Trio of Knights Earn 2019 All-ODAC Football Honors

Trio of Knights Earn 2019 All-ODAC Football Honors

FOREST, Va. — The Old Dominion Athletic Conference today announced the 2019 All-ODAC Football Awards with Southern Virginia's Neil Davis and Akiva Wedge earning All-ODAC First Team honors, and Grady Sami named All-ODAC Third Team.

The Knights concluded its first season in the ODAC after posting its best record in the Division III era, going 4-6.

On the offensive side of the ball, Wedge (Forestville, Md. / Fredrick Douglas HS) shouldered the workload for the Knights. He finished second in the ODAC in rushing yards per game (107.2), total rushing yards (1,072), and rushing touchdowns (8). Wedge recorded for the second consecutive season of 1,000+ rushing yards. His 1,072 rushing yards this season broke the program's Division III record of rushing yards in a single-season. Wedge earned ODAC Player of the Week honors for the week of Sept. 15 and was named to the D3Football.com Team of the Week. Last season, he earned All-NJAC Offensive First Team honors.

Davis (Salem, Utah / Salem Hills HS) anchored the Southern Virginia secondary after leading the team in tackles with 80 (sixth in ODAC). His 53 solo tackles placed him third in the ODAC. In his senior season, he added three interceptions, including a 100+ yard interception, 8.5 tackles for loss, and seven pass break-ups. Davis was named ODAC Defensive Player of the Week for the week of Nov. 4. Davis finishes at Southern Virginia as the program's leader in career total tackles as he surpassed 300 tackles last week. He is the program's leader in both solo and assisted tackles and interceptions with an incredible 14 interceptions for the Knights. Last Season, Davis was named to the All-NJAC Defensive First Team. 

In his senior season, Sami (Colorado Springs, Colo. / Sierra HS) ends his career with All-ODAC Third Team honors following his role in producing the Knights best offensive season in its Division III era. He helped paved the way for Wedge in setting multiple program records in the run-game. Southern Virginia this season produced a program record, seven games with over 300 total yards. Last season, Sami earned All-NJAC Second Team honors.