The wait is over.
VMI Football is back on the practice field Friday, January 22 to begin a month-long preparation for its eight-game conference only spring season. On the eve of the first formal team workout, head coach Scott Wachenheim covered a wide array of topics at SoCon Football Media Day held virtually Thursday morning. To watch the entire interview, click here.
Here are some excerpts from Thursday’s session:
ON THE START OF PRACTICE – “We’re excited to finally get the chance to play some football. We’ve been on post for seven days doing the conditioning activities and I’ve been very impressed with the attitude of the football team. I think we’ve got an outstanding team, of course, led by Reece Udinski, our quarterback and we’ve had some great senior leadership and we’ve got some good young freshmen to give us some depth in key areas. I just couldn’t be happier to play a full SoCon schedule this spring and compete for a championship.”
ON THE IMPACT OF REECE UDINSKI AT QUARTERBACK – “Reece is a tremendous leader for our football team. He’s a quiet leader, very similar I believe to what Tim Duncan was to the San Antonio Spurs. Reece is very strong, he’s accurate, and decisive and we feed off his energies. Very excited that Reece is here to lead our team.”
ON HANDLING THE CHANGES OF THE PAST YEAR –
“Our team attitude is this – so what, now what? We take what we’re given and go. We had 15 fall practices like spring football time normally. We had a fall game where we tackled including our backup quarterbacks being live. We installed our offense, defense, and special teams systems. We’re lifting weights and we’re running. We just approach it like, hey, what are we going to do now? And now we are ready to go get after it.”
ON FRESHMEN WHO COULD HAVE AN IMPACT THIS SPRING –
“There are three who are going to get on the field right away. One is cornerback Alex Oliver from Richmond. Really an outstanding ball player. He was a two-way player in high school and currently he’s our starting corner and I think he’s an excellent football player. Aiden Twombley, a tight end from North Carolina, really had a good fall start and we think he’ll be our starting tight end. Jacob Culbreath, our punter that we signed out of Charlottesville, Virginia, really has a strong leg. Those three guys can help us immediately on game day the first time we play.”
AREAS OF EMPHASIS THIS SPRING –
“First, and the most important one, is tackling. We’ve haven’t played in a long time – we’ve got to tackle, that’s the most important thing. I think we can do a better job with our perimeter blocking at wide receiver, and it’s going to be very interesting in an air raid style of offense how we catch the ball in cold weather. Those are the three things we are focusing on in addition to what we normally focus on.”
Coach Wachenheim will also appear on a special SoCon media day interview with broadcaster Pete Yanity that will be available on demand to ESPN+ subscribers at 11 am EST Friday.
Link – https://www.espn.com/watch/player?id=3937f16b-384e-4137-b4e3-ed4f445871b3