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While his career may not have played out like he planned at WVU, Ali Jennings has made the most of his opportunity at his new home. The Virginia native has not only been a star player for the Old Dominion Monarchs, he has been a force to be a reckoned with.
Since his transfer from West Virginia in 2020, Jennings has accumulated 86 receptions for 1,695 yards and 10 touchdowns. This includes a stellar 2021 season that saw him nab 62 catches for 1,066 yards and 5 touchdowns.
His brightest performance came during the 2021 season against the Charlotte 49ers. In order to help the Monarchs reach Bowl eligibility, Jennings grabbed 9 catches for 252 yards and an Old Dominion single-game record record 3 touchdowns. This wasn’t the only 200-yard game of his career, with his second coming this season against East Carolina – 8 catches for 200 yards and 3 touchdowns, tying his single-game school record.
Despite only being in the Old Gold & Blue for two seasons, Jennings won the hearts of Mountaineer fans with his warm personality and willingness to interact with fans. He was truly a one of a kind player that doesn’t come around very often. In today’s College Football, many players are self-absorbed, only worrying about themselves and their own well-being.
This is just not who Ali Jennings is.
His personality makes it easy for WVU fans to be happy he has found success elsewhere. Of course we would have liked to see him light up the stat sheets in Morgantown, but Jennings deserves all of the accolades coming his way no matter where he goes.
He is far from done for his career, and will likely find himself on an NFL roster when his college days do come to a close. What Jennings will find is that no matter where this journey takes him, there will always be someone thankful he played for the Mountaineers wherever he goes…and they will show it!
This WVU fan is certainly ecstatic to see where this journey takes him.
Once a Mountaineer, Always a Mountaineer!