Here is an overview or outlook for ODU’s 2014 Football Season. As the Monarch’s head into their 2nd year of their FBS transition, there are many factors that could make this year one of the best or the worst ever In ODU’s brief history. Fans and players have never finished with a losing season, I hope this will not be the case in 2014.
It has been reported that this year ODU will field over 105 players, including 38 newcomers on the team. Last year we fielded only 90 player’s total. I do feel our recruiting has moved up a notch maybe even two. I think most would evaluate the class of 2014 as the 1st recruited class that can truly be labeled as an FBS Class. Yes we have had many talented players in the last 5 years, but the 2014 class is statistically the best so far.
ODU Football had their 1st day of practice on Monday Aug 4, 2014. With camp starting the season will be here before we blink an eye. The time will speed up and go faster as we approach our 1st game with the Hampton Pirates on Saturday Aug 30. The fact that the game will be on TV will not have any impact on the attendance and number of people in the stands at Forman Field. That place will be stuffed and rocking. The dichotomy of the game has a few underlining elements that will be interesting to watch. Number one is the fact that an earlier commitment to ODU from a JR. College, that was unable to qualify will now be on the other side of the ball playing for Hampton. The second is simply the two schools are 30 miles apart. There may even be families split with their allegiances with Alumni from both schools in the same family.
Newcomers that should have an impact this year in 2014
True Freshmen Vincent Lowe 5-9 176 Chesapeake, Va.
True Freshmen Isaiah Harper 5-9 160 Chesapeake Va.
True Freshmen Jonathan Duhart, 6-3, 205, Midlothian Va.
True Freshman Will Howard 6-3, 200 Va. Beach, Va.
True Freshman Ray Lawry, 5-10, 192, Woolwich, N.J..
Red –S Freshman Malik Moseley, 5-11, 199, Greensboro, N.C.
Transfer So. Nick England, 6-0, 185, Suwanee, Ga.
Red –S Freshman Davis Farmer, 6-3, 325, Leesville, S.C.
Red –S Freshman Eric Hampson, 6-5, 296, Largo, Fla.
Red –S Freshman Grant Johnson, 6-5, 280, Winchester, Va.
Red –S Freshman Bumni Rotimi, 6-4, 281, Alexandria, Va.
Red –S Freshman Cullen Casey, 6-3, 291, Rochester, N.Y.
True Freshman Mike Lennox, 6-2, 210, Bristow, Va.
True Freshman Isaiah Worthy, 6-1, 229, Westville, N.J.
True Freshman Pat Toal, 6-4, 300, Haglet, N.J.
True Freshman Brandon Tyson, Fr., 6-1, 350, Midlothian, Va.
True Freshman Galen Evans, 6-3, 319, Annapolis, Md.
Red –S Freshman Jai Franklin, 6-3, 267, Upper Marlboro, Md.
True Freshman Torrez Wentz, 6-2, 280, Warrenton, Ga.
True Freshman Ryan Londree, 6-3, 293, Charlottesville, Va.
True Freshman Oshane Ximines, 6-3, 216, Ahoskie, N.C.
True Freshman Daniel Appouh, 6-4, 215, Germantown, Md.
True Freshman Lawrence Holley, 6-2, 191, Harrisburg, Pa.
True Freshman Christian Byrum, 6-1, 193, Virginia Beach
True Freshman Justice Davila, 6-0, 184, Erial, N.J.
True Freshman Jarrett Cervi, 6-1, 209, Raleigh, N.C.
True Freshman Adam Vaught, 6-6, 282, Blacksburg, Va.
Red –S Freshman Malik Moseley, 5-11, 188, Greensboro, N.C.
True Freshman Justin Noye, 6-1, 196, Rochester, N.Y.
Game 1 ODU vs. Hampton @ SB Ballard Stadium Sat Aug 20 3:30 pm * TV- WTVZ 33 Local
Old Dominion should offensively be able to put up some big numbers, but I believe Hampton will be much more competitive than they were in 2012 when they lost to ODU 45 -7. Heinicke potentially could have a record breaking day. Much will depend on the underlying current of ODU running up a score. If ODU scores at will and is effective on the D during the 1st half, Bobby Wilder will not run the score up after last year’s game with UNC. ODU will depend heavily on the freshman and new comers for every game this year. How quickly they learn the system and can contribute will be the difference in a make or break season.
