NORFOLK, Va. (ODUSports.com) – Old Dominion University football closed out spring practice with Saturday's Spring Scrimmage.
The Monarchs allowed 1,000 spectators, which marked the first time fans have watched the Monarch play at S.B. Ballard Stadium since November of 2019.
"In general I thought we did a nice job," head coach Ricky Rahne said. "It was nice to have the fans here and the band and cheerleaders. It felt like a real football game."
"We haven't played in front of everybody in a year and a half or two years, so just seeing people it makes you want to go a little bit harder," Old Dominion defensive end Marcus Haynes said. "It's makes you want to make sure I'm not gonna have them have a big play against me, so everybody's definitely sharper on offense and defense."
"There's 127 days until they get to put on shoulder pads again," Rahne said. "That's a lot of time so we just gotta get better, you know, play up to the standard of what we've established."
The Monarchs now wait 1`27 days until they're able to wear shoulder pads again for summer practice and it's exactly five months from today when the Monarchs open the 2021 season September 3 at Wake Forest.