COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio Dominican Football all-decade announcements conclude with the reveal of the linebacker and star positions.
Six linebackers and four former student-athletes that played in the star position were nominated for the football program's all-decade team. Ross Thompson (2014-18) received over 50% of the fan vote to lead the linebacker group. Other linebackers selected were Cameron Kohl (2013-17) and Camren Moore (2015-19). Cody Culbertson (2010-15) was voted in as the all-decade player at the star position.
Three members receiving recognition were part of the program in 2014, when the Panthers won the GLIAC South for the second consecutive year, and made the deepest postseason run in school history, advancing to the NCAA Division II Playoff Quarterfinal. The linebacking trio selected were on ODU's 2017 G-MAC championship team. Culbertson and Kohl were also involved with the 2013 team, which won the program its first conference title of its NCAA Division II era.
Each honoree logged over 200 total tackles for their careers, including Culbertson, who finished with 226 stops. His tackle total is ninth all-time at ODU, while 138 unassisted stops is sixth in school history. The Galloway, Ohio native was part of 10 turnovers for the defense, where he logged four interceptions, four forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. His 23 career tackles for loss are also among the top 10 in program history.
Culbertson played a vital role in ODU's GLIAC South championship seasons in 2013 and 2014, registering over 70 stops both years. Culbertson was an all-conference honoree both seasons, including 2013, where he made 73 tackles, including 11.5 for loss. His top tackle season came in 2014 with 76. Three forced fumbles his junior year is fourth-most for a single season at ODU.
Culbertson recorded a career-high 13 tackles in two games during his time with the Black & Gold, once against Lake Erie (2011) and again versus Ashland (2013). Culbertson is also one of just six players in school history with multiple forced fumbles in a single game, doing so against Malone in 2014.
Kohl ranks fifth in school history with 262 total tackles. His 153 assisted stops rank fifth in program history. Kohl added 22 tackles for loss and five sacks during his time at ODU.
The two-time all-conference performer added an all-region award in 2017. During his senior season, Kohl made 91 tackles, 7.5 for loss, with three sacks and one pass breakup. For his efforts, Kohl was a nominee for the Cliff Harris award, given to the top defensive player in the country. The Hilliard, Ohio native made a career-high 16 tackles in a win at Walsh in 2017, which is tied for the seventh most for a single game at ODU.
Kohl made 50-plus tackles in 2015 and 2016, a two-year run that saw him record a combined 11.0 tackles for loss. In his redshirt-freshman campaign in 2014, Kohl logged 49 tackles, 3.5 for loss, as well as one interception and four break ups in pass coverage.
Moore's stellar senior season led him to the top of program's all-time tackle leaderboard with 299. Moore made the third most tackles in a single season for ODU, with 102 in 2019. The New Carlisle, Ohio native added 93 tackles in 2018, giving him two of the top 10 tackle seasons in program history, a feat only accomplished by three players.
A three-time all-GMAC performer, Moore's 176 assisted tackles are a school record, and his four forced fumbles are tied for sixth on ODU's career leaderboard. Moore added 13 pass breakups, with 11 coming his final two seasons in the Black & Gold. The recent graduate also logged 9.5 career tackles for loss, including a personal-best 3.5 in 2016 and 2019.
The 2019 campaign saw Moore earn both of his all-region awards, as well as a pair of G-MAC Defensive Player of the Week honors. In his final collegiate game, Moore tied a career and season high with his third 16-tackle appearance, adding a forced fumble and an interception en route to being selected as the inaugural America's Crossroads Bowl Defensive Most Valuable Player.
One of the previous record holders for career tackles is Ross Thompson, who is now tied for second all-time at ODU with 294 stops. Thompson is top five in school history in both assisted (153) and unassisted (144) tackles, as well as tackles for loss (28.0). The Delphos, Ohio native added three forced and four recovered fumbles, two interceptions and five pass breakups during his four years with the Panthers.
Thompson still holds the single season tackle record after registering 110 stops his senior year in 2018. During the 2018 campaign, Thompson added 9.5 tackles for loss, four sacks, and was a part of five turnovers. As a result, he was named the G-MAC Defensive Player of the Year. The three-time conference defensive player of the week was also an honorable mention all-GLIAC pick in 2016, where he made 94 total stops, joining Moore as one of just three players with multiple seasons on ODU's top 10 tackle list.
Thompson added 56 tackles in 2015 as a freshman, before pitching in 34 stops in ODU's 2017 G-MAC championship season. His career-bset tackle performance came in a 2016 contest versus Wayne State, where Thompson made 17 stops. That effort is tied for fourth all-time at ODU and second-best in the program's Division II era.
HONORABLE MENTION: Alessio Amato (2016-19), Dauson Dales (2017-present), Kevin Guthrie (2008-12), Tre McIntyre (2014-17), Austin Osborne (2012-15), and Warren Shields (2011-14)