|PHOTO BY CHUCK THOMAS
Football head coach Bobby Wilder surveys some of the 107 students who turned out the afternoon of Feb. 7 for Old Dominon’s first walk-on tryouts. The Monarch hopefuls took part in a series of warm-ups and then were tested on agility drills for nearly an hour and a half. The event was the kickoff of a three-month program for students trying out for ODU’s first football team since 1940. A day earlier, 19 high school students and two current ODU students signed national letters of intent to play football for the university, and the first 4,600 season tickets were sold. ODU’s home opener will be against Chowan University on Sept. 5, 2009, at Foreman Field.