Wilder likes direction of new-look defense

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – Bobby Wilder admits he will field a very young, and relatively inexperienced bunch this upcoming football season. Old Dominion University’s head football coach, on the other hand, likes the improvement of a unit Monarch fans have had their eye on over Spring practice- the defense.

“We did not rush the passer well last year, that’s something we did very well this Spring and our defensive line was aggressively after (quarterback Taylor Heinicke),” said Wilder on Monday.”(Heinicke) didn’t have a lot of time.”

While the Monarch’s starting senior quarterback completed 23-of-36 passes for 233 yards and three touchdowns in the team’s annual blue-white Spring game, a bulk of those numbers didn’t come until the second half. Heinicke was held to just one touchdown in the first half, and that score didn’t come until midway through the second quarter.

Up to that point, the defensive unit held their record-setting gunslinger in check.

“The second thing you saw was the ability of our linebackers to get under routs, for our corners to get underneath routs. They’re weren’t a lot of throwing lanes early in that game for Taylor. That’s good for us and good for our program.”


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