NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY)- What began in beanies and sweats will end in short sleeves. Old Dominion University spring football will wrap up Saturday under blue skies and perfect spring weather. But spring football weather was anything but perfect for head coach Bobby Wilder and his Monarchs.
“Early on when we started back in March there were a couple of times we had to cancel practice because of a combination of rain, wind, snow, you name it. But we also practiced some in the inclement weather because we talked to our team and told them we are going to have to play in these type of conditions. Now its back to being beautiful coastal Virginia weather,” says Wilder.
Like last spring, the emphasis this spring was to upgrade a defense that gave up an average of 34 points per game. Wilder feels his team is much better on that side of the ball than last year.
“I feel like this is a talented football team.I feel like the fact that we played all those first year players last year. We had 13 first year players play last season on defense. So we are better on experience. We are better for what they have accomplished in the offseason. We are bigger, faster and stronger. We have upgraded our defensive coaching staff. This is the most experience we have had on our coaching staff. I’m excited about the possibilities for 2014,” added Wilder.
The 15th and final spring practice will take place Saturday at Former Field at 3:00 pm. It is free to the public and just one of the many options Monarchs will have on the campus this weekend. “We have 1200 students on campus who are potential ODU students. We have our road race that will have up to 3000 runners competing. We have the Big Blue barbeque happening for the men’s and women’s basketball teams and the baseball team has a big game against ECU. So basically you can pull your lawn chair up and spend all day at Old Dominion.” says Wilder.