April 18, 2012
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

April 18, 2012

Monarch Media: Spring Practice Update:


The Football Monarchs will host the fourth annual Bone Marrow Registry Drive from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. on Thursday, April 19th in the Hampton/Newport News Room at Webb Center. Since starting this event, the Old Dominion football team has helped register over 650 people to the bone marrow donor registry in an attempt to help save lives from life-threatening diseases nationwide.

The test is a simple check swab, takes no more than 20 minutes, and is free.

There are 20 million people worldwide who are registered as potential marrow donors. Still, there are only about 250 matches found each year, making it a 1-in-80,000 chance that a registered donor will be a match. In what has become an annual event for the Monarchs, Wilder and his team are looking to help the more than 6,000 men, women and children who are searching the National Marrow Registry for a life-saving donor. These patients have leukemia, lymphoma and other life-threatening diseases that can be treated by a bone marrow or cord blood transplant. For many of these patients, a transplant may be the best and only hope of a cure.

The Football Monarchs will divide the offense and defense into two teams and play eight-minute quarters of football in Saturday's Spring Game that begins at 3 p.m. at Foreman Field at S.B. Ballard Stadium. The Monarchs will be looking to get in between 50 and 70 plays.

The first six minutes of each eight-minute quarter will be running time while the last two minutes will be two-minute drills for the Monarchs.

"Last year in our 13 games, nine of them were decided in the fourth quarter," said Wilder. "So the two-minute was a part of all nine games, whether it was Old Dominion running the two-minute drill or one of our opponents."

"This has been the most competitive we've had in a situation with our depth chart in our brief history of a program," said Wilder. "We currently have 47 experienced players out of the 73 players on our roster. "

"When you have that many experienced players, there is some major competition right now for starting positions," he continued. "That's the type of competition you want to have as a coach. The players are internally motivated to perform well each day in practice."

Stay tuned for the spring game depth chart coming soon.