ODU QB LaRussa not returning in 2019, will attend seminary school


NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Old Dominion football head coach Bobby Wilder got some bad news this holiday season when his starting QB Blake LaRussa told him he would not return to the team next season.

LaRussa, a state champion quarterback at Bishop Sullivan High School, was a walk on at Old Dominion and eventually earned a scholarship. 

He won the starting the job after he came off the bench and helped orchestrate the biggest win in the ODU football’s history — an upset of the then-13th ranked Virginia Tech Hokies.

LaRussa threw for nearly 500 yards and had five total touchdowns, and was named national player of the week. His 29-yard touchdown pass to Jonathan Duhart with 5:11 left proved to be the game winner against the Hokies.

LaRussa will graduate in the spring and plans to attend seminary school to earn a masters of Divinity to become a Christian minister. 

Wilder will have an open quarterback competition for next season.

ODU returns Steven Williams and Jonah Fitzgerald — who both red-shirted last season. The Monarchs also signed two JUCO quarterbacks last week on national signing day: Stone Smartt and Hayden Wolf. 

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