three contracts have been secured to complete the schedule and include home contests with Virginia Union on Sept. 12 and Campbell on Oct. 17. ODU will travel to New Rochelle, N.Y. on Nov. 14 to take on Iona College. Both Campbell and Iona compete in the Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS), formerly I-AA, and brings ODU's total FCS opponents to eight with Presbyterian becoming a full NCAA Division I member in 2011.

The 10,572 Monarch fans that have placed season ticket orders thus far will be treated to seven home games at Foreman Field during the 2009 season. ODU will host the Hawks of Chowan University on Sept. 5 in the season opener and remaining home games include Monmouth (Sept. 26), North Carolina Central (Oct. 3), Presbyterian (Oct. 10) and Georgetown (Oct. 31).

ODU's bye week comes on Nov. 7 before the Monarchs close out the season on the road at Iona and VMI (Nov. 21).

"In developing our scheduling philosophy we studied four programs: Coastal Carolina, South Florida, Florida Atlantic and Florida International," Wilder continued. "I personally spent time with head coaches Dave Bennett from Coastal Carolina and Jim Leavitt from South Florida. It was also important that we hired Bruce Stewart from Coastal Carolina as our Associate Athletic Director, as he was instrumental in their scheduling when they began football. In comparing our first year schedules to those four programs, we have planned to be very aggressive in the caliber of opponents we are playing. Although we will be a team of mostly redshirt freshmen, true freshmen and walk-ons, we wanted to challenge ourselves in the first year. Old Dominion football looks forward to that challenge."

