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PRESEASON PRACTICE UPDATE: Specialty Plays

Courtesy: ODU Athletics
         
Release: August 22, 2011
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Aug. 22, 2011

NORFOLK, Va. -- Heading into the final week of preseason practice, head coach Bobby Wilder and staff are nearly complete in installing its package for the 2011 season and on Monday spent practice on specialty plays and more drills in the red zone.

"Based on our installation through Sunday and this morning, we've got about 90% of our package in on special teams, offense, and defense," noted Wilder. "Now it's a lot of situational football."

COACHES POLL:
Six CAA squads were represented in the FCS Coaches' Poll released on Monday. Among those on the Monarchs' schedule are No. 4 William & Mary, No. 5 Delaware, No. 13 Villanova, No. 16 James Madison, and No. 19 Richmond. Also from the CAA, New Hampshire was ranked at No. 10. The full poll can be found here.

ON-SIDES:
One of the specialty plays the Monarchs worked on in special teams on Monday were on-side kicks. "The thing about the on-side kick is that its something you need," said Wilder. "You get to the end of the game and you need the ball, you need to practice that. Conversely, you've got to practice what you call the `hands team'. We had two situations last year where the hands had to go out and recover an on-side kick to win the game." In all, the Monarchs have successfully kept possession on all seven of their on-sides kicks, which included five last season.

DEVELOPING THE TWO-DEEP:
So how is that Campbell depth chart coming along? "I feel really good about where we are with the two-deep," said Wilder. "At this point there's not a concern about the depth we have, it's more a concern about these guys battling it out. We've got guys that I truly feel are back-ups No. 1's now. The last two years I felt like there's been a major difference between our No. 1's and No. 2's. Now that gap has closed." With 10 days until kickoff against Campbell, the staff is concentrating on identifying the top 60 players are - which guys will get into the game against the Camels on Sept. 3rd and which guys will be on the plane down to Atlanta in week two.

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