2. KEYS TO THE SEASON
Biggest Key To The Old Dominion Offense
The turnovers have to stop. The offensive line has to muscle up fast after losing almost everyone, the quarterback situation has to be settled, and playmakers have to be found in the receiving corps. No matter how it all works out, the offense has to stop giving the ball away.
The Monarchs lost the ball 20 times on the year after giving it up 20 times in 2017. The multiple giveaways were the killer, turning it over two times or more seven times going 1-6 in those games.
Biggest Key To The Old Dominion Defense
The defense has to come up with its star pass rusher. The 4-2-5 alignment isn’t going to change. but the secondary has to be a whole lot better, the run defense has to hold up after getting pounded on way too easily, and there have to be more big sacks.
Oshane Ximines is gone after leading the way with 12 sacks, and second-leading pass rusher Tim Ward is gone, too. Now it’ll be up to a few JUCO transfers and other options, but no matter what, the plays have to start happening behind the line.
The Monarchs came up with three sacks or more three times – and won all three games. The program is 11-2 over the last three seasons when it generates three or more sacks.
Key Player To A Successful Season
QB Messiah deWeaver, Soph.
Or JUCO Transfer Stone Smartt, or sophomore Steven Williams, or freshman Hayden Wolff. Someone has to rise up and take over for last year’s starter, Blake LaRussa, who threw for over 3,000 yards with 15 scores.
No matter who the quarterback is, the goal is to get more rushing out of the position and to make the starter even more of a star. The 6-5, 220-pound deWeaver might not be the runner the offense might want, the former Michigan State Spartan is the type of passer who can make big things happen down the field.
Key Game To The Old Dominion Season
at Marshall, Oct. 12
If there’s any home whatsoever of getting to six wins and going bowling, ODU has to beat Norfolk State, East Carolina and WKU at home over the first part of the season. The date at Marshall will show just how good the team really is.
The Herd are 4-1 over the last five seasons in the series, but the Monarchs could use a big road win with three of the next four games on the road.
– Old Dominion Schedule Breakdown & Analysis
2018 Old Dominion Fun Stats
– Onside Kicks: Opponents 3-for-3 – Old Dominion 1-for-2
– Rushing Yards Per Game: Opponents 216.4 – Old Dominion 130.8
– Fumbles: Old Dominion 12 (lost 8) – Opponents 8 )lost 5)