Thursday's local college football roundup: Report: Hokies want long-term, home-and-home series vs. ODU

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Virginia Tech wants to play a long-term, home-and-home series with Old Dominion, John Ballein, the Hokies’ associate athletic director for football operations, told The Virginian-Pilot.

Tech is already scheduled to play host to ODU in 2017 and 2019 and to visit the Monarchs in a new stadium in Norfolk in 2018.

ODU athletic director Wood Selig told the Pilot that the Monarchs have begun discussing a long-term series with Virginia.

W&M fights injuries

Brent Caprio will start at quarterback for William and Mary on Saturday versus New Hampshire, Tribe coach Jimmye Laycock said Thursday.

Caprio will start in place of Michael Graham, who was held out of practice earlier this week with concussion-like symptoms he suffered last week versus James Madison. Graham will be available.

Caprio, a redshirt senior, completed 6 of 8 passes for 88 yards and a touchdown versus JMU. He is 16-for-28 for 235 yards and two touchdowns this season. Leading rusher Mikal Abdul-Saboor and fellow tailback Keith McBride are questionable to play against UNH and will be game-time decisions.

ODU guard won't return

Old Dominion announced that offensive guard David Born will miss the remainder of the season due to the effects of knee surgery.

Born underwent surgery on both knees four weeks ago, and originally was projected to miss four to six weeks. Born, a 6-8, 330-pound senior, had started 32 consecutive games for the Monarchs before he was sidelined.

HU defensive end honored

Hampton sophomore defensive end Miles Grooms was named the Boxtorow (black-college) National Player of the Week. He had nine tackles, including 3.5 sacks, and forced two fumbles as the Pirates beat Delaware State 30-7 Saturday.

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