Preview 2018: Old Dominion Monarchs. The Bounceback Season

Preview 2018: Old Dominion Monarchs. The Bounceback Season

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Preview 2018: Old Dominion Monarchs. The Bounceback Season

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What You Need To Know About The Old Dominion Offense

– It was a rough year for the ODU passing game. It went from being ultra-efficient under David Washington, to – after he graduated – scrambling for production, trying out Blake LaRussa and Jordan Hoy before Steven Williams took over.

It was rough, but Williams turned into a factor by the end of his freshman season. Even so, ODU had no downfield passing game with just nine touchdown passes and 14 picks. In Washington’s last year, he threw 31 scoring passes with just six interceptions.

– Does Williams have anyone to throw to? Three of the top four targets are back, but the whole group needs to come up with a lot more. Isaiah Harper led the way with 39 catches for 462 yards, but he didn’t score as a receiver, making a bigger impact as a kick returner. Finding a safety valve tight end to replace Melvin Vaughn is a must.

The injury to Ray Lawry early last year was a big problem. The star running back is gone, but Jeremy Cox is a solid veteran who can catch and handle the workload. With four starters back up front – and a few strong ones – the ground game that averaged 164 yards per game should be a whole lot stronger, especially if Williams is doing ore under center.

Biggest Key To The Old Dominion Offense

Score – figure out how to do that. The Monarchs struggled to consistently move the ball thanks to flaky quarterback play and few third down conversions, but it came down to not closing out drives to put points on the board.

ODU scored 208 fewer points than it did in 2016, going from having a balanced, high-powered attack to one that struggled with its consistency, scoring ten points or fewer four times after doing that just once two years ago.

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