SPRING PRACTICE UPDATE: Installing More of the Package
April 2, 2012
MONARCH MEDIA: Practice #5 Update:
WEEK TWO FOCUS:
MORE POSITION CHANGES:
AT THE CENTER:
While the offensive line returns a host of experienced players, one of the biggest positions the Monarchs will have to fill will be at center with the graduation of Jeremy Hensley, who was featured at the position for much of the team's three-year history. Josh Mann, Brandon Carr, and Wes Moulton have all been taking turns taking the snaps giving the Monarchs perhaps the most depth its had at the position in the four years of the program..
"Josh has shown tremendous improvement," said Wilder on filling the position noting how the rising sophomore rebounded from an average practice on Saturday, for a very focused and physical practice on Monday.
"What we're trying to do is find someone dynamic at that position," said Wilder.
Back-up quarterback Nate Ong had been slated at the position, but a recent finger on his throwing hand has set him back a bit and has forced the coaching staff to look at other possible options including Nick Mayers, Aaron Evans, and Antonio Vaughan.
"The similarity with all three of those players is they have been quarterbacks at some point in their careers. They can all run the wildcat for us," noted Wilder, "with the goal being we want to have the ability to run offensive plays when we are lining up for a PAT or a field goal."
"He's now officially 2-for-2 on touchdown passes," Wilder joked referring to this morning's pass to Nick Mayers in the end zone on a corner route and Vaughan's 27-yard pass to Reid Evans in the third quarter of ODU's 35-31 win at William & Mary.
Vaughan was a dual-threat quarterback coming out of Hertford County High School where he completed 43 of 69 passes for 857 yards and 14 scores as signal caller.
"That's one more dynamic in our offense that a defense has to prepare for,"
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