ODU opens Fall practice; Wilder praises defense

NORFOLK (WAVY) – It’s officially a new season of Old Dominion football. The Monarchs (6-6 last season) opened up Fall camp on Monday for the upcoming season.

With the 2015 campaign also begins a new era for head coach Bobby Wilder’s high-octane offense. Taylor Heinicke is now in an NFL uniform, and the one chosen to lead the charge will be redshirt freshman Shuler Bentley.

Though Heinicke has said on a number of occasssions he believes Bentley is further along in his knowledge of the playbook because he was able to sit out a year and learn the offense, Bentley is yet to play in a college game. “Quarterback’s a whole lot easier when you got good guys around you,” said Bentley after practice.

“We’re going to be solid up front this year, five or six guys coming back that played last year, Ray Lawry was the conference rookie of the year, stable of receivers, the top eight I wouldn’t trade for anyone. (I’ll) just take it easy, play by play, game by game.”

He’ll most certainly have to get better following a day-one practice in which the defense put on a “dominant display,” said Wilder.

“Defense had at least 10 sacks, maybe five or six more if I hadn’t blown the whistle. They had an interception. Andre Bernhard had an interception returned for a touchdown. This was a good sign and a good start for us defensively.”




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