2009 Old Dominion University Football Schedule

Sept. 5 - Chowan

Sept. 12 - Virginia Union

Sept. 19 - at Jacksonville

Sept. 26 - Monmouth

Oct. 3 - NC Central

Oct. 10 - Presbyterian

Oct. 17 - Campbell

Oct. 24 - at Savannah State

Oct. 31 - Georgetown

Nov. 7 - OPEN

Nov. 14 - at Iona

Nov. 21 - at VMI

No. Name Pos. Cl Hometown/High School/Transfer
6 Alex Arain WR Fr. Virginia Beach, Va. / Kempsville
58 Abdou Maba Ba DE Dakar, Senegal / CSMM
47 Kai Blanco TE Fr. Alexandria, Va. / Mount Vernon
41 Daniel Brian H Fr. Virginia Beach, Va. / Kempsville
21 Hykeem Brodie RB Fr. Chesapeake, Va. / Western Branch
81 Thomas Brunton TE Fr. South Hadley, Mass. / Holyoke Catholic
8 Marvin Bryant WR Fr. Pikesville, Md. / Pikesville Senior
82 Teyron Burden WR Jr. Virginia Beach, Va. / Salem / Louisburg College
90 Chris Burnette DL Fr. Randallstown, Md. / Gilman School
42 Cody Butler DL Fr. Chincoteague, Va. / Chincoteague
88 Matt Carrillo TE La Mirada, Calif. / Mt. San Antonio College
83 Bryan Clarke WR Fr. Long Island, Va. / Halifax County
48 Joe Cochrane WR Chesapeake, Va. / Western Branch
51 Michael Colbert LB Fr. Fayetteville, N.C. / E.E. Smith
94 Matt Cole K Fr. Hampton, Va. / Phoebus
96 Devin Coleman DE Fr. Ashland, Va. / Patrick Henry
45 Vondre Combs LB Fr. Newport News, Va. / Warwick
11 Bobby Cooper QB Fr. Davidsonville, Md. / South River
22 T.J. Cowart DB Fr. Virginia Beach, Va. / Ocean Lakes
54 Jeff Crawford DL Fr. Virginia Beach, Va. / Green Run HS
16 Fred Credle QB Fr. Chesapeake, Va. / Deep Creek
92 Tyler Damato LB Fr. Virginia Beach, Va. / Landstown
5 Carlos Davis WR Fr. Ft. Washington, Md. / Friendly
34 Warren Davis LB Fr. Chesapeake, Va. / Hickory
57 Robbie Duncan OL Fr. Sterling, Va. / Parkview
28 Omari Eastman RB Fr. St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands / St. Croix Central
49 Adam Edbauer LB Newport News, Va. / Menchville
13 James Edwards TE Virginia Beach, Va. / Landstown
35 Corey Ellick LB Chesapeake, Va. / Indian River / West Virginia State
4 Reid Evans WR Fr. Hampton, Va. / Phoebus
29 Edward "Trey" Garrett DB Fr. Nathalie, Va. / Halifax County
14 Drew Hareza K/P Fr. McDonald, Pa. / South Fayette
24 Aaron Holman DB Fr. Virginia Beach, Va. / Tallwood
27 John Hyman DB Chesapeake, Va. / Deep Creek
84 Dorian Jackson WR Fr. Colonial Heights, Va. / Matoaca
3 DeAnthony Jones DB Fr. Hyattsville, Md. / C.H. Flowers
98 Benjamin Knerr P Fr. Chesapeake, Va. / Indian River
52 Nikita Logan LB Fr. Danville, Va. / George Washington
85 Chris Lovitt WR Fr. Stafford, Va. / Colonial Forge
65 Chad Lucas OL Fr. Chesapeake, Va. / Deep Creek
59 Logo Maluia OL Pacifica, Calif. / College of San Mateo
7 Nick Mayers WR Fr. Virginia Beach, Va. / Landstown
40 B.J. McLaughlin LB Fr. Columbia, Va. / Goochland
68 Jonathan Meneghini OL Newport News, Va. / Denbigh
75 Bryan Morrison OL Fr. Ashburn, Va. / Broad Run
86 Brandon Newberry WR Fr. Richmond, Va. / Manchester
1 Ricky Nichols DB Fr. Norfolk, Va. / Maury
23 Jamar Parham RB Fr. Chesterfield, Va. / Matoaca
87 Carnell Perkins WR Fr. Culpeper, Va. / Orange County
77 Travis Peyton OL Fr. Woodbridge, Va. / Forest Park
15 Dan Pitts QB Fr. Virginia Beach, Va. / Ocean Lakes
97 Jonathan Plisco P Fr. Newport News, Va. / Woodside
2 Tommy Reamon QB Fr. Newport News, Va. / Gloucester
79 Sam Reisenfeld OL Fr. Fredericksburg, Va. / Stafford
50 David Reynolds LB Fr. Chesapeake, Va. / Great Bridge / Averett
46 Dwayne Robinson FB Fr. Chesapeake, Va. / Fork Union Military Academy
53 Keian Robinson DE So. Newport News, Va. / Warwick
62 Wilson Sarver OL Fr. Spotsylvania, Va. / Riverbend
55 Erik Saylor DL Fr. Ijamsville, Md. / Urbana
95 Steven Schesventer LS Fr. Virginia Beach, Va. / Salem
19 Reggie Scott DB Fr. Woodbridge, Va. / C.D. Hylton
64 Blane Shields DL Chesapeake, Va. / Great Bridge / NC Wesleyan
10 Devon Simmons DB Fr. Newport News, Va. / Denbigh
20 Jeremie Simmons RB / Lake Taylor
99 Andrew Slebonick DE Fr. Stafford, Va. / North Stafford
18 Donald Smith DB Chesapeake, Va. / Indian River
44 Tyler Smith DE Virginia Beach, Va. / Kempsville / Chowan
43 John Sparagna LB Fr. Mechanicsville, Va. / Atlee
36 Jake Sweedyk S So. Walker, Mich. / West Catholic / Grand Rapids CC
89 Austin Taylor WR Fr. Chesapeake, Va. / Great Bridge
78 John Tondrowski OL Fr. Midlothian, Va. / James River
93 Nahom Tsegai DE Fr. Falls Church, Va. / J.E.B. Stuart
91 Andrew Turner DL Fr. Virginia Beach, Va. / Kellam
63 Charles Walls OL Fr. Virginia Beach, Va. / Tallwood
17 Eric Watts LB Fr. Powhatan, Va. / Powhatan
25 Joacim Wigfall RB Fr. Newport News, Va. / Woodside
12 Craig Wilkins DB Fr. Washington, D.C. / H.D. Woodson
9 Desmond Williams DB Windsor, N.C. / Bertie
80 Mike E. Williams WR Fr. Manassas, Va. / Forest Park
56 Mike R. Williams LB Fr. Norfolk, Va. / Norview

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