Predicted Score * ODU 56 Hampton 21 * W
Game 2 NC State vs. ODU in Raleigh Sat. Sept. 6, 6:00 pm * TV ESPN 3 National
There was a time when I felt ODU may have a fair chance of winning this game. At this time I think the reality is that with a few of the problems the team has been hampered with that opportunity may have slipped away. I hope I am wrong but at this time I really do not see the knock out punch that the offense can deliver to win this game. When I look at NC State’s Offensive line and defensive players the size differential clearly shows we still do not match up very well. Even though ODU is bigger and stronger this year, I think we are still a year away to win a game like his. Not to mention that the defense has yet to prove itself. The game may be an offensive battle from both.
|53||jones tyler||Tyler Jones||75||6-3||290||OL||1||FR||Stone Mountain, Ga. (Stephenson)|
|67||pritt evan||Evan Pritt||75||6-3||258||OL||2||RS FR||Wilmington, N.C. (Ashley)|
|76||shute eric||Eric Shute||77||6-5||286||OL||1||FR||Glen Ellyn, Ill. (Glenbard West)|
|57||daniel peter||Peter Daniel||78||6-6||266||OT||2||RS FR||Raleigh, N.C. (Broughton)|
|64||reagan tylar||Tylar Reagan||76||6-4||300||OT||2||RS FR||Jacksonville, Fla. (Bartram Trail)|
|66||richardson will||Will Richardson||77||6-5||282||OT||1||FR||Burlington, N.C. (Cummings)|
|72||roane patrick||Patrick Roane||79||6-7||303||OT||2||RS FR||Hope Mills, N.C. (Gray’s Creek)|
|74||chandler tyson||Tyson Chandler||79||6-7||345||OT||9||GS||
|78||crisp rob||Rob Crisp||79||6-7||285||OT||8||RS SR||Burlington, N.C. (Athens Drive)|
|73||jomantas andy||Andy Jomantas||79||6-7||295||OT/OG||9||GS||Dayton, Ohio (Chaminade-Julienne)|
|54||street kentavius||Kentavius Street||74||6-2||287||DE||1||FR||Greenville, N.C. (Rose)|
|49||chubb bradley||Bradley Chubb||76||6-4||247||DE||1||FR||Powder Springs, Ga. (Hillgrove)|
|54||allred davion||Davion Allred||72||6-0||228||DE||2||RS FR||Raleigh, N.C. (Millbrook)|
|55||holden deonte||Deonte Holden||76||6-4||215||DE||1||FR||Hyattsville, Md. (Dematha Catholic)|
|87||mckever pharoah||Pharoah McKever||78||6-6||256||DE||2||RS FR||Tabor City, N.C. (S. Columbus)|
|90||rose mike||Mike Rose||75||6-3||271||DE||6||RS JR||Fountain Inn, S.C. (Hillcrest)|
|91||davis drew||Drew Davis||75||6-3||252||DE||4||RS SO||Raleigh, N.C. (Broughton)|
|92||billups hampton||Hampton Billups||79||6-7||223||DE||1||FR||Greensboro, N.C. (NW Guilford)|
|95||norman art||Art Norman||72||6-0||254||DE||9||GS||Stone Mountain, Ga. (Chamblee)|
|99||wright joe||Joe Wright||79||6-7||237||DE||4||RS SO||Greenville, N.C. (Rose)|
|69||teal thomas||Thomas Teal||73||6-1||296||DT||8||RS SR||Bennettsville, S.C. (Marlboro Co.)|
|75||mcgill t.y.||73||6-1||289||DT||7||SR||Jesup, Ga. (Wayne County)|
|79||smith tyler||Tyler Smith||75||6-3||268||DT||6||RS JR||Raleigh, N.C. (Western Carolina)|
|93||jones justin||Justin Jones||74||6-2||294||DT||1||FR||Austell, Ga. (S. Cobb)|
|94||nelson monty||Monty Nelson||74||6-2||312||DT||3||SO||Plantation, Fla. (Plantation)|
|96||gibbs kenton||Kenton Gibbs||74||6-2||287||DT||2||RS FR||Detriot, Mich. (Cass Technical)|
Predicted Score NC State 45 ODU 35 * L
Game 3 ODU vs. Eastern Michigan @ SB Ballard Stadium Sat. Sept. 13 6:00 pm * TV Cox Regional
Again my perception has changed dramatically in the last few weeks. I do believe this is a winnable game for ODU and the Monarch’s CAN NOT look past this team. Last year we had a common opponent, we both played Howard – EMU won 34-24 * ODU won 76-19. Eastern Michigan is predicted to win over ODU by many preseason predictions. I believe ODU could come out of the locker room swinging and may even lead at the end of the first half by a large margin, but the game could turn, it will be close when the final whistle blows after 40 minutes.
