Game 12 preview: Old Dominion in South Alabama

NORFOLK, Va. — Old Dominion University Football wraps up the 2022 season in South Alabama on Saturday, November 26 at 12 p.m. EST. The game will be broadcast on ESPN+.

• Old Dominion ends the regular season in South Alabama as they end a season with two away games for the first time in program history.

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

• Defender Jason Henderson leads the country with 168 tackles and holds a 35 tackle lead over UConn runner-up Jackson Mitchell, who has 133. Henderson has broken the ODU and Sun Belt Conference records for single-season tackles.

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

Henderson breaks records
linebacker Jason Henderson recorded two tackles at App State before leaving with an injury. It was the first time this season that Henderson failed to reach double-digit tackles.

Henderson leads the country with 168 tackles and 15.3 tackles per game. The 168 tackles ranks 12th in a single season in FBS history.

He has tied or led ODU in 10 of 11 games this season in tackles. All 10 of these were double-digit tackle plays.

Henderson is the only FBS player with two 20+ tackle games in the season. He scored 21 tackles against Arkansas State to set the 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 country’s outstanding defensive player. He was one of only two semifinalists from a group-of-five program. The other was Ivan Pace Jr. from Cincinnati.

FBS single season tackles

player school Year tackles
Lawrence Flugence texas tech 2012 193
Luke Küchly Boston College 2011 191
Josh Buehl State of Kansas 2003 183
Luke Küchly Boston College 2010 183
Evan Weber 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 Gina State of San Jose 2017 173
John Leak Clemson 2002 169
Jason Henderson Old rule 2022 168
Hunter Hillenmeyer Vanderbilt 2002 168
Byron Hardmon Florida 2002 168

Run Watson
Redshirt Junior runs back Blake Watson had 10 carries for 69 yards at App State, the most yards by Watson since he rushed for 65 yards at Georgia State.

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

For 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 meter Years
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 receptions Year
1. Tyree Lee 35 2012
2. Colby Goodwyn 34 2013
3. Blake Watson 31 2022

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

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

ODU Senior Bowl joins in

player position Year
Oshane Ximines LB 2018
Travis Fulgham WR 2018
Nick Saldiveri OIL 2022