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Shenandoah Season Preview

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By Byron Mitchell '14

WINCHESTER, Va. - New head coach Scott Yoder and the Shenandoah University football team are prepared for competitive competition in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference this fall.

Shenandoah completed its first ODAC season in disappointing fashion. The Hornets finished the 2012 season 1-9 overall and 0-7 in conference play.

The lone victory came over Stevenson in week one.

Yoder, who came to SU after spending 12 seasons as the associate head coach at Hobart College (N.Y.), was named as the third coach in program history in January.

Associate Head Coach Brock McCullough believes the 2013 team will be better prepared and know what to expect from their ODAC opponents after their first run thru the league last fall.

 "I expect a stronger showing now that our players have some ODAC experience and knowledge about all our league opponents," McCullough said.

Senior cornerback Sean Blackman is in agreement with his coach.

"I do believe that the experience we had in the ODAC last season will help better prepare ourselves for each game that is on our schedule," Blackman, a team co-captain, said. 

Yoder, who retained defensive line coach Kalvin Oliver along with McCullough from last year's staff, has brought in Stan Hodgin and Drake Woodard to round out the full-time staff.

Hodgin, the offensive coordinator, comes to SU from fellow ODAC school Emory & Henry while Woodard played and coached under Yoder at Hobart.

The former D3football.com All-America will coach the defensive backs in his first full-time coaching assignment.

McCullough was promoted by Yoder to Associate Head Coach and shifted his primary coaching responsibility to the offensive side of the ball to head the offensive line after serving as the defensive coordinator for seven years.

With Hodgin coaching the offense, the Hornets have gone to a spread look and will look to push the tempo on every occasion.

Yoder serves as his own defensive coordinator and has turned the defense into a 4-4 base.

"We have a group of young men returning and a very talented incoming class of first year players," McCullough said.

This season, the Hornets roster will feature a group of gifted freshmen to go along with their talented returners. The squad welcomes 43 new faces (39 freshmen and four transfers) to join their 57 returners.

On defense, the Hornets return a pair of excellent defensive backs.

Two-time all-conference honoree Byron Mitchell, a three-year starter at safety, headlines this group.

Mitchell, who earned second team All-ODAC honors in 2012 after being named first team All-USA South in 2011, is coming off an outstanding season as he finished third on the team in tackles, 61, and was second in the league with three interceptions.

He also came up big on special teams by leading the ODAC in kickoff return yards and recording three receptions for 83 yards on fake punts.

All three of those receptions went for first downs.

Mitchell's classmate, Sean Blackman, returns at the cornerback position.

Last fall, Blackman totaled 48 tackles and broke up four passes. His strong cover skills forced teams to consistently throw away from him.

Following the season, he was named third team All-ODAC.

Headlining the defensive line powerhouse is senior Evan Griffin, who also earned third team all ODAC honors in 2011.

Griffin, also an All-ODAC honoree in both indoor and outdoor track, had 22 total tackles including 8.0 for loss and a second-best-in-league six sacks.

Bookending the other side of the line is Evan's younger brother, Ian Griffin, who had 37 total tackles in his first year as a starter. 

Junior David Bell returns at wide receiver, moving to the slot position, with sophomore Andrew Smith leading the ground attack.

In 2011, Smith rushed for a team-best 573 yards and nine touchdowns. 

Bell finished second on the team with 19 receptions for 385 yards and one TD.

Last spring, Mitchell, Blackman, Bell and senior defensive tackle Preston Funk were named team captains for the 2013 season.

The Hornets open camp on Wednesday, August 14th.

"I believe the expectations are very high," McCullough said. "Our returning players, transfers, freshmen, and coaching staff are certainly excited for camp."

The season opener is September 7 with a 7 p.m. non-league home game against Gallaudet University.