Game 4 Rice vs. ODU in Huston Sat Sept 20 TBA *TV FOX Sports National Broadcast
I do not think ODU will be able to play 40 minutes with Rice and come out on top. Again I think ODU will be close or maybe even lead after the 1st half. After a spectacular 2013 season, 7-1 in conference and an upset win over Marshall, Rice will have to look at a rebuilding year. In the last 4 games of the 2013 Rice outscored their opponents 33.0, – 19.3 (plus-13.7). Rice is a much more defensive oriented team and will hold the score down especially in the 2nd half (at the half ODU 21 Rice 17). Rice had 53 non-sack tackles for losses, forced 14 fumbles, and defensed 75 passes (14 interceptions, 61 break-ups). They return a very active, deep and experienced secondary. When all is said in done I think ODU’s defense will break and it may get messy.
Predicted Score Rice 48 ODU 28 * L
Game 5 ODU vs. Middle Tenn. @ SB Ballard Fri Sept 26 *TV FOX Sports National Broadcast
Just because it is a home game this game will prove to be very competitive and exciting. ODU will celebrate with their 1st CUSA home game and the crowd will be large and loud. Last year MTSU’s 51-49 win over Marshall on a Thursday night in late-October turned the Blue Raiders’ 2013 season around. They finished the last 5 games of the regular season 5-0. This year one of their biggest challenges they will face is replacing their starting QB. As for the game, once again, I think ODU will come out of the gate with some big plays and may lead this game at half (ODU 17 MTSU 14). I feel that the half time adjustments made by MTSU may make it very difficult for us to score and the second half and If our D is not improved we may not be able to stop them and it could be a long 2nd half.
MTSU 38 ODU 31 * L
Game 6 ODU vs. Marshall @ SB Ballard Stadium Sat Oct 4 TBA * TV FOX Sports National Broadcast
Marshall will enter the game undefeated having won their first 4 games. They will try to make a statement to the media that we belong in the Top 25. It almost looks like Marshall is in the MAC with 3 of their first 4 games against MAC members Miami (OH), Ohio and Akron. The rest of the conference should be able to see how we compare with the MAC Schools after the Marshall tour. I think Cato and Heinicke will both have good games and one of the more interest games to draw comparison from. But Marshall’s D will be one of the best we have faced in 6 years. The first half may be a run away for Marshall 31 ODU 14. I hope that we will be able to settle down and be competitive in the 2nd half. This could get ugly, Doc will not take his foot of the pedal, he will have a goal, a plan and it is simple, to beat the stuffing out of every team they face in 2014.
Predicted Score Marshall 55 ODU 28 * L
Game 7 UTEP vs. ODU in El Paso, Texas Sat Oct 11 8:00 pm EST * TV MTVZ National/Regional TBA
After losing three in a room ODU’ s current record may be 2 – 5. The Monarchs will face new challenges and I hope our team will be able to turn it around. Baring any major injuries Old Dominion will finally find itself in a position to match up with another CUSA team. UTEP was outscored by its opponents in 2013 by 17.3 points (Opponent 42.6, UTEP 25.1 minus-17.5). If the football Gods are good to us, this may be our 3rd win for the season. My fear is that the team will feel deflated, but I put my confidence it the staff and leaders on the team to make everyone realize each game is a step we must take to improve. Now go out there and kick some Texas hide parts.
Predicted Score ODU 35 UTEP 30 * W
Game 8 Western Kentucky vs. ODU in Bowling Green, Ky. Sat Oct. 25 4:00 pm * TV TBA (WKU May)
Old Dominion will have had a week off to recover from the game against UTEP, but historically ODU seems to have a lull in their intensity after a bye week. WKU is a very good team. Last year after they beat Kentucky in the season opener, they had a few bumps, but went on to win 7 of their last 9 games which included 4 straight to cap the regular season. This year, n 2014 Western Kentucky will face a fierce group of teams early, all of which should have stealer seasons. WKU could very easily enter SB Ballard with a 2-5 record, having played at Bowling Green, Illinois, MTSU, Navy and FAU ODU will be pumped for this game. If we win at UTEP, and I think we will, the team should be ready to jump on WKU and win this game. However, it may not be the case if ODU eases off the intensity during this game. WKU has traditionally been a very strong defensive team and there is no reason to think differently about this 2014 team. With all the Jr College influx on WKU’s defensive side of the ball, it may be too much for the Monarchs to overcome. ODU has garnered success with the short pass patterns that made us successful at the FCS level but we will need a rushing game and a passing game to win at the FBS. I also believe, unless I am proven wrong, the D may not be able to make the stops in the 2nd half for us to win. But I will wait and see, I think WKU will pull out the W.
