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Former Virginia Tech WR Eric Kumah graduate transfers to Old Dominion

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Former Virginia Tech wideout Eric Kumah will play his final season at Old Dominion, the player has announced.

“I want to thank Coach Foster for giving me the opportunity to attend this prestigious university,” Kumah tweeted. “I would also like to thank Coach Wiggins for believing in me the last 3 years, for that I will forever be thankful. After talking it over with my family and being informed that my position coach (Coach Wiggins) has accepted a position elsewhere, I’ve decided that its best for me to enter my name into the transfer portal. This will allow me to explore my options as a graduate transfer for my senior season. Overall, I feel that is best for my future. I will never forget the memories made at Virginia Tech. I will always support my teammates no matter where I end up and hope you all reach your goals. Once a Hokie always a Hokie.”

Kumah saw the field as a true freshman in 2016 but did not record any statistics. However, he quickly rose the ranks from there, hauling in 28 grabs for 324 yards and a pair of scores in 2017, then 42 receptions for 559 yards and seven touchdowns in 2018. He was Virginia Tech’s second-leading receiver last season.

For the record, Kumah snared three receptions for 35 yards when his new team beat his old team, 49-35, on Sept. 22.

Old Dominion represents a good opportunity for Kumah, as the Monarchs’ top three receivers — Travis FulghamJonathan Duhart and Isaiah Harper — all graduated. The trio combined for 192 receptions for 2,607 yards and 19 touchdowns last season, all of which are up for grabs this fall.

17-year-old gets start at QB for Old Dominion vs. Virginia Tech… in Blacksburg

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Talk about being thrown straight into the fire. At least it’s not “Enter Sandman” at night, though, right?

Regardless, Old Dominion will travel to Blacksburg for an afternoon game at Lane Stadium in Week 4 later on today. Thanks to first-half struggles in ODU’s Week 3 loss to North Carolina, Bobby Wilder inserted Steven Williams at quarterback in the second half and he performed admirably in his first collegiate action — 139 yards passing, two passing touchdowns in two quarters of relief work.

Williams, it was confirmed earlier this week, will remain under center this weekend against Tech and will be tackling his first career start against the Bud Foster-led Hokies defense. The true freshman, though, is no ordinary first-time starter as he is just 17 years, 11 months (almost) old.

Based on our research, the 6-4, 196-pound Williams would become just the fourth FBS player in the last four-plus decades to start at quarterback before the age of 18. The others are Khalil Tate (Arizona, 2016), Nick Isham (Arizona, 2012) and David Walker (Texas A&M, 1973).

It’s believed that Walker, at 17 years, nine months, is the youngest ever to start at quarterback at the highest level of college football.

Despite his youth, Williams, a two-star 2017 signee, has the confidence of both his head coach and teammates.

“At 17 years old, he has to become the defined leader of this organization,” Wilder said according to the Virginian-Pilot. “I personally think he has the ability to do it. … He’s very dynamic. There’s a lot of things he does well.”

“I’ve been thinking about it over the past week, and I can’t imagine myself as a starting quarterback at 17,” redshirt junior wide receiver Travis Fulgham said. “But I think he can do it. That’s what’s crazy about it.”