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Salve Regina 27, at Dean 0
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at Johns Hopkins 37, Moravian 7
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Massachusetts Maritime 34, at Maine Maritime 25
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Wesley 33, at TCNJ 0
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at RPI 31, Western New England 14
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Buffalo State 53, at Morrisville State 48
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at Rochester 14, Alfred State 7
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Stevenson 52, at FDU-Florham 14
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Union 31, at Gallaudet 21
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at Williams 28, Bowdoin 14
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Sewanee 29, at Austin 17
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at Middlebury 30, Wesleyan 27
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at Tufts 35, Hamilton 28
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Salisbury 21, at Kean 13
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at Olivet 37, Aurora 21
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at Amherst 41, Bates 17
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at Trinity (Conn.) 35, Colby 0
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at Franklin and Marshall 43, McDaniel 41
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Montclair State 24, at Southern Virginia 0
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Rowan 41, at William Paterson 14
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Springfield 66, at Mount Ida 20
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UW-Platteville 38, at Hampden-Sydney 29
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DePauw 55, at Hiram 28
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at Alma 45, Benedictine 40
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at Trine 55, Wisconsin Lutheran 7
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at Albion 79, Concordia (Wis.) 7
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Dickinson 24, at Gettysburg 21
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at Wooster 38, Ohio Wesleyan 20
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Thiel 28, at Bethany 13
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LaGrange 39, at Methodist 30
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at Wabash 62, Kenyon 7
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King's 44, at Lebanon Valley 39
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at Martin Luther 42, Iowa Wesleyan 20
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at MIT 31, Endicott 26
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at Alfred 24, Utica 17
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Maryville (Tenn.) 56, at Emory and Henry 46
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Averett 19, at Ferrum 7
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at Catholic 25, Randolph-Macon 20
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Susquehanna 14, at Muhlenberg 11
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at Cortland 31, Hartwick 30
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Brevard 63, at Greensboro 7
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Ithaca 24, at St. Lawrence 13
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at St. Scholastica 48, Westminster (Mo.) 18
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MacMurray 48, at Crown 34
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at Greenville 21, Northwestern (Minn.) 15
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Eureka 48, at Minnesota-Morris 20
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UW-Whitewater 40, at Washington U. 21
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at Widener 34, Misericordia 21
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at Coast Guard 13, Nichols 0
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at Hope 37, Lakeland 35
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Heidelberg 40, at Ohio Northern 21
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Carnegie Mellon 30, at Waynesburg 20
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Mount Union 69, at Marietta 3
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at Centre 52, Hendrix 42
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Albright 21, at Lycoming 17
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Bluffton 32, at Mount St. Joseph 31
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at Franklin 42, Defiance 12
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at Anderson 27, Earlham 16
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SUNY-Maritime 38, at Merchant Marine 31
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Concordia-Chicago 41, at Kalamazoo 29
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at Rose-Hulman 38, Hanover 28
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John Carroll 24, at Baldwin Wallace 21
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at Otterbein 56, Wilmington 28
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Trinity (Texas) 28, at Millsaps 26
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at Buena Vista 39, Central 38
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at Concordia-Moorhead 31, Bethel 7
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St. John's 56, at St. Olaf 7
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Gustavus Adolphus 42, at Augsburg 37
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Coe 35, at Nebraska Wesleyan 25
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Wartburg 40, at Simpson 31
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Elmhurst 23, at North Park 20
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at Huntingdon 41, N.C. Wesleyan 30
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at Hardin-Simmons 55, Louisiana College 10
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UW-River Falls 30, at Missouri Baptist 3
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at Whitworth 53, La Verne 0
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St. Thomas 63, at Carleton 0
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Denison 62, at Allegheny 26
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Lewis and Clark 40, at Pomona-Pitzer 29
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at Wittenberg 34, Oberlin 0
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at Western Connecticut 37, Plymouth State 29
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Washington and Lee 24, at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 14
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Cal Lutheran 28, at Willamette 13
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Mary Hardin-Baylor 24, at Linfield 3
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at George Fox 13, Redlands 10
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at Mass-Dartmouth 51, Westfield State 26
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at Castleton 28, Norwich 14
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at Berry 34, Rhodes 13
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Brockport 38, at St. John Fisher 7
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at WPI 38, Becker 0
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at Adrian 62, Rockford 7
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Frostburg State 33, at Christopher Newport 30
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at Hobart 56, Shenandoah 30
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at Case Western Reserve 42, Grove City 10
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at Davidson 42, Guilford 21
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at Bridgewater 52, The Apprentice School 0
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at Capital 39, Muskingum 28
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at Washington and Jefferson 37, Thomas More 29
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at North Central (Ill.) 26, Illinois Wesleyan 13
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at McMurry 33, Howard Payne 21
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at Dubuque 27, Loras 24
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at Wheaton (Ill.) 37, Carthage 14
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at Texas Lutheran 37, Belhaven 0
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at Carroll 28, Augustana 25
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St. Vincent 31, at Geneva 27
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East Texas Baptist 28, at Southwestern 10
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Wesley 33, at TCNJ 0
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at Johns Hopkins 37, Moravian 7
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at Alfred 24, Utica 17
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UW-Platteville 38, at Hampden-Sydney 29
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Mount Union 69, at Marietta 3
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John Carroll 24, at Baldwin Wallace 21
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at Hardin-Simmons 55, Louisiana College 10
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St. John's 56, at St. Olaf 7
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at Concordia-Moorhead 31, Bethel 7
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at Whitworth 53, La Verne 0
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St. Thomas 63, at Carleton 0
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at Wittenberg 34, Oberlin 0
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Mary Hardin-Baylor 24, at Linfield 3
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at George Fox 13, Redlands 10
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Brockport 38, at St. John Fisher 7
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Frostburg State 33, at Christopher Newport 30
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at Case Western Reserve 42, Grove City 10
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at Washington and Jefferson 37, Thomas More 29
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at Wheaton (Ill.) 37, Carthage 14
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at North Central (Ill.) 26, Illinois Wesleyan 13
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