Blake LaRussa named ODU starting QB, Jordan Hoy is backup

Posted at 12:41 PM, Aug 28, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-28 23:43:00-04

NORFOLK, Va. - Sophomore Blake LaRussa earned the right to enter fall camp as Old Dominion's starting quarterback. The Bishop Sullivan Catholic High School product did not do anything to lose that right. Therefore, LaRussa will take the first snap at QB Saturday when the Monarchs open 2017 at home vs. Albany.

ODU QB Blake LaRussa

Head coach Bobby Wilder confirmed the news Monday at his weekly press conference. Wilder also revealed sophomore transfer Jordan Hoy won the backup job. Redshirt freshman Drayton Arnold and true freshman Steven Williams round out the depth chart.

"Blake has earned the right to be the starter," Wilder explained. "This is his third year with the program, he’s somebody that came to us initially, he was a walk-on then he earned a scholarship. He earned the backup quarterback position last year during the season."

In 2016, LaRussa appeared in 10 games after redshirting in 2015. During his '16 action, he completed 14-of-24 passes for 140 yards and one interception.

"I know our team feels good about Blake going into it," Wilder added. "I talked to all the quarterbacks this morning, I met with all four of them and with Ron Whitcomb our quarterback coach and explained to them that Blake’s the guy. Blake’s the guy going into it, but it could be similar to last year when we started the season with David Washington."

Hoy is a transfer from Fullerton (CA) Community College. Last season, he completed 246-of-391 passes for 3,434 yards and 37 touchdowns while rushing 131 times for 712 yards and nine touchdowns.