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PRESEASON PRACTICE UPDATE: Scrimmage Time

Courtesy: ODU Athletics
         
Release: August 16, 2011
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Aug. 16, 2011

NORFOLK, Va. -- The ODU Football Monarchs had their first preseason scrimmage of the 2011 preseason giving the coaching staff a glimpse of what has come together through the first 10 practices.

1,2,3...
The Monarchs are definitely showing signs of depth. While past Monarch preseasons and spring practices have mentioned the No. 1 and No. 2 offenses and defenses, tonight's scrimmage also featured the third string. All three got in about a total of 90 reps tonight in helping solidify the two-deep for the upcoming season opener against Campbell on September 3rd.

MAKING A CASE AT RIGHT GUARD:
The Monarchs have pretty much established their starting offensive line with Ryan Jensen at left tackle, David Born at left guard, Jeremy Hensley at center, and Jake Lowney at right tackle. "We're really auditioning for a right guard right now," said head coach Bobby Wilder. Possibilities for right guard include veterans Brandon Carr, Bryan Morrison, and Robbie Duncan along with true freshman Josh Mann. Mann got the starting nod in Tuesday night's scrimmage. "I feel good about where are on the offensive line," said Wilder, "its just finding that fifth player at guard."

THE USUAL AND NOT SO USUAL SUSPECTS:
There are 11 Monarchs competing and all playing well at wide receiver. The usual suspects got into the mix on Wednesday - Reid Evans with a 30 yard reception, Nick Mayers with a 25-yard touchdown reception, Prentice Gill with a pair of touchdowns including 40-yard catch for a score. However another name to watch for this season is redshirt freshman Larry Pinkard. Pinkard had a pair of touchdowns for the receiving corps`, including a 60-yard touchdown reception and a great catch in the right corner, jumping in the air to make the reception despite safety Eriq Lewis with some tight coverage.

SACK IT TO YOU:
"The defensive line is playing at a high-level," noted Wilder. "Those four guys I've talked about repeatedly played well." The four Wilder are referring to are Ronnie Cameron, Edmon McClam, Chad King, and Chris Burnette. With the quarterbacks in the red jerseys and off-limits from being tackled, King, Burnette, and McClam all got in what would have been sacks in a game. King's sack helped the defense from allowing the offense to move the chains during the opening two segments, including the white jerseys only advancing three yards in the second set. Burnette's sack came with the offense backed up in their own territory during the "coming out" drill.

WITH THE ALL THE GOOD...:
While there was lots of praise for the team's first preseason scrimmage, there are several things the coaching staff will be looking to improve, namely substitution patterns and basic alignment, which they are confident will come together with time. "We'll be better at it," said Wilder, "it's the first scrimmage and it'll get cleaned up." While there some penalties called - false starts, holding - there were no personal fouls in the scrimmage.

MONARCH Q&A:
Stay tuned for the next Monarch Q&A coming up with wide receiver Reid Evans.

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