ODU Football fall camp recap day seven.
ODUSports.com recently sat down with running backs coach and special teams coordinator, Charles Bankins. Bankins begins his second season coaching the Monarchs.
ODU Football held their first scrimmage of fall camp on Sunday
ODU Football fall camp recap
Old Dominion football camp recap - day 4
NORFOLK, Va. - Old Dominion University Football practiced for the third time this fall and the first time in shoulder pads.
Help Fill the Stands and Get Rewarded
ODU Football completed their second day of practice on Tuesday.
Old Dominion Football practiced for the first time this fall.
Special Teams First year special teams coach Charles Bankins helped lead an improved unit that saw ODU finish in the top-10 in kick return defense, while Brad Davis was one of the top kickers in Conference USA. Davis, fellow freshmen Bailey Cate and Darrell Brown earned Conference USA All-Freshmen Team accolades after stellar seasons. Davis finished the year 10-of-12 on field goals with a long of 43, and was 45-of-46 on extra points.
Defensive Backs Like the defensive line, the defensive backs have a number of players not only with playing experience, but starting experience, especially at safety. Former walk-on Sean Carter is the Monarchs' leading returning tackler with 60 stops and is a vocal leader for the back end of the defense. Carter started all 13 games last season, while senior Justice Davila played in 10 games, finishing fifth on team with 47 tackles. Davila has started 22 games in his career, including seven last season. A third player, Rob Thompson, started the final six games at safety last year following an injury to Davila. Thompson recorded 28 tackles and his first career interception. And those are just the players that started. Andre Bernhard, Christian Byrum, Kane Miskel and Justin Noye all saw playing time in 2016. Bernhard played in 10 games before an injury ended his season. He had 24 tackles and led ODU in special teams tackles. Byrum played in eight games on the year and heading into the Popeyes Bahamas Bowl had just one tackle. In the bowl game he notched a career-high 11 tackles to help solidify the defense in the four point win. Noye played in all 13 games, making eight tackles and two tackles for loss. Like Bernhard, he was also a valuable special teams player. When C.J. Bradshaw got hurt early in the year, Kane Miskel stepped up and started a pair of games. He played in 12 games, making 33 tackles. Miskel was injured late in the year and his status for fall camp is questionable.
NORFOLK, Va. – ODU Fan Appreciation Night returns to Foreman Field at S.B. Ballard Stadium on Saturday, Aug. 26 from 6-8 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. ODU students are encouraged to attend as part of Week of Welcome. Come and watch the ODU Football team in their last scrimmage before their home opener with Albany. The team will scrimmage from approximately 6-7:30 p.m with music from the Marching Monarchs. Following the scrimmage fans will be allowed on the field to experience running through the tunnel to the team's intro video and "Crazy Train." Fans can pick up their 2017 ODU Football team posters, magnets and schedule cards and have them signed at an autograph session that will complete the night.