From The Desk Of Bobby Wilder: Formula For Success

October 13, 2009
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

Oct. 13, 2009

12th Monarch Penalty Total To Date: 22

12th Monarchs,

Thank you for your tremendous support on Saturday night during our game with Presbyterian. I took my head-set off during a big moment in the 4th quarter when our defense was on the field, and the noise level was outstanding! Our defensive players are gaining energy from your emotion!

Not only did you add four more penalties to your total, but you also forced three time-outs due to the fact their offensive players could not hear the quarterback! I believe I also heard a new chant when our PAT-BLOCK unit is on the field - "Block that kick". I loved it!!! We have blocked seven so far this season.

Our formula for success has helped our team get to 4-2 thru six games this season - Win the battle of turnovers, win the battle of field position, run the ball successfully on offense, and control our opponents run game. Our players and coaches work hard each week in these four areas. The top teams at all levels of football have proven this formula leads to winning football games.

Saturday night vs. Presbyterian, we took the ball away from them five times. We are now #1 in the country at takeaways with 23. This is a remarkable statistic for a program that is only six games old!!! Our players and coaches work hard at the fundamentals of creating turnovers every day in practice.

We won the battle of field position. Our average drive start was our 38 yard line while they started on their 32 yard line. We ran the ball for 210 yards while they ran for 150 yards. That is winning football !!!

Campbell will present a different set of challenges for your Monarchs this week. Our staff and players are busy preparing for those challenges this week in practice. We look forward to seeing and hearing you again Saturday night at 6:00 p.m.

Be loud and proud !!!


Coach Wilder