Game 12 preview: Old Dominion at South Alabama – Update Alaba

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NORFOLK, Va. – Old Dominion University Football will conclude the 2022 season at South Alabama on Saturday, November 26 at noon EST. The game will be broadcast on ESPN+.

• Old Dominion closes out the regular season at South Alabama as it ends the season with two road games for the first time in program history.

• ODU lost last week at App State, 27-14. USA came from behind to win at Southern Miss, 27-20.

• Linebacker Jason Henderson leads the nation with 168 tackles and is 35 ahead of No. 2 tackle Jackson Mitchell of UConn, who has 133. Henderson broke the ODU and Sun Belt Conference single-season rushing record.

• This is the first meeting between Old Dominion and South Alabama.

Henderson Take Down Records
Linebacker Jason Henderson recorded two interceptions at App State before leaving with an injury. It was the first time this season that Henderson had not reached double figures in games.

Henderson leads the nation with 168 tackles and 15.3 tackles per game. Those 168 games are tied for 12th most in a single season in FBS history.

He tied or led ODU in 10 of 11 games this season. All 10 of those were double-digit games.

Henderson is the only FBS player to have two tackles over 20 in a season. He had 21 tackles against Arkansas State to set an ODU single-game record and broke it a month later with 22 stops against Georgia Southern.

Henderson was named a semifinalist for the Bednarik Award given to the nation’s outstanding defensive player. He was one of only two semifinalists from the Group of Five program. Second was Ivan Pace Jr. from Cincinnati.

FBS Single-Season Tackles

Player School Year It solves
Lawrence Flugence Texas Tech 2012 193
Lukas Kuechly Boston College 2011 191
Josh Buhl the state of kansas 2003 183
Lukas Kuechly Boston College 2010 183
Evan Weaver California 2019 182
Tom Ward Toledo 2002 180
Jimmy Cottrell State of New Mexico 2005 179
Ben Burr-Kirven Washington 2018 176
EJ Henderson Maryland 2002 175
Frank Ginda San Jose State 2017 173
John Leake Clemson 2002 169
Jason Henderson Old Dominion 2022 168
Hunter Hillenmeyer Vanderbilt 2002 168
Byron Hardmon Florida 2002 168

Running Watson
Red shirt junior running back Blake Watson had 10 carries for 69 yards at App State, the most by Watson since rushing for 65 yards at Georgia State.

Watson caught a career-high seven passes for 73 yards at App State.

On the season, Watson has 139 attempts for 803 yards and five touchdowns.

Watson also has 31 receptions for 226 yards and a touchdown.

ODU Career Rushing Yards

Rank Player Yards flight
1. Ray Lawry 4,080 2014-17
2. Jeremy Cox 2.175 2015-18
3. Blake Watson 2,034 2019 – present

ODU Single-Season Running Back Receptions

Rank Player Reception Year
1. Tyree Lee 35 2012
2. Colby Goodwyn 34 2013
3. Blake Watson 31 2022

Eating sweets
Offensive lineman Nick Saldiveri accepted an invitation to play in the Reese’s Senior Bowl. Saldiveri becomes the third Monarch and the first offensive lineman to participate in the Senior Bowl.

The Senior Bowl will be played on February 4, 2023 at South Alabama’s Hancock Whitney Stadium in Mobile. The game is broadcast on the NFL Network.

Participates in the ODU Senior Bowl

Player Position Year
Oshan Ximines LB 2018
Travis Fulgham WR 2018
Nick Saldiveri OL 2022


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