Quick Hits: GVSU loses two more LBs to injury

GVSU loses two more linebackers to injury

The Grand Valley State University football team will be without a pair of linebackers for Saturday night’s home opener against reigning GLIAC champion Ohio Dominican.

On Monday, GVSU coach Matt Mitchell said sophomore starter David Talley is out for the ODU game after breaking his hand against Azusa Pacific. The Lakers will also be without junior Christian Harris, a transfer from the University of Tennessee, who tore his ACL.

GVSU continues to battle injuries at linebacker. Redshirt freshman Robbie Peck tore his ACL prior to week one, joining sophomore offensive lineman Zach Jolly and redshirt freshman cornerback Devin McKissic on the list of players who have suffered season-ending injuries.

Meanwhile, standout defensive end De’Ondre Hogan is “undecided” for Saturday’s ODU game.

Odendaal earns weekly GLIAC honor

A senior member of the Grand Valley State University women’s soccer team, Juane Odendaal, was named the GLIAC Defensive Player of the Week on Monday following an impressive pair of home victories for GVSU over the weekend.

Odendaal, an outside back, led a Laker defense that posted back-to-back shutouts against No. 13 Quincy University and Truman State University. GVSU allowed just seven shots on goal combined in the pair of games on its way to 4-0 and 3-0 wins, respectively.

The London, Ontario native notched her first point of the season against Quincy on Friday night by floating a picturesque cross into GVSU’s attacking box, where sophomore Kendra Stauffer eventually corralled the ball and sent it home for what proved to be the game-winning goal.

No. 1 GVSU heads west for a pair of games this weekend, with games scheduled at Southwest Minnesota State University on Friday night and Minnesota State University on Sunday afternoon.