INDIANAPOLIS – After making his Ohio Dominican football debut last Saturday, Sept. 7, sophomore place kicker Kevin Laming (Powell, Ohio) has been announced as the Great Midwest Special Teams Player of the Week.
Laming saw plenty of action during his first contest with the Black & Gold, making all three of his point-after tries, as well as a 33-yard field goal. His field goal provided ODU's only three points in the first half, before the team rallied to defeat Shepherd (W. Va.) on the road, 24-21.
To go along with his four points, Laming recorded five kickoffs for 314 yards, a 62.8-yard average per attempt. His longest kick of the day came when the Panthers needed it most in the final 67 seconds of play. After ODU scored the go-ahead touchdown, a penalty forced the ensuing kickoff come from the Panthers' 20-yard line. Laming then outkicked the return coverage, logging a distance of 76 yards to pin the Rams deep in their own territory.
The Panthers erased an early 14-0 deficit in the contest, outscoring Shepherd 21-7 in the second half, including 14-0 in the final quarter. ODU has now won back-to-back season openers for the first time since a stretch of five straight from 2011 to 2015.
Laming is the first Panther to receive weekly conference recognition in 2019. ODU had seven award winners last fall, including two on special teams. The sophomore is the first place kicker at Ohio Dominican to receive a weekly conference award since Brent Wahle did so in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference in 2015.
The Panthers will return to action Saturday, Sept. 14, with a trip to Valdosta, Ga. to take on the defending national champions and No. 1 ranked team, Valdosta State. Kickoff is scheduled for 6:05 p.m. and will stream live on ESPN3, available on the ESPN app.
Contact: Tyler Jester