Predicted Score WKU 45 ODU 28 * L
Game 9 Vanderbilt vs. ODU in Nashville, Tenn. SAT Nov 1 TBA * TV SEC/ESPN National Broadcast
Old dominion will have grown weary of Nashville. Vanderbilt will not be as strong this year as they were in 2014 but they have the size, speed and experience to make this game a blow out. The defensive line will be bigger than Marshall and will be the best defense ODU will face in 2014. The Commodores defense has ranked in the top 20 nationally each of the last two seasons. Offensively they lost a few experience players and that may help keep the score within reason. If the wind is not completely out of the sails by this time we play in Nashville again, and the players are not motivated it may be hard to find any wind at all.
Predicted Score Vanderbilt 45 ODU 17 * L
Game 10 ODU vs. Florida International Sat Nov 8 3:30 pm * TV WTVZ Regional/ National
If ODU is not banged up to bad from the Vanderbilt game this may be ODU’s best game of the season. Old Dominion can not underestimate or look past FIU. They will come into Norfolk looking for their 3rd win in 2014 (wins over Bethune-Cookman and Wagner). FIU will be improved over last year, but at this time I don’t see a defense that will be able to stop our air raid and this could lead to a lot of first downs for the Monarchs. Again, I see ODU taking center stage and Heinicke should have some impressive numbers for only the. second game of the year. The half time score looks like it will be a runaway (ODU 28 FIU 10 at half.). The second half will be a whole new ball game, but ODU should be victorious when the whistle blows.
Predicted Score ODU 49 FIU 31 W
Game 11 ODU vs. Louisiana Tech Sat Nov 22 1:00 pm * TV FOX Sports National
ODU may have gotten a break from CUSA when they were assembling the 2014 Schedule. This game will truly show the maturity of the team at this stage of the season. La Tech may have suffered 3 opening game loses to start the 2014 season (Oklahoma, Louisianan Lafayette and North Texas) However I think they will ride into Norfolk on a high after winning 6 of their last 7 games. ODU will need to have an identity but this time, and have a D that can stop LA Techs run game to have a chance. In the off season, I originally had predicted a possible UPSET. Not sure at this point. Way too many things will have to go ODU’s way to win this game. If the team improves and the defense has shown marked improvement over the previous years … maybe a W? Make no mistake about ODU will need to play almost a flawless game to pick up that W. The game will be won or lost if we are able to hold their running game to reasonable numbers.
Predicted Score SURPRISE UPSET ODU 31 LA Tech 28 * W
Game 12 FAU vs. ODU in Boca Raton, FL. 12 noon * TV WTVZ Regional Sinclair AAC TV Network
When ODU travels to Florida it will follow a bye week were ODU should have had time to re-group and get over a few bumps and bruises from the LA Tech game. FAU potentially may be one of the best teams we face in 2014. Charlie Partridge, who will have taken over the reins at FAU and enter into his 1st year as the head coach maybe one of the big question marks for the owls in 2014. FAU has one of the larger Defensive lines and Offensive lines in CUSA. ODU better be prepared FAU will be hard hitting and shove it down the middle with a run game that will test our D early. At the half I think FAU and ODU will almost have played even in reference to the score. FAU will have gained most of their yards on the ground while ODU in the air. (FAU 17 ODU 14 the at half). When everyone emerges in the 2nd half to wrap up the 2014 regular season it will be a new game. Considered as one of the country’s best in 2013 the pass defense I believe that FAU may have the edge on ODU in the second half will ultimately win a very good a competitive game.
Predicted Score FAU 41 ODU 35 * L
It will be another learning year, one I hope ODU will not have to learn again in 2015. Overall I predict that Old Dominion will have less than a stellar year in 2014. But, the good news is we will be more experienced at almost every position but QB in 2015.
OIVERALL 2014 Record 6 – 6
There are so many influence and events that can happen in any given year. Many factors can change the season’s outcome. Other opponents may suffer an injury at a key position that could change the outcome of that game or vise versa. If the defense shows marked improvement early, we may see an overall improvement in our overall record. I’m being very conservative with my predictions. The fact is there are just too many unknowns at this time. I am leaning heavily on our past history with our D to make the above predictions. The early test with NC State may be the 1st opportunity we will have to see if history repeats it’s self. Until I’m proven wrong, and I hope I am. The D will shape our 2014 season.
Aim High Go Monarchs