Four ODU players make Pro Football Network’s USA preseason squad – The Virginian-Pilot


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Four Old Dominion players — tight end Zack Kuntz, wide receiver Ali Jennings III, running back Blake Watson and cornerback LaMareon James — have been named to the pre-season college football All-American team. Pro Football Network season.

Jennings III and Kuntz each made the third team, while Watson and James received honorable mention.

Kuntz was second in the nation in tight end receptions last season with 73. He added 692 yards and five touchdowns. Jennings caught 62 passes for a team-best 1,066 yards and five scores.

Watson rushed for 1,112 yards on 215 carries and eight touchdowns, becoming the first monarch since Ray Lawry in 2016 to eclipse 1,000 yards in a season. James finished ninth in the nation with a punt return average of 29.4 yards and two touchdowns.

Virginia Tech linebacker Dax Hollifield was on the second team, while Virginia wide receiver Dontayvion Wicks was on the third team. James Madison receiver Kris Thornton received an honorable mention.

HOCKEY

The Norfolk Admirals have signed striker Jordan Kaplan for the upcoming season.

Kaplan, 25, becomes the eighth striker to join the team and the third to adapt to another team last season. Liam MacDougall and Kenny Hausinger were the others.

Kaplan, a native of Bridgewater, New Jersey, played his rookie season with the ECHL’s Adirondack Thunder. He scored 11 goals and added 12 assists in 65 games, ranking fifth on the team in points (32).

He played college hockey at Sacred Heart and Vermont. His brother, Devin, was a third-round pick of the Philadelphia Flyers earlier this year.

BASEBALL

Outfielder DJ Stewart has been reinstated from the Norfolk Tides injured list.

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Stewart played in 20 games for the Tides this season, hitting .321 with four home runs, 12 RBIs and one stolen base.

On Monday, the Orioles recalled reliever Louis Head from Norfolk and opted for reliever Beau Sulser at the tides.

Norfolk (48-56) opens a six-game series at Rochester at 7:05 p.m. Tuesday.

* Former Virginia Tech star Gavin Cross hit his first home run since joining the Kansas City Royals organization, going 2-for-3 with a solo shot and two runs in the loss Arizona Complex League Royals 11-9 against the ACL Padres on Monday night. Cross, the No. 9 overall pick in last month’s MLB Draft, hit .500 (5 for 10) in three games with the team.

COLLEGES

Norfolk State has placed 99 student-athletes on the MEAC Commissioner’s Varsity Team.

The list recognized athletes who posted a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher.

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