PRESEASON CAMP UPDATE: Day Thirteen - Preparing For Scrimmage No. 2
Aug. 21, 2009
NORFOLK, Va. -- The ODU football team had one practice on Friday morning in preparation for their second scrimmage on Saturday evening.
"We're still installing the package," said head coach Bobby Wilder on his upcoming scrimmage. "The only difference it's over at Foreman Field, instead of here at Powhatan. We still have about 25 percent of the package to install in all three of the phases. I want it in over the course of the next five days because when we get to Wednesday, I want to shift the emphasis to Chowan in our game plan."
The goal with tomorrow's scrimmage is to continue to install the offensive, defensive, and special team packages and to get the Monarchs to execute it at a high level, as well getting the reps in to help determine depth chart. In order to evaluate each of the Monarchs' knowledge of the playbook, the coaching staff is putting them into game-like situations. you've got to put them in game like situation.
"There are a number of freshman that are right in the middle of this depth chart puzzle we are trying to figure out," noted Wilder. "There are very few kids on our depth chart that are true freshman that we've looked at and said that we're going to redshirt. I'm pleased with that because that tells me the kids we recruited and brought in here are good football players."
Note: Tomorrow's scrimmage is CLOSED to the public.
Wide Receivers Working Hard: The wide receivers were getting some extra practice in once the team was dismissed. The group spent some time working jugs machine working on catches. "That is the one position on the team that does not have veteran transfer," commented Wilder. "What they are doing is a skill that not many people can do...catching a ball coming at you in a hurry at full speed with a bunch of people trying to whack you. They are trying hard and trying to catch every ball. I'm pleased with how they are working to get better."
Redshirt Rules: "My rule, if you look at a freshman the first week of camp and say `he's a redshirt,' he's probably not as good as you were hoping he would be," said Wilder about creating his depth chart. " I have not looked at one of these freshman we've recruited and brought in here and said `definite redshirt' at this point. The majority of them are in the mix and a good number of them are going to play. No doubt in my mind. We're going to try and redshirt some of them, but they are good football players. My philosophy is the best 11 play in all the phases. Special teams, offense, and defense, the best 11 are on the field."
Getting Game Day Down: In addition to installing the package and working on the depth chart, another purpose of the Monarchs' scrimmages is so that the team gets the drill down on what goes on game days and how to go about. One item the team took particular note of in the stadium was the state-of-the-art scoreboard. "It was hard getting used to that `megatron'," joked linebacker Jake Sweedyk (Walker, Mich.). "Guys were pointing at it and looking at on the sidelines, but I think we've gotten it out of the way." When Sweedyk was asked about what he thought he and his teammates could work on he said, "You can always working on something.
Attention All Students: Just as a reminder, student tickets are available starting next Monday - August 24th - at the Ted Constant Convocation Center. Those students looking to line up or camp out can begin lining up in the grass behind the Ted starting on Sunday, August 23rd at 7 p.m. Remember to have your ODU student ID in hand.
Attention Georgia and Florida Monarch Alumni: The ODU Alumni Association invites alums, friends and fans to ODU's first away game of the season in Jacksonville. Join us for a pregame tailgate brunch at the JU's Kinne University Center and then to cheer on the Monarchs in action. For more information, click here.