ODU has three players sign pro contracts

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by Brian Smith

WVEC.com

Posted on April 29, 2012 at 12:36 AM

Updated Sunday, Apr 29 at 12:44 AM

NORFOLK- Ronnie Cameron, the 2012 Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Defensive Player of the Year, will sign with the Chicago Bears, while Edmon McClam will sign with the Detroit Lions. 
Quarterback, Thomas DeMarco will be signing with the 2011 Grey Cup Champion B.C. Lions.

Cameron is the most decorated Monarch since the program restarted in 2009 having earned CAA Defensive Player of the Year, CAA Football Student-Athlete of the Year, and earning All-America honors from seven different publications in 2011. He was awarded first team honors from the AFCA, The Sports Network, and Beyond College Sports Network, as well as second team accolades from the AP and Phil Steele. A First Team All-CAA honoree, he ranked second on the Monarch squad with 73 tackles (28 solo, 45 assisted) to go with a team-leading 17 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks. Cameron averaged 5.6 tackles per game, which was fourth among defensive lineman in the CAA and finished second in the league in tackles for loss averaging 1.31 per contest. He also captured a career-high 11 tackles along with a season-best 3.5 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks against CAA Champion Towson and made 10 stops with three for loss against James Madison.
 

McClam finished out his ODU career with seven blocks - six blocked PATs and one blocked field goal and was just one block shy of tying the FCS career record in blocks. In the 2011 season, he totaled 42 tackles (15 solo, 27 assisted) along with 4.5 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks, and tied his career-high with seven tackles against #3/2 Georgia Southern in the second round playoff match-up. McClam also registered six tackles against Hampton, which also included two sacks for a loss of 12 yards, and forced a pair of fumbles against the Pirates, and made five stops in games with CAA Champion Towson and in the regular season finale at William & Mary.
DeMarco, a two-time Walter Payton Watch List member, started in 27 consecutive games as the Monarchs signal caller totaling 51 passing and 30 rushing touchdowns in his career. He completed 417 of his 816 passes averaging 163.8 yards per game in the air. DeMarco also captured 1,456 yards on the ground averaging 41.6 per contest. As a junior in 2010, he ranked seventh nationally in total offense averaging 289.00 yards per game throwing 23 touchdown passes and averaging 250.5 yards passing, which included a career-high 407 yards at Monmouth. In ODU's inaugural season in 2009,

DeMarco was the second leading quarterback in the FCS and seventh among FCS student-athletes in scoring averaging 9.45 points per contest. He averaged 255.7 yards of total offense a game and completed 137 of his 255 attempts while throwing only four interceptions to go along with 21 touchdown passes.
 

 

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