Detroit Lions turn to former ODU players for help at wide receiver

Posted at 2:06 PM, Dec 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-12 14:06:36-05

BLACKSBURG, VA – SEPTEMBER 22: Wide receiver Travis Fulgham #7 of the Old Dominion Monarchs celebrates his touchdown. (Photo by Michael Shroyer/Getty Images)

ALLEN PARK, Mich. – The Detroit Lions have turned to a pair of former ODU Monarchs for help at the wide receiver position.

They signed Travis Fulgham to the active roster from the practice squad, in addition to signing free agent Jonathan Duhart to the practice squad.

Fulgham became just the second Monarch in school history to be drafted after being selected by the Lions in the sixth round (184th overall) of the 2019 NFL Draft. This marks his second stint on Detroit’s active roster, which he was also on the first three games of the season before being signed to the practice squad Week 4.

Fulgham, who began his career at ODU as a walk-on, tallied 1,083 receiving yards in 2018, the second-best single season output by a Monarch in program history.

The Ashburn, Va. native finished with 2,044 career yards. He finished with 128 receptions and 18 touchdowns in his four-year career in Norfolk. Fulgham was the first offensive player in school history to play in the Reese’s Senior Bowl along with teammate Oshane Ximines, as well as participate as teammates at the NFL Combine.

BLACKSBURG, VA – SEPTEMBER 22: Wide receiver Jonathan Duhart #9 of the Old Dominion Monarchs. (Photo by Michael Shroyer/Getty Images)

Duhart is beginning his second stint of the season on the Lions’ practice squad. He originally joined Detroit in 2019 as an undrafted rookie free agent.

During his 2018 season at ODU, Duhart led Conference USA with 74 receptions and finished third in the league with 1,045 yards and nine touchdowns.

He teamed with Travis Fulgham to become the first ODU teammates to record 1,000 receiving yards in the same season. He earned second-team All-Conference USA honors.

A native of Midlothian, Virginia, Duhart ranks fourth in school history in career receptions with 183, receiving yards with 2,664 and touchdown catches with 28.